Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Our 36 parks offer great recreational opportunities including boating and fishing.  You can reserve a picnic shelter your special family gathering or enjoy award winning festivals.  Our sports programs and facilities challenge both the novice and experienced athlete.  We offer programs and classes for all ages including before/after school programs.  Discover the history of  Newport News at our museums and historical sites.  The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center offers classes, performances, and exhibits.

The Student Freedom Pass allows youth 17 years old or younger to ride HRT Buses for free (this program replaced the "Ride On" program).

Watch a video about everything Your Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department offers for you and your family!

See our Seasonal Magazine for seasonal information  on the programs, classes, and special events offered at our parks and facilities.  The magazine is available online and can be picked up at any City library or recreation facility.


  1. Exhibitors Needed for the Newport News Children's Festival of Friends on May 5, 2018

    We are looking for community groups and non-profits that serve children that would like to be exhibitors at the Newport News Children's Festival of Friends on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Read on...
  2. Vendors & Cultural Exhibitors Needed for the World Arts Celebration

    Cultural Organizations, Artists & Vendors can apply now for the World Arts Celebration (May 19, 2018 at City Center). Read on...
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