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If you are planning on bringing your family to Newport News anytime soon you are in luck there is plenty to do. Take this advice from a father of seven kids from ages two to sixteen. From a family perspective unless you home school you will most likely be visiting when school is out. If visiting for the Summer plan on including the Anheuser-Busch theme parks Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. They offer plenty of activities for all ages. If culture is more your thing visit the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis and the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe. There is no admission fees and plenty of cool trains and helicopters at Fort Eustis and Civil War history at Fort Monroe. If you are visiting Newport News and the weather doesn't cooperate, visit the Starving Artist pottery studio in Port Warwick. A fun place to paint and glaze some pottery. It is great fun for the kids and adults. There is an IMAX theater in the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton
As for dining options Golden Corral and their buffet is always a hit with the kids. The Belgian Waffle and Steak house on Warwick Ave has a backroom with plenty of space for big families. You can make your own fun and explore off the beaten path places. If you arrive in the springtime take the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry over to Surry County and pick strawberries. The Williamsburg Winery is the largest in the state. There are some great fine dining establishments. The Trellis restaurant in Williamsburg and their Death by Chocolate dessert is a classic. There is also a mystery dinner theater in the area. If you have a military ID card and are looking for a cool place to stay that is kind of off the beaten path, try the Moral Welfare and Recreation, cabin rentals at the U.S. Navy Cheatam Annex in Yorktown. The Peninsula Pilots baseball team plays in the wooden bat Coastal Plain League. Tickets are only 5 dollars. They play at the historic War Memorial Stadium in Hampton. There are numerous places of worship even a rare Byzantine Catholic Church in Williamsburg. If you or your kids are train buffs there is a railroad that cuts trough Newport News with regular runs of CSX coal trains and Amtrak. The Lee Hall train station circa 1880 makes for a great photo opportunity.
A few points of concern. If you have toddlers or are going to be pushing a stroller around, recommend that you pass on Colonial Williamsburg, have tried it on more than one occasion and every time seems like kids under age 10 come home bored. Younger children probably wont appreciate the Mariners Museum either. The Virginia Living Museum is fun they have travelling exhibits. There is a planetarium at the museum. The Great Wolf lodge is kind of pricey and was even with a military discount. Kids will enjoy climbing on top of the tanks and artillery outside the Virginia War Museum more than they will around the old town square in Williamsburg. Of course there is plenty of shopping and parks. Enjoy all Newport News has to offer.