The 10 Best Things to Do in Chesapeake, United States

October 1, 2017 Terina Blouin

Chesapeake is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 222,209; in 2013, the population was estimated to be 232,977, making it the third-most populous city in Virginia.
Restaurants in Chesapeake

1. Oak Grove Lake Park

100 Byron Street, Chesapeake, VA 23320 +1 757-382-6411
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Oak Grove Lake Park

Reviewed By MaryDen - VA, USA

Whenever the weather permits, I walk around the lake in the Oak Grove park. There are usually plenty of people using the park and there is one main trail around the lake, so it feels safe for individuals.
This park is right off the Battlefield Blvd. and I-64 interchange, which makes it very accessible.
Always dog walkers too.
The water has a very calming effect on me, which keeps me coming back.

2. Children's Museum of Virginia

221 High St, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3704 +1 757-393-5258
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

Children's Museum of Virginia

Reviewed By James G

After the beach at Virginia Beach, we wanted our 2 year-old grandson to have some more fun so I located this museum in Portsmouth. At 10-11 dollars per person, this became and outstanding value. Our grandson spent hours in the bubble room; pretended to be a fireman, bus driver, and many other jobs. The planetarium was even included which showed a 20 minute film on the solar system, and our grandson sat through the entire presentation. There have a great train setup that anyone can admire. And, of course, there is a gift store on the way out. Lots of exhibits that will engage children of all ages. I can't wait to return next year. After, walk down to the port and watch the ships being built.

3. Chrysler Museum of Art

1 Memorial Pl, Norfolk, VA 23510-1540 +1 757-664-6200
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
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5 based on 817 reviews

Chrysler Museum of Art

Reviewed By TravelingCat22 - Tucson, Arizona

Fabulous museum which presents original pieces of art from all over the world, spanning eight hundred years, interesting for all ages. We started by a curious chess game with Christians and Jewish people, still flowers preserved in glass, magnificent vases, Tiffany lamps, Gallé and Lalique works on the ground floor. On the first floor they had at least one of each famous painter Rubens, Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, a bust by Rodin, pottery by Picasso, etc. A real mummy, African masks, Chinese silk, a Tibetan dharmapala, Greek mosaics, etc. And very innovative modern pieces. Cannot be missed! An hour is a minimum, two or three if you are interested.

4. Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA +1 757-382-2489
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

Reviewed By larryhazelwood - Chesapeake, VA

Cooler weather, leaves beginning to fall with just a hint of color. The trail, formerly old Rt. 17 Hwy, is 8.5 miles. A flat two-lane former highway travels next to the Dismal Swamp canal. The canal path surveyed by Geo. Washington and constructed by mules & slaves was an 18th century engineering marvel. Built to transport tobacco & goods from eastern NC to the docks of Norfolk. The history is just part of the allure; as joggers, walkers, bikers can see a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Deer, snakes, rabbits, birds etc. Bathrooms at the trailhead and at the 4 mile mark. Great for families without the worry of vehicle traffic.

5. Battleship Wisconsin

1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510-1737 +1 757-664-1000
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Battleship Wisconsin

Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or, with an additional charge, one of our guided tours that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during WW II

Reviewed By DKBristow - Bristow, Virginia

Standing on the dock looking up at the ship, you think you understand it's size. But not until you're half lost in a berthing compartment do you really comprehend it. Just wandering the interior of the ship is incredible--well-signed so you know where you are and what each area was used for--from the armory to the XO's cabin. Take a tour with older kids--the guides are Navy vets and know the ship's history and inner workings in depth. Both the command & control tour and engineering tour were excellent, in terms of the guides, what you see, and what you learn. My son likes vets history and military history, so we did both tours (90 and 60 minutes) and still spent more than 5 hours onboard.

6. Chesapeake Arboretum

624 Old Oak Grove Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23320 +1 757-819-7510
Excellent
50%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 75 reviews

Chesapeake Arboretum

Reviewed By jrzgrlsailor - Norfolk VA

This is a nice nature trail and can be done in about an hour. There are some steep hills though. It is a little hard to find from the road signs but worth seeing if you are looking for a new short walking trail.

7. Hickory Ridge Farm

2928 Battlefield Blvd S, Chesapeake, VA 23322-2306 +1 757-560-6763
Excellent
80%
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20%
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5 based on 15 reviews

Hickory Ridge Farm

You pick strawberries and pumpkins are our specialty crops. We also grow summer produce. Current information about field conditions, special events, birthday parties and educational field trips can be found on our website and Facebook page.

Reviewed By Charlestontourist58 - Yardville, New Jersey

We were there the first Sunday in October. Our 4 year old granddaughter loved it. Bounce house, kid corn maze, hay bale maze, animals to feed, horse (not pony) rides, wagon ride, barrel cart ride, face painting and of course the pumpkin field to choose the perfect pumpkins. Great photo moments and great fun. Staff all very nice and helpful. A nice family run place. Thank you.

8. MacArthur Memorial

198 Bank St, Norfolk, VA 23510-2303 +1 757-441-2965
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 239 reviews

MacArthur Memorial

Memorial to the five-star US Army General who served in three major wars: WWI, Korea and WWII.

Reviewed By 323Julie - Leonardtown, Maryland

The whole span of Gen. MacArthur's life is thoughtfully displayed. I learned a lot about this amazing American. Plan to spend at least 3 hours. Recommend to anyone who wants to understand the sacrifices made for freedom.

9. Great Bridge Lock Park

100 Locks Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23320-3935 +1 757-382-6411
Excellent
47%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Great Bridge Lock Park

Reviewed By Lisa4me - Chesapeake, Virginia

I visited the park for a child's birthday party. Very nice and clean, family friendly park. We were at tables near the children's play area. There is a boat ramp and people were fishing/crabbing from the bullheaded area. Small boats make there way down the waterway and through the locks! Very relaxing.

10. Nauticus

1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510-1737 +1 757-664-1000
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 856 reviews

Nauticus

Explore the Nautical, Naval And Natural wonders of our world. Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reviewed By John K - Norfolk, Virginia

Covers the many eras of maritime history in the Hampton Roads area. Fascinating exhibits, knowledgable guides and excellent bookstore. About one block away from the many restaurants on Granby Street and parking. Plan on a minimum of 2-3 hours, more if you include a tour of the battleship.

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