Boating in Newport News, VirginiaHistoric City with a Lively Culture
Newport News is just minutes from Williamsburg and a short drive to Virginia Beach. Its central location allows visitors to experience the best of everything—outdoor activities, history, and an energetic urban scene.
What to Do
Huntington Park is a must-see for the entire family. The James River Fishing Pier is one of the longest angling docks on the east coast, but when you tire of casting a line you can also turn to the baseball fields, tennis court, picnic shelters, and landscaped gardens. And if that’s not enough, there’s a 15,000-square-foot wooden playground.
Those seeking peace and quiet should head to Mariners Museum Park. The 550 wooded acres have sprawling Lake Maury at their center. The Noland Trail winds through the park, past bridges, picnic areas, and plenty of benches for anyone who wants to take a rest.
Newport News also has five historic houses that are open to the public. The pre-Revolutionary War Matthew Jones House (Harrison Road, 757-898-5090) features exquisite brickwork and an unusual floor plan. The Endview Plantation (362 Yorktown Rd, 757-887-1862) and Lee Hall Mansion (163 Yorktown Rd, 757-888-3371) have been restored to their Civil War appearances. The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center (2803 Oak Avenue, 757-247-2360) is a fantastic Queen Anne structure built by a prominent 19th-century black businessman. The James A. Fields House (617 27th St, 757-245-1991) was the site of an influential community hospital at the beginning of the 20th century.
Where to Eat
The lively Schlesinger’s Chop House features prime steaks, chops, and seafood, and has an elegant yet comfortable style. (1106 William Styron Sq., 757-599-4700)
Set on a pier jutting into the James River, the Crabshack serves excellent burgers and local dishes such as crabmeat-stuffed flounder. Plus, you won’t find better sunsets anywhere. (7601 River Rd., 757-245-2722)
Where to Dock
Deep Creek Landing is a full service marina with new floating docks and on-site services such as hauling, painting, and boat repairs. (200 Old Marina Lane, 757-877-9555, deepcreeklanding.com)