Newport News, Virginia

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Newport News, Virginia

Welcome to Newport News, Virginia

Bounded by the waters of the James River and the Hampton Roads harbor, Newport News is a city rich in history with a wide variety of things to see and do year-round. From our central location, minutes from Williamsburg and a short drive to Virginia Beach, visitors can get closer to ships, history and the great outdoors, all in one fascinating vacation destination. World-class museums, inviting nature walks, personal glimpses of America’s history, exciting entertainment options and a wide variety of shopping and dining choices – not to mention a good dose of Southern hospitality – await the visitor to Newport News!

Be mesmerized by the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum, where you can experience the sights and sounds of the “Battle of the Ironclads.” Experience an Appalachian mountain cove and a southeastern cypress swamp at the Virginia Living Museum. Explore the ever-changing world of art at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.

Meet people from the past at one of the living history programs at Endview Plantation and Lee Hall Mansion. Discover the personal side of military history at the Virginia War Museum and the U.S. Army Transportation Museum, and see African-American history come alive at the James A. Fields House and The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center. Explore the great outdoors in our 8,000-acre park, where you can fish, boat, hike and bike. Take to the greens on one of our three prestigious golf courses, including the Deer Run course, rated 4 stars by Golf Digest.

After a day visiting the many attractions in Newport News, take in a touring Broadway show or other performance at the Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University.  You can also catch a show at the nostalgic Peninsula Community Theatre or the delightful Ella Fitzgerald Theater inside the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. You’ll find plenty of choices, from musicals to dance, drama to big band music, plus special productions just for kids.

Get closer to ships, history and the great outdoors – all in Newport News! Stop first at the Newport News Visitor Center and let our experienced travel counselors help you plan a great Coastal Virginia vacation. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Don’t forget to ask about our Newport News Combination Ticket and save big on one-time admission to seven Newport News attractions, including The Mariners’ Museum and the Virginia Living Museum. For a complete schedule of events in Newport News, visit Call us at 757-886-7777 or visit for more information.