Numerous historical and recreational diversions are found within the City of Hampton. Nearby on the Peninsula is Colonial Williamsburg. Virginia Beach and the famed James River Plantations are also within easy driving distance.
Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum—the restored 18th-century capital city of Britain’s wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. In Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre Historic Area stand hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city—black, white, and native American, slave, indentured, and free—and the challenges they faced. In this historic place, we help the future learn from the past. Drive west on I-64 to exit 238. After exiting, look for the green and white signs for the Visitor Center. After purchasing your admission, you can take the shuttle bus or walk to the Historic Area.
Visit the Hampton History Museum (120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23666,757-727-1610) and view ten galleries that bridge the past with the present, spanning from Hampton’s inhabitance by the native Kecoughtan Tribe to the city’s role as the founding site for the U.S. space program.
The Virginia Air & Space Center (600 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton, VA 23669, 757-727-0900) on the historic Downtown Hampton Waterfront features dozens of hands-on air and space exhibits, a premiere interactive aviation gallery that spans 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, unique space flight artifacts and more! Your imagination will soar as you launch a rocket, pilot a space shuttle, become an air traffic controller, fly an airplane, and climb aboard a WWII bomber! Come face to face with the Apollo 12 Command Module that went to the moon, a Mars meteorite, a DC-9 passenger jet, a replica 1903 Wright Flyer and more! Experience a 3-D IMAX film in the giant-screen Riverside IMAX Theater ... you have to see it to believe it!
For a free Hampton Visitor’s Guide with information on these and other exciting activities and attractions, please call 800-800-2202.