Travel Guide for Coastal Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.
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COASTAL VIRGINIA Virginia Beach Boardwalk—Virginia Beach FROLIC Catch some waves at Virginia Beach Oceanfront! A little sun and surf make for the ultimate vacation feeling, while entertainment, shops, restaurants and more are only a few feet away on the expansive three-mile boardwalk. Stroll, bike, rollerblade or surrey your way to a selfie with the 12-ton “Neptune” statue. Looking for something more secluded? Escape to Sandbridge to enjoy a week of bliss in your house rental (perfect for families and groups) and feel right at home among the sand dunes and dancing sea oats. Close proximity to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park offer great kayaking, hiking and fishing. COASTAL VIRGINIA 52 B U S C H G A R D E N S ( W I L L I A M S B U R G ) : C O U RT E S Y O F B U S C H G A R D E N S W I L L I A M S B U R G / C O L O N I A L W I L L I A M S B U R G ( W I L L I A M S B U R G ) : S A R A H H A U S E R From the first permanent English settlement in North America through the Revolutionary War and beyond, Virginia is rife with opportunity to travel through time. Begin with an archeological exploration of the New World at Historic Jamestowne. Nearby, Jamestown Settlement’s costumed interpreters bring your discoveries to life – in outdoor replicas of English ships, a colonial fort and a Powhatan Indian village. Head into the 18th century at Colonial Williamsburg to try out weaving or brickmaking at the world’s largest living history museum before reliving the 1761 British surrender at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Round out your journey with a trip to the Fort Monroe National Monument to hear four centuries of stories, featuring American Indians, Captain John Smith and the first enslaved Africans to arrive in English North America – as well freedom seekers like Harriet Tubman and others who have shaped the history of this prominent site. CO U R T E SY OF V I S I T V I R G I N I A B E AC H The COASTAL VIRGINIA region begins just east of Richmond, meanders along Chesapeake Bay tributaries and ends along the beautiful coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Featuring historic icons, classic theme parks and beautiful shorelines, it’s the ideal destination for a classic family getaway, satisfying history buffs, thrill seekers and beach loungers alike! EXPERIENCE Colonial Williamsburg—Williamsburg TASTE Tickle your tastebuds along the Salty Southern Route, a journey into the culture and traditions of Virginia’s renowned peanuts, pork products and salt-cured hams. Venture through Smithfield (the namesake to Smithfield Foods), Suffolk (home to world-famous Planter’s Peanuts), and other quaint southern communities as you explore culinary roots of historic – and tasty – proportions. ESCAPE In Hampton Roads, the USS Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy; take a tour, stay overnight and get a taste of history. Think you can beat the clock in a battle of wits? Test your skills for an hour and catch the spy at the USS Wisconsin Escape Ship! As the nation’s only battleship escape room, this is one excursion you can’t miss! Busch Gardens—Williamsburg SCREAM THRILL Get topsy-turvy on the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg! Their new coaster, Pantheon, offers epic thrills as America’s fastest multilaunch coaster. If keeping your feet on the ground is preferable, don’t miss the live performances on stages throughout the park and seasonal events like Howl-O-Scream, Bier Fest and fireworks shows. Cool off at nearby Water Country USA, the state’s largest water park, where your family can hang ten on mega-slides and Virginia’s first ever hybrid water coaster, or kick up your feet while floating along the lazy river; little ones will enjoy themed play areas, child-sized water slides and shallow pools. Place your bets at the new Colonial Downs Racetrack and Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in New Kent! You’ll experience the thrill of live horse racing, as well as the heart-pounding excitement of the Historical Horse Racing machines, where the jackpot awaits. Check their schedule for free post-race entertainment, where live music will keep the party going. Plus, enjoy the whiskey bar for exceptional spirits and their restaurant, 1609, for unique Southern flavors that showcase the