Genuine Smithfield, is located in the hub of the Coastal Virginia area, with the Historic Triangle of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown to the northeast, Hampton, and Newport News to the east, and Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth to the southeast. All of these areas are accessible within an hour, making Smithfield an excellent choice as the "hub" of your visit to the region. Enjoy the hustle bustle of our sister localities, but return again to the quiet and quaintness of our small town.
The Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance
Welcome to Coastal Virginia...where the fun comes in waves!
The Coastal Virginia region includes the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield/Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. All are accessible by a major interstate highway system, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and two major airports in Norfolk and Newport News both served by low fare airlines.
Coastal Virginia makes a perfect vacation destination for those seeking clean beaches, outdoor recreation, fascinating history, fine arts culture, thrilling events & festivals, abundant shopping and coastal cuisine.
Visit the Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance website for a great overview of all the region has to offer and an interactive map, making planning your trip easy!
Just a 22 minute drive from downtown Smithfield to the FREE Jamestown/Scotland Ferry in Surry County plus 12 minutes along the scenic Colonial Parkway
Colonial Williamsburg was Virginia's capital from 1699 to 1780. Williamsburg was the social, cultural and political hub of Great Britain's largest North American colony. Today, the 173 acre Historic Area is operated as a living history museum restored to its 18th century appearance with homes, trade sites, shops and taverns for visitors to see! Open 365 days a year. 800.HISTORY.
Historic Jamestowne is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America. A visit offers ongoing archaeological excavations, exhibits and special events, as well as a tour of the 17th-century brick church tower, the last surviving above-ground structure from the days when Jamestown was the capital of Virginia. 757.856.1250.
Jamestown Settlement is where America's colonial history began in 1607. Begin your visit at Jamestown Settlement's indoor galleries which contain artifacts and fascinating exhibits. Costumed interpreters are your guides to the past with a recreated Powhatan Indian village and a settler's encampment. You may also tour the reproductions of the Godspeed, Susan Constant and Discovery - the three ships which brought the settlers to America. 757.253.4838.
Busch Gardens is a European-theme park containing nine unique hamlets which feature rides, shows, restaurants and shops. 800.343.7946.
Water Country USA is the Mid-Atlantic's largest water-play park. Featuring water rides (from mild to wild), slides and entertainment all set to a 1950's and 60's surf theme. 800.343.7946.
Just 50 minutes from downtown Smithfield via 264 East
Virginia Beach has the keys to an ideal vacation spot, whether you find yourself gravitating to the ocean, to the bay, or to the city center. With endless possibilities at every twist and turn, Virginia Beach is a true family beach destination. From the adventure sports to pristine beaches, you'll find that there's so much to do it will be impossible to leave.
Virginia Beach Attractions
Old Cape Henry Lighthouse at Fort Story is the location of the oldest government-built lighthouse in America. First Landing Cross marks where the Jamestown colonists first touched the shore of the New World in 1607. Open mid-January thru November. (757) 422-9421.
The Virginia Aquarium showcases Virginia's marine environment in 80,000 gallons of aquariums, live animal habitats, 100+ hands-on interactive exhibits and an IMAX 3D theater. 757.425.FISH.
Just 32 minutes from downtown Smithfield via US 258 & US 17
Immerse yourself in 300 years of history. In Yorktown you can transport yourself from 18th century revolutionary battlefields to 21st century merchants and modern-day excursions.
Yorktown Victory Center is where Colonial America ended. Outdoor history interpretations, hundreds of original artifacts and a 20 minute film paint a vivid picture of the end of the Revolutionary War. Soldier's encampment and farming development includes costumed interpreters. 757.253.4838.
Yorktown National Battlefields is administered by the National Park Service. At the visitor center you can view a 16 minute film, "Siege of Yorktown", survey a battlefield from the rooftop overlook, tour the battlefield and town with a Park Ranger or tour the museum housing battle related artifacts such as General George Washington's battlefield tent. 757.898.3400.
Riverwalk Landing is a gorgeous waterfront shopping area located along the banks of the York River and designed in the spirit of Colonial architecture that offer clothing, jewelry, quilts, art, patriotic items, home decor, and more. 757.890.3520.
Just 20 minutes from downtown Smithfield via US Route 10
If you love Small Town Charm, Eco-Adventure, Performing & Visual Arts, History, Festivals, Boutiques, Chef-Owned Restaurants, Recreation, Golf, Guided Tours, and Peanuts - and who doesn't! - then you'll love Suffolk, Virginia.
