more than that, evolving into a great place
to visit and live over the last several years.
Embracing our public art and creativity,
the city uniquely combines the Southern
touch with a healthy dose of edginess and
surprising international vibe. Groups have
great meeting venues, and with our hotels,
restaurants and attractions all close to each
other, the ability to easily maneuver about
The Norfolk Botanical Garden, 80 this
year, is an illuminating year-round option
for groups, with a moving story of its foun-
dation. In 1938, the Works Progress Admin-
istration hired some 220 African-Ameri-
cans, mostly women, to clear the land and
begin planting the garden.
Honoring their arduous labors, the WPA
Memorial Garden, featuring the commemorative Breaking Ground sculpture, is one
of 53 themed gardens within the 175-acre
oasis. The workers are also remembered
each April on WPA Garden Heritage Day.
With facilities including the signature
Rose Garden Hall, the venue flexibly hosts
indoor and outdoor events for up to 400.
Shining bright, too, is the NEON (New
Energy Of Norfolk) District, the city’s first
official arts district. The neighborhood is
anchored by the event-capable Chrysler
Museum of Art, where groups can take
classes at the Chrysler Glass Studio; Harrison Opera House, regional home of ther
Virginia Opera; and 2,500-seat Chrysler
Hall, the area’s premier performing arts
center. There are also restaurants, galleries
and splashy outdoor murals.
Easily accommodating mid- to large-size
groups, other inspiring venues include the
Harbor Club, overlooking the Elizabeth
River as part of the emerging Waterside
Home to the retired battleship USS
Wisconsin, which earned five battle stars
in WWII, the contemporary Nauticus mu-
seum also features the Decker Half Moone
Center, hosting 1,200 attendees in its Grand
Rotunda & Promenade Deck.
Nearby Portsmouth, with its own seafaring tradition and inviting Olde Towne,
offers voyages of discovery at venues
including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Museum, Lightship Portsmouth Museum
and the Railroad Museum of Virginia.
Hampton, at the geographic center of
Coastal Virginia, is surging ahead. Consistent visitor growth contributed to a 7.1
percent RevPAR increase in 2017, spurring
demand-driven development of three new
select-service hotels close to major event
venues including the Hampton Roads
Convention Center and famed Hampton
Heritage venues and events are also
creating major buzz in this historically
significant American center.
“From the first settlers that arrived on
our shores in 1607, before sailing up river
to Jamestown, to America’s first astronauts—the Mercury Seven—who trained
here, Hampton is known as a City of Firsts,”
HAMPTON HISTORY MUSEUM
GATHER IN A VENUE WORTHY OF CELEBRATION.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton Coliseum · Virginia Air & Space Center · Boo WIlliams Sportsplex · Fort Monroe