As a nature lover, you know that whether you are a parent or not, you can be a kid again when you’re in the great outdoors. There’s something about inhaling the fresh open air, surrounded by trees, water and wildlife that puts a part of you back together. So if you’re looking for an extended, outdoor adventure, come to Newport News where our 30+ parks can be your playground.
Day One: Get up close and personal with Mother Nature
-Get your blood flowing and breathe the fresh morning air with a walk on the Noland Trail in Mariners’ Museum Park. Choose a quick loop or do the entire 5-mile wooded, lakeside trail.
-Just up the road is the wondrous Virginia Living Museum. This popular attraction, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary, features hundreds of animals native to Virginia.
-While you’re there, you can go star-gazing (even when the sun’s out) at the Abbitt Planetarium.
-Spend the afternoon walking, swimming, watching the action at the fishing pier, or just relaxing at Huntington Park Beach.
-From there, stroll a short way and literally smell the roses at the city’s lovely Rose Garden.
Finish the day on the pier at Riverview Farm Park and watch the deep orange sun sink slowly into the sparkling James River.
Day Two: Get out and play in 30+ parks!
-Newport News Park provides a nature lover’s haven on the wooded shores of Lee Hall reservoir.
-Be sure to explore the fascinating flora and fauna found at the Park’s Discovery Center.
-Ride your bike through Harwood's Mill Park for an exciting mountain bike trail.
-Set your spirit free on the water! Rent a jon boat or paddle boat at Newport News Park – or bring your own canoe or kayak.
-Test your skills at the ever-popular disc golf course at Newport News Park or go on an adventurous geo-caching excursion in the woods there.
-Grab some takeout and enjoy a picnic lunch with a view at any of our picturesque parks.
-Work it off with rollerblading, cycling or jogging.
-Be sure to treat your kids to the ultimate in playground enjoyment at Fort Fun in Huntington Park, along the James River. Other playgrounds abound in Deer Park, and King-Lincoln Park to name just a few.
Additional suggestions for all there is to see and do in Newport News’ great outdoors can be found at nnparks.com/parks.php. Enjoy!