Hampton, VA

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Hampton which includes modern architecture, a marina and boating

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

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Hampton, VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Hampton, VA
3 out of 5
1551 Hardy Cash Dr, Hampton, VA
Fully refundable
The price is $61 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Coliseum Central, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Sentara CarePlex Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Peninsula Town Center and Hampton Roads Convention ...
3.8/5 Good! (958 reviews)
"Very friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Hampton, VA
Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
3 out of 5
1905 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA
The price is $90 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in Coliseum Central, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum. Peninsula Town Center is 0.6 mi (0.9 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (498 reviews)
"The hotel was nice, clean, reasonably priced, and the staff was friendly."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Convention Center
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
1700 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $107 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Coliseum Central, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum. Peninsula Town Center is 0.7 mi (1.1 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (950 reviews)
"Cleanliness and spacious rooms."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Convention Center
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.
Sweet home to share with the family
Sweet home to share with the family
Hampton, VA
The price is $295 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
This family-friendly Hampton vacation home is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Buckroe Beach and Park, Grandview Beach and Emancipation Oak Tree. John ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Convenient and comfortable
"Our group of 8 stayed at Maria's house for a weekend event at the Hampton Coliseum. The house was huge and felt very spacious even with so many people. Everyone had a comfortable place to sleep and space to park their car. The drive to the Coliseum was only 15 minutes and everything was super clean ..."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Sweet home to share with the family
NEW! Attractive Hampton Cottage < 3 Mi to Downtown
NEW! Attractive Hampton Cottage < 3 Mi to Downtown
Hampton, VA
Located in Downtown Hampton, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Darling Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hampton University and Hampton Coliseum. Hampton ...
3.8/5 Good! (4 reviews)
Nice house
"Nice little house. Some things broken and little dirty but overall okay stay."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

NEW! Attractive Hampton Cottage < 3 Mi to Downtown
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. Emancipation ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (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
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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