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A Nature Lover's Guide to Newport News

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!