attractions & museums
Newport News' historical attractions and museums, architectural and historical landmarks, sporting, camping, fishing opportunities
For your convenience, you can purchase attraction tickets in advance before your trip or purchase the One City Pass that will give you a bundle discount to all of the attractions in Newport News. For questions, call the Newport News Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386. Please note tickets are shipped Monday - Friday and exclude Busch Gardens tickets. You can also use our Interactive Map to find accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and more close to our attractions!
Lee Hall Depot
Established in 1881, historic Lee Hall Depot is the last remaining station from the C&O Railroad’s expansion into Warwick County, Virginia. The City of Newport News is restoring the depot to preserve an entity important to the city’s development. The Lee Hall Train Station Foundation is a support group assisting with this effort. All aboard to learn more and become involved!
Lee Hall Mansion
Completed in 1859, Lee Hall was home to affluent planter Richard D. Lee. One of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula, Lee Hall offers visitors a step back to the mid-Victorian period with its authentically furnished rooms, including an elegant ladies parlor. During the spring of 1862, the home was used as a headquarters by Confederate generals Johnston and Magruder. Guided tours are available. Special events and evening programs are held year-round. Parking is free and there is a gift shop. Lee Hall is partially wheelchair accessible. Discount tickets are available for military and AAA members.
Main Street Library
This branch of the Newport News Public Libraries is centrally-located in Newport News, and near historic Hilton Village. The library's helpful staff is available to assist library users with all Newport News Public Library resources, including free public WiFi, public computers, ancestry research, historical photos, and more.
Peninsula Community Theatre
In the early 1950's, the Newport News Little Theatre and the Hampton Little Theatre merged to form what is now the Peninsula Community Theatre (PCT). In 1994, PCT purchased the Village Theatre, an art deco movie house located in historic Hilton Village (where author William Styron worked as a lad). In just 61 days, the movie theater was converted into a setting for live stage productions. Each year, PCT offers musicals, comedies and mysteries as main stage and children's productions. The main goal of PCT is to provide a venue for local talent to perform in a professional setting.
Peninsula SPCA & Barnyard
Families can feed and visit with a number of our barnyard friends. The Peninsula SPCA’s Barnyard & Education Center has chickens, goats, Alpacas, a tortoise, peacocks and more! Come by and be prepared for selfies, but watch out for our photo-bombing llama! In addition we have opened our brand new aviary and bunny run. Guests can feed over 150 Parakeets and get up close to our sweet bunnies in the enclosed walk in habitat.
Parking is free and special events occur throughout the year.