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5 Must-See Things Around Hampton !

December 19, 2017 |

There’s something exciting about spending time in an unfamiliar place. Whether it’s for business or pleasure or a combination of both, going to a place beyond your grid is always an adventure. And we think now is the perfect time to explore a new unknown: a fantastic coastal Virginia city.
With that said, we know that Car Rentals is the leading expert of the open road, which is why we partnered with them to present the 5 must-see attractions around Hampton.

1. Emancipation Oak

The National Geographic Society has named “10 Great Trees of the World” and the Emancipation Oak on the campus of Hampton University is one of them. This massive southern live oak dates back centuries and is a symbol of the anti-slavery movement of that time. The tree received its name back in 1863 when the local African-American community gathered under the tranquil shade of the tree and listened to the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. Plus, 2018 is the 150th anniversary of Hampton University, so celebrations are in store. And speaking of Hampton U, the university museum is home to more than 9,000 pieces of African-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander art.

2. Buckroe Beach

Hop in your whip, head three miles east, and spend a few hours bronzing on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Nearby Buckroe Beach is a great place to pack a lunch and enjoy a beautiful day at one of the area’s best stretches of sand. If you’re not into bringing your own lunch, there are food and ice cream vendors that set up shop in Buckroe Beach and Park on a daily basis. There are also kayak rentals, in case you feel like getting your paddle on.

3. Virginia Air & Space Center

Planes, jets, and space capsules, oh my! You’ll find all that good stuff and more when you make your way to the Virginia Air & Space Center at 600 Settlers Landing Road. This place is incredible. There are F-4 Phantoms dangling from the ceiling and Apollo command shuttles dotting the gallery floor. If the kiddos are tagging along, they’ll freak out over the Adventure in Flight interactive exhibit. What kid wouldn’t want to take control of a Boeing 717 for a bit?

4. Fort Monroe National Monument

Pile everyone into that beautiful rental car of yours and head out to Old Point Comfort on the southern tip of the Virginia Peninsula and explore Fort Monroe. For 180 years, this place had a federal military presence until President Barack Obama named it a national monument on November 1, 2011. This decommissioned military installation is a great place to spend an afternoon. The Casemate Museum will teach you all about the fort’s history dating back to its strategic use during the American Civil War. And when you get hungry after a few hours wandering the grounds, head to Old Point Comfort Marina and get a table at The Deadrise. The crab cake sandwich is to die for.

5. Sandy Bottom Nature Park

A short way north on Interstate 64 is the gorgeous Sandy Bottom Nature Park. This 456-acre park was once nothing more than trash pits and garbage dumps, but has been transformed into a pristine piece of Virginian countryside. Two different lakes offer activities like boating and fishing and there are numerous walking trails to explore. Bring along a pair of binoculars, because this is one of the best places in the area for bird watching.
Whether you’re looking to experience coastal Virginia, sit in the cockpit of jet engine aircraft, or explore the grounds of historical fort, you won’t soon forget your time spent in Hampton, Virginia.
Author: Chris Killen