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Naval Station Norfolk

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Address: 1530 Gilbert St, Norfolk, VA 23511
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The oldest naval port in the United States that offers guided tours.

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I was stationed here for 6 years. The traffic is horrible but it is a nice base. Leave early in the mornings to beat the traffic and you'll be fine.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 11, 2016
Rodriquez S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beware of traffic. Very neat place to visit. Some food options located on the Naval Exchange side. Don't expect to purchase items from the exchange without a Military ID. See the tourist center. It's the best way to gain situational awareness on how to proceed.

1 Thank Stanimal14
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had to opportunity to have a active US Navy Pilot as my guide, so I get a lot of background information and I have seen a lot of details that I normally not was aware of it. For me as coming from a country which not have a NAVY neither such a enormous Army base the whole visit was... More 

1 Thank Martin G
Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

We'd asked in advance if we could bring a camera, but didn't consider asking if we could actually use it. The tour runs through the base and past some of the ships, but you're not allowed to take pictures of any ships close up, only from a long way across a parking lot with most of the ship obscured. We... More 

1 Thank mvdironadotcom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

I was stationed here for 6 years. The traffic is horrible but it is a nice base. Leave early in the mornings to beat the traffic and you'll be fine.

1 Thank Rodriquez S
Dothan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

My husband is retired navy so we HAD to go by - he was like a kid in a candy store! This is a beautiful naval station!

1 Thank Ciara L
Fairfax, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

The tour costs $10.00 -- only 1 tour a day at 1:30pm ( at last during the month on November). Ridiculous metal detector security checkpoint before getting on the bus. The tour lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour (ours was 3 hours - the tour bus had an accident). You'll see the pier - as the bus travels at 25... More 

1 Thank its-wat_it_is
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We love going on the base and seeing all the ships and seeing all the service men and women doing their thing Our Sailor has been stationed there for years and we love going to visit The security checkpoints are always so friendly and accommodating

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Our biggest annoyance was with the Navy's handling of tourists. Off our tour bus and into a building where they checked our ID and then processed us through an airport style metal detector. Then back on the bus for the duration of the tour. Our Navy enlisted tour guide was unenthusiastic about their duty and not very knowledgable or well... More 

Thank Malice6
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

We got off a cruise ship and went on a bus tour of the Naval Station. The staff members were friendly and knowledgeable. We had to go through a screening which took some time. The bus was inspected as well before being allowed on the base. We could not take pictures of any of the port or ships. We were... More 

1 Thank epuya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

This is a one hour narrated tour on a small, comfortable bus. While it's interesting for the narration, you really don't get to see much for your $10. Most children would be pretty bored by the end of it. I found the "security" somewhat draconian, considering. Metal detectors, scans and leave your nail clippers behind. REALLY? At one point the... More 

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