With so many families attending school virtually, a field trip would be a great way to take a break, explore a new place and learn something along the way.
We've put together four one-day field trip itineraries with the themes Agriculture, Art, History and Plants & Animals. There are also options listed for a two-day trip if you'd like to spend the weekend with us. Create some family memories with a family field trip to Smithfield and Isle of Wight County.
FIELD GUIDE AVAILABLE UNDER THE "PHOTOS, VIDEOS AND DOCUMENTS" TAB OF THIS WEBPAGE LISTING.
THE ARTS IN SMITHFIELD AND ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY:
Smithfield is one of the region’s most unique art destinations. Several galleries grace the historic downtown area with the Arts Center @319 at the helm. The town proudly displays its public art that celebrates the area’s distinct history and traditions.
Smithfield Little Theatre, housed in a state-of-the-art facility, has made its name as one of the premiere community theaters in Coastal Virginia.
For music lovers, there’s always a concert scheduled or a musician playing on Main Street.
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Smithfield and Isle of Wight are located in Coastal Virginia, making them a great day-trip destination from both Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, or a relaxing weekend getaway. The itinerary listed below is just to get you started. There’s so much more to see and do!
ONE DAY ITINERARY:
Go to the "Photos, Videos and Documents" tab of this webpage to download a Family Field Trip Guide pdf with details on each site.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
The Arts Center @319
Sharing space with the Visitor Center, the Arts Center exhibits the works of local and regional artists, as well as hosting working studios for eight resident artists.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The “parade” features eight life-size statues of pigs, painted by local artists to reflect the area’s rich history, culture and recreation. The statues are all located downtown. Pick up a map showing their locations at the Visitor Center.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lundeen Bronze Statues
Smithfield boasts the USA’s largest collection of life-size bronze statues by sculptor George Lundeen. Pick up a map showing the statue locations at the Visitor Center.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch: Smithfield Ice Cream Parlor
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tour of Smithfield Little Theatre
This all-volunteer, regional community theater produces 3 shows annually, as well as holiday events and children’s workshops. A guided tour is available by appointment. Contact Judy Winslow at the Smithfield Visitor Center at 757.357.5182.
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
The Nelms House
Create your own work of art! This historic mansion offers an art gallery plus workshops on creating art from nature and recycled materials with seasonal and holiday themes. Call ahead for availability and reservations.
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
End your day with a group photo at our LOVEwork. The LOVE sign is located at the Visitor Center and playfully reflects the area’s ties to the pork industry.
TWO DAY ITINERARY:
Consider doing half of the itinerary in the afternoon, and the other half the following morning leaving lots of free time to explore the area’s shops or any other attractions that are of interest to you.
ALTERNATIVE AGRICULTURAL SITES TO SEE:
• Color Scapes Fine Art Gallery: featuring works by artist Ann Hubbard
• Mansion House Art and Antiques: hand-selected antique art & accessories, from Victorian to vintage
• Imagine Art Gallery: Paintings, prints, bronzes & more.
• Murals: Check out the hog farm mural at Taste of Smithfield and the historic mural at the Post Office
• Take home a souvenir from one of our shops.