Smithfield currently attracts many tourists. Smithfield’s Historic District is a major attraction. Historic buildings that lure tourists include the Isle of Wight County Museum, Historic Fort Huger, the Schoolhouse Museum, the Old Courthouse of 1750, and Historic St. Luke’s Church located just outside of downtown. Countryside attractions just outside of Smithfield include Boykins Tavern Museum, the Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800, and Darden’s Country Store & Smokehouse. The Jamestown/Scotland Ferry (located in Surry) also allows tourists to visit Williamsburg, Virginia as well, linking Smithfield to the historic triangle. Smithfield is also a convenient day trip from Norfolk, Richmond, and Virginia Beach. Smithfield’s Historic District includes over 70 buildings of exceptional architectural importance, including residences of the Colonial, Federal, and Victorian periods. Sites of historic interest in Smithfield include the 1750 Court House, the adjacent colonial tavern that is now the Smithfield Inn, the Isle of Wight Museum, the Schoolhouse Museum, the Wentworth-Grinnan House, and Windsor Castle Park.
Smithfield also offers an array of entertainment and events throughout the year. Family events include the Christmas Parade, the Smithfield Farmers Market, and Smithfield Olden Days. Local businesses and restaurants also offer entertainment. Jalapeños and Smithfield Station offer live music, while the Smithfield Little Theater offers various selections of plays throughout the year.
Windsor Castle Park, Nike Park (just outside of town), Cypress Creek Golf Course, and Smithfield Station Restaurant, Waterfront Inn & Marina are just some of the recreational sites of Smithfield. Boating, fishing, hunting, and biking are enjoyed by many citizens of Smithfield. Smithfield also has a local skate park, trails, and campgrounds.