Newport News, VA is located in the Hampton Roads area in the southeastern part of the state. It is an independent city with a population of more than 190,000. The city has a very large military presence including Joint Based Langley-Eustis, a joint military installation of both U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army personnel. The area also boasts one of the largest shipbuilding enterprises in the world at Newport News Shipbuilding. The city is also a junction between the sea and the rails through the Newport News Marine Terminals which are situated at the East End of the city.
Visitors to the area will find plenty of things to keep them occupied. It is a short jaunt up to Williamsburg and Busch Gardens where family members can learn about early colonial settlers and enjoy one of the best theme parks in the world.
Newport News is also home to some of the best attractions in the state. The city offers everything from one of the largest public parks in the country to a full-scale replica of a Civil War shop to a living natural history museum.
If you love wildlife and animals, then a visit to the Virginia Living Museum is a must. Here visitors can observe bald eagles, red wolves, frogs that change colors and a loggerhead sea turtle. There are living exhibits depicting the state’s natural heritage from the sea to the mountains and include a mountain cove and a cypress swamp. There is also a planetarium theater, a living greenhouse, and an outdoor boardwalk.
The Mariners’ Museum is also home to the USS Monitor and was designated as America’s National Maritime Museum by Congress. This exciting museum is home to artifacts from centuries of seafaring adventures, including more than 35,000 different items. Visitors can see figureheads, maritime paintings, ship models, and decorative arts from all over the world.
Another favorite attraction for those who love animals is the Peninsula SPCA & Petting Zoo. Here, visitors can visit and feed a variety of barnyard friends including alpacas, sheep, goats and chickens.
For history buffs, the Virginia War Museum presents the military history of the state. There are collections that include weapons, artifacts, uniforms, vehicles and posters tracing the development of the U.S. and Virginia military back to the 1700s. There is even a portion of Dachau’s outer wall and a segment of the Berlin Wall.
Visiting Newport News can be a true adventure. From a delightful petting zoo to museums chronicling the history of the military, this city offers something for everyone.