It's Time To Put A Spring In Your Step
Look around. What do you see? Cherry blossoms. Daffodils. Azaleas. Tulips. Dogwood and Bradford Pear trees. They’re all in bloom – and they’re all over the place! Spend a day in our city and enjoy the magnificence of spring in Newport News. There are a number of breathtakingly beautiful sights in the city and here are a few of our favorites:
Canon Boulevard Cherry Blossoms
12000 block of Canon Blvd. (between Achievement Way and Old Oyster Point Rd.)
No need to travel all the way to Washington, D.C., when we have the most gorgeous cherry blossoms along Canon Boulevard! Hundreds of Yoshino cherry trees were donated by Canon Virginia, which opened in Newport News in 1985. A year after its opening, the manufacturing company had the trees planted on the east side of Canon Boulevard. The neatly manicured grass and dark mulch mounds around each tree add to the beauty of this visual experience. As an added treat, the City of Newport News later added more blooms by planting additional cherry trees on the opposite side of the street. Typically, the trees bloom at the end of March through early April, so check them out while you can!
Huntington Park Rose Garden
9285 Warwick Blvd. (at Hornet Circle)
The Rose Garden at Huntington Park features over 74 rose varieties in its 1,000-bush garden. A beautiful setting for outdoor weddings, the garden also serves as a rose grower’s classroom. Complete with trellises, brick borders, and a gazebo, the rose garden remains in bloom until late October or early November. And speaking of roses, did you know that Newport News was named an American Rose City by the American Rose Society? We were the first city in Virginia to earn that distinction, back in 2002!
Japanese Peace Garden at Newport NEws Park
13560 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News is also home to a Japanese Peace Garden, located in Newport News Park. You’ll enter the garden through a “torii,” a traditional Japanese gate that marks the entrance to a sacred place. The garden, about one mile inside the park’s main entrance, is home to cherry and dogwood trees, low-growing junipers, azaleas, a variety of bulb flowers, a small pond – plus a 16th-century reproduction of a Japanese teahouse. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Canon Virginia, in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary in Newport News in 1995. The garden sits on a ½-acre piece of land in the park and is another popular spot for weddings.
Azaleas & Other Blooms in Deer Park
11523 Jefferson Ave. (enter at Robinson Road or Groome Road)
Once home to a white-tailed deer game preserve, Deer Park is now known for its gorgeous azaleas, which bloom year after year. The flowers come in a variety of colors, from pink and red to white and purple. The park is also home to camellias and rhododendron blooms.
Campus of Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
See for yourself why Christopher Newport University has been ranked one of the “Most Beautiful Campuses in America” by The Princeton Review. It is especially awe-inspiring in the spring when all the flowers, shrubs, and trees are in bloom and its perfectly manicured “Great Lawn” has not one blade of grass out of place!
By no means is this a complete list of the most beautiful places in Newport News. You’ll also find signs of spring in City Center at Oyster Point, Port Warwick, the Noland Trail at The Mariners’ Museum, our 30+ parks throughout the city, and even in shopping center parking lots and in the medians along major thoroughfares like Jefferson Avenue and Warwick Boulevard! Whether you live or work in Newport News or are just visiting us for a few days, call the Newport News Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 for additional scenic jaunts throughout the city or visit our website at www.newport-news.org for inspiration!