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Boating In Hampton, Virginia


As you cruise around the mid-Atlantic, drop anchor at Hampton, VA’s, bustling port. This popular boating destination is located near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where the James, Elizabeth and Nansemond Rivers converge. Hampton’s regional network of waterways has played a key role in its growth. This coastal community is home to one of the world’s greatest natural harbors and the beaches on the Chesapeake Bay.

Attractions for history buffs include The Emancipation Oak where the Emancipation Proclamation to liberate slaves was first read in the South, Virginia Air & Space Science Center with exhibits on training astronauts at nearby NASA Langley Research Center, several historic lighthouses, and churches where parishioners have worshiped for centuries. The Hampton History Museum pulls it all together under one roof. The most beloved history buff attraction is Fort Monroe National Monument, the site of the first African landing in English North America in 1619 where the enslaved found sanctuary during the Civil War.

If being on the Bay stirs up fresh seafood cravings, Hampton will not disappoint. The town is packed with eateries that dish up crab cakes, rockfish and other local delicacies. After a hearty meal, stroll around the Phoebus neighborhood or the vibrant downtown and stretch your legs by visiting shops, galleries, breweries, pubs and antique stores.

Your trip isn’t complete without a Hampton Queen cruise to see the Chesapeake Bay or a sunset stroll at Buckroe Beach. Immerse yourself in the dynamic local culture, where festivals embracing themes from pirates to jazz and bluegrass come alive. For an in depth look at the exciting events lined up during your visit, be sure to explore Hampton's Calendar of Events.

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Visit Hampton
Situated in the middle of the Hampton Roads region and the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, Hampton welcomes vacationer and meeting attendees alike with charming hospitality, multifaceted attractions and activities and an atmosphere of discovery.
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Hampton Roads Harbor Tours
Hampton Roads Harbor Tours is thrilled to bring sightseeing harbor tours and special events back to the Hampton Roads Harbor. We will be offering daily, narrated, sightseeing history cruises and private events.
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Fort Monroe National Monument
Fort Monroe National Monument has a diverse history spanning the American story from American Indian presence, Captain John Smith's journeys, first arrival of enslaved Africans in English North America, a safe haven for freedom seekers during the American Civil War, and a bastion of defense for the Chesapeake Bay through the 21st Century. Visit and witness the ongoing preservation work in action
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Virginia Air & Space Science Center
The new Space Exploration Gallery and Adventures in Early Learners Gallery The SPACE (Smile, Play, Achieve, Create, Explore), invites you to celebrate the spirit of exploration through state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits that explore our solar system! Come and enjoy our galleries that are designed for explorers of all ages!
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Hampton History Museum
Galleries represent Hampton history, including the city’s early inhabitance by the Kecoughtan tribe and contributions of African-American residents. View ten permanent galleries that bridge the past with the present, spanning Hampton’s settlement to the city’s role as the founding site for the U.S. space program. Experience four centuries of national history and view how Hampton evolved as “America’s Gateway” from Native American days to the Space Age. Ten galleries illustrate a narrative beginning with the Virginia Colony and continue through phases of Coastal Virginia life with surprises along the way. Meet Blackbeard the Pirate, experience the burning of Hampton during the Civil War and see how the Contraband decision was the first step toward freedom for millions of African-Americans. The museum also shares space and a gift shop with the Hampton Visitor Center.
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Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum
The museum celebrates the history, heritage and future of historic Aberdeen Gardens. Built for and by African-Americans in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program, the neighborhood provided modern homes to African-American workers.
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Air Power Park
Visit this outdoor park and see the air power that played a vital part in America’s early space exploration and aircraft testing. Conduct your own self-guided tour of the park displays featuring jets, missiles, and rockets. Kids may enjoy the playground area.
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Hampton University Museum
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Brown Chicken, Brown Cow
13 E Queens Way - Hampton, VA 23669
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Baked Bistro
22 Wine St. Hampton Va 23669
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Fuller's Raw Bar
38 East Mellen St.
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The Deadrise
100 McNair Dr. Building 207
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The Baker's Wife Bistro + Bar
1 E Mellen Street Hampton, VA 23663
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Mango Mageaux
33 E Mellen St. Hampton, VA
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Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
February 29 - March 3, 2024
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Hampton Restaurant Week
March 3 - 17, 2024
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Hampton Mosaic Festival
April 20, 2024
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Blackbeard Pirate Festival
June 1 - 2, 2024
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