New World Discoveries in Hampton

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When they arrived in 1607, Captain John Smith and crew discovered a point of land, later to become Hampton, which brought them “good comfort.” Here they were welcomed by the Kecoughtan Indians and feasted on berries, wild game and bread made of maize. Four hundred years later, you’ll still find the natives hospitable and eager to share our captivating history.

  • Day One – Begin your visit at the Hampton History Museum and learn about the arrival of the Virginia Company and its encounter with the Kecoughtan Indians in the New World. Visit historic St. John’s Church, the oldest continuous, English-speaking parish in the United States. Be “captivated” by costumed Pirates during a walking tour and learn of Hampton’s role in the shipment of goods between England and the New World. Check in to your Hampton hotel. Enjoy dinner at Peninsula Town Center.
  • Day Two – Tour Jamestown Settlement. Explore the world of 1607, when 104 men set anchor in Virginia and began to build America’s first English permanent colony. Also, visit Historic Jamestown. Return to your Hampton hotel and enjoy dinner at one of our local seafood restaurants.
  • Day Three – Experience Hampton Roads Harbor Tours and enjoy a cruise on the Hampton Queen. View the world’s largest Naval Base and visit Fort Wool, an island fortress. Include a box lunch on your sail. After your cruise, tour Fort Monroe and the Casemate Museum located in the walls of the largest stone fort in the United States. Visit the Chapel of the Centurion and see Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. The next stop is the Hampton University Museum. Founded in 1868, it is one of our nation’s most outstanding multicultural museums. Enjoy dinner and entertainment at The Grey Goose Tea Room.
  • Day Four – Have a “New World” experience by discovering the history and future of space exploration at the Virginia Air & Space Science Center. Enjoy a 3-D IMAX┬« film. Take a spin on the 1920 Hampton Carousel, enjoy shopping, and have an early lunch on your own before departing for home.
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