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A Day In… Newport News, VA

Newport News, the sixth most populous city in the Commonwealth, offers a dynamic blend of land and water across its 120 square miles. Explore its captivating history dating back to the 17th century at local attractions, or immerse yourself in abundant greenspaces and water activities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy!


Upon arrival in Newport News, enjoy a stroll along Huntington Park Beach at the James River Bridge or explore Newport News Park’s 7,711-acre expanse in the northern end of the city. With activities ranging from cycling and boating to golfing and fishing, the park offers a plethora of recreational opportunities. Don’t miss the Hilton Village Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in Historic Hilton Village, and for coffee and breakfast, visit Nest Kitchen & Taphouse, Cure Coffeehouse, or The Captain’s Den.


Spend the afternoon immersed in history and culture! Visit The Mariners’ Museum, one of the largest maritime museums in North America, with $1 admission. Explore the Virginia Living Museum to see red wolves and other species, then delve into military history at the Virginia War Museum. Don’t miss the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center at Christopher Newport University, showcasing diverse art in its 83,000 sq. ft. space.


Because Newport News is surrounded by water, it has the most spectacular sunsets. Choose from one of 30 local parks or find a spot on the water to watch day turn to night. Cap off your day with a locally crafted adult beverage or purchase one from Ironclad Distillery, and then indulge in a GIGANTIC slice of pizza at Benny Cantiere’s before camping at Newport News Park, with bike rentals available.

Unusual Fact

Newport News Park has an aero-model flying field for radio controllers. A paved 400-foot runway and 30-acre fly-over area allow spacious clearance for the perfect landing.

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