Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Our 36 parks offer great recreational opportunities including boating and fishing. You can reserve a picnic shelter for 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!

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Magazine Cover

See our magazine for 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. Newport News Children's Festival of Friends

    Kids will love the 100+ free activities, including rides, crafts, games, costume characters, exhibits and entertainment on May 4, 10 AM - 5 PM at Newport News Park. Read on...
  2. Community Garden Plots Available

    Garden plots are available for Newport News residents at the Newport News Community Garden located in the large open field at 75 Yorktown Road in the Lee Hall area of the city. Read on...
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