Commonwealth’s essence. VIRGINIA .ORG 53 Hampton EXPERIENCE AN INSPIRED WEEKEND IN Sea To Stars Ticket M A N Y AT T R A C T I O N S . O N E L O W P R I C E . Hampton’s 410-year legacy as the city “First from the Sea, First to the Stars” is captured in this combination ticket that mixes history, adventure, water recreation and fun! Explore some of Hampton’s best attractions at one low price. H A M P T O N , VA EST. 1610 Hampton University Museum HISTORY COMES TO LIFE. Founded in 1868, the Hampton University Museum is America’s oldest African American museum. Located on the historic Hampton University campus that dates to the same year, the museum features more than 9,000 pieces of African American, traditional African, Native American, Native Hawaiian and Asian art. Fort Monroe REMEMBER AND REFLEC T. It is the site where the first Africans brought to English North America landed in 1619. During the Civil War, it became known as “Freedom’s Fortress” following the controversial Contraband Decision, prompting thousands of enslaved people to seek sanctuary within its walls. Today visitors from around the world come to this National Monument and walk in the footsteps of these courageous individuals. Virginia Air & Space Center R E A C H F O R T H E S TA R S . The visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center is a world-class facility featuring more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits that tell America’s exciting story of air and space exploration. See the Apollo 12 Command module, a Mars meteorite and even a three-billion-year-old moon rock. Drinks and Dining BRING YOUR APPETITE. Hampton is a farm-and-sea-to-table haven, with coastal flavors, craft beverages and of course, delectable Southern dining. Whether in Downtown, Phoebus, Fort Monroe, Coliseum Central or a hidden hot spot, you’ll find a dish to savor. Carousel FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN. Take a ride on Hampton’s fully restored 1920 merry-go-round on the city’s downtown waterfront. It is a work of American folk art, and also a ton of fun, with prancing steeds and stately chariots painstakingly carved from fine-grained hardwood and painted by European immigrant artisans. Miss Hampton II CAST OFF FOR ADVENTURE! All aboard! Take a harbor cruise, and enjoy a unique and exciting nautical experience around the Hampton Roads harbor. See water views of Fort Monroe and Fort Wool, the world’s largest naval base, and the site of the Battle of the Ironclads during this popular April – October daily cruise. SPONSORED CONTENT 54 A Hampton visit traces a centuries-long legacy of culture, cuisine, and innovation. Discover Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton University, Chesapeake Bay beaches, Virginia’s historic harbor, and Fort Monroe, the site of the first recorded African landing in English North America in 1619. GET INSPIRED AT VISITHAMPTON.COM CALL 800-487-8778 VIRGINIA.ORG 3 q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b c BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME $ P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y D P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT I East Coast Gateway Welcome Center at New Kent New Kent Virginia Tourism Corporation I-64 Eastbound Mile Marker 213 New Kent 23124 804-966-7450 64 60 Charles City Kent JamestNew own 64 60 Charles City William sburg Jamestown Williamsburg Surry Surry FRANKLIN 64 60 64 Yorktown 17 60 17 Poquoson Newport News Newport News Franklin 564 664 258 17 Norfolk Portsmouth 264 664 48 10 32 13 64 460 225 Hampto n 60 58 44 258 190 Virginia Beach 564 Chesapeake Norfolk Portsmouth 264 17 17 48 460 Suffolk 58 17 13 58 44 168 13 64 60 225 Suffolk 58 13 Franklin 258 17 10 32 Poquoson Hampton 17 258 Smithfield Smithfield VIRGINIA MAIN STREET COMMUNITY Yorktown 190 Virginia Beach Chesapeake Fort Monroe Building 23, Ingalls Rd., 757-637-7778; fmauthority. com. Largest moat encircled stone fort; National Monument. bj Franklin Southampton Economic Development 601 North Mechanic St., Suite 300, 757-562-1958; fsediva.com. Come Escape to Tradition in Franklin Southampton! bI Fort Wool Harbor Tour Ticket Office: 710 Settlers Landing Rd., 757-722-9102; misshamptoncruises.com. Island fortress dating to 1819 is accessible by boat. b Franklin/Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce 108 West Third Ave., 757-562-4900; fsachamber.com. A short drive away from the ordinary. Explore, experience, enjoy. j Grandview Nature Preserve State Park Dr. at Beach Rd., 757-850-5134; hampton.gov/ parks. 