The Virginia Handbook
by Blair Howard, Mary Burnham, & W. Burnham Jr. (Hunter Publishing)
Portsmouth is a historic seaport town on the Elizabeth River, the world’s deepest natural harbor. The city is some 29 square miles in size and is located within the Norfolk-Virginia Beach Metropolitan Area. Portsmouth is bordered by five neighboring cities that comprise a region referred to as Southside Hampton Roads. Whether on land or on the water, cultural and recreational opportunities abound in and around Portsmouth. The area boasts several museums, including the Children’s Museum of Virginia, and an acoustically perfect performing arts theater.
Opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating and sailing can be found on the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, and the multitude of rivers, lakes and canals that make the area an outdoor paradise. Public recreational facilities in Portsmouth include two city parks, 54 neighborhood parks, 41 tennis courts and four golf courses. And Portsmouth is only a short drive away from such popular attractions as Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, the Jamestown Settlement and Busch Gardens. This eTrail provides detailed information on sights, events, entertainment, shopping, dining, accommodations, and transportation in this area of Virginia.
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