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Williamsburg,Norfolk and VA Beach

Discussion in 'Glockers of the Old Dominion' started by Bilbo Bagins, May 29, 2009.

  1. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    I'm from PA and I'm going on vacation to Williamsburg VA (Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg) and I wanted to check out some of the naval sites in Norfolk and maybe hit Virigina Beach. I have not been in the area in years. Is it safe, or are there places I need to avoid.
     
  2. swotivated

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    Do you have some sort of military affiliation (i.e. mil ID/base access)? If so, you might as well call the base PAO and see if you can get a ship tour. If not, still give them a call and ask- the worst they can say is 'no.' There are two major bases there- Norfolk and Little Creek- so try both.

    Wish I could be more help but I've never been there, though I am transferring there next month. I hear Norfolk definitely has some shady areas.
     


  3. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    There are TONS of civilian run naval museums in Norfolk, one involves the Battleship Wisconsin. I have looked into it and, some bases house little museums open to the public and there are some guided tours around the various bases. One I'm interested in is actually a civilian tourist boat tour that takes you along the waterways of Norfolk.

    I too heard parts of Norfolk and VA beach are a dicey, but if your getting transfered there, it look like there is a lot of stuff in the area you can do.
     
  4. Contact 757-444-0000, press 0 for the operator. Ask to be transferred to "Navy Base Tours" for a schedule. From 64 Take 564 towards Gate 3 and make a left, the Naval Tour building will be right on the right.

    Also check out "Nauticus" http://www.nauticus.org and the Virginia Marine Science Center http://www.vmsm.com

    If you love seafood: http://lynnhavenfishhouse.net/menus.php

    When are you coming down?
     
  5. swotivated

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    Bilbo, did you ever get in touch with the point of contact Dan provided? I'm curious how it works. Either way, enjoy your vacation!
     
  6. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    Unfortunately no. Due to something coming up in work, my 4 day vacation got shrunk down to just Saturday and Sunday. Since we did not have a lot of time and the kids come first (AKA we never left Busch Gardens :upeyes: ) we never got to Norfolk.

    The kids had a great time, and the 5 hour drive from PA was reasonable, so we will probably come back to the area again. I will definately put those phone numbers in my back pocket for a return trip.

    Thanks again guys for all the advice.