Newport News Things to Do
11 year old son LOVED this. Went on a Wednesday evening and it was a BOGO day. 13 yr daughter wasn't so interested but she is not the athletic one in the family. I participated for a while but could not keep up. Had an arcade, tv's, ping pong and were installing indoor batting cages. Will definitely go back!more
The Virginia War Museum houses the nation’s largest collection of war relics where one can learn about American military history from 1775 to the present. Provided are exhibits of weaponry, vehicles, uniforms, insignia and more. Museum galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, as well as a propaganda poster collection. Operating...more
If you wish to hike before or after visiting the Mariners' Museum, this is the place. The five-mile Noland Trail takes one all the way around Lake Maury. Along the way, keep an eye out for aquatic turtles, birds, small mammals, and other wildlife. The part along the James River offers scenic views. With 550 acres, this park has a lot to see. You...more
This is the foremost, must-see attraction in Newport News. It has so many fine galleries and exhibits that selecting only five photos was tough. There is enough here for several hours.The most historic attraction is the USS Monitor. During the Civil War, the Confederate Navy confiscated a warship being built in Virginia, named the Merrimac, and...more
If you are in the Newport News area and have even the slightest interest in American history then you owe it to yourself to stop into the Mariner's Museum.It is a fine collection of all the ingenuity that has gone into making America one of the top maritime nations in the world. There are ever-changing exhibits that range from artist renditions of...more
This is a very well laid out museum with a lot of exhibts that you can have a hands on experience with. Such as how to tie diffrent nautical knots. There is a small craft building dedicated to small crafts from all over the world. In another building you can watch while they actually build a boat. While they had one in the works no one was actually...more
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Newport News Restaurants
I had an early day on a business trip and needed to find breakfast. I came across this place as I drove by and saw a number of cars in the parking lot. Made a U-turn and glad I did. It is a nice open space and nicely decorated. I had to get my order to go and the staff were very friendly making recommendations. I ordered a breakfast sandwich that...more
Thaijindesu translated from Japanese is said to mean "Thai People." But this is more than a Thai restaurant. They also have a good mix of Japanese dishes and of course, a sushi bar. The place is nicely decorated and has dim lighting except at the sushi bar.I sat at the sushi bar. The staff were very friendly with smiles and fast service. I wanted...more
This shop is located in Hilton Village area of Newport News. A small bakery that also serves up break fast and lunch. The breakfast menu is small and not everything they have on the bakery side can be displayed in the glass counters. This is a popular place with locals and they seem to know what to ask for. For example the person in front of me...more
Newport News Nightlife
Mitty's Ristorante and Club: Pretty Cool Place
Mitty's Ristorante and Mitty's the Club are completely different. They are in the same building (The Omni Hotel) but cater to 2 different types of people. The restaurant has excellent Italian food with a full service bar while the Club offers dancing, drinks and bar nuts (yesssssssssss!!! Love bar nuts!)
Dress Code: For the restaurant I would definitely not wear jeans (for dinner at least) for the club most nights at least well...standard club dress applies (i.e., anything goes) however some nights they have dress codes mainly for the ladies, never heard of one for men.Related to:
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Newport News Local Customs
Newport News is loosely arranged into "neighborhoods" where people of similar ethnic or cultural or economic background gather or where some geographic feature is predominant.
The neighborhoods are:
Christopher Shores-Stuart Gardens
Denbigh... home of Denbigh Plantation; used to be a county seat
Huntington Heights (Overtown)
Lee Hall...known for its one of a kind railroad depot
Port Warwick... upscale subsection of Oyster Point
Warwick... once an independent city it is now reunited with Newport NewsRelated to:
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Newport News Warnings and Dangers
use precautions to be safe.
Whenever we go into an unfamiliar large city, we always ask the motel staff about what areas we need to avoid (if any) and where are some of the safer parts of town. We lock our car doors and use the latch-chain on the hotel door when we are "at home" for the evening.
We have a money belt and pay the extra dollar to use the motel safebox for valuables.
Crime rate in Newport News is above the national average for a city of its size.
Annually there are: 20 murders, 100 rapes, 450 robberies/assaults, 1500 thefts.
There are 275 sex offenders registered for the Newport News area.
That sounds like a lot but given the size of the total population of Newport News, that turns out to be about one offender per 700 residents.
if you are concerned that this might impact your vacation plans, check out the website below.
This might be one of the cities that it would be good to use some of the precautions mentioned above.Related to:
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Newport News Off The Beaten Path
Around the Mariner's Museum is a 550 acre park, with a running trail, a lake, picnic areas, and benches. The park is open to the public daily and is free. I understand that there is another Newport News park which is not free.I have not used the park, as I concentrated on the museum, but the website says:"The famous Lion’s Bridge, a dam that...more
"Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, and another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died...more
The Declaration of IndependenceIn Congress, July 4, 1776..We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That...more
Newport News Sports & Outdoors
I understand that one of the best running venues in Newport News is the Mariner's Museum's, Noland Trail complex. This was a gift from Mr Noland who willed the property to the City. The 5 mile running trail follows the outline of the lake. It is hard packed gravel and there are wooden foot bridges for runners to use. It can be extended by running...more
Lake Maury is a 167 acre lake on the grounds of the Mariner's Museum. It was named for Virginian Mathew Fontaine Maury who was a 19th century oceanographer.Lake Maury has boat rental available. I have not done this, but it sounds like fun. You can troll "through calm coves and open waters."Anglers must be prepared to show their updated fishing...more
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Newport News General
On the menu of the waffle restaurant was this story about the orgin of the name of the town. They repeated the story below and than said:"Actually the name of Newport News originated 100 years earlier on the original voyage of Christopher Columbus. During his journey to the New World, his navigator was a Greek sailor whose name was also Chris. In...more
There is so much to do in Newport News. I enjoy the Newport News Park the most. It has a small lake where you can rent paddle boats and take a cruise, and several large parks for children to play in. There are dozens of trails for walking, biking, nad running. The park also host a lot of fests and events, a lot of which are free. they have a...more
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