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HamptonUnited States of America

This small bayside city in Virginia is known for its scenic beauty, deep-sea fishing and forts preserved from the Civil War.

Visit old forts, browse antique shops or go fishing on the bay at Hampton, a small beachside city on the south shoreline of Chesapeake Bay. Hampton has many natural attractions, including wide, clean beaches, as well as a fascinating Civil War history.

Locals and visitors favor Buckroe Beach and Park northeast of the city center for its pristine shoreline. From this beach you can rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the bay. Go swimming in the gentle surf then have lunch at one of the picnic shelters, which have grills and tables. Photographers and bird watchers will love the 475 acres (192 hectares) of pristine wilderness at Grandview Nature Preserve, which has beachfront access to the bay.

Hampton has good facilities for sports, especially fishing and boating. Join a charter service to go deep-sea fishing or, if you have a boat, make use of the marinas or boat ramps. The city also has golf courses and a tennis center. Spend a day getting to know Hampton’s distinct neighborhoods, which can all be explored on foot. Phoebus National Historic District has wide streets, local arts and crafts and antique shops. Downtown Hampton offers shopping and restaurants in a waterfront setting. Go to Coliseum Central to shop for big-name brands.

Learn about Hampton’s military history at Fort Monroe, the largest stone fort ever erected in the U.S. The building was used during the Civil War. See where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned and the quarters where President Abraham Lincoln was once a guest. The on-site Casemate Museum offers interactive exhibits. Visit nearby Fort Wool, President Andrew Jackson’s “summer White House,” and the Virginia Air & Space Center.

Hampton’s temperate climate makes it ideal for visitors year-round. Come in summer for the annual Hampton Jazz Festival, which has been running for nearly five decades.

Reach Hampton by car via Interstate 64. Or, fly in to either the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport or Norfolk International Airport, and then rent a car or catch a cab to get to downtown Hampton.

Where to stay in Hampton

Top Hotels in Hampton

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Convention Center
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
1700 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA
The price is $96 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in Coliseum Central, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum. Peninsula Town Center and Air Power ...

4.3/5Excellent! (946 reviews)

"Enjoyed the complimentary breakfast each morning."…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Convention Center
Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
3 out of 5
1905 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $72 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Coliseum Central, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum. Peninsula Town Center and Sentara ...

4.3/5Excellent! (283 reviews)

"Staff was friendly. Room was clean. Enjoyed my stay overall"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Hampton, VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Hampton, VA
3 out of 5
1551 Hardy Cash Dr, Hampton, VA
The price is $59 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Located in Coliseum Central, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Sentara CarePlex Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hampton Coliseum and Hampton Roads Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (973 reviews)

"Excellent location from Langley AFB. Friendly & courteous staff"…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Hampton, VA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hampton

Simply Panache Place
Simply Panache Place
4 out of 5
34 East Mellen Street, Suite B, Hampton, VA

Situated in Hampton, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The American Theatre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hampton University and Buckroe Beach and Park. Fort ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Fantastic stay with wonderful hospitality

"Delightful spot and owners/management. Breakfast cost a little beyond the voucher, but it is a full restaurant breakfast with incredible food and service! We had a rollaway (for an additional fee) and my daughter said it was incredibly comfortable. Wish there had been nightstands in the bedroom, ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2019

Simply Panache Place
Bike to the Beach Bungalow
Bike to the Beach Bungalow
Hampton, VA
The price is $155 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Buckroe Beach and Park, Grandview Beach, and The American Theatre. Hampton Coliseum and Hampton ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Nice and Comfortable!

"Had an amazing time during our stay. The house had lots of kitchen utensils, towels/wash cloths/blankets, and cleaning necessities. We were able to cook dinner and breakfast with minor issues. Very comfortable stay and offers a very homey atmosphere. Very spacious for a home that sleeps eight! I ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Bike to the Beach Bungalow
Buckroe Beach Hampton Roads
Buckroe Beach Hampton Roads
Hampton, VA

Located in Hampton, this beachfront condo building is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Buckroe Beach and Park, Grandview Beach, and The American ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
nice property

"nice place to stay, great location, loved the sunrises, owner was nice, check-in was not to good, she had a guest before us do late check out and it was not ready for us until 6pm 2 hrs late she did refund me a small amount, and there was no tv which was hard especially in the later season i recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Buckroe Beach Hampton Roads
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Hampton

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Jun 2, 2020

Good cirt with things to do. Alot of shops and foods available and beach nearby

5/5 - Excellent

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May 24, 2020

Many upgrades to the area around the coliseum in the recent years.

4/5 - Good

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May 4, 2020

I enjoyed my stay.

1/5 - Terrible

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May 4, 2020

Clean better

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 24, 2020

I will always choose your hotel when I come to Virginia and Hampton thank you so much keep up the good work

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 8, 2020

Enjoyed the area. The Over taxing I didn’t care for at all.

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