Summer Activity Guide
Summer is in full swing, and we know you're itching to head out on the town and experience the best your neighborhood and city have to offer. The kids are out of school and the days are long, bright and filled with possibilities. Whether you prefer to spend your summer days relaxing outdoors, or exploring nearby museums and national monuments, you're just around the corner from acitivities abounding.
Our convenient location puts you at the center of the region's most exciting entertainment venues, including beaches, museums, theaters and shopping centers. You don't have to waste away long weekends wondering how to fill your time when you're this close to so much action.
We've compiled a list of our favorite, local activities that are all just a short drive (or, in some cases, a bike ride) away. Shake up your summertime routine, explore your neighborhood and take on adventures all over town with our fun and family-friendly summer activity guide.
Riverside IMAX 3D Theater/Virginia Air & Space Museum
On steamy, summer afternoons and evenings, pack up the family, and head to the Riverside IMAX 3D Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Museum for a truly breathtaking, big screen experience. When you'd rather explore rather than be entertained, visit the museum's many exhibits, including The Robot Zoo and Mission Aerospace: History of Flight/Pathway to the Future.
Fort Monroe Casemate Museum
History buffs of all ages will enjoy exploring Fort Monroe, the largest Stone Fort in the United States. "Exhibits chronicle over 400 years of social and military history at the site," including its involvement in the American Civil War. Kids and adults will be wow'ed by this historic site's involvement in major American military battles, and will enjoy catching up close glimpses into American history.
Spend your weekends along these 8 acres of clean, pristine beach, and enjoy a playground, picnic shelters with tables, walking and biking paths and more. Spend an entire day at the beach, and reserve a community grill to finish up with an evening cookout with family and friends. One of Hampton's best kept secrets, you'll want to come back again and again.
Sandy Bottom Nature Park
Summer's warm temperatures and abundant, sunny days make for perfect conditions for getting out and connecting with nature at Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Located on 456 acres, Sandy Bottom features 2 lakes, wetlands areas, trails for hiking and biking, nature programs, fishing, boat rentals, picnic areas, children's playgrounds and camping. You can basically do EVERYTHING at Sandy Bottom, except be bored.
Summer isn't just about the beach and lounging outdoors. It's also concert season, with major musical acts from around the country touring and performing at Hampton's very own Coliseum. When you want a fun date night, or just need to put on your dancing shoes and move it with your friends, head to the Hampton Coliseum for a spectacular performance by one of your favorite musical acts.
Peninsula Town Center
We're so close to Peninsula Town Center, you could easily walk or bike to your favorite restaurants, boutiques or coffee shops, making it possible for you to get in your exercise AND your favorite activities. When you want to get out for dinner served al fresco, check out Peninsula Town Center's list of restaurants with outdoor seating, and when it's time to stock up on new gear for fall, or simply window shop for home decor, you'll have direct access just minutes from your front door.
Bluebird Gap Farm
Prepare to be blown away by this 60 acre farm with 150 domestic and wild animals tucked right into the heart of Hampton. This enormous and beautiful petting zoo and farm includes picnic areas, a large playground, a nature trail, a master gardener's display garden and brand new theater for special events. You'll want to come with friends and your entire family, and plan to spend some time exploring the beautiful grounds.
When you need to ride a few roller coasters and laugh until your face hurts, you don't have to go far. Busch Gardens Williamsburg Theme Park is a complete adventure and fun for every member of your family, regardless of their age. Live performances, exciting rides for kids and adults, delicious, international fare and more are spread out across this enormous park that you'll want to wear your walking shoes to.
Water Country USA
After you hit Busch Gardens, swing over to Water Country for a family-friendly water park adventure that will leave you soaked and satisfied. Slides, rides and more are all designed to keep you cool and moving, and kid-friendly slides make it easy to bring your smaller family members without worries.
Filed Under: Life in Hampton, VA
Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA.
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