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“Amazing sight to see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Naval Station Norfolk

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
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Owner description: The oldest naval port in the United States that offers guided tours.
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Amazing sight to see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We went to visit my brother who is stationed there and he gave me a tour of the base. If you are ever curious where your tax dollars go and want to see what they are spent on, then go here! Those rows of ships are a reminder of how great we really are! I dont hink its open to the general public, but can always call and ask.

Visited November 2013
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Norfolk, Virginia
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207 reviews 207 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Tourists deserve better!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

My Lady and I were born and reared in Norfolk thru high school. At 70, I’ve returned and retired in Norfolk, and she often visits from New York. The Navy and the Norfolk Naval Base have been an indelible part of our formative years. Perhaps it was just a bad day … but our bus tour with narration was just poorly done. Tourists deserve better!

Visited December 2013
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Lake Mary, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Navy Exchange”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I really enjoy thie NEX, it is so big! You will find everything. I always take the day to go shop then have lunch. The commissary is also huge and you can go grocery shopping also! Everything in on spot. Love prices most of all.

Visited October 2013
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Quito
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68 reviews 68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

While it was interesting to visit the largest naval base in the world, it was disappointing that we didn't get closer to the ships and that the bus drove by them so quickly with no pause at all except for at one point far from the shore where we were allowed to take pictures from the bus. The active duty sailor who narrated the tour had given the tour so many times that she talked so fast and made several mistakes, having to repeat what she said. She also couldn't answer some basic questions. The tour needs to be revitalized because it could be very, very interesting.

Visited October 2013
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Yorktown, Virginia
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145 reviews 145 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Tour of Naval Station Very Worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

You can get some idea of the activity on the world's largest naval base with this bus tour. The tour leaves from the tour office adjacent to Gate 5 on Hampton Blvd. An active duty sailor or officer narrates the tour (sometimes speaking very quickly, so you have to listen carefully). Various facilities like gyms, living and dining are pointed out along the way. The bus makes the trip down the road adjacent to the docks and ships in port are pointed out and their highlights mentioned. The aircraft carriers Teddy Roosevelt and George H. B. Bush were in port yesterday along with various support ships. No pictures are allowed along the docks or within several blocks, but pictures in other areas are allowed. The remaining State residences built for the 1907 world exposition are also on the route. Most of us do not have access to this facility, so this is an interesting peek behind the scenes. Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis. The cost is adults $10 and seniors $5, and the tour lasts 50 min.

Visited October 2013
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