Budget-Friendly Hampton: 10 Affordable Family Activities

If you are looking to explore Hampton on a budget, we’ve got you covered! Learn about Hampton history, explore a trail, and relax at the beach. The adventure starts now! 

Free things to do in Hampton: 

Experience Air Power Park

Calling all plane lovers! This free park offers visitors an up-close view to aircraft, rockets, and more. Learn about the aircraft that contributed towards America’s early space exploration and aircraft testing. After exploring the planes, go for a walk on Hampton’s Waterwalk Trail. It’s the perfect adventure for a sunny day! 

Meet the Animals at Bluebird Gap Farm

Horses, and cows, and turtles, oh my! This family-friendly farm is the perfect activity for families. With over 100 animals, there are many animals to meet. Open year-round, keep coming back to mingle with your new animal friends.

View the Artwork at Charles H Taylor Visual Arts Center

This visual arts center is the place for art lovers. The exhibits are filled with artwork from local and regional artists. Explore the halls of art, and feel inspired as you immerse yourself in a broad range of artists, media, styles, content, and perspectives on our world. 

Visit Fort Monroe National Monument

Take a trip back in time as you discover over 400 years of Hampton history at Fort Monroe National Monument. The largest stone fort in America, you will have to reserve several hours to explore the whole fort, Casemate Museum, and the Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center.  

Go to the Beach!

Hampton’s beaches are the perfect activity if you are on a budget. Park for free, and spend the day soaking up the sun, playing frisbee, and splashing around in the water. It’s bound to be a fun day for everyone. Beaches include Buckroe Beach, Outlook Beach at Fort Monroe, Grandview Nature Preserve, and Salt Ponds. 

Explore Hampton’s Walking Trails

If you love spending quality time outdoors, head over to one of Hampton’s walking trails. Free for everyone to enjoy, the trails range in length and can be found on the water and under the shade of trees. There is something for every trail lover in Hampton. Sandy Bottom Nature Park and Waterwalk Path are great places to start! 

Things to do in Hampton for Under $5:  

Immerse yourself in History at Hampton History Museum

The 10 galleries are filled with the city’s history, as you travel from the 17th century to the present day. The exhibits include the first African arrival in 1619, to the Hidden Figures exhibit showcasing the city’s involvement with the U.S. space program. Adult tickets are $5, and children are $4. 

Spin Around the Hampton Carousel

Spin through history for only $1! The Hampton Carousel is over 100 years old and has brought joy to everyone over the years. From its original location in Buckroe to its current location in Downtown Hampton, the horses continue to dance and create lasting memories for every visitor. 

Rent a Boat

For only $4 an hour, you can rent a Paddle Boat, Jon Boat, Canoe, or Kayak from Sandy Bottom Nature Park or the Fort Monroe Community Center. Try to stay dry during this fun adventure!  

Have fun exploring Hampton on a budget!