Outdoors & Recreation
No matter what kind of outdoor activities you are looking for, Newport News offers it all! What's more, our moderate climate coupled with our excellent location (conveniently near Williamsburg, Yorktown, Hampton, Norfolk, and a short drive to Virginia Beach) makes Newport News the perfect place to explore.
Discover the exhilarating experience of mountain biking, a romantic paddleboat or canoe ride or a challenging round of championship golf. Enjoy the chance to meet a variety of wild furry friends and the opportunity to relax and watch a peaceful picnic at sunset, overlooking the mighty James River.
These endless photographic opportunities and more await you in one or more of our 32+ parks!
Stroll one of our beaches, go bird watching, disc golfing or try your luck at catching some salt or freshwater fish in our lakes, reservoirs or the Chesapeake Bay, where you'll find some of the best fishing in Virginia! Learn more about fishing in Newport News. And if you're looking for a place to take your furry friend for some adventure, learn more about our Pet-Friendly Places in Newport News.
You'll definitely need a rest after all this exercise! If so, learn more about camping in Newport News and reserve one of our 188 modern campsites at Newport News Park. At 7,711 acres, it is one of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi River.
Looking for a place to have your wedding? Enjoy a perfect wedding setting at our Rose Garden at Huntington Park or at any one of our many outdoor spaces. Call 757.886.7912 for more information or view a list of Newport News wedding locations.
Anderson Park / Peterson's Yacht Basin
Anderson Park is home to the historic Monitor-Merrimack Overlook. It was at this site on March 9, 1862, that the Battle of the Ironclads took place. In addition to its history, the park also features ballfields, basketball, a boat ramp, saltwater fishing, beach access, picnic shelters, a playground and public restrooms.
This neighborhood park features basketball, freshwater fishing, trails, and a playground.
Christopher Newport Park
This neighborhood park, located in downtown Newport News, offers floral gardening and historical features.
Deer Park is located on Jefferson Avenue, just south of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, in the center of the city. The park has two entrances: at Robinson Road and at Groome Road. White-tailed deer used to be raised on a game preserve in this area before the land was dedicated as a public park; hence, the name "Deer Park." While white-tailed deer are no longer found here, Deer Park still has much to offer...
Denbigh Park Boat Ramp
Located in the Denbigh area of Newport News, this neighborhood park features hiking and jogging trails, a boat ramp and saltwater fishing.