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Things to do Outside in Hampton, VA

Posted by: Donje Putnam

Hampton offers easy access to everywhere in "Hampton" Roads.  But what you might not realize if you live in our Hampton apartments but are from somewhere else, is that Hampton has a lot to do outside as well.  And so, a list!

Sandy Bottom Park:  A mere 10 minutes from Monticello at Town Center Apartments is a peaceful oasis.  Sandy Bottom Park offers 2 lakes with boat rentals, primitive camping spots and Bike rentals and trails.  There is also a Nature Center open daily, and a playground.  So get out and visit this great park, but first visit their website to get information!

Ft. Monroe:  If you have lived here for any length of time, you know that this former Army base warranted quite a bit of discussion when it closed.  What to do with the beautiful property??  Well, I know what you should do, and that's visit the beach!  There are two beach areas on Ft. Monroe. One is a bring your own stuff type beach, and the other is a beautiful club area where they set out chairs and umbrellas for you.  There's a gazebo and a walking/running trail with spectacular views!  Also on Ft. Monroe is the Casemate Museum.  But that's an INDOOR activity and a we'll save that for winter.

Beach: In 1619, the "Buck Roe" Plantation was designated for public use.  That's right it's older than America, and you can still go visit.  Skip the tunnel and lay out.  This is a bay beach, but it's close enough to the ocean to get some wavy action.  There are playgrounds and it's generally not as crowded as VA Beach.

Blueberry Gap Farm:  A super fun and free place to take the kids.  See the 150 animals that live here, including farm animals and wild animals.  Take quarters to buy some feed and get an up close experience.  They show family friendly movies in the summer and offer story hours at various times.   There are great playgrounds, picnic areas and a garden to enjoy.  Follow them on Facebook to learn about what events they are offering.

Peninsula Town Center Splash Fountain:  So if it's hot and your kids are driving you bonkers, head over to PTC (So close to us) and let them run off their excess energy in the splash fountain.

Our Pool:  Of course you know our pools are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day for you to enjoy!  Slather on the sunscreen and come on down!

So much to do and only 3 weeks before school starts here in Hampton Roads!  Get out and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Donje Putnam

Donje Putnam has over 15 years experience in the multi-family housing industry and has worked at many different types of apartment communities, from tax credit to high end and from 88 units to 400.  Her favorite thing about being in "the industry" is that you learn a little bit about everything!  She lives in Newport News, VA with her husband, two kids, a very calm dog, a very hyper dog and a very aloof cat. 


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