Some ideas for fun activities in Portsmouth, Virginia, include visits to the Lightship Portsmouth Museum, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. For families with children, the Children's Museum of Virginia is another fun attraction, offering a range of daily activities including singing and dancing, making paper airplanes, sampling historic children's games and creating arts and crafts. Educational exhibits and attractions at the Children's Museum cover a range of topics, from physics and astronomy to history and antique toys.
At the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, visitors can experience a NASCAR simulator, throw baseball pitches and learn about fitness and nutrition. The museum also features exhibits about past and present athletes.
Many attractions in Portsmouth focus on the area's maritime history. At the Lightship Portsmouth Museum, for example, visitors can tour an early 20th century lightship used by the U.S. Lighthouse Service until 1964. Near the Portsmouth Seawall, visitors can also view Portsmouth's Fresnel lens, first used in 1896 and the only one of its kind not housed within a museum.
Portsmouth is also good for its regular events. A popular example is Sunset Thursday. Held from sunset on the Water Stage at Portside, this event features music from an eclectic range of musicians, including flutists, saxophonists and blues bands.