FAQs

  1. How do I get to the Newport News Visitor Center?
  2. How do I get to the Newport News Tourism Development Office in City Center at Oyster Point?
  3. Where can I get information about visiting Newport News?
  4. When is the Newport News Visitor Center open?
  5. What is the Newport News Tourism toll-free number?
  6. What is the Newport News Tourism Web site address?
  7. What is there to do in Newport News?
  8. What events are happening in Newport News? When?
  9. Where did Newport News get its name?
  10. Where can I see ships and/or visit a ship in Newport News?
  11. I want to see the Shipyard. Where is it in Newport News? Do you have a tour?
  12. When is ______________ (name of attraction) open? How much does it cost?
  13. Who buys advertising for Newport News events and activities?
  14. Where is ____________________ (name of attraction/hotel/restaurant)?
  15. Where can I get a map of Newport News?
  16. What is Newport News' largest full-service meeting space? How many will it seat in a particular style?
  17. What county is Newport News in?
  18. Where can I rent boats and get a fishing permit in Newport News?
  19. I was born in Newport News. Where can I get a birth/death certificate?
  20. We are moving to Newport News. Where can I obtain relocation information?
  21. Which hotels overlook water?
  1. How do I get to the Newport News Visitor Center?

    Please enter your address in the fields provided for customized directions by Google or refer to the following directions:

    • From I-64, take Exit 250B, VA Route 105 E/ Ft. Eustis Blvd./ Yorktown.
    • At the bottom of the exit ramp, take a left onto Jefferson Avenue (continue approx. 0.3 miles).
    • Turn right at the entrance to Newport News Park and the Visitor Center will be immediately on the left.

    Newport News Visitor Center
    13560 Jefferson Avenue
    Newport News, VA 23603
    888-493-7386 Toll-Free
    757-886-7777 Local
    757-886-7920 Fax

  2. How do I get to the Newport News Tourism Development Office in City Center at Oyster Point?

    Please enter your address in the fields provided for customized directions by Google or refer to the following directions:

    • From I-64, take Exit 258A, US Route 17/ J. Clyde Morris Blvd., and merge onto J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (continue approx. 0.5 miles).
    • Make a right at the first stoplight onto Diligence Drive (continue approx. 0.4 miles).
    • Turn right on Thimble Shoals Blvd. (continue approx. 0.4 miles)
    • Turn right onto Merchants Walk (continue approx. 0.1 miles), cross over Town Center Drive, and park for free in the Merchants Walk Parking Garage.

    Newport News Tourism Development Office
    (located at City Center at Oyster Point)
    Fountain Plaza Two
    700 Town Center Drive, Suite 320
    Newport News, VA 23606
    888-493-7386 Toll-Free
    757-926-1400 Local
    757-926-1441 Fax

  3. Where can I get information about visiting Newport News?

    • Newport News Visitor Center, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7777 or 888-493-7386. 
    • Newport News Tourism Development Office, 700 Town Center Drive, Suite 320, 757-926-1400.
    • Here at www.newport-news.org.

  4. When is the Newport News Visitor Center open?

    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. (Note: The Visitor Center may close early on Christmas Eve).

  5. What is the Newport News Tourism toll-free number?

    1-888-493-7386

  6. What is the Newport News Tourism Web site address?

    www.newport-news.org

  7. What is there to do in Newport News?

    Please contact the Visitor Center or the Tourism Development Office, refer to the Newport News Visitor Guide, plan your visit with our Trip Planner, or find it on our website under Things To Do.

  8. What events are happening in Newport News? When?

    Please contact the Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386, refer to the Newport News Visitor Guide, or find it here.

  9. Where did Newport News get its name?

    No one knows for sure where Newport News got its name, but "Newportes Newes" first appears in the Virginia Company records in 1619, making it one of the oldest place names in the New World. The most widely accepted folktale is that our city is the namesake of Captain Christopher Newport, commander of the Susan Constant, which was the flagship of the three-ship English fleet that landed on Jamestown Island in 1607. He made several voyages to Newport News in the early days of the Jamestown Colony, bringing "good news" of supplies and settlers.

  10. Where can I see ships and/or visit a ship in Newport News?

    Ships can be viewed from many spots along downtown Newport News, including Victory Landing Park, Newport News Shipbuilding, and the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook. Additionally, tours of the harbor are offered by the Miss Hampton II in Hampton, along with the Carrie B and the Victory Rover (both in Norfolk). For other harbor cruises offered locally, contact the Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386.

  11. I want to see the Shipyard. Where is it in Newport News? Do you have a tour?

    Newport News Shipbuilding is located at 4101 Washington Ave., Newport News, VA 23607. Due to security restrictions, tours of the shipyard are not available. Ships can be viewed from Victory Landing Park, along the waterfront in downtown Newport News. For a list of harbor cruises offered locally, call the Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386.

  12. When is ______________ (name of attraction) open? How much does it cost?

    Please contact the Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386, refer to the Newport News Visitor Guide, or find it here.

  13. Who buys advertising for Newport News events and activities?

    Waters & Bridgman Marketing Solutions, 710 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606, www.watersandbridgman.com

  14. Where is ____________________ (name of attraction/hotel/restaurant)?

    Please contact the Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386, refer to the Newport News Visitor Guide, view our Interactive Map or our Downloadable City Map, or visit our website.

  15. Where can I get a map of Newport News?

    Please contact the Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386, refer to the Newport News Visitor Guide, view our Interactive Map, or print our Downloadable City Map from our website.

  16. What is Newport News' largest full-service meeting space? How many will it seat in a particular style?

    Currently, the largest full-service meeting space is located at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. Please see page 42 of the Newport News Group Planner for the capacity of each ballroom or contact the Newport News Tourism Development Office at 757-926-1400 for assistance.

  17. What county is Newport News in?

    None. Newport News became an independent city in 1896. In 1958, the city merged with Warwick County and is currently 69 square miles, with a population of 180,719 (2010 Census Bureau).

  18. Where can I rent boats and get a fishing permit in Newport News?

    Jon boat, canoe and paddleboat rentals are available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office, located at 13564 Jefferson Avenue. Fishing permits are also available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office (Note: Virginia Freshwater Fishing License required). Call 757-886-7912 or 757-888-3333 for more information or click here

  19. I was born in Newport News. Where can I get a birth/death certificate?

    Certified copies of birth and death certificates for individuals who were born or died in Newport News are issued by the Virginia Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1000, Richmond, VA 23218-1000. Phone: 804-662-6200. A fee is charged for each copy requested. Applications for birth and death certificates may be obtained from the Peninsula Health Center, 416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601, 757-594-7314. 

  20. We are moving to Newport News. Where can I obtain relocation information?

    The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce provides information on the area regarding homes, apartments, schools, hospitals, daycare centers, taxes, utilities, local colleges and universities. Email them at info@vpcc.org.

  21. Which hotels overlook water?

    At this time, we do not have waterfront hotel properties in Newport News; however, we do have a full-service Marriott Hotel that features rooms overlooking a 5-acre fountain. It is located in City Center at Oyster Point.