Things To Do

in olde towne

Our historic seaport town offers something for everyone! From the centuries-old architecture and the amazing chef-owned restaurants, to a completely restored Art Deco theater and a world class Children’s Museum, the entire family will fall in love with Olde Towne!



Don’t forget your camera while you explore. Murals, sculptures, waterfront skyline views, and historic buildings await.


Let Your Imagination Run Wild at the Children’s Museum

Bring your little ones to the Children’s Museum of Virginia and watch as they learn through experience. Gaze at the stars in the Beazley Planetarium and find your whole family transported from Portsmouth to far away planets and solar systems. The Children’s Museum is a fun place for children to imagine, explore and discover!

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Arts & Culture

Spend some time with the local artists offering up music and a variety of handmade wares.

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Catch a Movie at the Art Deco Commodore Theatre

The Commodore Theatre opened its doors in 1945 as a movie lover’s dream. The theater was painstakingly restored decades later and now boasts a 40 foot screen, THK and Dolby Digital sound, as well as a full restaurant within the main auditorium. Relax and enjoy the latest releases in a theater listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

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Catch a Ride by Water

Enjoy spending time on the water with a trip on the Elizabeth River Ferry. The ferry is a fun and affordable way to see the Portsmouth waterfront or visit Norfolk. Children always find it special and exciting to sit on the top deck and watch the giant ferry wheel churn through the water. If you have a special destination in mind or want a different kind of boat ride, the Norfolk-Portsmouth Water Taxi is just a phone call away.



Established in 1752, Olde Towne has many interesting monuments and landmarks that reflect the historic importance of the city as well as our rich maritime past.

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Enjoy a Show at the Union Bank & Trust Pavilion

Located on the banks of the Elizabeth River, the Union Bank & Trust Pavilion is one of the best live entertainment experiences in the Hampton Roads area. This outdoor venue seats 6,500 and presents a broad spectrum of concerts and events that connect audiences to the inspirational power of music.

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Historic Museums

It’s no surprise that a historic town like Portsmouth has some great museums. From art to trains, there’s something for everyone. You can visit the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the Railroad Museum of Virginia, or the Jewish Museum & Cultural Center and enjoy a unique museum experience.

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Take a Stroll Through History

From the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to modern day, Portsmouth is full of incredible historic homes and buildings. Experience the architecture of over 200 historic 18th & 19th century homes by following the self-guided walking tour of Portsmouth’s most historic locations. If walking isn’t for you, call the Olde Towne Courtesy Shuttle at 757 355-0478 for a ride.

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Weekend Events

Every Saturday from May through December enjoy yoga in the courtyard, and then stock up on some fresh produce, meat, pastries and more at the Farmers Market. If you are lucky enough to be here on the first weekend, you can also enjoy free admission to the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center as well as a concert in the courtyard Friday night. Then find some treasures at the Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market on Saturday morning. Make the weekend complete with a delicious Sunday brunch at one of our amazing restaurants.

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