A Tale of Two Cities
Day One savor lunch on the Elizabeth River at the Waterside Festival Marketplace with Portsmouth as your back drop. Set sail aboard the elegant American Rover Tall Sailing Ship. Upon your return from an afternoon on the calming seas, stroll through Town Point Park passing the Armed Forces Memorial where, cast in bronze are excerpts from 20 letters written home by U.S. service members who lost their lives in war. Dine on Granby Street at Byrd & Baldwin Brothers Steakhouse, a traditional steak and chophouse restaurant housed in a circa 1906 building. Or just stroll down Granby Street to find over 20 locally owned restaurants that will satisfy your tastebuds.
Day two head over to Naval Station Norfolk and tour the world's largest naval installation. Stroll through 5,000 years of art history at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Featuring the museum's world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures. NEW! Chrysler Museum of Art has a glass blowing studio. Board the paddlewheel ferry from Downtown Norfolk. A quick 10 minute ride brings you right to the streets of Olde Towne Portsmouth. Enjoy lunch at a river side café in Portsmouth.The adventure begins at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame as you play your way into sports history. Imagine, wonder and explore at the Children's Museum of Virginia. See the Lancaster Antique Train and Toy Collection which includes four running trains, numerous engines and cars that will amaze adults as well as children. As the day draws to a close relax and enjoy a quiet dinner in one of the many trendy restaurants found scattered throughout Historic Olde Towne Portsmouth. After dinner take a walk through history as you explore Olde Towne. In a single square mile you will see one of the largest collections of antique homes south of Alexandria, VA.
Day three spend the morning at Nauticus, a fun and exciting interactive science and technology center, exploring the power of the sea. Discover the Hampton Roads Naval Museum where you will be introduced to over 200 years of naval activity in Hampton Roads. Walk the teak decks of Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. Stand beneath her 16-inch guns and feel the excitement of being aboard a historic warship.