Norfolk is located at the junction of the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay and is recognized as the central business district of Hampton Roads. Norfolk's 144 miles of shoreline offers ample opportunity for waterfront living. As a city with strong historical ties, many historical homes in the area reflect Gothic Revival, Art Deco and Federal-style rowhouses. The neighborhoods of Willoughby Spit and Ocean View have a long history tied to the Chesapeake Bay and house extensive riverfront property and miles of bayfront resort property and beaches.
Despite its urban nature, Norfolk has a variety of parks and open spaces for residents to enjoy the outdoors. The city maintains three beaches on its North shore and five additional parks contain picnic areas, playground facilities and community pools open to residents. The city is home to Norfolk Naval Station which is the world’s largest Naval Station. With Hampton Roads being a major military center, Norfolk serves as the home for this prominent regional installation.
Norfolk is packed with shopping and dining opportunities as well as sightseeing and recreational offerings. The one-million square foot MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk is a shopper's dream. It houses 140 stores, an 18-screen theater and restaurants all surrounded by a beautiful atrium. Palace Station and Shops of Historic Ghent offer antique shops, eclectic boutiques and signature local shops. For those interested in the Norfolk's culinary scene, there are a variety of dining options, from traditional Southern comfort food to more eclectic offerings. With so many options, there is sure to be something to fill your stomach and tantalize the tastebuds, whether you choose the familiar satisfaction of contemporary American food or the flavorful pizazz of international fare.
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