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Tour the USS Wisconsin in Your Norfolk Airport Rental Car

The city of Norfolk, Virginia, is located in the heart of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area and home to the biggest Navy base in the world — Naval Station Norfolk. If you’re flying into the Norfolk International Airport, you might want to pick up a Thrifty rental car and check out some of the nearby attractions.


Head downtown in your Thrifty rental car to the waterfront to see this maritime-themed science center and museum. Also known as the National Maritime Center, this museum houses the USS Wisconsin — one of the largest battleships ever built. Since 2001, visitors have experienced hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters, aquaria, digital high-definition films and an extensive variety of educational programs. If you're planning a visit, be sure to visit the high-definition large screen theater that features several nautical-related films. Then, check out the third floor of the Museum for a variety of exhibits, including a shark lab, horseshoe crab touch tank, Science On a Sphere, NOAA exhibits and even a weather station.

The Norfolk Botanical Garden

For some fresh air and scenery, head over to the Norfolk Botanical Garden in your Norfolk Airport car rental. This 155-acre garden and arboretum is located at 6700 Azalea Garden Road. Features of this garden include several types of tours. The tram tour is given by a Garden Guide that will explain the different gardens throughout the tour. The Rose Walk is an in-depth view of the Bicentennial Rose Garden. The Boat tour goes out onto Lake Whitehurst, where you learn about the lake. The Sunset Boat tour is a more in-depth look into the body of water and all its inhabitants than the daily boat tour.

Virginia Zoological Park

This 53-acre zoo is a short drive from your Thrifty rental car. If you're a fan of Asian wildlife, this zoo may be the place for you with animals like Malayan tigers, small-clawed otters, orangutans, siamangs, northern white-cheeked gibbons, rhinoceros hornbills, fairy-bluebirds, azure-winged magpies and many more exotic creatures. Then, take a walk on the raised boardwalk over the Asian forest for a birds-eye view of caves and orangutan exhibits. Another viewing area will give you an up-close and personal view of the underwater activity with the otters and tigers.