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Norfolk - Waterside Virginia

Updated on December 26, 2014

The Waterside area of Norfolk Virginia

This page has information on the Waterside area of Norfolk, Virginia.

Waterside is a stellar attraction of Hampton Roads Va. The area is home to Town Point Park, MacArther Center, Nauticus, Battleship Wisconsin, restaurants, taverns, motels, clubs, and more.

Visitors and locals alike flock to Granby Street and the surrounding nearby blocks to find the best Virginia arts, shopping, foods and nightlife.

How to Get to Waterside Va

The Waterside area of Norfolk is very simple to reach. From Virginia Beach, simply take Route 264 west to Norfolk. Several exits are clearly marked with Waterside Drive being the simplest.

Coming from Portsmouth, travelers can take the downtown tunnel (460), Portsmouth Tunnel (264 east) or take any of the water taxis or ferries from the Portsmouth waterfront.

Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin

Nauticus, the National Maritime Center, is located at 1 Waterside Drive, on the downtown waterfront adjacent to Waterside and Town Point Park. Nauticus is an exciting 120,000 square-foot science and technology center exploring the power of the sea.

The facility includes the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration exhibits, and the historic Battleship Wisconsin docked alongside.

Nauticus exhibits include touch tanks, a shark petting lagoon, weather deck, and an Aegis-class destroyer battle simulation. Self-guided tours of the Wisconsin's main deck are allowed.

Norfolk Festivals


Harborfest is a great event in Waterside. The festival features seafood, bands, refreshments, tall ships and more.

Norfolk Jazz Festival

The Norfolk Jazz Festival is the region's longest running outdoor jazz festival. The event recruits nationally known artists as well as a selection of local and regional jazz favorites. The 2 day festival is held in Town Point Park.

Virginia Wine Festival

The Virginia Wine Festival is an annual event that no wine lover should miss. Each year, thousands of wine lovers flock to the banks of the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk, Virginia to enjoy this festival. The event has music, gourmet foods, specialty wares, and samplings of newly released vintages and past favorites from Virginia's premier wine-makers. Wineries from across the state offer chardonnays, merlots, cabernets and other fine wines. Wines presented during the festival are available for purchase by the bottle or the case throughout the day.

Virginia Beer Festival

This festival celebrates the fine art of beer making. The event features live music, food, and beers from Europe and America. The Virginia Beer Festival is often held in the Town Point Park at Norfolk's Waterside.

Nearby Portsmouth

Just across the Elizabeth River is Portsmouth Virginia. Visitors can reach Portsmouth easily by taking Rt 264 west thru the Portsmouth Tunnel or the midtown tunnel (Rt 337/58) near Hampton Blvd.

Town Point Park in Norfolk, Va.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Ann Marie Gorden)


The downtown area is beautiful, with an open, friendly atmosphere.

Norfolk Ferries and Water Taxis

Ferries and water taxis carry passengers across the Elizabeth River between Portsmouth and Norfolk.

Elizabeth River Ferry provides pedestrian ferry crossings on the Elizabeth River between Portsmouth and Norfolk. The ferry operates seven days a week, departing from High Street Landing and North Landing in Portsmouth and arriving at Waterside in Norfolk. For more information: call (757) 222-6100 or visit

The water taxi carries passengers to Olde Towne Portsmouth and downtown Norfolk. Available seasonally, the Water Taxi also offers a 20-minute tour of the Portsmouth waterfront. To call for a ride or to arrange a charter, call 439-TAXI (8294)

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I love Waterside!! I have some great memories of the place. My sister lived in Norfolk for awhile and I would visit a lot. Great lens!