For a great musical experience, visit the Hampton Coliseum. This state-of-the-art coliseum equipped with versatile facilities can accommodate up to 13,800 roaring fans. A real masterpiece, it sprawls over 75 acres of land. It also provides business facilities with conference and meeting rooms. The convenient location in the heart of the city is a landmark in itself and attracts tourists from all over.
This museum has a mix of everything: marine life, wildlife, plants and a planetarium. It's a golden opportunity to see wolves, sea turtles, sharks, coyotes, pelicans and the solar system in one dizzying day.The operators are pioneers in their field; when it opened in 1987, it was the only living museum East of the Mississippi River. Its focus on public education makes it a popular destination for families. Group rates and member discounts are available. Opening hours change seasonally; check the website for details.
The Norfolk Botanical Gardens offer many different signature and theme gardens for guests to stroll around, such as the Virginia Native Plant Garden, the Bristow Butterfly Garden and the Enchanted Forest. In addition to the numerous beautiful gardens, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens also put on special events and exhibits. Among these are bike nights, sculpture exhibits and guided tours of the gardens.
Spread across an area of 2888 acres, First Landing State Park is a regularly visited destination that entices visitors with its tranquil airs. The park features a recreational space, picnic area and facilities for swimming, boating and fishing. Besides this, the park is also a frequent destination for hikers and bikers. There is a huge campground on-site where cabin rental facilities and modern amenities are available. The First Landing State Park plays host to various local events on a regular basis.
Originally built in the 1920s and heavily renovated in 1998, the NorVa is a local music venue that can accommodate up to 1500 people. This petite structure has two full bars that also serve food, two mini bars, a lounge and a balcony. The state-of-the-art music system and cool ambiance draws large variety of bands. Seating is first-come, first-served, but don't worry if you get there late - standing room is perfect for dancing!
Part of the Nauticus Maritime Center, the USS Wisconsin came to Norfolk in 2000. The ship is over 60 years old, first launched in 1943, and is one of the largest battleships ever built by the US Navy. Children and history buffs especially love it, and docents are placed in various spots on board to answer any questions about the ship's colorful history.
A drive through downtown Hampton offers a chance to spot several local landmarks, one on them being the Hampton City Hall. Completed in 1939, this historic building features elements of the then popular Art Deco style characteristic of the times. The building features on the National Register of Historic Places.
Founded in 1601, the St Johns Episcopal Church Hampton is a beautiful church explored by locals for their everyday prayer services. The church also happens to be one of the must-visit attractions of the city.
Mill Point Park is a level wooded park and features a small stage and amphitheater for local events that take place here. This park features tracks for walking making it ideal for a relaxing evening walk. Enjoy a pleasant outing with your family and friends as you visit Mill Point Park.
Explore the history of space here at the birthplace of the American space program. Step inside the Apollo 12 Command Module or examine a Martian meteorite. Float in the Space Ball (if you close your eyes, it is almost an outer space ball). When you land, enjoy a film at the Center's IMAX Theater.