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Flights to Norfolk

image of NorfolkNorfolk is a city in the state of Virginia and is the second largest city in the state. Founded in 1682, Norfolk is a historic city offering visitors history as well as culture, and some tourist attractions that are great for the whole family.

The main airport for flights to Norfolk is the Norfolk International Airport (airport code: ORF), but the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (code: PHF) is another option about 20 minutes away from Norfolk by car. Flights to Norfolk itself can be arranged with several airlines, such as Virgin Atlantic with transfers in London and New York City. Delta also has flights to Norfolk, connecting in Atlanta and New York City.

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The Tourist Attractions in Norfolk:

Chrysler Museum of Art
Considered to be the best art museum in the state of Virginia, Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum of Art is set within an impressive building near downtown Norfolk. The collection is 30,000 objects strong and covers a vast period in history going back as far as 5,000 years. The main theme of the collection is American and European sculptures and paintings dating from the Middle Ages to today. Famous names seen here include Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Paul Cezanne, and Henri Matisse.

Nauticus – the National Maritime Center
Another of Norfolk’s popular museums is Nauticus. This is a maritime-themed museum which includes hands-on exhibits popular with the children, an aquarium, and the USS Wisconsin which is moored here and is part of the Navy’s reserve fleet. On one floor of Nauticus is the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Hampton Roads is the name of the region in which Norfolk is located, and the museum includes exhibits on wartime naval links with the area.

The Hermitage Foundation Museum
A museum of a very different theme is the Hermitage Foundation Museum which is situated within a Tudor style home built in the early 20th century. The home sits within a 12 acre estate and displays inside the museum include an eclectic mix of art, ceramics, Persian rugs and more.

General Douglas MacArthur Memorial
Within the Norfolk court house and city hall is the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial. The memorial features a museum and research library, as well as a collection of personal belongings, and a short film on the life of this Army General. General MacArthur and his wife are entombed here.

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Covering 155 acres is the Norfolk Botanical Garden. This garden and arboretum was opened in 1938 so is now very well established. It includes numerous themed gardens such as the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Fragrance Garden, the Japanese Garden, Mirror Lake, Tropical Garden, and World of Wonders, plus many more.

Virginia Zoological Park
Opened in 1900 the Virginia Zoological Park is another popular family attraction in Norfolk. There are hundreds of animals here including those native to the United States, plus a good collection of animals from around the world too. You’ll see the endangered Siberian Tiger and White Rhino.

When Should You Visit?:

Common with this part of the USA, Norfolk has a humid subtropical climate which gives the city hot and humid summers and mild winters. Rainfall is fairly high and occurs throughout the year, though the summer is the wettest time, particularly July and August. July is the hottest month when the average high is 31C (87F). Late spring and early autumn are a nice time to visit Norfolk as humidity and rainfall are lower and temperatures are pleasant. Winter is mild with just a little snowfall usually recorded.

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