Outdoors & Recreation
No matter what kind of outdoor activities you are looking for, Newport News offers is all. What's more, our moderate climate coupled with our excellent location (conveniently near Williamsburg, Yorktown, Hampton, Norfolk, and a short drive to Virginia Beach) makes Newport News the perfect place to explore. Stroll one of our beaches, go bird watching, cycling or mountain biking, boating, disc golfing or fishing in some salt or freshwater fish in our lakes, reservoirs or the Chesapeake Bay, where you'll find some of the best fishing in Virginia! Learn more about fishing in Newport News. And if you're looking for a place to take your furry friend for some adventure, learn more about our Pet-Friendly Places in Newport News.
If you would like an overnight outdoor adventure, learn more about camping in Newport News and reserve one of our 188 modern campsites at Newport News Park. At 7,711 acres, it is one of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi River.
The Mariners' Museum and 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. Following the shoreline of Lake Maury is the 5-mile Noland Trail.
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.
Victory Landing Park
Located in downtown Newport News, this 5.44-acre park gives a beautiful view of the James River. It is adjacent to the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center and provides a view of Newport News Shipbuilding, where aircraft carriers and submarines are built for the U.S. Navy. This green-space park is also located in close proximity to the Victory Arch.