Come to Hampton and enjoy its boating, festivals, and camping.

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.

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Where to stay in Hampton

Coliseum Central
Chesapeake Bay and Sea Gull Fishing Pier, Hampton, VA. 
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Coliseum Central

4/5(216 reviews)

While visiting Coliseum Central, you might make a stop by sights like Hampton Coliseum and Peninsula Town Center.

Downtown
Hampton featuring interior views as well as children

Downtown

4/5(40 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Virginia Air and Space Center and Hampton History Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Hampton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
3 out of 5
1905 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA
$78
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (79 reviews)

"Very good location. It was close to Buckroe Beach, coliseum, shopping and restaurants. Staff were friendly. My room was clean with a comfy king size bed. I would stay again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center
Hampton Marina Hotel
Hampton Marina Hotel
3.5 out of 5
700 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton, VA
$73
per night
Oct 23 - Oct 24

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hampton History Museum, Virginia Air and Space Center, and Hampton University. Darling Stadium and The ...

3.8/5Good! (919 reviews)

"Everything was great except the refrigerator didnt work. The breakfast was great not what i expected It was a regular breakfast with eggs bacon sausage hashbrowns. Not your basic continental breakfast. The price was great too."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Hampton Marina Hotel
Springhill Suites by Marriott Hampton Coliseum
Springhill Suites by Marriott Hampton Coliseum
3 out of 5
1997 Power Plant Highway, Hampton, VA
$93
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peninsula Town Center and Hampton Roads Convention Center. Hampton Coliseum is 1.4 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (657 reviews)

"Wish breakfast started earlier since we have to leave at 6:30 to get to a tournament"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Springhill Suites by Marriott Hampton Coliseum

Popular things to do in Hampton

Historic Jamestowne
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Historic Jamestowne

4.5/5(370 reviews)

The site of America’s oldest colony, this historical park offers an intriguing perspective into the lives of the country’s first settlers.

Governor's Palace
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Governor's Palace

4.5/5(399 reviews)

Explore this ostentatious residence, which was built as a bold display of royal authority in the years leading up to the American Revolution.

Mariner's Museum
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Mariner's Museum

4.5/5(104 reviews)

View seagoing vessels from around the world, watch the restoration of historic ships and build your own virtual ironclad warship at this modern museum.

Top activities in Hampton

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

$67

Step into a world of European-inspired fun at Busch Gardens. Take a roller coaster thrill ride through the Black Forest, grab a pretzel at Oktoberfest, and meet the sheep and collies of the Scottish highlands as you explore the 10 different hamlets in this family-friendly theme park.

Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise

$106

Set sail aboard Spirit of Norfolk for an evening of delectable food, skyline views, and lively entertainment. With tasty handcrafted cocktails, relax on the open-air top deck or dance the night away as the DJ spins Top 40 hits.

Passport to Fun 2019
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Passport to Fun 2019

$52

Come experience the best of Norfolk, Virginia with the Passport to Fun and enjoy admission to Norfolk's top attractions! Through these specially-issued passes, you can explore Norfolk's Battleship Wisconsin, known as the world’s largest and last battleship.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Norfolk, VA
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Norfolk, VA

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Brunch Cruise Aboard the Spirit of Norfolk
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Brunch Cruise Aboard the Spirit of Norfolk

$80

Step aboard the Spirit of Norfolk and admire postcard-worthy views of Norfolk from the sparkling Elizabeth River. A delicious brunch buffet, music from a live DJ, and a friendly crew make this an experience the whole family can remember for years to come.

Virginia Living Museum Admission Ticket
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Virginia Living Museum Admission Ticket

$20

Visit: Virginia Living Museum, 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999 Take a natural history tour of Virginia with indoor and outdoor live animal exhibits and hands-on activities.

Reviews of Hampton

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 44.506517690875235%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 17.318435754189945%
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2 - Disappointing 2.2346368715083798%
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1 - Terrible 1.86219739292365%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Traffic can be challenging.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

I use to live in Hampton; I raised my Children there. I am so Happy to see the Upward Movement and Improvement of Businesses all over the area. One Son graduated from Hampton University; My other 3 Sons attended Old Dominion University.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

Dined at Mango Mangeaux and it was excellent!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

Beautiful Hampton University Campus and plenty of activities on site. The town of Hampton has a lot to offer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 29, 2019

Great place to visit; Plenty of places to shop & eat; Loved Buckroe Beach and Fort Monroe.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2019

We go there for the Hydroplane Boat Races every year. Would like to see this area clean up more and have better places to stay.