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Address: 1530 Gilbert St, Norfolk, VA 23511
Phone Number: (757) 444-7955
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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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Good bus tour

The naval station here is the largest in the world and worth seeing. The tour consists entirely of a narrated bus tour that takes you around. You will see the buildings, houses... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Pirategirlecu
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Greenville, North Carolina
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Greenville, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The naval station here is the largest in the world and worth seeing. The tour consists entirely of a narrated bus tour that takes you around. You will see the buildings, houses constructed for the 1907 World's Fair, and ships. Worth the trip!

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Chatham, New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It's a great place to visit and see all of the ships stationed on the piers. There are plenty of military people who are more then proud to talk about the ships and the station. Once your done there, hop over to Virginia Beach or Colonial Williamsburg/Jamestown.. Great area to visit!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

No you will not be allowed to get off the tour bus and you will not be able to board an aircraft carrier. But this station is an active naval base and most of the ships you see are actively in service! This is very different from the retired ships you have seen be fore - this is real!

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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84 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

For those unfamiliar with military bases, like myself, this provided a "behind the scenes tour" about what a military base is. This is the largest naval base in the world, and besides a mere tour of the base, you also get to see some really cool big boats and helicopters. The tour is conducted on a coach bus, and you... More 

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Kendall Park, New Jersey
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's a nice tour, with a friendly tour guide. Seeing the ships (from the bus) gives you some perspective of their size. There were no carriers in port that day, but it's still an impressive facility (the largest naval base in the world), a city unto itself.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I live near the naval base, so I was not sure I would benefit much from a tour. I was wrong! Although many areas are understandably off limits, there is still a lot to see and a lot to learn. The huge ships are inspiring. The officer quarters are beautiful. Even before my tour, I had a habit of standing... More 

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Alliance, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is HUGE! Have a military person with you to go through the check points and show you the base. The ships lined up in port is breath taking.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

First, a disclaimer - I did not take the bus tour available to the public, I was here with the Boy Scouts of America. We were able to see a fast attack sub (USS Boise, SSN-764), a destroyer (USS Mahan, DDG-72) and an aircraft carrier (George H.W. Bush, CVN-77). Sadly (but understandably), no pictures of the sub (they held onto... More 

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

This is basically to a closed audience. If you have a child or family member in the U.S. Navy who is returning from sea duty you HAVE TO SEE THEIR RETURN. I retired from the Air Force and Never experienced anything like this. TRADITION. Every American should see this. God bless the USA and it's Military.

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Rockford, Wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This navy base is HUGE! Went to see my grandson on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Enjoyed our visit. Hate to see him go away for so long

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