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No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you are looking for, Newport News offers it all! Best of all, our brilliant weather coupled with our excellent location makes Newport News the perfect place to explore. Discover the exhilarating experience of mountain biking, a romantic paddleboat or canoe ride or a challenging round of championship golf. Enjoy the chance to meet a variety of wild furry friends and the opportunity to relax and watch a peaceful sunset picnic overlooking the mighty James River. These endless photographic opportunities and more await you in one or more of our 32 parks. Visit www.nnparks.com for a complete listing.

 

Still looking for more soft adventures? Stroll one of our beaches, bird watch, disc golf or try your luck at catching some salt or freshwater fish in our lakes, reservoirs, the James River and the Chesapeake Bay where you’ll find some of the best fishing in Virginia! Click here for more information on fishing in Newport News. Need a rest after all this exercise? Reserve one of our 188 modern campsites at one of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi, Newport News Park. Need more fun? Start a friendly competition on one of our many acres of tennis courts or enjoy a game of softball, baseball or soccer.

 

Looking for a place to have your wedding? Enjoy a perfect wedding setting at our Rose Garden at Huntington Park or at any one of our many parks. Call 757-886-7912 for more information or click here for a list of Newport News wedding locations.

 

Do yourself a favor. Relax in our parks, meet some wild new friends, enjoy spectacular views or play a sport and sleep under the big beautiful sky.

      

Harwood's Mill
Harwood's Mill

Located at the southeastern end of Newport News Park in York County, Harwood's Mill is a 265- acre freshwater reservoir containing bass, pickerel and a variety of sunfish. Boat and motor rentals available weekends from Memorial Day through October. Adjacent to hiking trails, picnic shelters and a 5-mile mountain bike trail. Launching for private watercraft (electric motors only) year-round.

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Huntington Park-Beach, Rose Garden & Tennis Center
Huntington Park-Beach, Rose Garden & Tennis Center
The Huntington Park Tennis Center offers many activities on our 20-lighted outdoor hard courts. Site of the regional and state USTA Junior and Adult tournament and also the site of the AAU Junior Olympic Games tennis competition. Seating capacity: 150 at each of the three main courts....
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James River Bridge Fishing Pier
James River Bridge Fishing Pier

At 6/10 of a mile, this is one of the longest fishing piers on the East Coast. Open from April through November. Croaker and spot are caught year-round, while striped bass, flounder, grey trout and red drum are caught seasonally. Bait shop, some tackle and snacks available for purchase. Adjacent to Crab Shack Restaurant in Huntington Park. No permit required; admission for adults is $9 and children and seniors is $7. Fall hours: 9AM - 11PM daily.

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James River Reserve Fleet
James River Reserve Fleet
Commonly known as "The Ghost Fleet," these over 100 retired navy and merchant ships anchored here once carried cargo, missiles, rescue equipment, helicopters, satellite-tracking devices, and troops around the globe. The ships are rusted and corroded and slowly deteriorating.
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Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort
Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort

The Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort is a traditional 18-hole championship golf course built in 1990 and designed by Tom Clark. We offer our guests a full-service clubhouse, driving range and pro shop. Also available are banquet facilities, hotel with restaurant, pool and tennis courts. Yards: 6,888; Rating: 73.4 and Slope: 130 from Blue tees. Meetings of up to 200 people can be accommodated.

