in Norfolk, VA
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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.
Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Dune Street Dog Park
Dune St and Meadow Brook Ln
Norfolk, VA 23503 Directions
If there's one thing nature lovers love, it's sharing the beauty of their natural surroundings with their best friend. If your best friend just happens to be your dog, then the Dune Street Dog Park is the perfect destination for you both. This is a beautiful off-leash park with lots of green open spaces where your furry friend will love running around outdoors. Remember that since the park is not fenced, you must control your dog at all times.
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3120 Desert Rd
Suffolk, VA 23434 Directions
The kids will go absolutely wild when you take them to visit the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The Great Dismal has the impressive distinction of serving as the home of more mammals than any other local preserve. Among the more popular residents are the black bears and the endangered Dismal Swamp shrew. The refuge sprawls out 750 miles and includes Lake Drummond
Satisfy your need for an aquatic adventure when you visit Lake Drummond. Plan a picnic on the shore or wade in for a swim or some fishing during the warmer months of the year. You can also enjoy such activities as hiking, biking, and hunting. Plus, you can enjoy a scenic walk along the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail which stretches for a mile along the edge of Dismal Swamp. This scenic body of water is the perfect backdrop for a great afternoon outdoors just relaxing or enjoying a great day out with the family.
Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Rd
Norfolk, VA 23518 Directions
Breathe in Norfolk's natural beauty when you visit the awe-inspiring Norfolk Botanical Garden. This incredibly beautiful slice of nature was first opened in 1938 and has offered the unforgettable solace of nature ever since. Once entering the garden, you will be greeted by 3,000 rose plants that represent the more than 300 varieties. Although peak bloom is from mid-May to October, a truly unforgettable experience awaits you no matter what time of year you visit this attraction.
Town Point Park
201 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, VA 23510 Directions
Norfolk's Town Point Park is a popular haven for city dwellers that want to enjoy a bit of nature during the course of their day. The park is popular with nearby office workers who head down to the park to find a bench where they can enjoy lunch outdoors before heading back to their cubicle. It also features plenty of wide open spaces and playground attractions to keep the kids active during your visit.
Virginia Zoo in Norfolk
3500 Gramby St
Norfolk, VA 23504 Directions
Go on a safari-type adventure when you visit the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. The facility's mission of education, recreation and conservation is communicated through every animal exhibit and information station that you'll find throughout this impressive venue. In addition to stunning specimens of lions, tigers, giraffes and kangaroos, the zoo also works hard to offer several activities for the kids as well as fun seasonal events that the whole family will enjoy.
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