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Best things to do in Portsmouth

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“One of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The Perry Glass Studio offers programming for aspiring and master artists alike in a variety of processes including glassblowing, fusing, flameworking, coldworking and neon. In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art administers two historic houses in downtown Norfolk: the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House, as well as the Jean Outland Chrysler Library on the campus of Old Dominion University. General admission is free at all venues.”
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Science Museum
“Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk's harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world's largest Navy. Highlights include the Battleship Wisconsin and fun, interactive exhibits focused on the maritime world and environment.”
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General Entertainment
“The Waterside District offers wonderful restaurants, boating, and tourist attractions. Take a dinner cruise on The Spirit of Norfolk, Escape the Ship on the USS Wisconsin, learn more about our great US Navy on Nauticus, or catch the Ferry over to Portsmouth. ”
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History Museum
“Interesting place to visit if you're into battleships. Get a free tour of the ship. Don't miss he museum.”
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Museum
“Hands-on exhibits explore cities, space, music, energy, the human body & more, plus antique trains.”
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Museum
“Admission is free to this "must visit" spot in Hampton Roads. Known for its glass studio and world class permanent collection, there are revolving exhibitions of art scheduled in the upcoming months for your enjoyment. Their Ansel Adams exhibit was fabulous! Check out their schedule online and expand your mind! ”
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Breakfast Spot
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“(3.5 mi/ 14 minutes) Highly acclaimed and local. They serve til they run out of their famous sweet potato biscuits. My favorite is the Stevie. ”
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Café
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“Best breakfast ever! Same block, only 100 ft. So close, it's like a real 'Bed & Breakfast' experience.”
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Park
“Landscaped green space on the river with fountains, picnic areas, seasonal performances & festivals.”
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Beer Bar
“Rooftop bar with a gorgeous view of the water and downtown Norfolk. Fantastic atmosphere. Go near sunset to get a good picture!”
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Cinema
“This is an independent movie theatre that hosts, indie films and documentaries often unavailable elsewhere. It also hosts talkbacks, Q and A sessions, cult classics, and more. ”
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Establishment
“Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum located on the downtown waterfront in Norfolk, Virginia, also known as the National Maritime Center.”
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Food
“COMING SOON (FALL 2017) TO 32ND STEET AND ARTIC! 3 blocks over, next to 7-11. ”
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American Restaurant
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“Beautiful abbey restored into restaurant. Delicious food and wonderful service. Reservation recommended for weekend.”
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Restaurant
“This is a gourmet take on the classic grilled cheese! bring your appetite because these are big sandwiches ! I recommend the Johnny Apple seed! or if you love chocolate go the Big O will satisfy your cravings! ”
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Bar
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“My go to lunch spot in Norfolk VA! Generous portions of good food, great service and again, locally owned!”
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