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King-Lincoln Park
King-Lincoln Park
Overlooking the Hampton Roads waterfront at the east end of Newport News, King-Lincoln Park features tennis, basketball, picnicking, playgrounds, a saltwater fishing pier and an interpretive center (open weekends in summer months). Special events are held on an outdoor stage during the summer months.
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Lake Maury
Lake Maury
For decades the local community has treasured this scenic lake, hiking its trails, marveling at its statues, skipping rocks across its shore. Early mornings are spent listening to its whispering waves and the soft plunk of a fishing lure sinking beneath its tranquil surface. The sweet sound of laughter ripples across its surface as you laugh with your buddies over “the one that got away.” Whether a die-hard fisherman or just in need of a relaxing day, visit Lake Maury and start creating your own memories today.
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Leeward Marina
Leeward Marina
"Set your course" (37 degrees 1' N, 76 degrees 27' W) for Leeward Marina, conveniently located on the historic James River at the base of the James River Bridge. From this centralized location, you will find easy access to Hampton Roads Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. Leeward Marina has floating docks with full length finger piers for easy and safe mooring of vessels up to forty-three feet. Three concrete seawalls provide protection from severe weather. Each of our 200 wet slips is equipped with water and electrical hookups.
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Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run
Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run
Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run offers two courses; the Deer Run Course, awarded a four-star rating in Golf Digest's Best Places to Play, and the Cardinal Course, currently rated 3 1/2 stars. Clubhouse with dining facilities, driving range, putting greens, pro shop, PGA Pros. Cardinal Course - Yards: 6,645; Rating: 72.3 and Slope: 125 from Black tees. Deer Run Course - Yards: 7,206; Rating: 74.4; and Slope: 132 from Black tees. The 6,400 square-foot Pavilion can host up to 300 people. For smaller groups of up to 75 people, Deer Run Grille is perfect.
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Newport News Park
Newport News Park
One of the largest municipal parks (7,500+ acres) east of the Mississippi River, Newport News Park offers a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, mountain biking, picnicking, paddleboating, canoeing, archery and freshwater fishing. Year-round camping is available at 188 campsites, most of which include grills, electrical hook-ups and concrete pads. Each campsite loop has a separate facilities building with hot showers and restrooms. The Park also includes an 18-hole championship disc golf course and a 30-acre aeromodel flying field. Boat and bicycle rentals are available and there is a camp store. Fishing licenses (available at many area sporting goods stores) are required for Virginia residents and non-residents 16 years or age and older. The Discovery Center has hands-on activities, historical artifacts and nature displays, is located in the park, across from the Dam No. 1 Bridge. Floral gardens, include the Japanese Peace Garden with an authentic tea house. Newport News Park is part of Virginia’s Birding and Wildlife Trail.
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Newport News Park Discovery Center
Newport News Park Discovery Center
Located in Newport News Park, the Discovery Center features nature programs and exhibits on site.  It is also location for the Wildlife Rehabilitation program in Newport News.  It is also in close proximity to the Newport News Visitor Center and the Lee Hall fishing area.
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Riverview Farm Park
Riverview Farm Park

Riverview Farm Park is home to the Fantasy Farm Playground, a 30,000 square foot community playground in an open area.  Picnic areas and restrooms are conveniently located near the playground and soccer field.  Use of the family sized picnic shelters is first come-first served.  The large barn shaped shelter, which is situated in the middle of the playground, is for general public use. A group shelter, located across the parking lot, can be reserved for special picnics and activities and will accommodate up to 100 people (for reservations call 888-3333 or online at www.nnparks.com/picnic.) A Concession Stand is open Saturdays (10am-5pm) and Sundays (Noon – 5pm) April through October.Another attraction at Riverview Farm Park is the two miles of paved multi-use trails surrounding the playground and soccer fields.  In addition, a trail leading from the Riverview Farm Park Visitor Center (located at the end of City Farm Road) to the shore of the Warwick River also provides a beautiful setting for a leisurely walk.  The Visitor Center is currently available (by reservation) throughout the week for groups requesting special interpretive programs.

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The Mariners' Museum Park
The Mariners' Museum Park
The Mariners' Museum Park is 550 acres of privately maintained, naturally wooded property that offers visitors a quiet and serene place to walk, run or picnic. Within the Park is the 167-acre Lake Maury, named for Matthew Fontaine Maury, the famed 19th Century oceanographer and native Virginian.
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Victory Arch
Victory Arch
Originally built in 1919, returning WWI troops disembarked from ships and marched through the arch in victory parades. Today it serves as a memorial to the men and women of the armed forces and hosts Newport News’ annual Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies.
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Victory Landing Park
Victory Landing Park
Located in downtown Newport News, this 5.44 acre park gives a beautiful view of the James river.  It also overlooks the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center building; at Northrop Grumman,where you might be lucky enough to see one of the amazing ships being built there every day!  This greenspace park is also located in close proximity to the Victory Arch.
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