Suffolk, Virginia

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Welcome to Suffolk, Virginia!

One of the fastest growing cities in Virginia, Suffolk is known for its small town charm, revitalized downtown historic district, hi-tech industrial corridor and family farmlands passed down through generations of “Suffolkians.” Our thriving community boasts family attractions, new accommodations, a myriad of shoppes and boutiques, a burgeoning arts and culture scene and a variety of outdoor recreation.

Historically Hip.
The character of Suffolk reaches far beyond the brick and mortar of yesterday’s structures which have been transformed into today’s shoppes, restaurants and arts venues. Discover the lives of Civil War generals, Indian chiefs, runaway slaves and the women who maintained the home front during times of war. Read graffiti left behind by Civil War soldiers at the 1837 Riddick’s Folly House Museum, once occupied by the Union Army. Return to 1907 Suffolk through the eyes of passengers aboard the HO-scale model train as it traverses the turn of the century landscape. Defy darkness and stroll the meandering pathways of Cedar Hill Cemetery with a guided lantern tour.

Dare to discover the Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, 111,000 acres of untouched wilderness home to black bear, bobcat, river otter and 200 species of birds. Marked trails and boardwalks allow for hiking and biking while the mysteriously round Lake Drummond offers year-round fishing. Swim, scuba dive, canoe, kayak or fish in 8,000 acres of lakes and rivers. Play a round of golf at one of our five championship golf courses. Take the plunge and skydive with Skydive Suffolk, Inc.!

More than peanuts.
Locals and visitors can grab a cappuccino, or a quiet dinner for two, tickets to a show, the opening of an art exhibit or a quiet walk along the riverfront—all in Suffolk. Enjoy a musical, concert or theatrical performance at the state-of-the-art Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, the restored 1922 Suffolk High School. Admire the photography, painting, sculpting and jewelry making of skilled artists at the Suffolk Museum, Shooting Star Gallery or Red Thread Studio. But fear not—Suffolk’s world famous Virginia peanuts are still in demand! Whether they’re roasted, boiled or in the raw, our peanuts are a hometown favorite and a southern delicacy.

Traditional good times.
Join us in honoring community spirit with annual family-friendly events and festivals including the Suffolk Peanut Festival, Nansemond Indian Tribe Pow Wow, Sankofa African-American Festival, Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival and many more. Summers offer free Friday evening concerts where you’ll enjoy everything from beach music and pop to salsa and R&B. Visit or call (866) SEE-SUFK for a complete list of events and dates.