Nearby Attractions

Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
757.356.1223

The Isle of Wight County Museum was founded in 1976 by a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of county history. Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and displays regarding the ham industry and perhaps the museum’s most notable artifact: the world’s oldest, edible cured ham.

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Windsor Castle Park

301 Jericho Road
Smithfield, Virginia 23430
757.365.4200
www.windsorcastlepark.org

Located at 301 Jericho Road, these 209.8 acres are owned by the Town of Smithfield. Windsor Castle Farm was originally part of a 1450 acre parcel patented in 1637 by Arthur Smith and is situated on a knoll overlooking the Pagan River. The farm was purchased with the intention of preserving the rich historic heritage of the Castle, as well as providing a passive public park on the estate grounds. Future plans include walking and bicycle trails, canoe and kayak launch, picnic, event and demonstration areas, historic interpretation and informational displays.

 

Portsmouth

www.visitportsmouthva.com

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Children's Museum of Virginia

221 High Street
Portsmouth, Virginia
757.393-5258
www.childrensmuseumva.com

On the first floor, rediscover some of the all-time Children’s Museum favorites. Stroll along the city streetscape with a grocery store, fire truck, pet park, and city bus. Go bonkers for bubbles, move cargo crates, board the tugboat, and track the model trains all over the state. The second floor showcases three all new distinct exhibit areas. In “My Backyard and Beyond” explore the inhabitants of your backyard, the wonders of water and weather, and the star-studded sky. “Dr. Forces Traveling Energy Extravaganza” brings you back to the days of a 3-ringed circus to discover forces, energy, and motion in all new ways. “CreArtivity” brings visual and performing arts to life by giving visitors an opportunity to create art while interacting with the exhibits.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

06 High Street
Portsmouth, Virginia
757.393-8031
www.vshfm.com

With two stories of hands-on sports and health exhibits, this attraction celebrates nearly 300 past and present athletes and inspires future ones. Drive a NASCAR simulator, test the speed of your baseball pitch, and take your turn at the microphone as a broadcaster. Kids and adults alike will learn about fitness, nutrition and sports medicine in the Training Room, complete with virtual exercise equipment and a skeleton that rides a bike! A great place for the whole family.

 

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Chesapeake Planetarium

310 Shea Drive 
Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
757.547-0153

Explore the wonders of the universe. Located at the Chesapeake Municipal Center, the Chesapeake Planetarium was the first planetarium built by a public school system in the state of Virginia. Free public programs, including telescope observations, are offered.

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Northwest River Park

1733 Indian Creek Road
Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
757.421.3145

Trails, fishing, canoeing, camping, hiking, bicycling, playgrounds, & more! Rental cabins and camping facilities include:  hot showers, laundry, dump station, and fresh water. Open sunrise to sunset. Children and pets welcome.

 

Norfolk

www.visitnorfolktoday.com

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Battleship Wisconsin

One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia
757.322.2987
www.hrnm.navy.mil

The City of Norfolk has assumed stewardship of the Battleship Wisconsin, which is now included in regular Nauticus admission. Admission fees help preserve and maintain the battleship for future generations. Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided or audio tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during World War II. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is owned and operated by the United States Navy and located on level two of Nauticus. The museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork.

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Chrysler Museum of Art

245 West Olney
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
757.664.6200
www.chrysler.org

Housed in an Italianate-style structure facing the picturesque Hague Inlet of the Elizabeth River, the Chrysler Museum of Art is home to an encyclopedic collection of nearly 40,000 objects spanning nearly 5,000 years of history. Highlights include an impressive and comprehensive survey of European and American painting and sculpture, a world-renowned glass collection, a rich photography program, Art Nouveau furniture, as well as African, Asian, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian and Islamic art. In the words of New York Times art critic John Russell, the Chrysler boasts objects "...any museum in the world would kill for."

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Virginia Zoo

3500 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23504
757.441.2374
www.virginiazoo.org

From mighty Monica, an African elephant, to their flock of small love birds, the Virginia Zoo is home to over 350 of our furry, feathered and scaly animal friends on 53 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Animals include exotic representatives from the African savannah, as well as friendly goats that you would find on a Virginia farm.

 

Virginia Beach

www.vbfun.com

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Virginia Aquarium

717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
757.385.FISH (3474)
www.virginiaaquarium.com

Explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and live animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Check out hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus you won't want to miss the 3D IMAX® Theater.

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Contemporary Art Center of Virginia

2200 Parks Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 
757.425.0000
www.cacv.org

Regularly changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists, as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its four primary activities--gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational outreach programs and outdoor art shows—the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia seeks to involve a diverse regional public in the rich and active language of contemporary visual art.

 

Hampton

www.hamptoncvb.com

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Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe

Casemate 20, Bernard Road
Fort Monroe, Virginia
757.788.3391
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The largest stone fort ever built in the U.S., Fort Monroe is headquarters for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Within the historic fort's stone walls is the Casemate Museum, which chronicles the history of the fort and the Coast Artillery Corps. During the Civil War, more than 6,000 slaves escaped to Union-held Fort Monroe, earning it the nickname "Freedom's Fortress." 

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Virginia Air & Space Center

600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 
757.7270.0900
800.296.0800
www.vasc.org

The visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. This world-class facility features the Space Quest and Adventures in Flight galleries, and more than 100 "hands-on" exhibits that tell the story of air and space exploration. See the Apollo 12 Command Module, a Mars meteorite and a three-billion year-old moon rock! Visit the technologically advanced Riverside 3D IMAX Theater and see a 3D IMAX film on a giant five-story screen with 16,000 watts of digital-sound.

 

Newport News

www.newport-news.org

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The Mariners' Museum

100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
757.596.2222
www.marinersmuseum.org

From bow to stern, The Mariners' Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Explore over 120,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, small craft from around the world, navigational instruments, and so much more.

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Virginia Living Museum

524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Newport News, Virginia 23601 
757.595.1900
www.thevlm.org

View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It’s all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. The Museum introduces visitors to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits.

 

Williamsburg

www.visitwilliamsburg.com

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

One Busch Gardens Boulevard
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187
800.343.7946
www.buschgardens.com/va

Journey to the unexpected. Busch Gardens offers guests a line-up of events, concerts, a new Irish show and a brand new family thrill ride, “Europe in the Air,” a motion simulator ride that takes guests on an unforgettable journey through some of  Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Summer, fall and winter are packed full of excitement with a nighttime light show production, “IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore,” “Howl-O-Scream,” celebrating all things Halloween and “Christmas Town,” the newest holiday spectacular that transforms the European-themed park into winter wonderland.

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Colonial Williamsburg

Located in the center of the city of Williamsburg.
757.229.1000 or 800.HISTORY 
www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

Visit Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and step back more than 220 years to the eve of the American Revolution. From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political and cultural center of Britain’s largest colony in the New World.

Colonial Williamsburg is the nation’s largest living history museum encompassing 301 acres including some 500 buildings, homes, stores and taverns reconstructed and restored to their 18th-century appearances; tradesmen practicing 30 historic trades and domestic crafts; historical interpreters and character actors; and 90 acres of gardens and greens, and now featuring the live action drama, Revolutionary City™, daily from mid-March to the holiday season.

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