578-acre preserve on Chesapeake Bay, home to aquatic species, waterfowl. Downtown Franklin Visitors Center & Museum 120 South Main St., 757-562-6900; downtownfranklinva.org. Shop. Dine. Play. Learn. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-5 PM Hampton Carousel 602 Settlers Landing Rd., 757-727-0900; vasc.org. One of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds in the United States. $b Village Fire Engine Exhibit 100 South Main St., 757-562-8581; franklinva.com. See antique fire trucks and other City of Franklin memorabilia. 168 The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center 4205 Victoria Blvd., 757-727-1490; hamptonarts.net. Hampton’s 1925 Neoclassical library hosts contemporary art, sculpture, photography and more. b bj Hampton History Museum 120 Old Hampton Ln., 757-727-1610; hamptonhistorymuseum.org. Experience more than 400 years of Hampton history across ten galleries. $I Langley Speedway 3165 North Armistead Ave., 757-865-7223; langley-speedway.com. NASCAR Late Model Stock Car racing and other exciting events. b St. John’s Church 100 West Queen’s Way, 757-722-2567; stjohnshampton.org. Established 1610. The oldest, continuous English-speaking parish in the U.S. b Little England Chapel 4100 Kecoughtan Rd., 757-660-8646. Virginia’s only known African-American missionary chapel, a National Historic Landmark. b Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside 3-D IMAX Theater VG 600 Settlers Landing Rd., 757-727-0900; vasc.org. Hands-on air, space and science exhibits; light simulators. $b Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruises 710 Settlers Landing Rd., 757-722-9102; misshamptoncruises.com. Double-decked tour boat. Narrated cruises of Hampton Roads harbor. b Ocean Eagle - Hampton Roads Charters 720 Settlers Landing Rd., 757-868-3474; hamptonroadscharter.com. A 65-foot vessel offering daily Chesapeake Bay fishing, tackle included. b Peninsula Pilots 1889 West Pembroke Ave., 757-245-2222; peninsulapilots.com. Coastal Plains League baseball season runs June-August. b Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd., 757-825-4657; hampton.gov/parks. 456-acres with two lakes, biking and hiking trails, fishing, boating, picnic areas. Hampton University Museum Huntington Building, Ogden Cir., 757-727-5308; hamptonu.edu/museum. Exceptional collection of African, African-American, Asian, Pan-American and American-Indian art. b ISLE OF WIGHT Boykin’s Tavern Museum 17130 Monument Cir., 757-357-5182; genuinesmithfieldva.com. Restored 1762 tavern. National landmark open for self-guided tours Monday-Friday. b Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800 Route 258, Courthouse Rd., 757-357-3191; genuinesmithfieldva.com. Source of genealogy records that were never destroyed during Civil War. b JAMESTOWN NEWPORT NEWS Historic Jamestowne 1368 Colonial Pkwy., 757-856-1250; historicjamestowne.org. Walk in the footsteps of Pocahontas and John Smith at the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. Archaeological digs (April-Oct). Artifacts from 1607 James Fort at Archaearium museum. Ranger & archaeology tours offered, visitor center, memorial church, glass house, Island Loop Drive, Riverside Cafe. $bjI Newport News Tourism 702 Town Center Dr., 757-926-1400; newport-news.org. Consumer, group tour and meeting planner services. b Jamestown Settlement VG Rt. 31 S near Colonial Pkwy., 757-253-4838; historyisfun. org. Living-history museum explores the world of America’s first permanent English colony. Expansive gallery exhibits and film trace history of Jamestown and Powhatan Indian, European and African cultures that converged in 1600s Virginia. Features outdoor re-creations of three ships, fort and Powhatan village. Gift shops. Cafe. $b 100 Miles of Lights-Newport News 13560 Jefferson Ave., 757-886-7777; 100milesoflights.com. Regional light shows, holiday exhibits, performances and shopping. $b NEW KENT New Kent Visitors & Commerce Center 7324 Vineyards Pkwy., 804-966-8787; yesnewkent.com. Located on I-64 Exit 211 offers clean restrooms, vending machines and exhibits on New Kent’s local history and attractions. Come see why New Kent is a great place to visit. Newport News Visitor Center VG 13560 Jefferson Ave., 757-886-7777; newport-news.org. Make us your first stop in Newport News! Attraction, restaurant, event, shopping