Downtown Hampton is defined by its waterfront. Boaters can find safe haven in the marinas dotting Hampton's sheltered harbor. Hampton Road's harbor offers deepwater slips and first-class amenities and is a great place to drop anchor, gather with friends, go to a festival, shop, and dine. Hampton's downtown waterfront district encompasses the site of the original 17th century seaport that served as a port of entry for commercial vessels from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. It is now dotted with restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops, marinas and a waterfront park.
Things to See and Do
Summer Night Street Fest where Hampton takes to the streets for a fun-filled street fair featuring live musical entertainment, and cold refreshments. Hampton is also home to festivals such as the annual Hampton Bay Days. Festival- goers enjoy shopping, a grand fireworks show and lots of free entertainment. Attractions Downtown Hampton is the home of exciting area attractions including the Virginia Air and Space Center featuring the Riverside IMAX Theatre and the 1920's Hampton Carousel, one of less than 200 antique carousels still operating in the United States. History buffs can tour the Hampton History Museum and Hampton University Museum or visit historic St. John's Church, the oldest English-speaking parish in America.
A variety of options from Benton-Knight Clothier, men's clothing and gifts to Something Different, fun and whimsical gifts, and Cabbages & Kings, unique antiques.
Downtown Hampton is adorned with public art and art galleries.
Restaurants and Provisions
Downtown Hampton offers a wide variety of cuisine, ranging from enticing Creole, Italian, Thai and Japanese to gourmet sandwiches, Chesapeake Bay seafood and Southern tea rooms. Here are a few sample restaurants:
Marker 20 (tel. 757.726.9410) Downtown Hampton's seafood destination. Microbrews, live entertainment, outdoor dining.
Oyster Alley (757.727.9700) Enjoy seafood and American cuisine with some of the best views of the Downtown Hampton waterfront.
Pier 21 (757.727.8925) Unique waterfront dining specializing in fresh local and seasonal seafood all in a friendly, casual environment.
Surf Rider Restaurant (757.723.9366) Premier waterfront dining overlooking the Bluewater Marina. Serving the freshest local seafood, steaks, and pasta.
Taphouse on Queens Way Largest selection of craft beers in Hampton Roads. Tavern fare, entrees, fresh salads, and great specials.
Downtown Hampton has a lot to offer the cruising boater. Marinalife can help you plan your next cruise to Hampton including booking your dockage at one of the great Hampton marinas.