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Local Family Activities and Fun Things To Do

Whatever you are in the mood for, Hampton Roads offers a plethora of activities and attractions. Here’s a curated list of fun things to see and do in Hampton Roads:

Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin in Norfolk

Dive into maritime history at Nauticus, a maritime-themed science center and museum. The star attraction is the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy.

Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton

 Explore the frontiers of air and space at this center, which serves as the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. It features interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater.

Colonial Williamsburg

Step back in time at this living-history museum and historic district. Experience colonial life through reenactments, restored buildings, and costumed interpreters.
The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk: Art lovers shouldn't miss this museum, which houses an impressive collection of more than 30,000 objects, including European and American paintings, sculpture, and photography.

Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield

Visit the site of the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestowne and explore Yorktown Battlefield, where the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War was fought.
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach: Discover marine wildlife through interactive exhibits, a nature path, and an aviary. The aquarium also offers boat trips for dolphin and whale watching.
First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach: Offering a range of outdoor activities, this state park is famous for its history as the first landing place of the Jamestown colonists in 1607. Enjoy hiking, camping, and beach activities.

The American Theatre in Hampton

Catch a performance at this historic theater, which hosts a variety of shows, including music concerts, plays, and dance performances.

The Mariner's Museum and Park in Newport News

One of the largest maritime museums in the world, it features ship models, maritime paintings, and artifacts. The adjacent park offers trails and a tranquil environment.

Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton

Explore the largest stone fort in America, known for its role in the Civil War and as a site of refuge for freedom-seeking slaves.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

For thrill-seekers and families, this European-themed amusement park offers roller coasters, live shows, and animal encounters.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Enjoy the beauty of nature in these extensive gardens, which offer boat and tram tours, as well as walking paths through themed gardens.

Virginia Living Museum in Newport News

This combination of wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, and botanical preserve offers an engaging experience for all ages.

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