PLAN YOUR TRIP

NORFOLK

Whether you arrive by Norfolk International Airport, by car or by train, Norfolk, Virginia is just a few hours drive to tourism sites in Richmond, Washington D. C., Williamsburg, Charlottesville, and Virginia Beach.

Our venue is Hilton Norfolk The Main, premium conference space just a block from the water and within walking distance of parks, museums, historic sites, and–of course–gardens.

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VENUE

Our venue is Hilton Norfolk, The Main, located just one block from the waterfront and within a short walk to dining, shopping, museums, parks, and gardens.

The Main is also a conference hotel.

Learn more about The Main.

TRANSPORTATION

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ARRIVE BY CAR

Overnight parking is available at The Main and Sheraton. Day parking is also available in downtown Norfolk.

Norfolk is within a few hours of much of the East Coast: 3 hours from Washington D.C.; 3 hours from Raleigh, NC; 5 hours from Philadelphia, PA; 6.5 hours from Charleston, SC; 7 hours from New York, NY.

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ARRIVE BY NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Our venue is a 15 minute drive from Norfolk International Airport

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ARRIVE BY RAIL

Norfolk is accessible by both Amtrak and The Tide, a light rail system. 

The closest Tide stops to The Main are: MacArthur Square Station (0.2 miles) or Civic Plaza Station (0.4 miles).

LODGING

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THE MAIN

Our primary conference lodgings and our venue.

Check back soon for conference rates and booking info!

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SHERATON

Located across the street from The Main.

Check back soon for conference rates and booking info!

DINING

Conference registration includes breakfast. Attendees can take advantage of Norfolk’s wide range of dining options, including a special IMGC food truck rodeo, for lunch and dinner.

Nearby dining options recommended by local Extension Master Gardeners include:

  • Todd Jurich’s Bistro  (upscale) 479 ft
  • Byrd & Baldwin Steakhouse 0.2 mi
  • Yorgo’s Bageldashery 1.9 mi
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli 0.1 mi
  • Café Stella 279 ft
  • Grace O’Malley’s 0.2 mi
  • Hummingbird Macarons (bakery) 0.4 mi
  • Saffron 0.5 mi

Check back soon for our complete dining guide!

WHAT TO DO IN NORFOLK

NORFOLK BOTANIC GARDEN

NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN

Virginia’s largest botanical gardens! A short drive from The Main, Norfolk Botanical Garden offers tours of its different curated gardens, including its woodies collection, herbaceous collection, and tours by boat.

Visit the NBG website

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NAUTICUS & THE BATTLESHIP WISCONSIN

Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum located on the downtown waterfront in Norfolk, Virginia, also known as the National Maritime Center. Located just steps from The Main, Nauticus makes a great short excursion for IMGC attendees.

Visit the Nauticus website

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CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

The Chrysler Museum of Art is an art museum on the border between downtown and the Ghent district of Norfolk, Virginia. The museum was founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. In 1971, automotive heir, Walter P. Chrysler Jr., donated most of his extensive collection to the museum.

Visit the Chrysler museum website

EXPLORE VIRGINIA

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Explore nearby sites including First Landing state park.

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SHORT TRIPS

Norfolk is conveniently located just a few hours drive from Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Richmond, Virginia.

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OVERNIGHT TRIPS

Norfolk is within easy reach of historic sites in Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia (including Monticello, and the University of Virginia).

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