Living in Portsmouth, Virginia
The excitement and vitality of the Portsmouth renaissance invigorates the simplest of days.
Excitement, promise and pride... on the banks of the Elizabeth River, Col. William Crawford founded not just a city, but a community of people with a vision. Portsmouth's citizens continue that legacy today by building a hometown that celebrates its heritage with recreational and cultural amenities.
Like tourists and residents alike, you'll enjoy strolling the Downtown Waterfront.
Step off the High Street Ferry Landing and make your way to the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center, featuring 249 luxurious rooms and suites and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Follow the sound of music to the NTELOS Wireless Pavilion at Harbor Center, a 6,500-seat amphitheater bringing top national and regional performing acts to the historic waterfront. It's just one of several thriving entertainment venues to choose from throughout the city.
Just steps away from the water, treasures await you in Olde Towne, one of Portsmouth's six historic districts.
Explore the world through art... explore the universe in a planetarium... explore centuries of maritime history — there's so much to discover in Portsmouth's five museums, including the Children's Museum of Virginia and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Then satisfy your appetite with fine dining, and antique and specialty shops nestled amidst 255 years of historic homes.
Golf, boating, cycling, urban hiking, canoeing and rowing. Here in Portsmouth, outdoor activities abound.
Enjoy a round of golf at the 18-hole championship golf course, Bide-A-Wee, named the "Most Improved Course" in the nation by Golf Digest in 2002, or try your luck at The Links at City Park, a 9-hole executive course on the western branch of the Elizabeth River. Because of Portsmouth's central location in Hampton Roads, tourists and residents enjoy a variety of regional amenities including: The Chrysler Museum, The Virginia Opera, The Virginia Stage Company, and The Virginia Symphony. And, of course, we are favored with the mild four seasons of the mid-Atlantic region.