Perched on a peninsula extending into Chesapeake Bay, Hampton is one of the oldest continuously settled English-speaking communities in the United States, and is home to America’s original astronaut training ground, the Virginia Air and Space Center––for an unforgettable experience, test out your piloting skills in the flight simulator!
Stroll downtown and see historic Virginia buildings and locales; stop in at the Hampton History Museum, which provides visitors with a perspective on the area’s fascinating past. Take a tour of St. John’s Church, the oldest parish in the United States, or hop aboard the Miss Hampton II for views of historic Hampton Roads Harbor and Fort Wool, an island fortress constructed in 1819 that hotel guests can visit.
Hampton University's campus, convenient to downtown Hampton accommodations, is the site of the Booker T. Washington Memorial Garden and the Emancipation Oak, where Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was first read.
If you’re looking for some outdoor fun, visit Buckroe Beach for a swim, or simply spend the afternoon taking in the Atlantic sun. Nearby Grandview Nature Preserve features 475 acres of salt marsh, tidal creeks and beachfront, and golfers won’t want to miss local favorite The Woodlands before heading back to your Hampton hotel’s room.