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.
Overlooking the Hampton Roads waterfront at the east end of Newport News, King-Lincoln Park features tennis, basketball, picnicking, playgrounds, a saltwater fishing pier and an interpretive center (open summer weekends). Special events held on an outdoor stage during summer.
For decades the local community has treasured this scenic lake, hiking its trails, marveling at its statues, skipping rocks across its shore. Early mornings are spent listening to its whispering waves and the soft plunk of a fishing lure sinking beneath its tranquil surface. The sweet sound of laughter ripples across its surface as you laugh with your buddies over “the one that got away.” Whether a die-hard fisherman or just in need of a relaxing day, visit Lake Maury and start creating your own memories today....
Newport News Park
One of the largest municipal parks (7,500+ acres) east of the Mississippi River, Newport News Park offers a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, mountain biking, picnicking, paddleboating, canoeing, archery and freshwater fishing. Year-round camping is available at 188 campsites, most of which include grills, electrical hook-ups and concrete pads. Each campsite loop has a separate facilities building with hot showers and restrooms. The park offers a 5.3 mile, hard-packed gravel, bike loop beginning at the Campsite Office. The path is fairly well shaded with an overhead canopy from beautiful trees. Part of the loop crosses into the Colonial National Historical Park, where you can view a placard on the site of where George Washington’s headquarters were during the American Revolutionary War.