Norfolk is an independent city in the Hampton Roads area and is Virginia’s second-largest city behind neighboring Virginia Beach.  Founded in 1682, Norfolk grew up on the water, and its miles of lake, river and bay front are central to many of its neighborhoods. The city’s popular logo — an elegant young mermaid, which can be spotted in outdoor sites from Downtown to Ocean View — symbolizes 300 years of maritime and naval heritage and its modern reputation as a city on the move.

Norfolk is named for the large natural harbor of the same name located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and is home to more than 100 diverse neighborhoods.  The city is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and to the north by the Chesapeake Bay. It also shares land borders with the independent cities of Chesapeake to its south and Virginia Beach to its east. One of the oldest of the cities in Hampton Roads, Norfolk is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region.

Attractions such as the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin, a salute to the city’s long-standing relationship with the Navy, Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the new Cruise and Celebration Center dot Norfolk’s easily-walked downtown waterfront. Here, tugboats and visiting cruise ships share the waters with sailboats and merchant ships. The waterfront is also home to Town Point Park, a recently refurbished green space that houses summer festivals, fountains, walkways, and tributes to the City’s naval history. Other treasures — The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoological Park — are close by. The Tide, a light rail route through the heart of downtown, recently opened.

Norfolk is home to the Port Authority, Norfolk-Southern Railway, The Virginia Symphony, Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, Tides baseball and the Admirals hockey teams, state of the art research facilities, shipping companies and an exuberant arts and cultural community.

The city continues its successful renewal, including new office, retail, entertainment and hotel construction downtown, new residential development along the rivers and bay front, and revitalization projects in many of its neighborhoods. Norfolk has added thousands of new residents to its downtown – turning it into a vibrant, lively place to live, visit or work.

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