12330 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: (757) 249-0200
Fax: (757) 249-4736
A tiny, but sophisticated courthouse built in the first decade of the 19th century that served Warwick County, which no longer exists, until the last part of the 19th century when it was converted for used as a clerk's office.
A nonprofit, charitable organization supported by donations that is dedicated to promoting animal welfare and maintains a petting zoo and exotic animal area that is open to the public. The petting zoo is populated with goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, and other animals, while the exotic animal area houses leopards, mountain lions, jaguars, bald eagles, Canadian lynx, foxes, otters, and more.
This museum has a mix of everything: marine life, wildlife, plants and a planetarium. It's a golden opportunity to see wolves, sea turtles, sharks, coyotes, pelicans and the solar system in one dizzying day.The operators are pioneers in their field; when it opened in 1987, it was the only living museum East of the Mississippi River. Its focus on public education makes it a popular destination for families. Group rates and member discounts are available. Opening hours change seasonally; check the website for details.
This 456 acre recreational facility features two lakes, wetlands areas, trails for hiking and biking, fishing, non-motorized boating, picnic areas, a campground, tent cabins for rent, and a beautiful nature center.
Watch the explosion of colors at this quaint park where the city gathers to witness a plethora of local events. Newport News Park delights your senses with its myriad offerings: go fishing, walk your pet, take a long stroll down one of its curling paths or simply enjoy the beauty that surrounds the park. Explore hiking trails, play a round of golf or impress your loved ones with your boating skills. Attend a plethora of local events exhibitions, displays, horse shows and fairs among other things. Enjoy Southeast Virginia's biggest traditional craft show: Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife, with over 200 vendors. Enjoy the sounds, sights and memories that have been carefully passed from generation to generation. You're sure to have an exciting time out with family and friends at this riveting park.
Hampton Roads only MicroBrewery. Tours provided Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Weekend by appointment.
This Italianate mansion constructed by wealthy planter, Richard Decauter Lee, has been beautifully restored to its pre-Civil War splendor and the home once served as a Confederate headquarters during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Guided tours are available and visitors can see a Peninsula Campaign exhibit gallery which features Monitor artifacts, drawings, sidearms, and presentation firearms. A gift shop is also on site.
Built by Colonel William Harwood, Jr., signer of the Virginia Resolves, this home has experienced the ordeal of three wars. The home was visited by Generals George Washington, Thomas Nelson, Jr. and George B. McClellan and the Revolutionary War brought 3,000 militia to its fresh water spring. The War of 1812 saw its use as a training ground, while the Civil War found this property serving as a Confederate captain's home and a hospital for both sides.
The Yorktown National Cemetery is the final resting places of over 2,200 people; over 1400 of which are unknown. Its location is close to where many battles of the 1862 Peninsular Campaign occurred, ensuring its somber place in America's military history.
Aberdeen Gardens is a community that was planned for the resettlement of African Americans. Built in 1934, its construction included several houses, stores and gardens spread over 440 acres (180 hectares). This neighborhood is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
Yorktown Battlefield is the site where the last major land battle occurred during the American Revolution. Ranger-guided tours of the battlefield are available or you can grab a set of headphones and take the audio tour. During the summer months, learn from a costumed actor about the life of a soldier. Activities geared towards children are available.
This 300-year-old Episcopal Church survived 1781 and 1862 sieges, as well as the great fire of 1814. Between 1795 and 1920 there were long periods when only part-time clergy ministered here. A gift and book shop are also on the property.