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Naval Station Norfolk

1530 Gilbert St, Norfolk, VA 23511
(757) 444-7955
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Ranked #9 of 28 Attractions in Norfolk
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Group tours/walking tour
Description: The oldest naval port in the United States that offers guided tours.
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Norfolk, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Besides it being the largest Naval Installation in the country, the years of history are breathtaking. Check out everything from the aircraft carriers to Chambers field airstrip.

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Marietta, Georgia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
47 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

In this day and time the military must be very careful with their security. So it was with this tour. We had to show our ID's to even sign up for the tour. Then, before we could get on the bus we had to walk through an airport type metal detector. The bus route was clearly selected to show a... More

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Ontario, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We took the bus tour of the Norfolk Navel Base which is a very reasonable $10.p.p.. We went there expecting to get a close-up look at the port and ships that were in. Unfortunately the tour focuses mostly on the base and its buildings. Five minutes out of the 45 minute tour is actually spent looking at the ships, which... More

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Freehold, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

What an impressive base ? I grew up next to Earl Naval base in New Jersey which has one of the longest peers in the world. But it is primarily used for cargo. Norfolk had 4 or 5 modern aircraft carriers as well as many other large combat vessels. Of course access to the base is limited but I believe... More

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Hammonton, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were in Norfolk for my husband's Navy reunion, and were able to visit the base as one of the activities. It was interesting to see where he had worked, and also to see what the base looked like. We toured an active ship, which was a bit awkward as you are walking into the crew's workspaces, and also we... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Unfortunately, during our visit all big ships "mysteriously disappeared" - this is how our guide described it :). Yet, the site is truly impressive and we didn't notice how the 45 minutes flew away. They have several very nice old houses built by different states, you get to see different monuments, helicopters and planes on the display not to mention... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It was getting hotter and more humid and we decided to go to the water to tour. We were astounded at the number of ships and variety of ships housed at the naval base. The tour boat was open on top for those who are used to the weather and closed in and air conditioned below for those who are... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My kids really enjoyed the sights at the naval base. To see the huge ship in all it's wonder was a hit for the kids.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was our last stop on our roadtrip. The USS Wisconsin was worth every dollar spent. My daughter was considering joining the Navy but due to a sport injury has to change fields, nevertheless she thoroughly enjoyed it, so did the other big KID, my husband.

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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very scenic...informative commentary...clean vessel....excellent value...close to other interesting sites

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