Sleep Inn Lake Wright - Norfolk Airport
6280 Northampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone: (757) 461-1133
Fax: (757) 461-5925
Take a short trip back in time by visiting this small medieval, transitional, gable style home of the Thelaballs. The journey back in time begins in "King George's Parking Lot" and continues along a charming, rustic path through a small wooded area. The house is situated on five and a half acres of land which includes a small woods and gardens of herbs, vegetables, flax, cotton, peanuts, and tobacco.
This third Lynnhaven parish church dates back to 1736, when a church that was later destroyed by fire was built. The church was rebuilt in 1916 using the remains of walls originally erected in 1736 and tours that highlight its Colonial past are often given to schoolchildren and visitors to the area.
Conveniently located at the center of Norfolk, this sizable park has many facilities aimed at providing entertainment and fitness to the residents of the city. There are nine tennis courts, two illuminated ball fields, off-street parking and a playground. It is also home to the Lakewood Dance and Music Center, which hosts a number of performances throughout the year as well as numerous dance and music classes. Open daily, from dawn until dusk.
Rich in history, this site dates back to 1642 when the ferry service was first started by Adam Thoroughgood to connect plantations by the waterway and the third Princess Anne Courthouse built in 1735, which is the reputed site of imprisonment for Grace Sherwood, the "Witch of Pungo," once stood on this site. The circa 1830 house which now stands on this site is a ten room, central passage plan Federal farm house that faces the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River.
This beautiful planetarium at the Norfolk State University is available for civic groups and educational organizations to enjoy the stars, free-of-charge. The planetarium also holds many public lectures and workshops and there is the possibility that participants might learn more about the state-of-the-art Rapid Response Robotic Telescope. E-mail for more details.
Adam Thoroughgood House is known for being one of the oldest homes around town. Named after the native community leader, the house was built in 1680 by his grandson. The medieval cottage is an adorable sight with its typical English facades and quaint interiors.
In 1999, the year after Norfolk adopted the mermaid as their city logo, a city-wide art project was developed to bring this symbol to life throughout the city. Local artisans created the mermaid statues scattered throughout the city, interpreting the mermaid mythology and life in Norfolk. Dozens of mermaid statues adorn the city's streets and buildings. See how many you can find!
This wonderful family-friendly park is a mere two miles south of Chesapeake Bay, making it extremely accessible for both locals and the majority of tourists staying near Ocean View. It is beautifully maintained and has several facilities including 17 picnic shelters, tennis courts, softball fields, an indoor swimming pool (open year-round), a nature trail and two basketball courts. Best of all, it has Imagination Island, the biggest community-built playground in Virginia, which is a source of endless wonder for children and adults alike. Open dawn to dusk.
The Virginia Zoo has been collecting animals since the beginning of the 20th Century. The zoo houses animals from all over the world, from domestic farm animals to Siberian tigers and white rhinos. In addition to animals, the zoo simultaneously houses a large horticultural collection as well. The zoo can also host birthday parties and other private events, as well as zoo camps, Girl and Cub Scout programs and family programs.
St. Paul's dates back to 1739, making it one of the oldest original colonial buildings in Norfolk, but the history of the parish goes back even farther than that. Today, visitors to the church can still see a cannonball that was lodged there in 1776. The church also houses some historic grave sites dating back to the 17th Century.
This 83-foot tall granite statue is a wonderful memorial to one of the principle defenders of American civil liberties, Martin Luther King. The base of the monument is inscribed with his most significant quotes. It is one of the tallest monuments of its kind in the United States and it well worth a visit. Only street parking is available.
This tall monument, found in the West Point Cemetery, is one of the one African-American Civil War monuments in the South. After a long, fraught building process, the monument was finally completed in 1920, in honor of all the African-American soldiers that lost their lives. The soldier depicted at the monument's top is Sergeant William H. Carney, the son of two emancipated slaves. The monument bears an inscription in his honor - and all the other soldiers that died - at the base.