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Outdoor Recreation

Whether you're searching for birds or birdies, Portsmouth is home to all sorts of natural habitats.


Bide-A-Wee Golf Course

Named Best Municipal Course in Virginia
Golf Digest - August 2009

Bent Grass greens. Narrow and challenging fairways lined with majestic pines. Picturesque lakes and ponds. First-class clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant and facilities. This is Bide-A-Wee, dramatically reshaped into a Curtis Strange signature championship golf course. With a storied past and a dramatic $8 million renovation that has the players and the national golf press raving, Bide-A-Wee is, without a doubt, one of the finest municipal golf courses in the nation.

1 Bide-A-Wee Lane, Portsmouth, (757) 393-8600


Portsmouth City Park/Links at City Park

A 93-acre, beautifully landscaped park along the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River, which includes a nine-hole executive golf course with a 30-station lighted driving range, a challenging natural grass putting course, a pro shop and a learning center. The park also features boating, tennis, picnic shelters, a covered amphitheater, and a concession stand.

140 City Park Avenue, Portsmouth, (757) 465-2937 or 465-2935


Portsmouth Splash Park

Portsmouth Splash Park is a newly developed fifteen apparatus interactive aquatics play area for all citizens of Portsmouth. Partnership efforts between the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services have made this a summer "must do" for the young and the young at heart.

Hours of Operation: Currently open Tuesday -Sunday, 11AM - 7PM. (closed on Mondays). Personal chairs, glass containers, food and drinks (bottled water excluded) are not permitted. Large groups are encouraged to call ahead due to limited capacity.

The Portsmouth Splash Park is located at 900 Elm Avenue. For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services office at 757-393-8481.


Pokey Smokey II
  • Currently Open Weekends Only 11am - 5 pm
  • April 2 - April 5 11am to 5 pm (Spring Break Schedule)
  • April 6 - June 9 Weekends Only 11am - 7 pm
  • Memorial Day ( May 27 ) 11 am- 5 pm

Located at 140 City Park Avenue, Portsmouth, in Portsmouth's City Park (757) 393-8481


Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Portsmouth is home to Virginia's only urban wildlife preserve. Touted as one of the best places in the state to view wildlife, the 142-acre preserve is a favorite spot for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, canoeing and kayaking. The preserve is located on the shores of Hoffler Creek in northwest Churchland and is open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth. (757) 686-8684


Paradise Creek Nature Park

A new, 40-acre creation - part urban renewal, part industrial art, and part environmental education center. The park will become a science center lab for public school students, who will see first-hand how nature and industry can live side by side.

1141 Victory Blvd. Across from Cradock neighborhood in Portsmouth. |


Portsmouth Skate Park

Free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Helmets are required for all users.

Located in George Washington Park, 11 George Washington Hwy at Parkside Place, 757-393-8481


The Waterfront / Cruises


Carrie B Harbor Tours

Reminiscent of the majestic river boats that traveled the Mississippi River during the 19th century, the Carrie B Showboat is a modernized replica of an authentic paddle wheeler with all the modern conveniences to make your event spectacular. Featuring a first-class, climate controlled lower deck with seated dining capability and a spacious open-air upper deck, they can accommodate a wide variety of private charters and special events.

(954) 609-4735 |


The Waterfront / Transportation

With a 300-year-old tradition of catering to water lovers, Portsmouth's 85 miles of navigable channels allow for a front-row seat to these fun waterfront activities:


Elizabeth River Ferry

Pedestrian ferry crossing the Elizabeth River between Portsmouth and Norfolk. Operates seven days a week, departing from High Street Landing on the hour and half-hour, and from North Landing at five minutes after the hour and half-hour for arrival at Waterside in Norfolk. Seasonal schedule to Harbor Park running one hour before game time and one hour after game ends.

(757) 222-6100 |


Water Taxi

Stops on the river include any destination in Olde Towne Portsmouth and downtown Norfolk. Available seasonally, the Water Taxi also offers a 20-minute tour of the Portsmouth waterfront. To call for a ride or to arrange a charter, call 439-TAXI (8294) or let the staff at the Visitor Information Center call for you.