5 Fun Things to Do in Norfolk This Summer

Summer is here! And while businesses reopen and re-establish themselves post-pandemic, you’re likely itching to get outside and explore! Whether you’re newly stationed in Norfolk or have yet to experience summer here, there’s a great variety of activities to add to your bucket list.

Here’s five to get you started:

Norfolk Kayak Rentals

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You’ll find Norfolk Kayak Rentals at 4414 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA and the kayaks launch from the Highland Park Veterans Kayak Launch. This is a great way to explore Lafayette River. The best part: all skill levels and ages welcome! They’ve recently added a fun tour in partnership with the Virginia Zoo. On this tour you will discuss the river’s ecosystems, marine wildlife, issues facing the river, explore restoration efforts currently underway, and how you can help. If you’re lucky, you may see a pod of dolphins chasing fish or catch a bald eagle flying high above. This tour runs for 90 minutes and will cover approximately 2.5-3 miles of kayaking at a leisurely pace. All tours benefit the Virginia Zoo Act for Wildlife Fund.

Virginia Zoo

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Prairie dogs, Golden Macaws, and lions, oh my! Located on Granby in the heart of Norfolk is the Virginia Zoo. They’ve re-opened with some restrictions, but this is a wonderful way to engage the whole family. There are amenities such as membership perks, special events, and be sure to contact them should you want to have a birthday event! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tickets and reservations must be made online. It’s fun for the whole family.

American Rover Sailing Cruise

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Enjoy a sunset cruise aboard American Rover. Since 1986, the American Rover’s red tanbark sails have been one of the signature sights of the Hampton Roads area. Cruises depart from Waterside Marina on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront — conveniently located in the heart of Coastal Virginia — just 30 minutes from Virginia Beach and 80 minutes from Williamsburg. From April through October, she sails the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor on daily two-hour narrated harbor and sunset cruises. On board, guests can lend a hand with the sails, take a turn at the helm, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.

Pedego Electric Bikes

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Have you ever wanted to bike around and explore Norfolk while remaining eco-conscience? Pedego Electric Bikes is your answer. They are located downtown, off of City Hall Ave; Pedego offers sales and rentals of their 19 different models. They also have a location in East Beach/Ocean View off of E Ocean View Ave. This is a great way to wander the city and take in the views. The quality of Pedego Bikes is unmatched. They pride themselves on high quality craftmanship and parts. A single charge will allow you to zip down Granby and over to the Neon District to enjoy the art.

Norfolk Pedal Tours

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Norfolk Pedal Tours offers a unique way to explore Norfolk and Ghent in their 15-seater, pedal powered touring vehicle that takes groups along City approved routes through Downtown Norfolk and Historic Ghent to explore art, history, restaurants and bars. The cycle has five pedaling seats on each side, one non-pedaling seat on each side and a back bench for three non-pedaling riders. The cycle’s max speed is 8mph and is fueled by participant pedal power. They do not have a battery to help with inclines. While they currently aren’t offering drinks while you pedal tours, there are bar tours that allow you to stop and enjoy a cold one before heading to the next destination.

What other summer activities do you love in Norfolk? Comment below!

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