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Weekend Escapes: Top Newport News Getaway Ideas

~ A Sample Itinerary ~

Are you crunched for time but craving a fun-filled escape? Look no further! Newport News offers the perfect quick getaway with plenty of exciting activities and attractions. Check out these fantastic ideas for a few days away and satisfy your wanderlust, whether you're a local or traveling from afar!

Day 1: Outdoor Adventures and Cultural Exploration


8 a.m. - Breakfast at a local favorite, such as Byrd’s Restaurant, Indulge Bakery & Bistro, or Nest Kitchen for a great start to your day.

9 a.m. - Explore the wonders of Newport News Park. One of the largest municipal parks in the U.S., Newport News Park is a sprawling 7,711-acre paradise. Heres how to make the most of it:

Pitch your tent and enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts of home. Reviewers on Tripadvisor have praised the park for its peaceful atmosphere and helpful staff.
Challenge yourself at the park’s 18-hole championship disc golf course.
Bring your binoculars and do some birdwatching.
Find your Zen in the serene Japanese Peace Garden.
Walk through local history on the grounds of Battle of Dam No. 1. We’re sure you’ll find the historical markers and preserved earthworks fascinating.
2 p.m. Visit The Mariners’ Museum & Park. Ranked as the #1 thing to do in Newport News on Tripadvisor, this museum offers a treasure trove of maritime history for just $1. Visitors love the extensive exhibits on naval warfare and ship history. Don’t miss the USS Monitor Center, which provides an immersive experience into naval battles and innovations.
4 p.m. After your visit to The Mariners’ Museum, take a stroll on the Noland Trail, located right outside its front door. This five-mile trail is perfect for a serene walk or an invigorating run. Shaded paths and beautiful surroundings make it a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Reviewers have praised it for being a peaceful, scenic escape right in the heart of Newport News.
5 p.m. – Shop at Patrick Henry Mall for a mix of retail therapy.
7 p.m. – Dine at Fin Seafood for fresh seafood and elegant dining or hang out on the patio of Smoke BBQ Restaurant for the best barbecue, ribs, and brisket in town.

Day 2: Nature, Museums, and Relaxation

8:30 a.m. – Grab breakfast at The Captain’s Den or Cure Coffeehouse or Busy Nothings Coffee Co. for a quick and tasty meal.
9 a.m. – Visit the Virginia Living Museum, another Tripadvisor favorite due to its interactive exhibits, live animals, and engaging staff. Explore natural history and get up close with local wildlife, all native to the state of Virginia.
11 a.m. – Take a self-guided driving tour of the public art found throughout Newport News. Of the dozens of sculptures available, many have an audio tour component to guide you. There’s also a “Street Museumfeaturing the murals of many local artists. The tour provides a unique way to discover the city’s artistic side from the comfort of your car.
12 p.m. – Check out Bird Girl Bottle Shop, which offers carefully curated beer and Virginia wine, cool craft cocktails, along with a rotating selection of “wild” pizzas made in-house: the dough, the sauces, even some of the cheeses!
1 p.m. – Explore Huntington Park, nestled at the base of the James River Bridge. It spans 60 acres, making it the 4th largest park in Newport News. From play dates to romantic dates, Huntington Park has something for everyone:
 Military Memorials: Reflect at the Vietnam War, Holocaust, and Four Chaplains memorials.
 Virginia War Museum: A favorite among history buffs, this museum offers comprehensive exhibits on various wars. Many veterans comment on the emotional connection they feel to the Port of Embarkation exhibit.
 Huntington Park Beach: Swim, fish, and enjoy the expansive James River Fishing Pier. Reviewers love the quiet, scenic atmosphere and the opportunities for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.
 Rose Garden: Wander among 1,000 roses in full bloom from May to October. This garden is a favorite among visitors for its beauty and tranquility.
3 p.m. – Shop at City Center at Oyster Point at specialty shops in a vibrant urban setting.
5 p.m. – Dinner at Crab Shack on the James for waterfront dining and spectacular scenic views or Schlesingers Steakhouse in Port Warwick for a fine dining experience and excellent steaks.

Suggestions for a LONGER Weekend in the city

Drop the Mic Summer Concert SeriesWe suggest you start your weekend visit a little early so you can catch a local band at our Thursday night “Drop the Mic” party, presented by The Yard District. Its here you’ll find mouthwatering food, ice-cold beer, and vibes that’ll keep you grooving all night long.

Fishing Fun: Whether you prefer freshwater or saltwater, Newport News has you covered with seven public boat ramps and three marinas. Visit Hilton Pier, King-Lincoln Park, or Denbigh Park for great fishing spots. Reviewers have highlighted the ease of access and abundance of fish, making these spots perfect for anglers.

Biking Adventures: From leisurely rides to challenging routes, Newport News offers scenic trails for every cyclist. Check out our bike trails page for maps and routes.

With so many options, the hardest part will be choosing what to do first! For additional ideas, visit the Newport News Visitor Center at 13560 Jefferson Ave., at the entrance to Newport News Park, or call them at 757-886-7777 and enjoy your Newport News getaway!