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Naval Station Norfolk

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Address: 1530 Gilbert St, Norfolk, VA 23511-2730
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+1 757-444-7955

The oldest naval port in the United States that offers guided tours.

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I was stationed here for 6 years. The traffic is horrible but it is a nice base. Leave early in the mornings to beat the traffic and you'll be fine.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 December 2016
Rodriquez S
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Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We'd asked in advance if we could bring a camera, but didn't consider asking if we could actually use it. The tour runs through the base and past some of the ships, but you're not allowed to take pictures of any ships close up, only from a long way across a parking lot with most of the ship obscured. We... More 

1 Thank mvdironadotcom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I was stationed here for 6 years. The traffic is horrible but it is a nice base. Leave early in the mornings to beat the traffic and you'll be fine.

Thank Rodriquez S
Dothan, United States
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

My husband is retired navy so we HAD to go by - he was like a kid in a candy store! This is a beautiful naval station!

1 Thank Ciara L
Fairfax, Virginia
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115 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The tour costs $10.00 -- only 1 tour a day at 1:30pm ( at last during the month on November). Ridiculous metal detector security checkpoint before getting on the bus. The tour lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour (ours was 3 hours - the tour bus had an accident). You'll see the pier - as the bus travels at 25... More 

1 Thank its-wat_it_is
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We love going on the base and seeing all the ships and seeing all the service men and women doing their thing Our Sailor has been stationed there for years and we love going to visit The security checkpoints are always so friendly and accommodating

Thank Wormy W
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 832 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Our biggest annoyance was with the Navy's handling of tourists. Off our tour bus and into a building where they checked our ID and then processed us through an airport style metal detector. Then back on the bus for the duration of the tour. Our Navy enlisted tour guide was unenthusiastic about their duty and not very knowledgable or well... More 

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We got off a cruise ship and went on a bus tour of the Naval Station. The staff members were friendly and knowledgeable. We had to go through a screening which took some time. The bus was inspected as well before being allowed on the base. We could not take pictures of any of the port or ships. We were... More 

1 Thank epuya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a one hour narrated tour on a small, comfortable bus. While it's interesting for the narration, you really don't get to see much for your $10. Most children would be pretty bored by the end of it. I found the "security" somewhat draconian, considering. Metal detectors, scans and leave your nail clippers behind. REALLY? At one point the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Touring the largest Miliary Base in the world was an interesting experience. This opportunity came in the form of a bus tour with a military guide on board. It was good to see part of this large area with ships, planes, housing, training areas & military buildings. Photos taking was not allowed in certain areas of this base. This is... More 

Thank beckaj01
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

My son is stationed on this base. It is huge! Many current war ships can be seen. They have static displays of navy aircraft from the past with memorials for personnel who lost their lives while on duty in aircraft like in this display. Another place to visit that makes one have a better understanding and appreciation of what our... More 

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