Experience Rich Culture and Historic Attractions in Norfolk, Virginia

Many exciting cultural and entertainment treasures are found throughout Norfolk, Virginia.
asdfsadf
Many exciting cultural and entertainment treasures are found throughout Norfolk, Virginia.

When planning an East Coast retirement or vacation, active adults can turn to the historic beauty of Norfolk, Virginia. This charming city sits alongside the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay, neighboring Virginia Beach. The area offers shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, as well as several appealing active adult communities.

Norfolk is set in Eastern Virginia, less than 30 minutes west of Virginia Beach and about ten minutes north of Chesapeake. The area has four moderate seasons, with hot, humid summers and winters that are cold, but relatively mild. In the summer, daytime high temperatures typically climb to the mid to high 80s. Winter days are often in the high 40s or low 50s, with nighttime temperatures that can fall to the low to mid 30s.

Like much of the East Coast, Norfolk has a long, rich history. Today, visitors can explore historic homes, national landmarks, Civil War attractions and more. Just a few of Norfolk’s historic attractions include Hunter House Victorian Museum, Fort Norfolk, The Attucks Theatre, and Battleship Wisconsin. Visitors can walk the Cannonball Trail through downtown Norfolk, drive the Civil War Trail or take a guided tour of Naval Station Norfolk, the largest Navy base in the world.

More modern attractions are also plentiful. The one-million square-foot MacArthur Center is a downtown destination which features an amazing selection of shops, restaurants and entertainment options. An eclectic mix of boutiques are also found at the neighboring Monticello Arcade, and in historic areas such as the Ghent and Freemason neighborhoods.

Norfolk offers many museums, art galleries and performing arts venues as well. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy visiting the Chrysler Museum of Art, the d’Art Center, the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center and the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center. Other unique Norfolk attractions include the Nauticus maritime museum, the Norfolk Southern railroad museum and the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Of course, Norfolk is also a prime place for outdoor and water-based activities. Those who love hiking, biking or jogging can explore the Elizabeth River Trail, while sports lovers can enjoy a game of softball, basketball or tennis at Northside Park. Coastal and river attractions include Ocean View Beach Park, kayak nature tours, harbor cruises and fishing charters.

Norfolk also offers opportunities for volunteerism. During a visit you can arrange to volunteer with organizations such as The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Learning Barge, the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, or the Virginia Zoological Park.

The Retreat at Greenbrier is set within close proximity of local shopping, dining, and entertainment.
The Retreat at Greenbrier is set within close proximity of local shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Active adults who decide to settle in the Norfolk area can choose from a number of appealing neighborhoods including The Villages at West Neck, The Retreat at Greenbrier, and Eagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation. Most age-restricted communities in the area are relatively small with less than 1,000 homes, yet they typically include inviting clubhouses with amenities, classes and clubs designed to support active living.

Whether traveling along the East Coast or looking for a retirement destination, a trip to Norfolk is sure to be a memorable experience.

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting [email protected] Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

A group of older adults socialize within their 55+ community.

Top 10 FAQs About Living in 55+ Communities

We’re here to answer all of your questions about joining a mature living community, so you can feel empowered in your decision. This is the next great adventure of your life, and we’re firm believers in leaving the stress out. Check out these top 10 FAQs about living in 55+ communities.

A senior couple takes a hike in a low-humidity state they chose for their retirement.

Retirement: What Are the Top 5 States With the Lowest Humidity?

There are many factors in deciding where to retire, and the weather can be one of them. Luckily, many of the states with nice weather also offer additional benefits for people over 60 and have several exciting active adult communities. Here are the four best states for a low-humidity retirement.

Lake view during autumn at dusk of Table Rock Mountain in Pickens, South Carolina.

5 Reasons To Consider a South Carolina Retirement

What does South Carolina have to offer active adults? A selection of over 80 active adult communities is just the beginning. These five reasons to consider a South Carolina retirement just might convince you that this southern coastal state has everything you’re looking for in a 55+ community.

The Best Places to Retire in South Carolina

South Carolina is known for having some of the best golf courses in the country, but that’s not all it has to offer active adults. The state has a rich history and culture, a wide selection of entertainment and recreation, and miles of beaches and coastal living.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

The Carolinas are a power couple when it comes to maintaining an active lifestyle in an amazing climate, but they’re separated by more than just a border. A side-by-side comparison of the two can quickly show which is better for you when it comes to your interests and needs.

Exterior view of a model home at Del Webb Carolina Gardens, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina on a sunny day.

55+ Communities With New Homes for Sale Near Raleigh

If you’re in the market for a new construction home in Raleigh, North Carolina there are plenty of options to consider. We’ve put together a list to help you start your search for the perfect neighborhood with new homes.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top