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Newport News, VA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 31
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,667
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 256
Committable Meeting Rooms* 23
Convention Center Space 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $352
*Maximum for a single hotel

Newport News, VA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our meeting and event planning guide to Newport News–written specifically with meeting planners in mind. A historically rich, accessible and cultural destination, Newport News is located in eastern Virginia and is part of the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area. Located one hour from Richmond and Virginia Beach, as well as 30 minutes from Norfolk and Williamsburg, Newport News is home to a strong military presence, extensive park system, historic sites and nationally accredited museums. Many of Newport News' attractions double as fantastic private meeting spaces; in fact, the city offers nearly 50,000 square feet of meeting space among its many venues.

Newport News is served by the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, which is a 10-minute drive from City Center and a 20-minute drive from the downtown area. The region is also served by Norfolk International Airport and Richmond International Airport, both within an hour's drive of Newport News. Providing direct Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport service, the Hampton Roads Transit public transportation system runs a 67-route bus system and Virginia's first light-rail system. The bus system serves the Hampton Roads area, which includes Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

City Center at Oyster Point is the preeminent business, shopping and entertainment district. City Center is also home to the most prominent of Newport News' event venues, the Newport News Marriott at City Center. The 11-floor, 250-room hotel features 25,000 total square feet of meeting space, which includes 23 meeting rooms and up to 12 breakout rooms. The modern, stylish hotel and conference center overlooks the City Center fountain and is just four miles from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

A number of Newport News event venues cater to smaller group outings and functions. The city's Mariners' Museum/USS Monitor Center not only houses the nation's premier Civil War attraction, but also features a number of indoor and outdoor event spaces along its 167-acre lake and five-mile shoreline. Groups can gather among exhibits showcasing more than 250 animal species at The Virginia Living Museum. Home to living exhibits that depict the state's natural heritage, from the mountains to the sea, the museum features a living greenhouse close up space and conservation garden, coastal plain aviary and elevated boardwalk over Deer Park Lake, as well as indoor and outdoor private event spaces. Many of Newport News' historic sites welcome private groups and events, such as Lee Hall Mansion, one of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula, which takes visitors back to the mid-Victorian period. A premier cultural beacon for the region, Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts presents a broad range of arts performances and offers a number of private event spaces. The city-owned Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center houses a theater, gallery space and dance studio, as well as multi-purpose and meeting rooms, all available for private rentals.

About Newport News, VA / Additional Info

A fantastic meeting, event and family-friendly destination, Newport News is also known for its beautiful natural setting. The city sits along the scenic Hampton Roads harbor, one of the world's largest natural harbors, located at the confluence of the James and Elizabeth Rivers. Newport News' waterside location ties into its economy, as it's home to one of the largest maritime yards in the country. The city also boasts more than 20 international firms, two national laboratories, Virginia's largest naval manufacturer and the U.S. Army's largest transportation unit.

Newport News is thought to be the namesake of Captain Christopher Newport, the commander of the Susan Constant, the flagship of the three-ship English fleet that landed on Jamestown Island in 1607. The city has a rich wartime history, a fact that is made evident in many of its historical sites, attractions and museums. Newport News' Mariners' Museum/USS Monitor Center event space includes a full-scale replica of the USS Monitor, a unique spot for a cocktail reception. The Virginia War Museum traces the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present, displaying personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms and an outstanding propaganda poster collection. Built in 1769, the Georgian-style Endview Plantation was visited by 3,000 Virginia militia members during the Revolutionary War and was utilized as a hospital for both sides during the Civil War.

Newport News is home to an extensive park system, which includes the 8,000-acre Newport News Park. The park is the country's second-largest municipal park and measures in at nine times the size of New York City's Central Park. Newport News Park to offer 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as a Discovery Center, Japanese Peace Garden, arboretum, 18-hole championship disc golf course, 30-acre aero model flying field, competitive archery range, playgrounds, campgrounds and two golf courses.

In addition to a strong historical, cultural and recreational presence, Newport News boasts a varied culinary scene, with many of its fine restaurants offering private event space. The award-winning Schlesinger's Chop House, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., serves prime steaks, chops and seafood in an elegantly comfortable setting. FIN Seafood utilizes local ingredients, as well as organic and sustainable produce and proteins, in its contemporary menu. The intimate 99 Main restaurant in the historic neighborhood of Hilton Village serves French-inspired cuisine, while Pearl French Bistro in City Center at Oyster Point specializes in contemporary variations of classic French cuisine.

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