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Head to the historic city of Portsmouth

Come and experience Portsmouth and its museums, churches and monuments. This city's boating, restaurants and riverfront draw many visitors. Children's Museum of Virginia and Nauticus National Maritime Center are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.


Activities and attractions in and around Portsmouth

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Portsmouth a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Virginia Living Museum (18.9 mi / 30.5 km)
  • Virginia Zoo (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Lamberts Point Golf Course (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Cahoon Plantation Golf Course (7.6 mi / 12.3 km)
  • Cypress Point Country Club (8 mi / 12.8 km)
  • Chesapeake Golf Club (8.5 mi / 13.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Portsmouth

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Portsmouth is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Norfolk Botanical Garden (7.3 mi / 11.8 km)
  • Town Point Park (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Pagoda and Oriental Garden (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Oak Grove Lake Park (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Lake Wright (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)
  • Chesapeake City Park (7.1 mi / 11.5 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Portsmouth

Fly into Norfolk, VA (ORF-Norfolk Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Newport News, VA (PHF-Newport News - Williamsburg Intl.), which is 23.1 mi (37.2 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Portsmouth?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,694 house rentals around Portsmouth. From 517 Houses to 657 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Portsmouth is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Portsmouth?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Portsmouth:

  • Northeast Virginia Beach: 624 vacation rentals
  • Northwest: 50 vacation rentals
  • Willoughby Spit: 163 vacation rentals
  • Cottage Line: 59 vacation rentals
  • Bayview: 58 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Portsmouth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Portsmouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Frank D Lawrence Stadium: 817 home rentals
  • United States Lightship Portsmouth: 981 home rentals
  • Chespeake Bay Diving: 384 home rentals
  • Hill House Museum: 978 home rentals
  • Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum: 982 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Portsmouth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Portsmouth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 517 Houses in Portsmouth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Portsmouth include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 657 lodging choices
  • Studios: 156 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 105 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Guest houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Portsmouth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 897 vacation homes with pool available in Portsmouth.

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