There is something to inspire everyone’s imagination in Hampton: Fort Monroe, the Virginia Air & Space Science Center, Phoebus, an epic culinary scene, beautiful beaches, the world’s greatest natural harbor, and more!
What makes Hampton the perfect vacation destination? When you discover what Hampton has to offer, you’ll find nearly endless adventures.
Love the beach? Get a front-row seat to the sea, with stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay. For families looking for the perfect quiet beach vacay, Hampton boasts beautiful, wide-open Buckroe Beach. You’ll easily find your spot in the sand and a place in the sun to relax and sunbathe on the shore. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? You’ll find an assortment of aquatic adventures, from stand-up paddleboarding to harbor tours, and bay fishing to jet-skiing.
Hampton boasts experiences that are out-of-this-world—literally! The Virginia Air & Space Science Center is a longtime favorite for curiosity seekers, science lovers, and families with kids of all ages. Hampton is the birthplace of America’s space program, so it’s only appropriate it should also be home to this remarkable facility, which features: interactive aviation exhibits spanning more than 100 years of flight; 30-plus historic aircraft; the hands-on Space Exploration gallery; unique space flight artifacts like moon rocks; and even the Apollo 12 Command Module and the Orion PA-1 Test Vehicle!
Can’t get enough history? History is everywhere you look in Hampton! In 2020 Hampton launched the 400 Years Forward initiative encouraging visitors to explore history and discover the perseverance of the human spirit at Hampton’s rich Black heritage sites, like Hampton History Museum, Hampton University Museum and campus, Phoebus, Aberdeen Gardens, and Fort Monroe National Monument.
The Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center, along with the Casemate Museum, interpret Fort Monroe’s legendary history as the 1619 arrival site of the first Africans in the English colonies. Complementing the formidable stone fort, breathtaking Outlook Beach overlooks the spectacular Hampton Roads harbor’s constant parade of ships, submarines, and recreational watercraft.
Love seafood? Savor fresh fish, crab, shrimp, oysters, scallops, and all your favorites with the freshest seafood you can find served with breathtaking sunset views. For land lovers, Hampton’s downtown culinary scene is sure to whet your appetite, with adventurous menus featuring southern comfort favorites, brick-oven gourmet pizza, fresh sushi, even more seafood, and plenty of brews only found in Hampton. Pair your meal with a pint for the perfect downtown dining experience.
Whether you’re renting jet skis, enjoying a sunset stroll, or simply touring the Chesapeake Bay, the water life in Hampton is a must-see! Tour the Hampton Roads harbor on the all-new Hampton Queen or charter a boat to see the Atlantic ocean. Stroll along the world’s greatest natural harbor, or cast a line at Fort Monroes fishing piers
With so much to “sea” and do, there’s no better place to spend your next vacation than Hampton. Get inspired and plan your trip at VisitHampton.com