and hotel information. Maps, directions, coupons, combination and discount tickets, souvenirs. bj Battle of Dam No. 1 13560 Jefferson Ave., 757-886-7912; newport-news.org. Extensive 1862 Peninsula Campaign earthworks. National Register of Historic Places. b Battle of Lee’s Mill Rivers Ridge Cir., 757-886-7777; newport-news.org. First engagement of 1862 Peninsula Campaign; massive original Confederate fortifications. b HAMPTON Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel 32386 Lankford Hwy., 757-331-2960; cbbt.com. An engineering marvel and east coast scenic shortcut (toll road). $bj North Bend Plantation 12200 Weyanoke Rd., 804-829-5176; northbendplantation.com. Tour the smoke, dairy and ice houses and slave quarter site. Chesapeake Visitor Center 1224 Progressive Dr., 757-382-6411; visitchesapeake.com. Visitor center offering maps, brochures, coupons and more. CAPRON Redwood Fields 17575 Sandy Point Rd., 804-829-5399; renwoodfieldsmaze.com. Amazing maize maze, petting zoo, antique farm museum, tractor tours! Chesapeake Arboretum 624 Oak Grove Rd., 757-819-7510. Come explore free nature trails and gardens. bj Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Community House and Interpretive Center 23186 Main St., 757-876-7597; nottowayindians.org. Nottoway Indian History: From Barter - To Buffer - To Be. CHARLES CITY Edgewood Plantation 4800 John Tyler Memorial Hwy., 804-829-2962; edgewoodplantation.com. Circa 1849. The surprise is inside. 7,000 square-feet, 10 fireplaces, flying staircase, 1725 gristmill. b Evelynton Plantation 6701 John Tyler Hwy., 800-473-5075; jamesriverplantations.org. 2,500-acre farm, originally part of William Byrd’s Westover Plantation. Kittiewan Plantation 12104 Weyanoke Rd., 804-829-2272; kittiewanplantation.org. 18th-century plantation and home of the Archeological Society of Virginia. 56 Sherwood Forest Plantation 14501 John Tyler Memorial Hwy., 804-829-5377; sherwoodforest.org. Circa 1720, home of John Tyler, classic example of Tidewater design. $b Westover Plantation 7000 Westover Rd., 804-829-2882; jamesriverplantations.org. Circa 1730. Grounds, garden and outbuildings open 9am-6pm. House interior closed. $ CHESAPEAKE Chesapeake Convention & Visitors Bureau VG 1224 Progressive Dr., 757-382-6411; visitchesapeake.com. A great vacation is within reach. Within an hour or less of the area’s beaches, theater, arts, professional sporting events and historical sites. bj bj Chesapeake Planetarium VG 310 Shea Dr., 757-547-0153; cpschools.com/planetarium/ public-programs. Free public programs to include telescope observations offered weekly. Deep Creek Lock Park 300 Luray St., 757-382-6411. Elevated walkway over marsh; boat dock; playground; and picnic shelters. j Dismal Swamp Canal Trail 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trl., 757-382-6411; cityofchesapeake.net/dsct. A nature and history devotee’s delight. Great outdoor recreation playground. bj Elizabeth River Park 1400 Elizabeth River Way, 757-382-6411. Waterfront park with boating access. Paved trail and ship’s store. bj Great Bridge Lock Park 100 Locks Rd., 757-382-6411. Watch locks in action on historic location along Intracoastal Waterway. j Northwest River Park 1733 Indian Creek Rd., 757-421-7151; cityofchesapeake.net/nwrp. The perfect blend of natural beauty and recreational activities. bj COURTLAND Cattashowrock Town 27345 Aquia Path, 757-562-7760; cheroenhaka-nottoway.org. Tour the 17th Century replica Native American Palisade Village. Rawls Museum Arts 22376 Linden St., 757-653-0754; rawlsarts.com. Displays world-class art exhibitions from modern to classical art. I Southampton Agriculture & Forestry Museum 26315 Heritage Ln., 757-653-9554; rootsweb.com/~vaschs. Open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 1-5pm. 6,000 farm artifacts, gristmill, sawmill, heritage village. $b Hampton Visitor Center VG 120 Old Hampton Ln., 757-727-1102; visithampton.com. Full-service visitor center adjoining the Hampton History Museum. b Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum 57 North Mary Peake Blvd., 757-251-2283; aberdeengardens.org. Museum celebrates the history, heritage and future of Aberdeen Gardens. b THAT TIME you paddled your CARES AWAY. Air Power Park 413 West Mercury Blvd., 757-726-0650. Outdoor air and spacecraft display, picnic facilities. b Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Rd., 757-825-4750; hampton.gov/ bbgf. A 