Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Our 37 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
Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism FY 18 Annual Report 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.

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    Enjoy great local bands at City Center on July 18, August 15 and September 19. Read on...
  2. Newport News Game On!

    Celebrate national Park and Recreation month with fun activities and a game. Read on...
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