Norfolk serves as the commercial and cultural center for the region of Hampton Roads. As such, Norfolk's economic and political development is closely tied to the stature of the Hampton Roads region. Defense contracting, particularly in the shipbuilding and ship repair businesses is a major source of revenue for the city of Norfolk. Major Private Shipyards located in Norfolk provide residents with employment and income.
Norfolk is the principal home for several major performing arts companies and hosts numerous yearly festivals and parades, mostly at Town Point Park in downtown. The Chrysler Hall, Norfolk's downtown performing arts center, features the Norfolk Forum lecture series, the Virginia Symphony and touring Broadway Shows. You can also enjoy here the amazing Virginia Opera, Virginia's official Opera.
Nauticus, the National Maritime Center located at downtown waterfront, features hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters, aquarium, digital high-definition films and an extensive variety of educational programs. You can view here the battleship USS Wisconsin, the last battleship that has been built in the United States. For outdoor enthusiasts, fishing, boating and surfing in the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay would be great. Baseball fans and visiting teams may arrange a friendship game with the homegrown Norfolk Tides AAA Baseball team at the 12,000-seat Harbor Park Stadium. To learn more about Norfolk, visit the city's official website here https://www.norfolk.gov/