The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts houses a 500 seat theatre which is the stage for concerts, ballets, musicals, dramatic works, symphony performances, films, children’s plays, puppet shows and so much more. The facility also offers studios for dance, painting, sculpting, weaving classes and several other arts-related classes. There's also a ballroom and banquet hall, classroom museum, gifts shop and an on-site restaurant (Mosaic by Holland’s). administrative office: 757.923.0003, box office: 757.923.2900
Riddick's Folly is a twenty-room Greek Revival house which briefly served as Union headquarters during the Civil War and is now a museum and cultural center. 757.934.0822.
Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum is a restored Main Street station displaying a two-room model of Suffolk in 1907, built by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association. A quaint gift shop appeals to the Conductor In all of us. 757.923.4750.
Just 25 minutes from downtown Smithfield via the James River Bridge
Hampton is a city with an old soul and youthful enthusiasm, offering fascinating sights to see and interesting things to do.
The Hampton Roads Convention Center offers a flexible mix of options for meetings and conventions, exhibitions, special events and corporate entertainment.
Langley Speedway was voted one of the top five NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and is the only one in Coastal Virginia. 757.865.7223
Virginia Air & Space Center is the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. This world-class facility features the Adventures in Flight and Space Quest galleries and more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits that tell the story of air and space exploration. 757.727.0900
Just 20 minutes from downtown Smithfield via the James River Bridge
Newport News has a little bit of everything including history, beaches, parks, trails, fishing, sports, recreation centers, shopping and great restaurants.
Newport News Attractions
Virginia Living Museum features living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea, including a cypress swamp and a mountain cove, an observatory, state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater, living greenhouse and conservation garden. 757.595.1900.
Mariner's Museum/USS Monitor Center brings to life the “Battle of the Ironclads,” and offers visitors the chance to walk the deck of a full-scale Monitor replica. A world-class collection includes 35,000 maritime paintings, artifacts, figure heads, ship models, decorative arts and small craft from around the world. 800.581.7245.
Just 27 minutes from downtown Smithfield via US Route 17
Nor-fok, or Naw-fok, no matter how you pronounce it, the experience will always be the same: fun, vibrant entertainment and culture, delicious cuisine and 144 miles of shoreline waiting to be explored!
The Chrysler Museum of Art displays an encyclopedic collection of over 30,000 objects that span almost 4,000 years of art history. Voted one of the nation's top 20 fine arts museums, it is also the home of "Phantoms" Restaurant, Museum Shop and a 300-seat Theater. 757.664.6200.
Nauticus is a National Maritime Center featuring fun and exciting interactive maritime science center with more that 150 exhibits as well as exotic aquaria, touch pools and shark petting. Gift shop and restaurant are also on premises. Open Daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 757.664.1080.
Just 33 minutes from downtown Smithfield via US Route 17
Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of Coastal Virginia, Chesapeake is a city rich in history and natural wonders. Rediscover outdoor adventure while navigating 22 miles of fresh and salt waterways.
Shopping: Chesapeake is truly a shopper's delight! With chic boutiques and funky retail stores, the area provides visitors with a daily dose of retail therapy with three shopping centers located in the Hampton Roads region. If your tastes lean more modern, grab your Hobo and head to Greenbrier Mall or Chesapeake Square Mall. Both offer your favorite department stores, along with a variety of upscale retail shops.
Just 27 minutes from downtown Smithfield via US Route 17
Amble along Portsmouth's famous Seawall, stroll through three centuries of historic neighborhoods, go antiquing, or take in some art. Many of Portsmouth’s attractions are within easy walking distance of each other, making it the perfect place to spend a day or as a hub to a Coastal Virginia vacation.
The Children's Museum of Virginia offers more than 90 interactive exhibits, including an antique toy and model train collection as well as a 64 seat planetarium. Located near the waterside area of Portsmouth. 757.393.5258.
Just 18 minutes from downtown Smithfield via US Route 10
Surry embodies the unspoiled rural beauty of Colonial Virginia, with abundant farmland and wooded tracts that give visitors and residents a feeling of what life was like in Virginia hundreds of year ago.
Chippokes Plantation State Park houses the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum one of the oldest continuously farmed plantations in the country and is endowed with thousands of artifacts. The state park offers many historical and recreational features including an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Cabins, camping and RV rentals available. 757.294.3625.
Bacon's Castle was built in 1665. Careful excavation of the grounds in 1983 uncovered three gardens - one for each century of the plantation's history. The Garden Club of Virginia is in the process of restoring these gardens. 757.357.5976.