Things To Do
It’s almost impossible to run out of things to do in Newport News, VA – from indulging sporting passions, to more leisurely pursuits.
Football is big news in Newport News – we’re the hometown of NFL coach Mike Tomlin and former Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks. The city plays home to two semi-pro teams, and you can catch high school football at the 11,000 capacity John B. Todd Stadium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the season.
Newport News has a proud military history – as well as local Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields, the first modern duel of ironclad warships, the Battle of Hampton Roads, took place not far off Newport News Point in 1862. Recovered artefacts from the USS Monitor – the Yankee side’s ironclad gunboat - can be found in the Mariners' Museum. An extensive collection of over 35,000 pieces includes miniature ship models, scrimshaw, maritime paintings, decorative arts, carved figureheads and working steam engines. More recent history can be found at the Virginian War Museum, which, in addition to covering US weaponry, uniforms and vehicles, holds a section of the Berlin Wall; and, more soberingly, a piece of the outer wall from Dachau concentration camp.
Looking for more sedate things to do in Newport News, VA? Fish for trout in the Warwick River at Denbigh Park – the Pier is fully wheelchair accessible. Newport News Park holds an archery range, disc golf course and a fly zone for RC aircraft; complete with a 400ft runway.