Beaches & Waterfront

Norfolk has 144 miles of shoreline waiting to be explored! With the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and countless rivers in our backyard, you are never far from the water.

Ocean View, home to Norfolk’s beaches, is a place where you can experience the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, play with your kids or dance the night away under the stars. 7.3 miles of free, accessible and beautiful shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay is ready to greet you. Ocean View’s gentle waters are great for children, kayaking, floating, swimming or sitting at the edge of the water. The level, continuous beach attracts joggers and walkers.

High-energy festivals and events, maritime and military cultural attractions, harbor cruises, international cruises and sailboat charters, sailing lessons and kayak rentals, unique dining and lodging establishments, green spaces and tree-shaded benches, historic walking and biking trails, and more are waiting for you at the Norfolk Waterfront, located at the Intercoastal Waterway's Zero Mile Marker. Every experience along this 3-mile promenade comes with salt air, sea breezes, and ever-changing scenes of our active harbor and aquatic life.