What to do and see in Poquoson, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 29, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

Poquoson /pəˈkoʊsən/ is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,150. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Poquoson with surrounding York County for statistical purposes.
Restaurants in Poquoson

1. The Mariners' Museum & Park

100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606-3757 +1 757-596-2222
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5 based on 741 reviews

The Mariners' Museum & Park

The Mariners' Museum, America's National Maritime Museum, includes the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War Ironclad's iconic gun turret. The Museum has over 35,000 maritime artifacts, including ship models, paintings and small craft. Located on a 550-acre park, they also feature a 5-mile hiking trail and paddleboat rentals.

Reviewed By richlee1975 - Woodford, Virginia

Been wanting to do this since they found the Monitor, but this was much much more. Artifacts from the Monitor touching from the gold ring found in the turret, parcial uniform and a reminder that American Servicemen Hero's who served their country died onboard this US military ship. The displays that give you interaction with the monitor very well done and they attempt to get it right. As experts learn from their studies the displays are changed to show the knowledge gained. The preservation area is a functioning laboratory which you can observe and if you are lucky you will be there on the day the tanks holding the turret is emptied and you get a good look. Hope this stimulate some young students to take an interest in science and historic preservation. The Merrimac is also well represented. The display on her was also very extensive and well done with artifacts from the scuttled ship. Displays on the US Navy from 1776 to present was well represented. Displays on shipbuilding from ancient to modern well represented. The docents very helpful and knowledgeable. As far as displays with plenty of helpful staff this is Museum is one of the best.

2. Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum

20 Bernard Rd, Ingalls Road, Hampton, VA 23651-1004 +1 757-788-3391
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4.5 based on 442 reviews

Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum

Reviewed By Peter R - Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States

The largest stone fort built in the United States and completed in 1834. This was established for the coastal defense of the Chesapeake Bay. It was also the Southern-most fort for the Union in the Civil War. Not a high tech exhibit but interesting none the less. Would plan on about an hour, less if you have young children as they might get bored

3. Mission Escape

475 Wythe Creek Rd, Suite F, Poquoson, VA 23662-1945 +1 757-868-1400
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5 based on 10 reviews

Mission Escape

The next generation of escape games. Often referred to as Generation 2 and 3 Escape Rooms. These escape games offer a level of realism and depth that lock based escape rooms cannot offer. Not that lock based Escape Rooms are bad. If well designed they can be great escapes. But with today’s technology we can provide a more immersive environment and complex puzzles and props to enhance your escape experience. Mission Escape combines that high tech with exciting Mission based scenarios.

Reviewed By Rich M - Yorktown, Virginia

We had a great time with the Naughty List Escape. This was our first escape room and we needed a lot of hints but we eventually figured it out in time. Great staff who were very helpful in our quest. Good event for family with children. Granddaughter thought we should have been faster but enjoyed it also.

4. The Noland Trail

100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606-3757 +1 757-686-3995
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5 based on 240 reviews

The Noland Trail

Reviewed By Karen W - Newport News, Virginia

The 5 mile trail is great. More ups and downs than you'd expect in eastern Virginia. Beautiful views of lakes and the James River. It's well maintained and wide but still be careful of roots that can be tripping hazards. A beautiful spot. I walk it on the weekends with friends. There's also a 3 mile option as well.

5. Fort Monroe National Monument

41 Bernard Rd, Hampton, VA 23651-1001 +1 757-722-3678
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Fort Monroe National Monument

Reviewed By Carl R

They locked Jefferson Davis up here. The place is haunted. The buildings are hundreds of years old. There is an actual moat. There is a great little museum. Don't miss the pet cemetery on the top of the berm. The view is spectacular. The drive is well worth is well worth it. There is a brewery on-site if you look hard enough. Yes, you can even fish here. Don't tell anyone else about it

6. Chesapeake Bay Adventures

100 Mingee St, Poquoson, VA 23662-1126
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5 based on 21 reviews

Chesapeake Bay Adventures

Reviewed By John B

An amazing tour, awesome airboat, excellent Captain and tour guide. The ride was exhilarating, the Eco/History information was very interesting. We were very pleased with our choice and will gladly recommend to friends, family and those visiting the area. We took our 11 year old Grandson, he was all smiles, high-fives and knuckle bumps...priceless!

7. Yorktown Battlefield

1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, VA 23690 +1 757-898-2410
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Yorktown Battlefield

Reviewed By Big_bro_1_usa - Chicago, Illinois

PROS: included with our payment for Historic Jamestowne so we went. George Washington’s tent and Lafayette’s cannon are here.

CONS: not much to see; antiquated video in the theater, limited items in the museum. Good thing admission was free with Jamestowne. Otherwise, we may not have paid the $7 to enter here. Most of the different battle field areas are scattered throughout town not just in the park.

8. Virginia Living Museum

524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999 +1 757-595-1900
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4.5 based on 642 reviews

Virginia Living Museum

View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It's all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia's natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Experience a steamy cypress swamp and cool mountain cove. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. See flying squirrels, stingrays and other creatures of the night. Touch famous Bay creatures. Kids will especially enjoy the Touch Tank with its sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Enjoy hands-on activities. See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory and travel the universe in the state-of-the-art digital planetarium. Outdoors, stroll the boardwalk to view coastal birds, beavers, otters, coyotes, endangered red wolves and other animals in naturalized habitats. Butterfly Garden, Virginia Garden and landscape plantings display one of the most extensive displays of native plants in Virginia. Learn how to live, build and garden green in the Conservation Garden and Green Living House.

Reviewed By Greg J

My family and I visit this place frequently. They have several exhibits both inside and outside that are good for the entire family. What sold my wife and I on a membership is the dinosaur exhibit. Our lil guy loves dinosaurs and this permanent exhibit is is a must see. I recommend a membership because it just makes sense if you're going to visit more than once, and they have a few membership options to choose from. I highly recommend visiting and getting a membership because you won't be disappointed.

9. Bluebird Gap Farm

60 Pine Chapel Rd, Hampton, VA 23666-4257 +1 757-827-2765
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Bluebird Gap Farm

Free, great for families, petting zoo, animals & trees, working farm, hands on, near to Convention Center & Coliseum, easy access from I-64 & I-664

Reviewed By amber c - Norfolk, Virginia

This place is a gem, tucked away in an area near the convention center and almost totally secluded. An assortment of large and small animals for petting (and some for feeding). Much better than the local zoos, and also completely free. Great place for kids and adults. Much bigger then it looks upon entering. Plenty of parking.

10. Virginia Air & Space Center

600 Settlers Landing Rd, Hampton, VA 23669-4033 +1 757-727-0900
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4 based on 431 reviews

Virginia Air & Space Center

Aerospace museum that holds more than 100 exhibits, including the Apollo 12 command module and several IMAX films.

Reviewed By DMKirk - North Carolina

I don't know if it was just because it was a holiday weekend, but it seemed as if a lot of the features of the museum were not working or closed to visitors. There weren't a lot of visitors that day. We were able to enter for free due to a reciprocal membership agreement, so I guess we got our "money's worth". Our overall impression was that the museum felt dated and needed some "refreshing"

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