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A Day in Newport News

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What would you do if you only have a day in Newport News? It’s not exactly a plenty of time. It is not possible to know the entire city; all you can do is a cursory glance. Here’s a selection of things to do and see in 24 hours in Newport News. So arm yourself with water bottles, comfy shoes, and get ready to explore and experience the city with this handy guide- 

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8:00am- Breakfast at Belgian Waffles & Steakhouse!

Start the day right with big and hearty breakfast at Belgian Waffles & Steakhouse. It serves homestyle comfort eats that will fill you up for the day. The breakfast menu is diverse and delish. It features southern favorites. Save a room for their tasty pancake and waffles.  

Address: 14700 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23608, United States
Phone: 1 757-874-3562
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 6:00am-8:00pm


9:00am- Pop into U.S. Army Transportation Museum!

Visit the U.S. Army Transportation Museum that features the history of Army’s transportation corps. The museum includes transport equipments, miniature models, trains, helicopters, jeeps, full-size armored vehicles, horse-drawn wagons, tugboats, locomotives, experimental crafts, and other memorabilia of U.S. Army Transportation.

Address: 300 Washington Blvd, Newport News, VA 23604, United States
Phone: 1 757-878-1109
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00am-4:30pm
Distance from Belgian Waffles & Steakhouse: 4.3miles or 9minutes drive via Warwick Blvd

10:00am-Tour Endview Plantation for Architecture and American History!

For a varied history of America, visit one of the area’s well-maintained plantations- the Endview Plantation. The Endview Plantation is an eighteenth century plantation that provides a peep into bygone era. This site has witness the 1812 War, the Civil War and the Revolutionary War.  Inside, take a look at the 18th century period pieces on display. It has an exhibition gallery, gift shop, and several special events are held all year-round. Civil War reenactments are held with replica weapons and uniformed soldiers. Walk in and out of the grounds and peek into the old cabins where soldiers stayed during war. This spot provides a glance into the site’s rich and diverse history!

Address: 362 Yorktown Rd, Newport News, VA 23603, United States
Phone: 1 757-887-1862
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from U.S. Army Transportation Museum: 4.8miles or 9 minutes drive via Jefferson Avenue


11:00am-Discover mid-19th century history at Lee Hall Mansion!

For some more history, make your way over to the Lee Hall Mansion that features showcases the story of the wealthy people who lived in the area during the 1850s. It is an antebellum home that was built during mid-19th century by Richard Decauter Lee, a wealthy planter of Warwick County. The mansion includes furnished period rooms, Civil War exhibits and other memorabilia. It has been used during the Peninsula Campaign as headquarters of Confederate Major General Magruder's. 

Address: 163 Yorktown Rd, Newport News, VA 23603, United States
Phone: 1 757-888-3371
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Endview Plantation: 1.5miles or 5minutes drive

12:00pm- Saunter through the Newport News Park!

Next, take a relaxed walk in the Newport News Park, which is the second largest city park in the nation. Enjoy an afternoon of fishing, archery, paddleboat rides, golf, biking, hands-on activities, historical artifacts or strolls. The park features several lakes, natural woodlands, meadows, picnic shelters, floral gardens, a disc golf course, a 5-mile bike trail, 30 miles of hiking trails, fresh water reservoirs, and a horse show arena. Native wildlife can be found within the meadows and woodlands. A perfect spot to have a family fun time!

Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603, United States
Phone: 1 757-886-7912
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Lee Hall Mansion: 2.5miles or 7minutes drive via Jefferson Avenue

1:00pm- Lunch! 

By now, you‘ve surely worked up an appetite, it’s time for lunch!

Craving for Chinese food, step into Hong Kong (8 Elmhurst St), or if Italian is on your mind, swing by Luigi's Italian Restaurant (15400 Warwick Blvd) or Soprano Italian Restaurant (15537 Warwick Blvd). Drop by Dodge's (13170 Jefferson Ave) for Southern-style fare. 

2:00pm-Virginia Living Museum is where to discover Virginia’s natural heritage from the sea to mountains!

Now that you’ve fed you body as well as your mind, again start your 1-day tour by visiting the Virginia Living Museum. The museum features indoor and outdoor exhibits, a planetarium, over 250 native species of plants and animals, a conservation garden, a living greenhouse, an outdoor boardwalk and a observatory.  Stroll on the boardwalk, and catch a glimpse of a living replica of an Appalachian mountain cave, a Cypress Swamp, several sea creatures living in the local waters, and native animals including foxes, raccoons, wild alligators, otters, deer and more. 

