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Newport News Attractions

Do you live for fine dining or shopping? Or maybe you prefer to get acquainted with a new city like a real local. When spending time in Newport News, it doesn't really matter what takes your fancy — this buzzing city offers all the experiences and attractions you could ever need.

Discover the sights of Newport News with some popular tours & day trips, or check out our list of 34 fun activities in Newport News. We have free cancellation and no added fees, so you can relax and put your energy into planning your dream vacation.

Things to Do in Newport News with Kids

There's fun for the whole family wherever you go in Newport News. Here are some family friendly experiences to enjoy together that are sure to make your escape memorable:

Free Things to Do in Newport News

Some say the best things in life are free. Make sure you visit the following around Newport News:

Mariners' Museum and Park - Crammed with artifacts and displays, this place is a wonderland for curious minds.

Huntington Park - Let the kids play or be a big kid again yourself — this place just oozes fun.

Christopher Newport University - Drop by this modern local landmark and admire its impressive design.

Skiffes Creek Redoubt - Get educated on some of the intriguing history of the area through this attraction.

Riverside Medical Center - Leave time to stroll around this place of local significance.

Sandy Bottom Nature Park - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some finger food and find a comfortable spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Newport News

Central Newport News

If you're spending some time in Central Newport News, Patrick Henry Mall and Virginia Living Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown Hampton

If you're spending some time in Downtown Hampton, Hampton History Museum and Virginia Air and Space Center are top sights worth seeing.


While visiting Riverside, you might make a stop by sights like Mariner's Museum and Peninsula Fine Arts Center.


This small bayside city in Virginia is known for its scenic beauty, deep-sea fishing and forts preserved from the Civil War.


Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Newport News on a sunny day?

Soak up the great weather (and get some exercise at the same time) with some of these outdoor experiences:

What to do in Newport News on a rainy day?

If the heavens open up and you're on the hunt for something to do, put down your umbrella and try out a Virginia Beach History Bus Tour.

What should I not miss in Newport News?

Don't return home without checking off the following list of unmissable attractions:

  • Jamestown Settlement
  • Historic Jamestowne
  • Governor's Palace
  • Virginia Living Museum

Are there cheap things to do in Newport News?

What can you do in Newport News for free?

Your getaway in Newport News needn't break the bank with free things like these to discover:

  • Buckroe Beach and Park
  • Hampton University
  • Hampton Roads Convention Center
  • Christopher Newport University