Getting Out and About in Newport News

If you like the great outdoors, you’ll love living in Newport News. Thanks to the moderate weather, you can be outside much of the year. If you are new to the area, here are a few suggestions to start you off on the right outdoor track:

 

People Parks

Did you know that Newport News has 36 parks for you to enjoy? A prime example is Newport News Park, one of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi with over 8,000 acres of natural beauty. There are two fresh water reservoirs, beautiful wooded hiking trails, a 5-mile mountain bike trail, a 5.3-mile bikeway, plus a golf course and archery range!  Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News.

Dog Parks

If you prefer an outing to the park with your best furry friend, there are several dog parks you will want to explore, one of which is Fido Field Dog Park. There are off-leash areas for both large dogs and small, and there are water fountains for you and your pet since exercise tends to build up a thirst. The fee is $10 per year per dog, and Rover will need to be registered. You can go online to fill out the form and to learn more: https://nngov.com/DocumentCenter/View/1232. Address: 105 City Farm Road.

The Skate Park

If someone in your family loves skating, there is a modular skate park inside Riverview Farm Park, complete with bank ramps, quarter pipes, grind rails and wedge flats. Skaters must be registered, and a permit sticker must be worn on all skaters’ helmets. You can get complete information by calling the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism: (757) 926-1400. Address: 105 City Farm Road.

Fishing Adventures

Love to fish? You’re in the right place. We have both saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities in the Newport News area. There are miles of saltwater fishing locations off our coast and a variety of freshwater lakes and reservoirs for anglers to enjoy. Do you have your own boat? You will find seven public boat ramps and three marinas for your use. Tip: The Leeward Municipal Marina provides overnight slips, and modern campsites are available at Newport News Park. You will need a freshwater or saltwater fishing license, and you can purchase them at these stores on Jefferson Avenue: Walmart, Wilcox Bait & Tackle, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

A great time for all

There! You have a start to think about what to do and where to go on your next outing. Newport News has a lot to offer if you and your family enjoy the great outdoors!