Norfolk is the ideal destination for action-packed and affordable, educational tours. With an abundance of outdoor activities, historical and cultural attractions, Norfolk offers exciting choices for new learning.
The Chrysler Glass Studio is a 7,000 square foot modern studio features public glassblowing demonstrations, classes, a Visiting Artist Series and an Artist in Residence program. Next door, at the nationally-renowned Chrysler Museum of Art, you’ll find 5,000 years of art history and Walter P. Chrysler Jr.’s world-class collection of more than 30,000 works of art. In addition to its envied collections, the Chrysler abounds with exciting concerts and theatrical performances. Don’t forget to stop by Norfolk’s d’ART Center, located in the new NEON Arts District (New Energy of Norfolk) to watch artists paint, sketch, sculpt and more!
Let your students become researchers discovering the wonders of African wildlife at Norfolk’s Virginia Zoo. Students will learn how to do an observation by practicing in a classroom and then venturing out into the African exhibit. Learners will also discover how animal populations interact in the wild or in a captive situation. Students can hop on the Norfolk Southern Express, a train includes live narration from an engineer about the Zoo!
Students get to explore the nautical, naval and natural power of the sea at Nauticus, Norfolk’s interactive science maritime museum. This enormous waterside science and technology center boasts over 150 interactive exhibits. Also located at Nauticus are the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the historic Battleship Wisconsin, the largest battleship ever constructed by the U.S. Navy! For more nautical fun, students may climb aboard one of several harbor cruises including a learning adventure on the topsail schooner, American Rover, a tour of the world’s largest naval base aboard the Victory Rover or one of the Spirit of Norfolk’s Kids Discovery cruises.
Consider visiting one of our outdoor classrooms while in Norfolk. With Norfolk’s mild climate students can discover nature at the World of Wonders – the largest children’s adventure garden on the East Coast and one of over 20 themed gardens featured at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.
As the cultural heart of the Commonwealth, Norfolk is home to the Virginia Symphony Orhcestra, Virginia Opera, Virginia Stage Company and Virginia Chorale. Norfolk offers everything from live theatre and comedy shows to nationally recognized ballet and opera performances.
Norfolk is also home to many sites that helped shape the history of the United States. Students can not only read about the Revolutionary War, but they can also visit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where a cannonball from the Battle of Great Bridge remains lodged in one of the church’s original walls. While walking along the city’s heritage trail, known as the Cannonball Trail, visitors can also experience more than 40 historic sites woven throughout downtown Norfolk. The MacArthur Memorial delves deeper into Norfolk’s military history, so be sure to stop by during your visit.