Bands and Battleships
3 Days/2 Nights
P.M. Sail across the Elizabeth River on the American
Rover Tall Sailing Cruise, an operating passenger carrying topsail schooner! This majestic, three-masted tall ship, modeled after the cargo schooners, leaves from the downtown Norfolk pier for a narrated two-hour harbor cruise. Educational
classes and pizza cruises with entertainment available for students.
Stroll the cobblestone streets of the historic Freemason District and downtown Norfolk for an hour and a half tour to learn about Sea Legends & Tales.
A.M. Take a guided bus tour of the world's largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. A knowledgeable, active duty Navy sailor will board your motor coach and give a narrated tour of the base.
A.M. Aboard the 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.
A.M. Explore the power of the sea at Nauticus with an educational program. Nauticus offers more than 150 exhibits including computer and video interactive films on a giant screen, exotic aquaria, touch pools, shark petting and national-caliber traveling exhibits. Then stroll through 200 years of naval history at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. (Student educated programs are available). Student groups can perform up top of the decks for public display, holding up to 100 students.
Students can watch the ships sail down the Elizabeth River on the decks of Nauticus with a boxed lunch.
P.M. Depart for the Virginia Air and Space Center. Trace the history of flight from its inception and learn about the future of our
nation's space programs through interactive hands-on exhibits. Student programs are available. Students can research weather conditions using the center's weather station, gather information for visits along the way and work with a global positioning system.
Board the Spirit of Norfolk for a student buffet, which can hold up to 400 students. Students can enjoy a nautical setting with dancing and live entertainment all while enjoying the panoramic skyline of Norfolk.
A.M. Depart for home, but before you leave make a stop at the Virginia Mariners Museum. Discover one of the largest international maritime history museums filled with prized artifacts that celebrate the spirit of seafaring adventure. Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models and so much more!