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Tripadvisor Traveler Favorites in Newport News

The Top 10 Things to Do in Newport News

Ranked by Tripadvisor Data

These days, travelers rely heavily on reviews when planning a trip. And, as most of us know, Tripadvisor is a very important tool for travelers to help others by leaving feedback on their experiences. We might think we’re doing a bang-up job enticing travelers to visit, but there’s no point in us thinking that if our guests don’t agree! So don’t take our word for it … read what our visitors have to say about our hometown and put these top-rated and must-see attractions on your list of things to do and places to see in Newport News:

#1 - The Mariners' Museum & Park

100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
757-596-2222

"Great use of a dollar." 
"This was a great place to visit, especially for ONE BUCK! You really can’t go wrong with anything for a dollar, especially a fun way to kill an afternoon. My boyfriend and I spent about 2 hours going through all the exhibits and learned a lot about naval warfare and ships in general (and we were both pretty well informed to begin with being a Navy kid and a history buff)." - Reviewer from Carrollton, VA

#2 - VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
757-595-1900

"Great place to spend a few hours!" 

"We went to see a traveling historical exhibit, which was awesome, but we found so much more! Our 14-year-old, 11-year-old and 2-year-old found lots to keep them enchanted. Wild animals, playing veterinarian, exploring a cave, dinosaurs, petting a starfish and a whelk in the touch tank, a playful otter, informative, engaging staff, and the list goes on. Great museum, and we found out that it is a reciprocal museum with ASTC.org!" - Reviewer from Hagerstown, MD

#3 - THE NOLAND TRAIL

100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
757-596-2222

"Serene traversing" 

"The Noland trail is one of the highlights of a visit to Hampton Roads-especially for those runners and hiking enthusiasts. It provides a great place for an early morning run or afternoon walk. It is not too strenuous and is located in a beautiful area with lots of shade and beautiful surroundings." - Reviewer from Carrollton, VA

#4 - NEWPORT NEWS PARK CAMPING

13564 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23603
757-888-3333

"Excellent park for camping" 

"We camped for a weekend and had such a good time we turned around and camped here again the following weekend. There are lots to do here: hiking, biking, disc golf, paddle boats, wildlife viewing, historical markers, a really nice little camp store and more! The park is very peaceful and enjoyable and I’m sure we’ll camp again soon. I forgot to mention how nice and helpful the staff are." - Reviewer from Nashville, TN

#5 - U.S. ARMY TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

300 Washington Blvd., Fort Eustis, Newport News, VA 23604
757-878-1115

"Good collection, nice displays" 

"What I loved the most: the chronological order and flow of main museum. The main museum is literally a single “trail” that flows chronologically. The displays are fantastic, full size, and very well done. Free but there is a donation drop box. Very well done!" - Reviewer from Huntsville, AL

#6 - USS MONITOR CENTER

100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
757-596-2222

"Amazing USS Monitor experience at The Mariners' Museum, better than expected!" 

"The Mariners' Museum was far more than we expected when we went to see the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia exhibits. Lots of ship history. Giant models and the most current GP racing Catamarans we just watched race at home in San Francisco bay. Way bigger than expected with so much to see and it cost a whopping dollar per person." - Reviewer from Rocklin, CA

#7 - VIRGINIA WAR MUSEUM

9285 Warwick Blvd., Huntington Park, Newport News, VA 23607
757-247-8523

"Loved the WWII History" 

"The museum covered all of the wars. The most interest to me was WWII. When my father came back from the war, he sailed from France to Newport News. He was at Camp Patrick Henry. The museum had an exhibit on the Port of Embarkation. They had the flag that was flown at the camp and several photos. It was worth the trip just to see that! It is a “not-to-miss” museum." - Reviewer from Seminole, FL

#8 - LEE HALL MANSION

163 Yorktown Road, Newport News, VA 23603
757-888-3371

"Interesting Civil War Plantation" 

"We had a very interesting tour of this plantation which was built in the 1860's. So much history about the Civil War. Our guide was the curator of the mansion who talked about many uses of this house during the Civil War and following. I highly recommend a stop at this very historical plantation." - Reviewer from Blandon, PA

#9 - NEWPORT NEWS VISITOR CENTER

13560 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23603
757-886-7777

"One Really Nice Visitor Center" 

"The Newport News Visitor Center is kind of tucked away in a nicely wooded lot, just inside Newport News Park. There are some picnic benches outside for visitors. This Visitor Center is incredibly spacious inside. Like most Visitor Centers, there are lots of literature to pick up. I had a few questions for the attendant, and she was very helpful." - Reviewer from Richmond, VA

#10 - HUNTINGTON PARK

9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607
757-888-3333

"A Hidden Treasure!" 

"Visiting my daughter, a Christopher Newport University student, we were looking for quiet place to spend some time together before I headed home. Just four miles from the University, we found this lovely park. It's small and quiet, but just right. The park sits on the James River. We brought our own picnic and blanket to enjoy the warm fall afternoon. Great time together that ended with a picture-perfect sunset!" - Reviewer from Myrtle Beach, SC

Now that you’ve learned all about our Top 10 Tripadvisor “Fan Favorites,” you’ll definitely need information about dining, and lodging in Newport News! Our friendly and knowledgeable travel counselors are here to help. They can be found at the Newport News Visitor Center, 13560 Jefferson Ave., at the entrance to Newport News Park (Exit 250B from I-64). We’re open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call us at 757-886-7777 or visit us online at www.newport-news.org to request your free Newport News Visitor Guide today!