5 Fun Things to do in Hampton Roads

Staying busy as a family is important. Knowing what is available in your local area is also important. Taking advantage of day trips opportunities is fulfilling and helps you learn more about the history and culture within your local area. These are some of my favorite things to do with my kids in my local area.

5 Fun things to do in hampton roads

Sailing in Yorktown

Being on the water is relaxing. In Virginia, you can book a sailing charter trip in Yorktown. Some of the tours go past battlegrounds and other historic points of interest. If you are on the water at the right time of the day, you may spot some dolphins or other sea life in the water. A few years ago I was able to experience this and it was such a fun and unique experience.

Sailing in Yorktown Virginia

Spirit of Norfolk

The Spirit of Norfolk is a dinner cruise ship. It is a great option for a romantic evening with your special someone or a relaxing retreat to spend time with a close friend or family member. On the ship, there is live entertainment and a dancing deck with a DJ. Skyline views are all around and catching the right sunset moments makes for perfect photo opportunities. For Mother’s Day this year, I treated my mom and aunt to their first Spirit of Norfolk experience.

Spirit of Norfolk

Virginia Living Museum

The Virginia Living Museum is a great destination for families. The setting is open, and in some sections is similar to a zoo setting with animals and habitats. There are interactive exhibits and several discovery centers to provide education to the visitors. Throughout the summer months, a featured exhibit is Dinosaur Discoveries, which is running through September 5.

Virginia LIving Museum

Yorktown Beach

Yorktown Beach is a great place for families to enjoy some time outside, especially before going sailing. Relax in the sun and let the kids play in the sand. The beach is only about 3 acres in size, but is quite popular for impromptu and planned weddings too. Families can enjoy free concerts on Thursday nights during the summer months at Riverwalk Landing. Nevertheless, if you prefer a bit of privacy, you can also hear the music while on the beach.

Fun at Yorktown Beach

Busch Gardens

When thrill rides, entertainment, and fair food are your family’s idea of a great time, Busch Gardens has plenty of entertainment to tire even the most energetic children out. I enjoy taking my kids frequently for the events there, such as Christmas Town. Busch Gardens has different events throughout the year, including a holiday event. There are attractions specifically for children and families throughout the theme park.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

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Closing Thoughts

Take advantage of local entertainment, and the specials that some businesses offer to locals exclusively. Decide what to do each weekend as a family. Letting the kids have their opinions helps them enjoy the activity more. It is important to do something that each member of the family enjoys before selecting a second family activity from the same person so that no one feels left out. Experiencing different activities is important and helps your children learn about where they are growing up.

What are some of your favorite activities in your local area?



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  2. Jessica Harlow says:

    What a great adventure to be had in Hampton Roads! I agree, don’t miss out on all the fun to be had locally as well as when you are traveling far. There are so many memories yet to make!

  3. I very much agree that knowing more about the history & culture of your local area is so important. Hampton Roads sounds like a wonderful place to visit & my favorite spot is Virginia Living Museum as my kids would be so excited about it.

  4. Melissa Bernardo says:

    Sounds like a great trip that the whole family will enjoy. I’ll keep this in mind 🙂

  5. Courtney Gillard says:

    Busch Garden sounds really nice. I would like to go there and witness its beauty.

  6. I have never heard of this place. I will save it though for next time I am in the area

  7. Dawn McAlexander says:

    I used to come up that way quite a bit when I was younger. Sadly, I have not been that way in a while. And I never made it to Busch Gardens. Can you believe that?

    1. admin says:


      I can believe it. My first time was a few years ago, but since then I have been hooked. In fact, for my son’s birthday last weekend we went to both Busch Gardens and Water Country.

  8. I won’t lie … anything to do with water and I AM IN! We are getting ready to take a family trip in a few weeks and I can’t wait to introduce my daughter to new activities and fun on the water. Great pictures, great memories, great fun!

  9. Kathy Kenny Ngo says:

    I never heard about Hampton before. Thanks for a great article for Hampton. Will research more about it. Looks like it’s a great place!

  10. I’m sure it’s a great place to vacation in especially with the things that you mentioned above! I mean, who wouldn’t love a dinner cruise or some sailing during the day!

  11. Elizabeth O. says:

    Beautiful sights and so many things to do that can help you relax and just enjoy your time their. It would be nice to go sailing!

  12. Echo says:

    I have never been to Virginia! I have also never been sailing! Great ideas!

  13. Nicole Escat says:

    Oh, how I wish I can have a road trip at Hampton roads. I will keep this in case I got a chance to go there.

  14. Wow, what a beautiful place to be! It looks like so much fun and that boat looks amazing! Next week I’ll be heading to St. Thomas so I’m pretty stoked about getting to the beach and taking a boat ride!

  15. looks like lots of exciting things to do there. I am sure that we would love if we ever go there

  16. Nicole Etolen says:

    I like to go to the Hampton beach and have a few minute relaxing there. These are great suggestions.

  17. Great post! I will keep this in my mind for my next trip.

  18. Never heard of this place before but that Busch Garden truly got my attention! Seems so beautiful

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