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Head for Norfolk and the Coast to Visit Old Dominion University 

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Visit Norfolk and the campus of Old Dominion University.

There are numerous ways to enjoy your time along the southeasters coast of Virginia – you can explore cities like Newport News or Exmore, and during the summer don't miss out on trips to beaches like Sandbridge Beach or Buckroe Beach near Chesapeake. And while the beaches are always a draw, and local cities feature a charm unique to the area, you'll want to pay a visit to Old Dominion University and the surrounding area. 

Established in 1930, Old Dominion University is a public institution found in Norfolk. Originally, the school was simply the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary – it was 1969 when Old Dominion was finally granted university status. 

Old Dominion features an urban style campus on just over 250 acres of scenic coastal VA land. Visit from nearby Virginia Beach or Williamsburg and enjoy an informative campus tour – an ideal way for your soon-to-be high school graduate to experience a college campus. 

Check out some campus spotlights when you visit the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, or the Monarch Theatre, where you might be able to enjoy a live performance. Find your way to the Pretlow Planetarium and expand your mind with science, or explore the Arthur & Phyllis Kaplan Orchid Conservatory

After your campus tour, head out to explore your surroundings. Plan a visit to the Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, or the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility in Virginia Beach – two excellent ways to spend an afternoon outside, basking in the coastal VA sunshine. Cross the water along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and head for Cape Charles – spend some time at the Cape Charles Beach or the Kiptopeke State Park

In Norfolk, you can visit the Norfolk International Airport if you're planning on flying back home, or visit Ocean View Beach and try your hand at sand castle art, surfing, and swimming. 

There's a wealth of college sports action for you to enjoy when visiting Norfolk and Old Dominion. The Old Dominion Monarchs and Lady Monarchs are comprised of 18 varsity level teams across sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, and wrestling. 

The Lady Monarchs and Monarchs basketball teams play home games at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, while the Monarchs baseball team slugs homers at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. During your fall visit to Norfolk, head to Foreman Field, home of the Old Dominion Monarchs football team and catch a game. 

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