Hampton Attractions
Hampton, VA

A city with an old soul and youthful enthusiasm. A Coastal Virginia vacation destination with fascinating sights to see and interesting things to do. A convention city with flexible facilities and a confident, can-do attitude.

Situated in the middle of the Hampton Roads region and the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, Hampton welcomes vacationers and meeting attendees alike with charming hospitality, multi-faceted attractions and activities, and an atmosphere of discovery that you'll find pleasantly surprising.


Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe National Monument
The largest stone fort ever built in the U.S., Fort Monroe is the home of the Casemate Museum, which chronicles over 400 years of military presence on the site. Learn how the fort earned its nickname, “Freedom’s Fortress”, for its role during the Civil War when more than 6,000 men, women and children escaped slavery by seeking refuge at Union-held Fort Monroe. Highlights of the museum include the story of writer Edgar Allen Poe’s connection to the fort and the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned. Additional Fort Monroe sites to note are Quarter’s Number One, Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, Chapel of the Centurion and Lt. Robert E. Lee's quarters.
Visit www.fmauthority.com/visit/casemate-museum/ for more information.


Virginia Air & Space Center
The visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. This world-class facility features the Adventures in Flight and Space Quest galleries and more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits that tell the story of air and space exploration. See the Apollo 12 Command Module, a Mars meteorite and a three-billion year-old moon rock! Complete a space travel mission, travel to Mars and fly an airplane during your visit. Admission includes a ticket to the Riverside 3D IMAX® Theater where you can see a film on the five-story screen with 16,000 watts of digital-sound.
Visit www.vasc.org for more information.


Sandy Bottom Nature Park
Hampton’s premier park is a 456-acre environmental education and wildlife management facility. Born from borrow pits and garbage dumps, the park is truly a success story of reclamation of our natural resources. From the 10,000 square foot nature center overlooking Sandy Bottom Lake to the elusive creatures that inhabit the wetland marshes, there is something for everyone at the Sandy Bottom Nature Park. A wide variety of education programs can be scheduled with the park. All schools located within the City of Hampton are not charged for these programs—all others can contact us to discuss rates based on the type of program, day of the week, age of the children and size of the group.
Visit www.hampton.gov/sandybottom for more information.


Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum
The museum celebrates the history, heritage and future of historic Aberdeen Gardens. Built for and by African-Americans in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program, the neighborhood provided modern homes to African-American workers. The museum, dedicated in 2002, represents an original Aberdeen Gardens dwelling. The 440-acre subdivision consisted of 158 single family homes along with gardens for sustenance, a school, and a commercial center.  The Hampton Institute-initiated project was designed as a model other African-American communities could emulate. The community, which is listed on the Virginia State Register of Historic Landmarks as well as the National Register of Historic Places, and the museum that celebrates its history are a testament to the great accomplishments possible when a group of people work together to achieve a common goal.
Visit www.aberdeengardens.org for more information.


Hampton University Museum
Located in Hampton, Virginia, in the heart of the historic Hampton University campus, the Hampton University Museum is a unique institution and a national treasure. Founded in 1868, the Museum is the oldest African-American museum in the United States and one of the oldest museums in the state of Virginia. Celebrating its, 150th year in 2018, the museum will feature temporary galleries on both the history of Hampton University and the museum itself. The permanent collections feature over 9,000 objects including African American fine arts, traditional African, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island, and Asian art; and objects relating to the history of the University. Within its fine arts collection is the largest existing collection of works in any museum by the artists John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Richmond Barthe and Samella Lewis.
Visit www.museum.hamptonu.edu for more information.


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