Nicknamed "The Mermaid City", Norfolk is located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Norfolk is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and to the north by the Chesapeake Bay. The city is home to Naval Station Norfolk, the largest Navy base in the world. It is one of the oldest cities in Hampton Roads, and is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region.
Norfolk is home to the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Arts Festival, Chrysler Hall, Chrysler Museum of Art, the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial, and Nauticus - the National Maritime Center. Norfolk has been recognized as a Tree City because its neighborhoods have extensive trees and flowers. It's also has the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
Norfolk has an extensive higher education presence. It's the home of Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk State University (NSU) and Wesleyan College. It's also home to Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), and DePaul Medical Center-Bon Secours. But most importantly, Virginia's only free-standing, full-service pediatric hospital, The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters.