Top 5 Things to do in Suffolk, United States

August 4, 2017 Diedre Savory

Suffolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2014 census, the estimated population was 86,806 It is the largest city in Virginia by area as well as the 14th largest in the country.
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1. Riddick's Folly House Museum

510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427 +1 757-934-0822
Excellent
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Riddick's Folly House Museum

While Mills Riddick’s contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home when it was built in 1837, the house now stands as a beautiful reminder of the past. This most impressive structure on Main Street in Suffolk features striking architectural details. The five frieze band windows across the front of the house are rarely seen in eastern Virginia. The front of the mansion is bricked in Flemish bond, and double chimneys rise from both ends of the stately historic landmark. Slender columns of the Greek Revival period frame the main entrance. The interior showcases intricately carved and gilded moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout the main floor of the house. Riddick’s Folly has four floors, twenty-one rooms, and sixteen fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. The building features elegantly furnished double parlors, a gentlemen’s library, and adult and children’s bedchambers. Our three newest projects are the bathing and dressing room on the third floor, the slave quarters on the fourth floor and their winter kitchen which is housed in the English basement along with the laundry and dining rooms. We also have a tastefully stocked Gift Shop in the English basement which was once the larder or pantry. Riddick’s Folly is a member of: American Association of Museums American Association for State and Local History Virginia Association of Museums South Hampton Roads Museum Forum Time Travelers Southside of the James Attractions Riddick’s Folly is also registered with : National Register for Historic Places Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Virginia Civil War Trails

Reviewed By Despina K

We were visiting family and wanted to find somewhere with Suffolk history and charm and Riddick Folly House did not disappoint!

Lee took us on a 1.5 hours tour (fairly priced) of the 4 story mansion and was able to keep our children who are 10 and 6 engaged and interested. You could tell Lee has a passion for what he is sharing and is very knowledgeable. He would ask us questions and wouldn't even mind answering silly questions.

If you are interested in Greek revival homes, carved moldings, intricate furniture, civil war memorabilia and history this beautiful museum will not disappoint.

Also, the gift shop had many items true to the character of the home that were reasonably priced. I bought quite a few great items.

2. Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

326 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4447 +1 757-923-4750
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

Our museum contains a collection of items from the Seaboard Airline Railroad, the Virginian Railway, the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and the Atlantic and Danville Railroad. Items include bells from steam locomotives, a light from a steam locomotive tender, cast iron and concrete signs, railroad lanterns, railroad tools, as well as a nice collection of smaller items. The Station is a Queen Anne style building reminiscent of the Victorian age. It has an interesting tower with a beautiful, walnut, spiral staircase. Many original features were saved and restored such as the doors, windows, coffered ceiling, fireplace and porch. The most special part of the building is the HO scale model of Suffolk, circa 1907, that was built by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association. Two of the scratch built model buildings won first place in the National Competition for that group. There is more than a mile of electrical wiring underneath the model and the line depicted is the Suffolk and Carolina RR.

Reviewed By JCKimmer - Suffolk, Virginia

This restored 1885 train station tells the history of the Seaboard & Roanoke RR and displays RR artifacts from days gone by. Preschool kids love the play area inside. Kids and adults of all ages marvel at the extensive and detailed model RR display of Suffolk, circa 1905. Plan to spend about an hour here. There is no fee, but don't forget to support them by donating money or making a purchase at the gift shop!

3. Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Suffolk, VA +1 757-771-8333
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4 based on 79 reviews

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

A swampy region where visitors can go birding and view wildlife up close.

Reviewed By kbpneacl - Arlington, Virginia

The Great Dismal Swamp is clumsily divided between a National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and a State Park in North Carolina. As too often, both sides ignores each others existence so trails and facilities don't work together. This is stupid.

This review is about the NWR in Virginia, which is an amazing place. We visited during a cold windy and snowy weekend in February, and were totally enchanted by it. The trees broke the harsh cold wind so we found a couple of secluded places where we could enjoy a bit of sun.

The refuge has a few difference access points, but basically you can walk along a bunch of drainage canals that are long and straight. Here and there, there are some side trails.

It was beautiful to see a swamp half frozen and half wet. Check out the pictures.

4. Sleepy Hole Park

4616 Sleepy Hole Rd, Suffolk, VA 23435-1318
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4 based on 30 reviews

Sleepy Hole Park

Reviewed By Jazzdaddy - Suffolk, Virginia

I don't get to this park as often as I would like, but it is a special place to enjoy nature and reflect on life. It is a place where families can come and enjoy an outdoor bar-b-q under the age old trees above the river. There is a small, but beautiful pond where dad's can teach youngsters how to catch a fish or a frog. Unfortunately, bug repellent will be a must. Plan accordingly. Kids as well as adults would benefit from visiting this park anytime of the year. It's just a great place to unwind and have fun or just sit and meditate!

5. Suffolk Visitor Center

524 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427 +1 757-514-4130
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Suffolk Visitor Center

Reviewed By DOUGANDPOLLY - GRAND ISLAND

very nice introduction for strangers to these-here pahhts... obviously, they are boosting their sponsors, no harm in that, but don't be afraid to go off the path beaten by the Suffolk greeters

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