Suffolk, Virginia, despite its hard-to-pronounce name is home to many unique and fun activities that make it a great destination for a spring vacation. It is an independent city in Virginia and is the Commonwealth’s largest city by square miles. Suffolk offers some of the best activities in Hampton Roads for the whole family to enjoy. Immerse yourself in history, culture, and nature.
Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
The kids will love checking out this quaint railroad museum. It is chock full of historical items from the Seaboard Airline Railroad, Virginia Railway, and others. You’ll see real parts from steam locomotives, cast iron signs, railroad tools, and many smaller items. The museum is also home to two scratch-built model railways that won awards at the national level. It is all housed in a beautiful Queen Anne style building that is a sight to behold.
Riddick’s Folly House Museum
The Riddick’s Folly House Museum was built in 1837 and serves as a powerful link to the area’s history and culture. Taking a guided tour through the beautiful home is a great way to get in touch with some of Virginia’s historic architecture and beauty. Inside, gilded moldings and ceiling medallions decorate the first of four floors. Twenty-one rooms and sixteen fireplaces fill the house with plenty of room to explore. The realistic décor and furnishings will send you back in time to 1800s Suffolk. Complete your visit with a trip to the gift shop, commemorating your visit to one of the locations of the National Register for Historic Places.
For the golf fanatic, Suffolk couldn’t be a better place. In and around the city within a half hour there are eight lush courses to play. Enjoy a tour of these courses like the Suffolk Golf Course or the Nansemond River Golf Club. Playing these beautiful 135 holes will put a smile on the face of any golfer.
Suffolk Farmers’ Market
Opening in early May each year, Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons make the Suffolk Farmers’ Market a great attraction to check out. Shop for locally grown produce, organically raised poultry and eggs, honey, milk, baked goods, and more! The goodness doesn’t just stop with the food. Artisan-crafted goods, performers, book signings, crafts, and more all make the farmers’ market a great morning for the whole family. Enjoy some time in the open-air market with free admission and support local farmers.
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Anything but dismal, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best things to see in Suffolk. Enjoy 113,000 acres of American wilderness. Everyone will enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, and even hunting. The refuge is home to black bear, otters, and more than 200 species of birds. The beautiful land is also a site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
If you’re itching for a day trip, the beautiful beaches of Virginia Beach are just a 45-minute drive away. Springtime means it’s perfect for an afternoon out before returning for a great dinner in Suffolk. Virginia Beach has plenty of attractions for the whole family. Enjoy an aquarium, lighthouse, and yes, the pristine beaches.
The return of warmer weather means plenty of events around Suffolk. On March 24th plays host to American Girl Program’s “Meet Felicity Merriman”. Inspire the next generation by meeting a girl straight out of Virginia in the Revolutionary War time period. On April 21st the annual Suffolk Earth and Arts Festival brings together artists, musicians, and garden professionals from around the area. Enjoy live music and buy some new décor and plants for around the home. In May, Suffolk hosts several drive-in movies in the beautiful Bennett’s Creek Park. That’s not all. Suffolk is host to other local events like swamp safaris, art classes, or historic narrated bus tours. For more info on these events and more check out: https://www.visitsuffolkva.com/calendar.aspx?CID=14.
Velocity Urgent Care
All of the events that Suffolk offers in the spring will be a blast. Should an unexpected medical need arise, the board-certified providers at Velocity Urgent Care are here to help. Our Suffolk location will be opening late Spring/early Summer, 2018, at 1001 Centerbrooke Lane near Goodwin Boulevard and US Highway 58, next to Starbucks and just South of Sentara Obici Hospital. We’re open 7-days a week and no appointment is ever needed. Just walk-in or register online at www.velocityuc.com. Common conditions treated include cold and flu, stomach ills, seasonal allergies, sunburn, bug bites, blisters, sprains, strains, fractures and cuts. We participate in major insurance plans and accept Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare.