A historic hub complimented by kilometres of waterfront and beaches, Hampton is located on the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula. This city is known for its contributions to air and space science, historic sites and wildlife areas.
Things to do in Hampton
Visit the Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum for the opportunity to see a real living fort. Take a self-guided tour and explore at your own pace, view the room where Jefferson Davis was held prisoner, learn about the “Contraband of War” decision and see Fort Algernourne, the first defensive fortification built on site. You can book a guided tour for an in-depth history lesson.
Intrigued by space travel? Visit the Virginia Air and Space Museum, home to more than 100 exhibits. View the Apollo 12 command module, catch a film on the IMAX theatre and take a walk through the Solarium, where you can learn about the sun.
Looking to soak up the sunshine? Head to Buckroe Beach and Park, where you can relax in a beach chair with your toes in the sand, stroll down the pier, enjoy a picnic in the grassy area or try your hand at fishing in the designated fishing spots.
Broaden your aviation horizons at the Air Power Park. You can walk amongst planes and rockets on the grassy lawn or head indoors to the museum and check out the NASA exhibit and room dedicated to the Military Branches of Service.
Getting around Hampton
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is less than 3.5-hour drive from Hampton. For the most flexibility, it is best to get around by car.