60-acre farm/park/zoo with farm animals and Virginia wildlife. b Buckroe Beach 100 South First St., 757-850-5134; hampton.gov/parks. Chesapeake Bay beach with playground, bandstand, beach rentals, picnic shelters. b Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe Casemate 20, Bernard Rd., 757-788-3391; fmauthority. com/visit/casemate-museum. Features Jefferson Davis’ post-Civil War cell, Battle of the Ironclads. b Situated in the heart of Coastal Virginia, Chesapeake is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Our Northwest River Park offers camping and over 700 hiking trails, and the Elizabeth River boasts some of the best trout and bass fishing in the country. We have miles of water perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing. And lodging is plentiful and affordable. So bring your friends, kids and dogs – and leave your worries behind. VisitChesapeake.com Let the moments begin. VIRGINIA .ORG 57 COASTAL VIRGINIA COASTAL VIRGINIA g VG M E E T S E N V I R O N M E N TA L S TA N D A R D S O F T H E V I R G I N I A G R E E N P R O G R A M COASTAL VIRGINIA g VG M E E T S E N V I R O N M E N TA L S TA N D A R D S O F T H E V I R G I N I A G R E E N P R O G R A M q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT City Center at Oyster Point Thimble Shoals Blvd. at Jefferson Ave., 757-873-2020; citycenteratoysterpoint.com. Urban festival marketplace with shopping, dining and regularly-scheduled ongoing events. b Civil War Driving Tour 13560 Jefferson Ave., 757-886-7777; newport-news.org. Self-guided tour of 1862 Peninsula Campaign battle sites and attractions. b CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts Christopher Newport University, 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752; fergusoncenter.org. Offering shows from classical to country and Broadway to pop. $b Historic Jamestowne Connect to Nature Endview Plantation 362 Yorktown Rd., 757-887-1862; endview. org. Built in 1769, Endview Plantation is now a living history museum. During the Peninsula Campaign, it served as headquarters for Confederate generals McLaws and Toombs. $b The Founders’ Trail 13560 Jefferson Ave., 757-886-7777; newport-news. org. Self-guided driving tour of Newport News’ 17th- and 18th-century sites. b Harwood’s Mill Park Oriana Rd., 757-886-7912; newport-news.org. Freshwater fishing, paddle boating, hiking, picnicking, 5.5-mile naturalsurface mountain bike trail. bj Deer Park 11523 Jefferson Ave., 757-8867912; newport-news.org. Azalea gardens, picnicking, hiking trails and “Boundless” playground. Ranger station. b Historic Hilton Village Warwick Blvd. at Main St., 757-886-7777; newport-news.org. English village-style neighborhood, built during WWI for shipyard workers. b Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Ave., 757-247-8950; downing-gross.org. Restored historic 1917 building with community art gallery and meeting spaces. 276-seat theatre, named after Newport News native Ella Fitzgerald, hosts year-round entertainment. $b Historic North End/Huntington Heights Huntington Ave. at Warwick Blvd., 757-886-7777; newport-news.org. National Historic Register district, with homes built in early 1900s. b Ships, History Great Outdoors at Virginia’s Animal Attraction and Dinosaur Destination AND THE New in 2020 January 18 - May 3 Summer 2020 thevlm.org 58 May 23 - Sept 7 BILL CRABTREE, JR. Newport News, VA • I-64 exit 258-A Open Daily 9am-5pm • 757-595-1900 Dinosaurs are BACK!! 888.493.7386 • 757.886.7777 • newport-news.org COASTAL VIRGINIA g VG M E E T S E N V I R O N M E N TA L S TA N D A R D S O F T H E V I R G I N I A G R E E N P R O G R A M q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Waterside Market—Norfolk Huntington Park 9285 Warwick Blvd., 757-886-7912; newport-news. org. James River beach, boat ramp, “Fort Fun” playground, tennis, picnicking. bj Huntington Park Rose Garden 9285 Warwick Blvd., 757-886-7777; newport-news.org. Virginia’s only “An American Rose City Garden.” Hundreds of roses. b James A. Fields House 617 27th St., 757-813-6014; jamesafieldshouse.blogspot.com. Restored home of AfricanAmerican community leader. Highlights local black history. $b King-Lincoln Park 600 Jefferson Ave., 757-886-7912; newport-news.org. Nature programs, saltwater fishing, interpretive center, picnicking, playground. Special events. bj b 60 The Mariners’ Museum and Park VG 100 Museum Dr., 757-596-2222; marinersmuseum.org. Come see America’s National