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Portsmouth Museums

Outdoor Recreation

In the Middle of it All.

Portsmouth's central Hampton Roads location also puts the rest of the region within easy reach. A short drive takes you to the history and roller-coasters of Williamsburg or the boardwalk and beautiful sandy stretches of Virginia Beach, while downtown Norfolk is just a drive through the tunnel or a quick and fun ferry ride away. Check out the links to the left for more information on nearby regional attractions and cultural amenities.

Attractions of Historic Proportions.

Amble along our famous Seawall. Stroll through three centuries of historic neighborhoods. Go antiquing. Take in some art. Stand inside a giant soap bubble at the largest children's museum in the state. And did we mention that Portsmouth is home to some of the most delightful restaurants in the region? Many of Portsmouth's attractions are clustered within easy walking distance of each other, making it the perfect place to spend a day. And with its central location, it's easy to get to – just a quick ferry ride from downtown Norfolk, a 20-minute drive from Virginia Beach, and less than an hour from Colonial Williamsburg.

A History Lover's Dream Come True.

From its antique and specialty stores to its shade-drenched streets, Olde Towne Portsmouth is much more than one of the area's most pleasant places to take a stroll. It's a history lover's dream come true. In a single square mile, the Olde Towne Historic District chronicles 300 years of history in one of the largest collections of antique homes south of Alexandria. Legend has it that Benedict Arnold was held captive in one of the homes. Another was used by Union Forces to issue passes during the Civil War, while yet another concealed medicine for Confederate soldiers. You can explore this national treasure through a self-guided walking tour (available at the Visitor Information Center) or during seasonal lantern tours or candlelight home tours during special occasions.

Recent Study:
Most Americans Want a Walkable Neighborhood, Not a Big House

The symbol of American success often involves having the biggest house possible, but our outsized fantasies seem to be shifting. According to a new survey, more than three quarters of us consider having sidewalks and places to take a walk one of our top priorities when deciding where to live. Six in 10 people also said they would sacrifice a bigger house to live in a neighborhood that featured a mix of houses, stores, and businesses within an easy walk.
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Downtown Portsmouth.
The Perfect Place To Live, Work and Play.

Downtown Portsmouth offers a charming, pedestrian-friendly environment that serves as the urban center of Hampton Roads, making it an ideal choice for moving or expanding companies and their employees to live, work and play. As the center of a dynamic region, it combines a distinctive character and sense of place with easy access and connectivity to surrounding communities.

Download the Downtown Portsmouth brochure for more information