With spring underway, it’s important to get outside and enjoy fresh air and step away from the work-from-home set up. Whether it’s getting the little ones outside or taking a break from those Zoom calls, Norfolk offers quite a few outdoor spaces to run, ride, or even take man’s best friend for a walk. There is a variety of parks located throughout Norfolk, which provides a little something for everybody:
Town Point Park
Serving as the hub for some of Norfolk’s iconic events, Town Point Park has a little something for everyone. You can explore some of Norfolk’s Naval History, watch the different vessels that travel to and from Portsmouth Shipyard, or even bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the sun setting over Norfolk. The park is adjacent to downtown which offers a variety of dining options and makes for a great date night.
Elizabeth River Trail
If you’ve ever wanted to see each of Norfolk’s neighborhoods, this is the way to do it! Winding in and out of Norfolk is the Elizabeth River Trail. You can roller skate, bike, run, walk, and even take your dog along this scenic route.
Nestled between Norfolk’s Freemason District and the Harbor Walk with views of the Battleship Wisconsin is the tranquil Pagoda. It’s a great place to have a picnic, people watch, and even take photos. The koi pond and bamboo make for a peaceful spot in the heart of bustling Norfolk.
Do you like art? Do you find wonder in oddities? The Plot is the place for you. Located in the Neon District, the Plot is an urban playground for both kids and adults alike. Walk around and take in the murals, sip a coffee from Zeke’s Beans and Bowls, or grab a delicious French patisserie from La Brioche and marvel at all the modern art! This is a great place for photos with the different murals and structures.
If you are looking for a catch all quintessential park, then Northside is for you! With its tennis courts, basketball courts, playground equipment, and even a skate park, Northside Park is a place the whole family can enjoy. There are plenty of tables to spread out and enjoy a nice book or pack a picnic.
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Known for their events and seasonal displays, Norfolk Botanical Garden is a great place to unwind and relax. You can walk the grounds and discover the plant life, take a dip in the water playground that opens in the summer, and even drive through the Christmas Lights display each winter in their annual winter bash. While it’s open year-round, make sure to visit their website for ticket information and to see what’s blooming and sprouting!
**Disclaimer: COVID-19 Restrictions may impact operating hours so be sure to check the websites before going. Wear a mask and maintain social distancing guidelines per the CDC.