For those who seek history, adventure, or just plain fun, you’re sure to find everything you’re after, and so much more, in the inspiring Coastal Virginia city of Hampton.
What makes Hampton the perfect vacation destination? Easy. It boasts summer fun for everyone!
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. 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.
Want to enjoy a little bit of everything? Celebrate Hampton’s Hampton’s four-century legacy as the city “first from the sea, first to the stars” with the Sea To Stars Ticket and explore many of Hampton’s most popular attractions for one low price. The package highlights include: Miss Hampton II Harbor Tour, Hampton’s Historic 1920’s Carousel, the Hampton History Museum, and the Virginia Air & Space Science Center.
With so much to “sea” and do, there’s no better place to spend your summer vacation than Hampton. Get inspired and plan your trip at visithampton.com