Address: 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, United States
Phone: 1 757-595-1900
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm


3:00pm-Soak up some maritime history at The Mariners Museum!

Next, visit the Mariners Museum that features over 35,000 interesting artifacts. It is one of the world’s largest maritime museums. Learn about the boats, sea, ships and nautical history of more than 3,000 years. It is home to USS Monitor Center that features artifacts from the Civil War ironclad, including a revolving gun turret. Do drop by the International Small Craft Center that holds watercrafts from all corners of the world. Stop by the maritime-themed gift shop that has items ranging from toys to t-shirts and books.  Shop for historic souvenirs! This museum provides a peek into the maritime history!

Address: 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606, United States
Phone: 1 757-596-2222
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Virginia Living Museum: 1.7miles or 5minutes drive

4:00pm- Art and Cultural Excursion at Peninsula Fine Arts Center!

Unleash your inner artists at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. The center features a rotating art exhibits by contemporary local and regional artists. Marvel at the pieces of artwork of different genres.  It also houses a hands-on kid’s gallery for children, a studio art school and several educational. 

Address: 101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606, United States
Phone: 1 757-596-8175
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from The Mariners Museum: 0.2miles or 2minutes drive


5:00pm-Go Shopping!

Head off to the City Center at Oyster Point that is an open-air shopping spot boasting a variety of shops. It has upscale retail stores including J Jill, Ann Taylor Loft, Coldwater Creek, Talbot’s, Chico’s,  Banana Republic, and Ten Thousand Villages, just to name a few. From clothing to gifts, jewelry and accessories to gourmet food, this shopping district has something for everyone!

Address: 701 Town Center Drive #100, Newport News, VA 23606, United States
Phone: 1 757-873-2020
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00pm-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Distance from Peninsula Fine Arts Center: 3.0miles or 10 minutes drive

Next, head off to Port Warwick, a cultural shopping spot. It features an assortment of specialty stores, boutiques and eating establishments that will please shoppers of all ages. Items range from apparels for women, men and children to fashionable jewelry and accessories to fine art to cigars and wine, health foods, stationeries to classic finds.

Address: 11825 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA 23606, United States
Distance from City Center at Oyster Point: 1.0mile or 3minutes drive via Jefferson Avenue

7:00pm- Time for Cocktails and Supper!

All that exploring and wandering around must have worked up an appetite, so it’s time to find some good restaurant to grab some food and liquid refreshment. 

Indulge in excellent and succulent steaks at Schlesingers Steakhouse (1106 William Styron Square S), or enjoy fresh seafood at Fin Seafood (3150 William Styron Square N), paired with outstanding wines.  If Thai is on your mind, step into Thaijindesu  (2180 William Styron Square S). Head off to Brickhouse Tavern (141 Herman Melville Ave) that serves up New York style burgers, pies, pasta, wings and much more. While there, do check out their drink list. 


9:00pm- Hit the Newport News!

When the sun goes down, the fun and party starts in Newport News. It’s time to experience the Newport News nightlife!

Start you nightlife adventure by visit at The Cove Tavern, a relaxed nightspot. Sit back, relax and unwind with a few drinks and have a quiet conversation with friends. It’s comfortable and attractive nightspot!

Address: 711 Lakefront Commons, Newport News, VA 23606, United States
Phone: 1 757-596-1830
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-12:00am; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-2:00am; Sunday: 11:00am-12:00am

Next, step into Bailey's which serves a range of beers, as well as great range of spirits, wine and fare. To catch the sporting events, there are big screens. Videos games, arcade games, darts and pool tables add to the entertainment quotient.
Address: 12300 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23602, United States
Phone: 1 757-881-9180
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:00am-2:00am

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If you’re in mood for a good laugh along with a couple of beers, make your way over to the Cozzy's Comedy Club & Tavern. It features standup acts and open mic nights that keep the atmosphere vibrant and energetic. If you like drinking and like laughing, this is the place to hit after dark!

Address: 9700 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, United States
Phone: 1 757-595-2800
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 2:00pm-12:00am; Friday: 2:00pm-1:00am; Saturday: 6:00pm-1:00am; Sunday: 12:00pm-12:00am


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