Norfolk: Free Things To Do

Apple Store

Description: Free learning programs and out of school camps for kids focusing on apple programs and STEM.
Phone: (757) 628-8400

Barnes & Noble TCC

Description: Weekly storytimes with different themes. Contact the bookstore for a current schedule.
Phone: (757) 625-3459

Barry Art Museum at ODU

Description: The Barry Art Museum is operated by the Old Dominion University Museum Foundation, in partnership with Old Dominion University. Admission is Free. Public programs and activities are offered.
Phone: 757-683-6200

Cannonball Trail

Description: Follow markers through Town Point Park and Downtown Norfolk on the self-guided tour. Download map on the website link.
Phone: (757) 441-1526

Chrysler Museum

Description: Art Museum. General admission is free. Free Family Activities and Programs. Regularly Scheduled Free Admission/Family Weekend. Summer Camps available. Participant in Blue Star Museum Program. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 12-5pm.
Phone: (757) 664-6200

d'ART Center

Description: d'Art Center hosts art exhibitions, houses gallery and studio spaces with on-site resident artists to interact with, and provides interactive programming. The center also offers art-focused summer camp programming for ages 6-13 in June - August, and children's workshops and classes for ages 6+!
Phone: (757) 625-4211

Fort Norfolk

Description: The last remaining harbor front fort from the time of George Washington. Free admission.
Phone: (757) 642-8311 or (757) 625-1720

Freemason Playground

Description: The Freemason Playground is fully accessible and designed for children ages 5 to 12. The playground features a colorful nautical themed ship sailing on a sea of blue rubberized safety play surface.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Description: Museum follows the extensive history of the fleet in Hampton Roads. Free Admission. Seasonal Family Programming.
Phone: (757) 322-2987

Home Depot Kids Workshops

Description: Free Hands-On Workshops for Kids ages 5-12. Registration is recommended, they often fill up!
Phone: (757) 461-6197

Lowe's DIY Kids' Workshops

Description: Free Hand-On Building Clinics for Kids. Registration is recommended, these do fill up!
Phone: (757) 455-5205

MacArthur Center

Description: Free Indoor Play Area inside MacArthur Center: The Looney Tunes Play Port.

Seasonal Free Family Programming. Movie theater, restaurants.

Birthday party and special event space available in the Live 360 Studio.
Phone: (757) 627-6000

MacArthur Memorial

Description: Memorial to General MacArthur and the millions of American men and women who served in the US Armed Forces from the Civil War through the Korean War.
Phone: (757) 441-2965

Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library

Description: Activities, Events, and Storytimes. Children's Indoor Play Area.
Phone: (757) 441-1750

Meadowbrook Park

Description: Shaded playground for ages 2-12, fenced dog park, half basketball court.

Mermaids On Parade

Description: Beginning at Nauticus, three separate trails take you along the Elizabeth River past Waterside, to the heart of downtown or to the Chrysler Museum while telling local history from the perspective of the 26 Mermaid statues along the trail.
Phone: (757) 664-4000

Moses Myers House

Description: Historic home. Free admission and guided tours.
Phone: (757) 333-1087

Naval Station Norfolk MWR

Description: Military Families - Activities through your local Morale, Welfare & Recreation Office. Youth athletics. Swim Lessons. Summer camp ages 5-12.
Phone: (757) 445-0996

Norfolk Festevents

Description: Norfolk Festevents organizes special events, concerts, festivals and more in the City of Norfolk. Town Point Park has interactive water fountains the kids can play in. Many festival/events are free or low cost.
Phone: (757) 441-2345

Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House

Description: Historic home. Free admission and guided tours.
Phone: (757) 664-6200

Norfolk Police & Fire Rescue Museum

Description: History of police force and fire rescue in Norfolk. Free admission, donations are appreciated.
Phone: (757) 441-1526

Norfolk Premium Outlets Playground

Description: Outdoor gated playground within the grounds of the Norfolk Premium Outlets.
Phone: (757) 673-6427

Norfolk Public Library

Description: Free Library Programs and Services including storytimes, classes for all ages, and homework assistance.
Phone: (757) 664-7328 ext. 347

Norfolk Southern Museum

Description: Over 180 years of railroad history. Free admission.

Ocean View Station Museum

Description: Local museum in Ocean View, Norfolk
Phone: (757) 531-0445

Sheriff Joe Baron Summer Camp

Description: Open to all Norfolk students, ages 9-14. There are 5 weeks of camp programming offered including a sports camp and day camp. Free!
Phone: (757) 441-1066

The Elizabeth River Trail

Description: Scenic trail through areas of Norfolk with markers providing area history.
Address: Norfolk, VA

Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary

Description: The Sanctuary covers about eight acres of land in the western edge of the West Ghent neighborhood. It is open to the public from 9 AM on Saturday until 6 PM on Sunday (5 PM in the winter months).
Phone: (757) 364-9406 Hampton Roads Group
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