Bring the Family and Enjoy all that Norfolk has to Offer
Attractions within 1-mile from the convention are listed below making many walking distance from the hotel. Other attractions only minutes’ drive includes the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk and more.
MacArthur Memorial opened in 1964; the former city hall building was changed into a gallery museum and crypt for the General and his wife Jean. The gallery displays, General MacArthur’s awards and decorations. In the center of the American display case is General MacArthur’s Purple Heart. On the ribbon is an oak leaf cluster. It is Purple Heart Number One, the first issued after the medals restoration during MacArthur’s tenure as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, 1930-1935. The medal in the case is badly scarred. It was recovered from MacArthur’s prewar residence after it was destroyed during the battle for Manila in 1945. In the front of the MacArthur Memorial rests the Purple Heart monument. Declaring the MacArthur Memorial as the terminus of the Purple Heart Trail, which begins at Mt. Vernon and links every state and the District of Columbia highway network, the monument establishes the connection between MacArthur and the medal. The MacArthur Memorial is 0.02mi/3min by foot from the convention hotel.
National Maritime Center is more than a museum filled with changing exhibits it is an entertainment center with interactive activities and live shows. Located on the second floor of Nauticus is the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. An official museum of the United States Navy and reports to the Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C. The museum is dedicated to the study of 237 years of naval history in the Hampton Roads region. Nauticus is 0.02mi/4min by foot from the convention hotel.
The Battleship Wisconsin is berthed at Nauticus is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy, the Battleship Wisconsin. The USS Wisconsin is an Iowa-class battleship, the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. She was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and launched on 7 December 1943, the second anniversary of the Pearl Harbor raid. The USS Wisconsin was struck from the Naval Vessel Register (NVR) 17 March 2006, and is currently berthed in Whisky Basin, next to Nauticus and steps away from Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk. Visitors of the battleship can explore its deck through a self-guided tour or take a guided Topside Tour that includes the administration area, radio room, main deck enlisted berthing, captain’s cabin and sleeping quarters, flag bridge and combat engagement center. The tour involves climbing up to 4 decks and entering small spaces. Attendees must be physically capable and wear comfortable walking shoes. The Battleship Wisconsin is 0.02mi/4min by foot from the convention hotel.
Town Point Park is located in the riverbanks of the Elizabeth River and in the heart of downtown Norfolk Town Point Park provides a peaceful escape in an urban setting. Set within the park’s eight acres is three prominent monuments all within 0.03mi/6min or less by foot from the convention hotel.
Armed Forces Memorial is a tribute to the service people in the United States who gave up their lives in war. This memorial is a collection of twenty inscriptions of letters written home by soldiers who lost their lives. The sculpture was dedicated on July 4, 1998.
The Homecoming Memorial is a replica of “The Homecoming” statue can be found in Norfolk’s Town Point Park. Norfolk is considered the Navy’s “hometown,” making the city is a perfect place for a Homecoming statue to reside. The statue was placed in Town Point Park on October 14, 2000 in honor of Navy families.
Lone Sailor Statue represents the past, present and future Navy bluejacket – adventurous, independent, courageous, self-reliant, and resourceful. The authentic image evokes the lure and romance of service at sea. The dedication of The Lone Sailor statue occurred on May 25, 2002 in Norfolk. The statue is on Wisconsin Square facing the bridge of the Battleship USS Wisconsin. Because Norfolk is the home of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, it serves as a natural home for The Lone Sailor. The Norfolk statue is surrounded by eight bronze commemorative plaques of Norfolk based ships and submarines that have met with tragedy and one plaque that recalls the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The plaques are: USS Cole, USS Forrestal, USS Iowa, USS Liberty, USS Nimitz, USS Newport News, USS Scorpion, and The Pentagon. The Norfolk Lone Sailor, and its moving site were donated by “Friends of the United States Navy Memorial” made up of hundreds of individuals and local organizations that pledged their support.
Pagoda and Oriental Garden is a beautiful Chinese Pagoda located on the waterfront in downtown only a minute’s walk from the Battleship Wisconsin. The Pagoda is surrounded by an exquisitely landscaped Oriental Garden featuring a magnificent Koi pond waterfalls and colorful plants. This Asian venue offers a unique spot for enjoying a drink or tea while taking in the scenery. The Pagoda is only 0.04mi/9min by foot from the convention hotel.
Hunter House Victorian Museum. In Norfolk in 1894, the Boston architect W.D. Wentworth designed and built a home in the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture for the prominent merchant and banker, James Wilson Hunter. Today the Hunter House Victorian Museum offers a little slice of Victoriana in the middle of Norfolk’s historic Freemason District. The Hunter House is only 0.06mi/13min by foot from the convention hotel.
Willoughby-Baylor House. This new museum provides engaging thematic exhibits and offerings that survey the history of Norfolk and Hampton Roads. Themes to be examined and illuminated in the museum are Norfolk’s long history as an international port and maritime center; the area’s impressive naval and military heritage; the decorative arts of Norfolk and the region; and key public buildings and residences in the city at different moments in history. The Willoughby-Baylor House is only 0.03mi/5min by foot from the convention hotel.
Moses Myers House. One of Norfolk’s first Jewish residents built the elegant Federal Period home in 1792. Seventy percent of the current collection of furnishings was acquired by the first generation of Myers and reflects the French influences prevalent during the period. The collection also boasts artwork by Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, John Wesley Jarvis and many other noted American artists. The Moses Myers House is only 0.04mi/5min by foot from the convention hotel.
Police & Fire Rescue Museum. The Norfolk Police Department, established in 1797, is one of the oldest in the United States and has enjoyed an illustrious history of service. The Norfolk Police Museum, established in 1919, is the oldest museum in Norfolk. Its purpose is to document and preserve the history of NPD and those who have served the department. Norfolk Fire-Rescue was established in 1871. The Norfolk Fire-Rescue Museum, a unit within NFR, was established in 2004. This combined museum is only 0.03mi/5min by foot from the convention hotel.
Norfolk Southern Museum. The Norfolk Southern Museum is where the past meets the future. Here visitors can learn about more than 180 years of railroad history while taking in the transportation systems of tomorrow. Exhibits highlight the company’s history and artifacts including Civil War-era tracks, vintage hand tools, photographs of workers past and present, and diagrams of hand signals used to teach railroad trainees track communications. At the museum you can see a 900 pound railroad coupler up close and operate a locomotive simulator. The Norfolk Southern Museum is only 0.01mi/3min by foot from the convention hotel.
Harbor Park (Minor League Baseball). Harbor Park, with its outstanding view and sound design, is one of the finest baseball facilities in existence. The ballpark is located in downtown Norfolk on the Elizabeth River, and was opened in 1993. The Tides christened their new home on April 14th of that year with a 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Lynx. With baseball season in full swing during the time of the convention members can easily enjoy a game on the water. Ticket prices range from $16.50 to $20.00 per seat.
Harbor Park has its own Light Rail stop or walk the 0.09mi/17min by foot from the the convention hotel.