Things To Do
The only trouble you'll have filling time in Newport News is picking an activity. The area's historical attractions and museums, architectural and historical landmarks, sporting, camping, fishing opportunities and natural parks are exceptional enough to attract experts, but they're available for everyone to enjoy.
Take a step back in time during our Civil War re-enactments, enjoy free events and festivals year-round or get some rest & relaxation at one of our spas and salons. Can't figure out where to start your adventure? Take a look at one of our suggested itineraries, full of ways to vacation in Newport News and throughout Coastal Virginia. Whether you're coming from Williamsburg, Yorktown, Hampton, Norfolk, or Virginia Beach, you'll have a blast expanding your trip itinerary with so many fun things to do nearby.
For your convenience, you can purchase attraction tickets in advance before your trip to Newport News by calling the Newport News Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386. Please note tickets are shipped Monday - Friday and exclude Busch Gardens tickets. For more information, click here.
You can also use our Interactive Map to find accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and more close to our attractions!
The Mariners' Museum/USS Monitor Center
Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum offers a captivating look at centuries of seafaring adventures. The dramatic USS Monitor Center brings to life the “Battle of the Ironclads” and offers visitors the chance to walk the deck of a full-scale Monitor replica. Other treasures await at this maritime gem. The world-class collection includes 35,000 maritime paintings, artifacts, figure heads, ship models, decorative arts and small craft from around the world. Shop for unique souvenirs in The Museum Shop and dine in the café. Special events and evening programs are held year-round. Parking is free.Virginia Green
Virginia Living Museum
Our state's natural heritage is the star at the Virginia Living Museum. Here, visitors can see red wolves, bald eagles, a loggerhead sea turtle, fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea, including a cypress swamp and a mountain cove. An observatory, state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater, outdoors boardwalk, living greenhouse and conservation garden add to the experience. Shop for unique souvenirs in the Wild Things Museum Store and dine in the Wild Side Café. Special events and evening programs are held year-round. Parking is free.Virginia Green
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center houses the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, a 276-seat venue that honors the "First Lady of Song," who was born in Newport News in 1917. Originally built as the Walter Reed School, this historic building has been restored, and it reopened to the public in October 2008.
Completed in 1769 by William Harwood, Endview has been restored its 1862 appearance. In the 1850s, the home was purchased by Dr. Humphrey Harwood Curtis, William Harwood’s great-grandson. Dr. Curtis had his medical practice at Endview from 1856 to 1861. The home was used briefly as a Confederate hospital in the spring of 1862 and was then occupied by Union forces until 1864. Endview is now a historic house museum and offers guided tours.Special events and evening programs are held year-round. Parking is free and there is a gift shop. Endview Plantation is partially wheelchair accessible. There are discount tickets available for military and AAA members.
Ferguson Center for the Arts
Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts has become an international force, presenting the finest artists in the world. More than 1 million people have experienced hundreds of performances in our acoustically superb theaters. The eclectic nature of our season is consistent with our mission: to offer a broad range of performances, reach the largest number of community members while maintaining our status as the finest performing arts center in Hampton Roads.