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Portsmouth, Virginia is located on the Elizabeth River, tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Portsmouth has one of the oldest working harbors in the country. You may see ships passing by the downtown seawall, including Navy ships traveling to and from the Norfolk Naval Station.
The Navy plays an important role in Portsmouth's economy. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard is actually located in Portsmouth and is one of the largest shipyards in the world specializing in repairing and modernizing ships and submarines. The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is located downtown, on the banks of the Elizabeth River.
Portsmouth is a great place to attend cocerts. There's a concert pavilion right on the water that hosts top national caliber acts and Willet Hall is the city's modern performace venue. If you're into movies, you should go catch a film at the Commodore Theatre, a restored Art Deco theater with a dining area in the auditorim - check out our Portsmouth Entertainment page for details. Portsmouth also has several nice museums, including an excellent children's museum.
You can take the Elizabeth River Ferry to from Portsmouth to Norfolk, which is right across the river. The trip only takes about 5 minutes and it let's you off at Norfolk's waterfront, close to Nauticus, shops and restaurants.
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Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel
This four star hotel waterfront hotel has water views from every room. The Elizabeth River passenger ferry leaves from the adjacent North Landing dock and will take you across the river to Norfolk. See Rates
Comfort Inn Olde Towne
This Comfort Inn hotel is located in the historic Olde Towne section of the city. Walk to shops, museums and restaurants. See Rates
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