There’s no denying the changes the world continues to face when it comes to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. Everything from the way we work, dine, socialize, spend time together, do business, and learn has drastically changed. If there’s a silver lining in all of these experiences, it’s in the way individuals, families, friends, and businesses have adapted to the changes and even thrive. With many people experiencing canceled travel plans and other experiences, it gives people a rare opportunity to explore and fall in love with their own community. Suffolk Virginia offers small-town charm, eco-adventure, performing and visual arts, history, festivals, boutiques, chef-owned restaurants, golf, guided tours, and peanuts… here’s what we love about Suffolk.
The Great Dismal Swamp
The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. Despite its foreboding moniker, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of few remaining American wildernesses. It is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Because of its geographic location and climate, the Great Dismal is known for its unique blending of northern and southern species. It is a haven for black bears, bobcats, river otters, rattlesnakes, and many rare plants. Less fearsome creatures include 200 species of birds, yellow-bellied and spotted turtles, lizards, salamanders, frogs, and toads.
Great Dismal Swamp Tours are available through the Suffolk Visitor Center – please see our Tours page. Call 757.514.4130 for more details or to make reservations.
Suffolk Art Gallery
Nestled among Victorian and Colonial architecture, you’ll find a former library constructed in the early 1960s and repurposed as the Suffolk Art Gallery in the 1980s. The Gallery hosts a variety of exhibits and through a partnership with the Suffolk Art League and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers year-round programming. From painting and pastels to weaving and quilting, you can find a variety of art classes and workshops offered by the Suffolk Art League. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
As Suffolk’s premier visual and performing arts venue for Suffolk, the Suffolk Center boasts a year-round schedule featuring musical performances, theatrical productions, ballet, art exhibits, lectures, and galas. The classic Greek-Revival structure was built in 1922 and served as Suffolk High School until 1990. Situated in the heart of downtown, the impressive structure houses a 500-seat theater, which is the stage for concerts, ballets, musicals, dramatic works, symphony performances, films, children’s plays, puppet shows and so much more.
Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk
Saturday, October 24, 2020
A hair-raising encounter with the spirited side of Suffolk. Follow a costumed guide through the shadows of historic Main Street discovering stories, legends, and “unexplained occurrences” by lantern light. Tales of unsolved mysteries and unresolved affairs abound throughout Suffolk’s historically hip Ghost Walk. Reservations required. Please meet at the Mr. Peanut statue at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion. Learn more here!
Visit Nansemond Brewing Station
After you explore, stop in Nansemond Brewing Station! We can’t wait to serve you here in Suffolk. You don’t need to go far for the best beer and a comfortable seat. Come let us make your day at the first local brewery in Suffolk! We do whatever it takes to craft the perfect brew. Our recipe of precision, passion, creativity, and instinct is sure to win you and your people over as the best spot in town! What’s your favorite beer? You’ll find it here. Visit us on Facebook today!
- Pale Ale
- Lager, Ale
- Wheat, Bock
- Witbier, Dunkel
- Smoked, Imperial
- Tripel, Malt
- Blonde, we’ve got it all!
Grab a table for your whole crew. Huddle up with some friends. Heck, grab a corn hole board and go for the win. Hear the trains passing by, full of people who wish they could grab a brew with you.