Best Spring Activities to Enjoy in Hampton

Enjoy the warm weather and flowers blooming to fullest with a family vacation to in Hampton this spring! From festivals to feeding the farm animals, these budget-friendly activities that guarantee a memorable springtime vacation experience.

Attend a festival – Save the Date for Spring 2024 Festivals

Festival season is upon us! Shop, appreciate culture, eat and drink at these festivals coming this spring: 

  • Hampton Roads Tattoo Festival March 15-17. 2024 – Hundreds of tattoo artists & vendors, live mural painting, classic cars, contests, and sideshows – if it’s cool you’ll find it here!
  • Phoebus Spring Fling & Beer Fest – April 13, 2024Local artisans, beer & cider tastings, food vendors, live music & more!
  • Hampton Mosaic Festival – April 20, 2024 – celebrates world cultures and the environment through history, art, music, and dance — all curated to create a sense of belonging. 
  • Annual Commemoration of the 1861 Contraband Decision – May 24-26, 2024 Commemorate the first action by the U.S. Government to signal the beginning of the end of slavery.
  • Bodacious Bazaar Spring Show – May 31 – June 2, 2024 – Over 250 vendors, artists, crafters, & several of Virginia’s finest wineries at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

For events this month check our Events Calendar. Planning further ahead? Check out these summer festivals!

Dine Outdoors

Many Hampton restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries offer spacious outdoor seating. Dine al fresco and soak up some vitamin D while you enjoy the spring sunshine. Top recommendations include:

Anywhere on Queen’s Way in Downtown Hampton as the road is blocked off with a shared outdoor dining section.

group of people sharing an appetizer at shaded outdoor dining table on Queen's Way in Hampton, VA

Day drinking outdoors: While most of the breweries in Hampton have outdoor sections and regular food truck visits, Bull Island Brewing has waterfront tables available and Sly Clyde Ciderworks regularly has outdoor events & festivals.

Feed the animals at Bluebird Gap Farm

Bluebird Gap Farm is a family-friendly experience rarely seen in an urban environment. The 60-acre farm has almost 150 domestic and wild animals, including everything from the usual array of farm animals to birds of prey, whitetail deer, tortoises, peacocks, and waterfowl. Admission is free or you can purchase bags of feed for a more interactive experience.

You can also enjoy the Hampton Master Gardeners’ Display Garden and Arboretum, a large playground, nature trail, and a public paddle-craft launch.

Go Camping

Embark on a delightful camping adventure in Hampton, where you can pitch a tent, roll in with your RV, or cozy up in a rented cabin—whatever suits your family’s style. As nature bursts into life with vibrant buds and blooms during the spring, camping becomes an even more enchanting experience.

Beyond the joy of the great outdoors, camping in Hampton offers an economical option for larger families to create lasting vacation memories together. Many families opt for a beach vacation and Hampton’s beach access is a breeze, sparing you the hassle of navigating through tunnel or bridge traffic to the south.

Take a Refreshing Stroll Outside

Immerse yourself in nature as you discover the scenic walking trails that Hampton has to offer. From the sound of waves crashing against the shore to the rustling of leaves overhead, these walking trails offer a sensory escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy the spring weather with a walk along the beach or amongst the trees.

Walking Trails in Hampton VA

As you savor spring in Hampton, whether basking in the beauty of nature or attending one of our many exciting events, we trust your experience will be nothing short of extraordinary.

For more ideas for your family vacation, grab a free copy of our annual visitor guide!