Points of Interest in Newport News

From shopping, dining and movies, to areas of historic interest, beaches and larger cities, The Chesapeake’s location puts it all within reach.

The Chesapeake’s Newport News location puts a wealth of attractions within easy reach. Whether heading out for a short jaunt, a day trip or a long weekend, residents enjoy easy access to I-64 and Route 17, which means they can get on their way quickly.

Some of our nearby attractions and destinations include:

Historic Sites and Museums

  • Endview Plantation and other stately plantations
  • Fort MonroeForest-Trail
  • James A. Fields House
  • Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, and Colonial Williamsburg
  • Lee Hall Mansion
  • The Mariner’s Museum/USS Monitor Center
  • The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center
  • U.S. Army Transportation Museum
  • The Virginia War Museum
  • Yorktown Victory Center

Cultural Arts, Education and Museums 

  • Christopher Newport University and Ferguson Center for the Arts
  • Peninsula Community Theatre
  • Peninsula Fine Arts Center
  • Virginia Air and Space Center
  • Virginia Living Museum


  • City Center and Port Warwick
  • Langley Air Force Base Commissary and Exchange
  • MacArthur Center (Norfolk)
  • Patrick Henry Mall
  • The Peninsula Town Center
  • Riverwalk Landing – Yorktown

Family FunAquarium

  • Peninsula SPCA and Petting Zoo
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Water Country USA
  • Virginia Living Museum
  • Virginia Air & Space Center

The Chesapeake is also located close to three major hospitals, one of which is a nationally recognized teaching hospital.

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the proximity of the James River, the Chesapeake Bay, and numerous lakes for fishing, kayaking and boating. The area also offers an abundance of scenic parks including the 7,500-acre Newport News Park, one of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi. Golf lovers will find both community and private golf courses—made all the more enjoyable by our mild, four-season climate. We are also convenient to all area military bases and commissaries.

For interests that lie farther afield, Williamsburg, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach are just a short drive away. Day and weekend trips to areas such as Richmond, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina’s Outer Banks are also popular options.

To learn more about attractions in our area, visit the Newport News Tourism website at Newport-News.org.