As a coastal city in South Virginia, the Norfolk Metro offers local residents stunning waterside views of the nearby Chesapeake Bay or Elizabeth River. Norfolk's waterside location has been an important historical base owing to its strong naval position and even today has the largest naval base in the world.
Norfolk is a magnet for the arts in the region; the Chrysler Museum of Art has a big draw in the area with other museums such as the Nauticus National Maritime Center and The MacArthur Memorial receiving many visits a year. Classic performing arts are also enjoyed in the area with the Virginia Opera, Virginia Stage Company and Virginia Symphony Orchestra leading regular events and concerts. Outside of the arts, many residents enjoy supporting the local ice hockey or baseball teams while wine lovers can indulge by visiting the local vineyards who produce a variety of internationally acclaimed Virginian wine.
With vibrant festivals, top BBQ joints, picturesque waterfront views and open city parks enveloped in a proud historical and naval blanket, the Norfolk Metro area offers a civilized living option.