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.
The park's 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 Amenities & Plans
Canoe and Kayak Launch
Picnic, Event and Demonstration Areas
Historic Interpretation and Informational Displays
Specific Floor Features
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 3 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.
With 2 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.
310 Shea Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
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.
Northwest River Park
1733 Indian Creek Road
Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
Amenities include the following and more:
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 5 battle stars during World War II.
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is owned and operated by the United States Navy and located on level 2 of Nauticus.
The museum houses a rich collection of:
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.
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."
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.
Explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and live animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium and 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.
Artists & Art Shows
These features are from internationally acclaimed artists, as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its 4 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.
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."
This is 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 3-billion year-old moon rock!
Visit the technologically advanced Riverside 3D IMAX Theater and see a
3D IMAX film on a giant 5-story screen with 16,000 watts of
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.
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.
Located in the center of the city of Williamsburg
101-A Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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.