Top 10 Things to do in Hampton, United States

December 16, 2017 Margarita Chappel

The city of Hampton, Virginia, leads the country in the pursuit of aeronautics and space exploration. The home to Langley Air Force Base and NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton has helped put a man on the moon and a lander on Mars. Visit the Virginia Air & Space Center and learn about the scientific contributions made by these two organizations. The Center features over a hundred interactive exhibits, a 3-D IMAX theater and thirty historic aircraft, including the Apollo 12 Command Module.
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1. Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum

20 Bernard Rd, Ingalls Road, Hampton, VA 23651-1004 +1 757-788-3391
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 442 reviews

Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum

Reviewed By Peter R - Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States

The largest stone fort built in the United States and completed in 1834. This was established for the coastal defense of the Chesapeake Bay. It was also the Southern-most fort for the Union in the Civil War. Not a high tech exhibit but interesting none the less. Would plan on about an hour, less if you have young children as they might get bored

2. Fort Monroe National Monument

41 Bernard Rd, Hampton, VA 23651-1001 +1 757-722-3678
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Fort Monroe National Monument

Reviewed By Carl R

They locked Jefferson Davis up here. The place is haunted. The buildings are hundreds of years old. There is an actual moat. There is a great little museum. Don't miss the pet cemetery on the top of the berm. The view is spectacular. The drive is well worth is well worth it. There is a brewery on-site if you look hard enough. Yes, you can even fish here. Don't tell anyone else about it

3. Bluebird Gap Farm

60 Pine Chapel Rd, Hampton, VA 23666-4257 +1 757-827-2765
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Bluebird Gap Farm

Free, great for families, petting zoo, animals & trees, working farm, hands on, near to Convention Center & Coliseum, easy access from I-64 & I-664

Reviewed By amber c - Norfolk, Virginia

This place is a gem, tucked away in an area near the convention center and almost totally secluded. An assortment of large and small animals for petting (and some for feeding). Much better than the local zoos, and also completely free. Great place for kids and adults. Much bigger then it looks upon entering. Plenty of parking.

4. Virginia Air & Space Center

600 Settlers Landing Rd, Hampton, VA 23669-4033 +1 757-727-0900
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 431 reviews

Virginia Air & Space Center

Aerospace museum that holds more than 100 exhibits, including the Apollo 12 command module and several IMAX films.

Reviewed By DMKirk - North Carolina

I don't know if it was just because it was a holiday weekend, but it seemed as if a lot of the features of the museum were not working or closed to visitors. There weren't a lot of visitors that day. We were able to enter for free due to a reciprocal membership agreement, so I guess we got our "money's worth". Our overall impression was that the museum felt dated and needed some "refreshing"

5. Buckroe Beach and Park

100 First Street South, Hampton, VA +1 757-727-8311
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 337 reviews

Buckroe Beach and Park

Reviewed By Stephen607 - Newport, Rhode Island

This is a private beach club/restaurant/pool but the entry is gratis if your dine there. It is open seasonally in warm weather and if you go one a Monday night the dinners are two for the price of one!

6. Sandy Bottom Nature Park

1255 Big Bethel Rd, Hampton, VA 23666-1446 +1 757-825-4657
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

Reviewed By Jeremy L - Hampton, Virginia

Miles of trails that are great for walking or running, paddleboat/canoe rentals, plenty of fish and turtles, picnic areas, dog park, Ranger station with wildlife exhibits, camp sites with Yurts available, great place for a nature lover!

7. Hampton University

Hampton, VA 23668
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Hampton University

Reviewed By Sondra G

Open house very crowded but the marching band and recruitment team were excellent! Impressed with academics and character requirements

8. Hampton Roads Convention Center

1610 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA 23666-4350 +1 757-315-1610
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Hampton Roads Convention Center

Reviewed By In4Life - Midlothian, VA

Everything about it was excellent--the service, the space, and the food. Very nice place to hold a large event.

9. Hampton History Museum

120 Old Hampton Ln, Hampton, VA 23669-4096 +1 757-727-1610
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Hampton History Museum

Opened in 2003, the Hampton History Museum serves to increase the awareness and understanding of the history of Hampton by maintaining an educational and research center for the collection, exhibition, interpretation, preservation and promotion of the vast historic resources of the City.

Reviewed By PhilosophicalOldGuy - Charlotte, North Carolina

My wife was traveling independently of me the last weekend in August and this is her review:
Hampton, Virginia, America’s oldest, continuous, English-speaking settlement, has a rich and interesting history. The settlement was overshadowed in colonial times by the larger and more dominant community of Williamsburg, and today Colonial Williamsburg is the major drawing card for visitors in the region. However, the Hampton History Museum is well worth a visit. The curators of this museum have created a series of sophisticated galleries that tell the *whole* history of this largely-forgotten port town that contributed much to colonial Virginia’s development. It covers not only the European side of Hampton’s history but presents a clear image of the role of slaves in the development of Virginia and the United States. Anyone can view the exhibits and come away with a broader understanding of Hampton and how it fits into the social and industrial history of the United States.

The museum is directly across the street from St. John’s Episcopal Church which is a beautiful example of colonial period architecture and whose surrounding graveyard offers further curious insights into history.

10. Hampton Coliseum

1000 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA 23666-4233 +1 757-838-5650
Excellent
44%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

Hampton Coliseum

Reviewed By P P - Boone, North Carolina

Joyce Meyer 2 day conference (attended in 2015). Most of the staff friendly and helpful. Concession worker were great to deal with. Normal food Popcorn, pizza, chicken fingers etc.

CON: This building is very unique (built 1970). No elevators. Must go outside to get wheelchairs upstairs. Leaving the parking lot is a big mess after shows. I stayed at the embassy Suites and cars were still leaving 30 minutes after show.

I would gladly see another show at this venue.

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