Maritime Museum! $bI Matthew Jones House Taylor Ave. and Harrison Rd, Fort Eustis Military Base, 757-886-7777; nps.gov/nr/ travel/jamesriver/jon.htm. Architectural house museum dating from 1720s. In-house history collections. b Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run 901 Clubhouse Way, 757-886-7925; nngolfclub. com. 36-hole “4 stars” Golf Digest-rated facility 20 minutes from Williamsburg. PGA pros, clubhouse, restaurant, driving range, pro shop. A country club experience without the expense. $b Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Ave., 757-886-7912; newport-news.org. 7,711-acre park, nine times larger than NYC’s Central Park! Canoeing, paddleboats, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, geocaching, archery, disc golf, picnicking, playgrounds. Arboretum, Japanese tea house. bj Newport News Park Campsites 13564 Jefferson Ave., 757-888-3333; newport-news.org. 188 campsites in wooded setting. Utility hookups, camp store, playgrounds. $bj Newport News Park Discovery Center 13560 Jefferson Ave., 757-886-7916; newport-news.org. Nature and Civil War exhibits. Interactive displays. Wildlife rehabilitation center. b The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center 2803 Oak Ave., 757-247-2360; newsomehouse.org. J. Thomas Newsome (1869-1942) was a lawyer, businessman and journalist. Today, his Victorianstyle home is devoted to the expression of African-American culture and historical themes. Suggested donation $2. b Peninsula Community Theatre 10251 Warwick Blvd., 757-595-5728; pctlive.org. Plays, musicals and children’s shows staged in restored movie theater. $b Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Dr., 757-596-8175; pfac-va.org. Explore art with an ever-changing array of exhibitions, programs, events and classes. $b Peninsula SPCA and Barnyard 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., 757-595-1399; peninsulaspca.org. Visit with chickens, rabbits, goats and enjoy a walk-in aviary. $b Riverview Farm Park 105 City Farm Rd., 757-886-7883; newport-news.org. Walking trails, “Fantasy Farm” playground and Fido Field dog park. bj U.S. Army Transportation Museum 300 Washington Blvd., Fort Eustis Army Base, 757-878-1115; transportation. army.mil/museum. Full-size and model vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, rail and experimental equipment. b Virginia Living Museum VG 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., 757-595-1900; thevlm.org. Virginia’s animal attraction and Dinosaur Destination. Tour our indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, visit the universe in our planetarium, plus explore the Dinosaur Discovery Trail. $bIQ Virginia War Museum 9285 Warwick Blvd., 757-247-8523; warmuseum. org. Established in 1923, the Virginia War Museum explores America’s military history from 1775 to the present in its nine galleries of uniforms, artwork and weapons. $b Young’s Mill 13055 Warwick Blvd., 757-886-7777; newport-news.org. Reconstructed 1820s tide mill; 1862 Confederate campground. Original fortifications remain. b NORFOLK VisitNorfolk VG 232 East Main St., 757-664-6620; visitnorfolk. com. Norfolk, Virginia...a walkable, waterfront city offering diverse attractions, historic landmarks and culture. Tourist Information Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm and 11am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday. b SARAH HAUSER Lee Hall Depot Elmhurst St. and Warwick Blvd., 757-525-7372; leehalldepot.org. A historic railway depot, built about 1881, under restoration. Lee Hall Mansion 163 Yorktown Rd., 757-888-3371; leehall.org. Lee Hall, circa 1859, served as headquarters for Confederate generals Magruder and Johnston during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. It affords visitors a glimpse of Antebellum wealth. $b u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c Armed Forces Memorial Beside Town Point Park, 757-664-6620; visitnorfolk. com/listings/armed-forcesmemorial/29. Twenty castbronze letters written home by U.S. service members. Arthur and Phyllis Kaplan Orchid Conservatory Between Hampton Blvd and Elkhorn Ave at 44th St. near the Perry Library, 757-683-5839; odu.edu/sci/research/orchidconservatory. The conservatory houses the orchids of Norfolk physician Arthur Kaplan. The Attucks Theatre 1010 Church St., 757-622-4763; cacc-inc.org. Multicultural performing arts, engaging in music, theater, comedy and film. Battleship