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Popular amenities for Norfolk places to stay

Stay near Norfolk's top sights

Norfolk International Airport37 locals recommend
Norfolk Botanical Garden185 locals recommend
Virginia Zoo182 locals recommend
Norfolk Premium Outlets161 locals recommend
The NorVa47 locals recommend
Ocean View Beach Park24 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Norfolk

  • Total rentals

    1.9K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    58K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    910 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    80 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1.2K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Norfolk

All About Norfolk

Sitting at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay, the Elizabeth River, and the Atlantic Ocean, Norfolk is a midsize Virginia city with a long maritime history and a thriving art and cultural scene. It would take you several days to make your way through the town’s museums and galleries, not to mention the studios where you can meet local artists and learn about their work. Kids and adults alike are welcome at the interactive theaters and the hands-on exhibits at the Battleship Wisconsin at Nauticus, which acquaint visitors with Norfolk’s seafaring past.

The city offers plenty of green space, including the Pagoda and Oriental Garden and the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia’s largest collection of living plants. The lively Waterside District offers many dining options, and you’ll find a vibrant, rotating roster of pop-up stores and locally owned restaurants at Selden Market.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Norfolk

Given its location at the southern mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk’s temperate, four-season climate is protected from extreme temperatures. Spring and fall have the most comfortable weather for spending time outdoors, while summer brings high temperatures, high humidity, and frequent thunderstorms. Winter temperatures can hit the freezing mark, sometimes with winds but usually with little snow. But if it’s too hot or too cold, the city’s museums and galleries always offer refuge. The warmer weather from May to October means it’s time to head to the beach or enjoy one of the city’s many festivals. In June, visitors flock to Norfolk for its famous three-day maritime festival featuring tall ships, a parade of sails, and a grand fireworks display over the harbor.

Top things to do in Norfolk

Chrysler Museum of Art and Glass Studio

The Chrysler Museum, just north of the Waterside District near the center of town, boasts more than 30,000 artifacts spanning more than 5,000 years. The American and European painting collections and the Middle Age sculptures are a significant focus, as are Chrysler’s collection of glass art, its glass-blowing museum, and glass-blowing demonstrations.

Battleship Wisconsin at Nauticus

Nauticus is a maritime-themed museum located at the Norfolk waterfront. In addition to indoor exhibits in the main building, Nauticus is home to USS Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships built by the US Navy that served in World War II, Korea, and in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 before finally being decommissioned. You can visit this piece of history on your own or on a guided tour.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

This botanical garden spans 175 acres and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features more than 50 themed gardens, including a rose garden, a native plant garden, and a three-acre children’s garden. The grounds lie just 20 minutes from downtown and feature 12 miles of paved trails. Pelicans, eagles, and kestrels all find shelter here, as do 30 species of butterflies. From March to October, you can take a tram through the garden; at certain times of the year, a boat is also available to let you observe the park from its winding canals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Norfolk?

    Norfolk experiences a mild climate. Summer temperatures often reach 85°F (29°C), while winter temperatures can drop to around 32°F (0°C). Spring and autumn are generally comfortable with moderate temperatures and less rainfall.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Norfolk?

    Norfolk is a city that sparkles with a vibrant arts scene, rich history, and outdoor adventures. Visit the Chrysler Museum of Art, explore the historic Battleship Wisconsin, or take a walk through the Norfolk Botanical Garden. For animal lovers, a visit to the Virginia Zoo is often recommended.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Norfolk?

    Spring and fall tend to draw many visitors to Norfolk when the weather is pleasant. During these times, the city hosts popular events such as the Virginia Arts Festival in the spring and the Town Point Virginia Wine Festival in the fall.

  • What are the best places to stay in Norfolk?

    Downtown Norfolk is a popular area with its close proximity to attractions like the Chrysler Museum of Art. Ghent, with its historic homes and trendy restaurants, is frequently suggested. For waterfront views, consider places in East Beach.

  • What are the best places to visit in Norfolk?

    Places often recommended in Norfolk include the Chrysler Museum of Art, Nauticus Museum, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and Battleship Wisconsin. For a taste of nature, the Virginia Zoo and First Landing State Park are frequently suggested.

  • What are some hiking trails in Norfolk?

    Explore the serene beauty of Norfolk by hiking the Elizabeth River Trail or the trails in First Landing State Park. You could also venture out on the trails of the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Keep in mind, these trails range from easy to moderate in terms of difficulty.

  • What are some family activities to do in Norfolk?

    Families can spend a fun day exploring the Virginia Zoo or the interactive exhibits at Nauticus Museum. Outdoor adventures like kayaking at the Chesapeake Bay or visiting the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center are also popular activities.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Norfolk?

    A day trip to the historic district of Colonial Williamsburg, approximately 60 miles (96 km) from Norfolk, is often recommended. It's a living-history museum with a recreated colonial town for visitors to explore. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk, approximately 18 miles (29 km) away, provides a relaxing seaside experience. For nature lovers, the First Landing State Park around 22 miles (35 km) away, is frequently suggested, where you can enjoy hiking, bird-watching, and exploring the diverse habitats.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Norfolk?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,160 vacation rentals in Norfolk featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • How much does it cost to stay in townhouse rentals in Norfolk?

    Experience the best of Norfolk with our townhouse rentals, starting at about $30 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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