Visitor Services

Welcome to Portsmouth, VA! We hope you enjoy your visit. Need help getting around? Can’t decide where to start? We’ve got you covered! Here you will find all the resources you need to make the most of your trip.

Start at the Portsmouth Welcome Center

The Portsmouth Welcome Center located at 206 High Street, across from the Children’s Museum of Virginia, offers visitors an abundance of informational brochures on area attractions and a gift shop to purchase Portsmouth souvenirs.

As a state certified Visitor Center, you can find information about most destinations across the Commonwealth.

Open Sunday- Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm, and Friday-Saturday 9 am- 5pm.

Call today at 757-393-5111 or email

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Planning Your Stay

Make the most of your time in Virginias Historic Seaport® by starting at the Portsmouth Welcome Center. Here, you can pick up brochures, maps, and other useful information for your stay. Stop by and speak with our friendly staff for free trip-planning advice; explore things to do on our website, or hear about the latest happenings around town!

After, you’ll know what to do, where to go, and how to get there.


Renaissance Navigators

If you’re staying at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, be sure to ask one of the in-house concierges, known as Navigators, for assistance with things to do and how to get around. They are trained destination specialists and happy to help you plan your visit.

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Visiting by Boat

In addition to the commercial marinas located throughout the city, Portsmouth has a complimentary public docking area located at High Street. It is designed primarily for day visitors who want to moor, have some lunch or dinner, shop, and return home. However, overnight docking is allowed. If you plan on staying overnight, you must complete and submit the online mooring application. For rules and regulations regarding overnight docking, please call 757-393-8782 for a recorded message.

Online Mooring Application
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Portsmouth Hospitality

Portsmouth Hospitality is a full service destination management company that will help you plan a personalized experience here in Portsmouth. From custom pub crawls to progressive dinners and private ghost tours, Portsmouth Hospitality handles the details so you don’t have to.

Portsmouth Hospitality

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Port Rover

Port Rover is Hampton Roads one stop shop for EXCELLENCE in pet care services. They have a top rated facility with over 7,200 square feet of clean, open play yards, spacious kennels, fenced in outdoor play area. They offer full Service Grooming, Doggy Day Care (great for travelers), Overnight Boarding, and Training. They also have a dedicated location just for pets under 30 lbs. (Port Rover Petite).

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