Wisconsin One Waterside Dr., 757-664-1000; nauticus.org/ battleship-wisconsin. Tour one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy! $b Chrysler Museum Glass Studio 745 Duke St., 757-664-6200; chrysler.org. Lively glassmaking demonstrations complement the museum’s extensive glass collection. b P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED Chrysler Museum of Art One Memorial Pl., 757-664-6200; chrysler.org. World-class art collection, stunning glass galleries and interpretive programs. bI d’ART Center 740 Duke St., 757-625-4211; d-artcenter.org. Watch, create, learn, collect and enjoy work from diverse artists. Elmwood Cemetery 238 East Princess Anne Rd., 757-441-2576; norfolk.gov/ facilities/facility/details/47. Historic cemetery that exemplifies the Victorian period’s Christian view of death as temporary sleep. Fort Norfolk 810 Front St., 757-640-1720; norfolkhistoricalsociety. wildapricot.org/ftnorfolk. Last remaining of 19 harbor front forts authorized in 1794 by President George Washington. Hampton Roads Naval Museum One Waterside Dr., Ste. 248, 757-322-2987; hrnm.navy. mil. Explore over 238 years of exciting Naval history! Free. b I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Hermitage Museum and Gardens VG 7637 North Shore Rd., 757-423-2052; thehermitagemuseum.org. Historic house and art museum on 12 acres of waterfront. $bjI The MacArthur Memorial MacArthur Sq., 757-441-2965; macarthurmemorial.org. Museum about the life and times of General Douglas MacArthur. bI Moses Myers House 323 E Freemason St., 757-333-1087; chrysler.org. This home is the oldest Jewish home in America. b Nauticus VG One Waterside Dr., 757-664-1000; nauticus.org. Nauticus explores the naval, natural and economic power of the sea through hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, 3D films and the mighty Battleship Wisconsin! $b Naval Station Norfolk 9079 Hampton Blvd., 757-444-7955; cnic.navy.mil/ regions/cnrma/installations/ ns_norfolk. Call or visit our website for tour availability and information. Norfolk Botanical Garden VG 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., 757-441-5830; norfolkbotanicalgarden.org. 175 gorgeous acres, 60 themed gardens, children’s garden and trails $b Norfolk Southern Museum 3 Commercial Pl., 757-823-5325; nscorp. com/content/nscorp/en/ the-norfolk-southern-story/ norfolk-southern-museum. Artifacts including sections of a Civil War-era track, vintage hand tools and diagrams. Norfolk State Planetarium 700 Park Ave., 757-823-8600; userweb. jlab.org/~salgado/ astropage/index. Regularly sponsors lecture series to the public, in-service teachers courses and workshops. Pagoda Garden and Teahouse 265 West Tazewell St., 757-622-0506; pagodagarden. org. Home to huge Koi pond and over 125 species of Asian plantings. bj Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church 201 St. Paul’s Blvd., 757-627-4353; stpaulsnorfolk.org. Built in 1739, St. Paul’s Church is Norfolk’s oldest building. Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises One Waterside Dr., 757-627-7406; navalbasecruises.com. 2-Hour narrated Naval base cruises depart daily from Nauticus. $b Willoughby-Baylor House 601 E Freemason St, 757-664-6200; chrysler.org. Federal townhouse built in 1794. Local history with changing exhibitions. b Virginia Arts Festival 440 Bank St., 757-282-2819; vafest.org. Your spring destination for the Arts! The 2020 season features world-renowned performances including Hong Kong Ballet’s ALICE (in wonderland), a Beethoven Celebration featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and more! The largest spectacle of music and might in the U.S., the Virginia International Tattoo features a tribute to the end of WWII; Plus, Williamsburg Live, the one-of-a-kind summer music Festival in historic Williamsburg. $bIQ High Street Information Center 101 High St., 757-393-5111; visitportsva.com. Offers brochures, greets and directs public to offerings in Portsmouth. b PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth Visitor Information Center 6 Crawford Pkwy., 757-393-5111; visitportsva. com. Get attraction brochures, dining suggestions, ferry tickets, gifts and more. b Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion 16 Crawford Cir., 757-393-8181; pavilionconcerts.com. 6,500 capacity waterfront venue hosting live entertainment. $b Virginia Opera 160 W Virginia Beach Blvd., 757-627-9545; vaopera.org. The officia