By Sarah Jaudon


Camp Allen in Norfolk, VA, has a rich history and charming local community, and being the second-largest city in Virginia, there are endless things to do in Norfolk, VA, from the coastline to the exciting downtown nightlife and festivals. Keep reading for a list of the best things to do in Norfolk, VA, near Camp Allen.

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Camp Allen Outdoor Recreation

1. MCCS Outdoor Recreation

A St. Bldg. MCA-614 Norfolk, VA


: 1 (757) 444-6664 MCCS Outdoor Recreation is located on Camp Allen and is open to all active-duty, retired, and DoD personnel. Here, you can rent a variety of outdoor recreation items and party supplies.

Bowling Near Camp Allen

2. Gator Bowling Center

1455 Gator Blvd. Bldg. 3560 Virginia Beach, VA 23459


: 1 (757) 462-7952 Gator Bowl is considered the largest Navy bowling facility in Virginia, with over 32 lanes for tournament play and free bowling. The amenities include a snack bar, full-service bar, pro shop, and pool tables.

Golf Courses Near Camp Allen

3. Sewells Point Golf Course

660 Ruthven Rd. Bldg. CA-99 Norfolk, VA 23511


: 1 (757) 444-5572 Sewells Point Golf Course is an open-play golf course with tournament play, a pro shop, a driving range, cart rentals, and a snack bar. Golf lessons and club fittings are readily available with a PGA professional by appointment only.

4. Virginia Beach Golf Club

4301 Powhatan Ave. Norfolk, VA 23508


: 1 (757) 489-1677 The Virginia Beach Golf Club consists of some of the best golf courses in Virginia. This club offers five courses to please golfers of any skill level.

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5. Little Creek - Eagle Haven Golf
1500 Hewitt Dr. Bldg. 3690 Virginia Beach, VA 23459


: 1 (757) 462-8526 Eagle Haven Golf Course offers beautiful views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. It is very close to the Virginia Beach strip, and it is not far from Camp Allen. This 18-hole course is considered a hidden gem in Virginia. Camp Allen Gym

Camp Allen Gym

6. Hopkins Hall Gymnasium

5th Ave. Bldg. MCA-603 Norfolk, VA 23551


: 1 (757) 445-2742 The Camp Allen gym is located at the Hopkins Hall facility and is open Monday through Friday from 0500-1500 and closed on weekends. The Camp Allen Gym is available for all active duty, first responders, and DoD civilians.

Shooting Range

7. Camp Allen Indoor Shooting Range

604 Mogadishu St. Norfolk, VA 23515


: 1 (757) 489-2585 The Camp Allen Indoor Shooting Range is open to the public and is located on base. The shooting range is open Monday through Friday 1000-1800 and Wednesday through Sunday from 1000-1800 for recreational shooting. Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

8. Harrison Opera House Norfolk

160 E Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23510


: 1 (757) 623-1223 Harrison Opera House Norfolk is a historic theater known for its elegance and opulence. The lavish staircase welcomes you into the building, where you can sip champagne and watch a theatrical show in style and glamor at the Harrison Opera House.

9. Virginia Zoo

3500 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23504


: 1 (757) 441-2374 Virginia Zoo makes our list of family things to do in Norfolk, where you can explore the unique gardens, watch lions in their natural habitat, and celebrate a private birthday party or special event. Click here for directions to Virginia Zoo from Camp Allen.

10. Norfolk Botanical Garden Splash Pad

6700 Azalea Garden Rd. Norfolk, VA 23518


: 1 (757) 441-5830 If you’re looking for free things to do in Norfolk, VA, the Norfolk Botanical Garden splash pad is a great place to start. Kids of all ages can climb Discovery Peak, touch and smell the array of edible plants, and take a walk through the gardens. Don’t forget to cool off in the Norfolk Botanical Garden splash pad after.

11. Ocean View Beach Park

100 W Ocean View Ave. Norfolk, VA 23503


: 1 (757) 441-1605 If you’re looking for more family things to do in Norfolk, the beach is always a great choice. The Ocean View Beach Park sits on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and offers picnic tables, restrooms, and showers for the ultimate beach day.

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12. Haygood Skating Center
1036 Ferry Plantation Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455


: 1 (757) 460-1138 Haygood Skating Center is a fun and retro roller skating rink located in Virginia Beach, so dust off those skates or rent them here for indoor skating, parties, and special events. Be sure to stop by the pizzeria, which offers various sweet and savory goodies. For Haygood Skating Center hours, click here.
13. Top Golf
5444 Greenwich Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462


: 1 (757) 544-9217 Top Golf is a premier entertainment destination in Virginia Beach. Rent one of their climate-controlled hitting bays complete with a TV and complimentary clubs to take a shot at their giant outfield targets. Don’t worry about keeping score; their high-tech balls score themselves. Top Golf is one of the best things to do in Norfolk, VA.

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14. Roosevelt Memorial Park
700 George Washington Memorial Parkway McLean, VA 22101


: 1 (703) 289-2500 Roosevelt Memorial Park sits on Theodore Roosevelt Island, which is a living memorial made to look like the island as it was hundreds of years ago. Step back in time while you hike, bike, and explore this beautiful stretch of land.

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15. Nauticus Marina
339 W Bay Rd. Osterville, MA 02655


: 1 (508) 428-4537 Nauticus Marina is located on Cape Cod and is the gateway to the Nantucket Sound, offering some of the finest fishing and boating waters on the beautiful Atlantic Coast. This area has delicious dining options and boutique shopping, as well as cultural events, concerts, and white sandy beaches.

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16. FunVille Playground and Cafe
4300 Portsmouth Blvd 270B Chesapeake, VA 23321


: 1 (757) 967-9122 FunVille Playground and Cafe is a kid's dream and is known for being one of the best family things to do in Norfolk. With two locations available, your kids can play indoors while swinging on a ropes course, jump on giant inflatables, play on the toddler playground, or enjoy throwback arcade games. Then, they can fill their bellies at the cafe. Museums Near Camp Allen

Museums Near Camp Allen

17. Ocean View Station Museum

111 W Ocean View Ave. Norfolk, VA 23503


: 1 (757) 531-0445 Ocean View Station Museum Norfolk, VA, sits on the picturesque beachfront town of Ocean View and invites the public in to get acquainted with the charming history of Norfolk with its installations on the history and culture of the area.

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18. Children's Museum of Virginia
221 High St. Portsmouth, VA 23704


: 1 (757) 393-5258 Children's Museum of Virginia believes that children learn through play and exploration. That's why they invite them to touch anything and everything they can get their hands on. Walk through their two floors of installations, visit the train exhibit, and don’t forget to stop by the planetarium.
19. Virginia Air & Space Science Center
600 Settlers Landing Rd. Hampton, VA 23669


: 1 (757) 727-0900 Virginia Air & Space Science Center offers an exciting and innovative way to learn about space with cutting-edge exhibits, interactive displays, unique artifacts, and an IMAX theater with state-of-the-art technology and luxurious seating.


Visit Virginia.com for more great ideas of things to do in Norfolk, VA. There is so much to see and explore, from the stunning coastline and parks, playgrounds, trails, and activities to the vibrant downtown nightlife, delicious dining, boutique shopping, and museums. You will have no shortage of things to do in Norfolk, VA. More like this: 27 of the Best Places To Eat in Norfolk, VA, Near Camp Allen



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