Tours & Activities
Discover the Revolutionary City as you stroll through the restored area
of Colonial Williamsburg. Our guide will take you to visit the historic
homes, public buildings and 18th century craft shops where costumed
hosts recreate the sights and sounds of America 200 years ago. Merchants
Square offers charming shops and authentic cuisine in the Colonial
Try a wine tasting at neighboring vineyards, or cooking classes with master chefs from local restaurants. Hampton Roads is home to world-class cuisine and award-winning chefs. With offerings ranging from Southern-inspired sweet potato biscuits and Virginia ham to dishes only found by the Chesapeake Bay, there are options to fulfill every appetite.
If you prefer tasting the region through beer and wine, then Hampton Roads is the place. Craft beer connoisseurs can spend the day touring local breweries and sampling a wide-range craft beer. Or walk through the many vineyards throughout the region to discover why Virginia wine continues to earn top accolades.
Day Trips (Out-of-Area)
Hampton Roads central location to top destinations makes it easy for quick jaunts to Washington, DC, Outer Banks, NC and the Eastern Shore, VA.
Explore our nation’s capital’s world-class museums and monuments. Travel to the Outer Banks to relax and unwind on the beaches, watch wild horses in Corolla or relive the first successful airplane at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk. Or take in the pristine beauty of Virginia’s Eastern Shore with fishing, antiquing and wine tours.
Hampton/ Newport News
Visit the Virginia Air & Space Center, the official visitor’s center for NASA Langley Research Center, to experience the birthplace of America’s space program.
Tour the Mariner’s Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the country. Discover more than 250 living species native to Virginia at the Virginia Living Museum. Connect the constellations under their 30-foot planetarium dome.
The Hampton Roads region is surrounded by picturesque views of water. Get out on the water and cruise the bustling harbor from downtown Norfolk on a 3-masted top-sail schooner, a Mississippi style paddle wheeler, a twin-deck military themed vessel or a sleek, 410 passenger dining and entertainment ship. Sightseeing cruises are available from downtown Hampton and Virginia Beach.
History comes alive at Jamestown Settlement and Jamestowne Island as costumed historical interpreters demonstrate work and everyday life of the era and engage visitors in a variety of activities. Enjoy shopping in the beautiful gift shop for unique items for home and garden, as well as, "Made in Virginia" items.
The Hampton Roads region is known as the east coast’s epicenter of military operations. Take a narrated tour the Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval installation that sits on more than 4,000 acres of land in Hampton Roads. Naval Air Station Oceana, the East Coast’s only Master Jet Base is the home station for the Navy’s fighter/attack squadron.
Also available are tours of Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, the largest base of its kind in the world and the major operating station for the amphibious forces of the US Atlantic Fleet.
Enjoy a narrated riding tour of old and new Norfolk. Visit Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, a unique and thriving campus of visitor attractions that explores the economic, naval, and natural powers of the sea. Features include a series of ingenious interactive exhibits, shows, and theaters with various films.
History buffs can visit the MacArthur Memorial to view the outstanding collection of artifacts, documents, photographs and memorabilia tracing the life of five-star General Douglas MacArthur or tour the Battleship Wisconsin and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum to experience the past.
If you’re looking for culture and the arts, walk through the Chrysler Museum of Art to view the encyclopedic collection of over 30,000 objects that span almost 5,000 years of the history of art. The glass collection is one of the most outstanding in the country.
To end a day of touring, treat yourself to ice cream at Doumar’s, home of the world’s original ice cream cone-making machine.
Tour historic Olde Town and enjoy lunch and shopping on High Street. This “quaint, historic, seaport” is filled with antiques, art and gifts for everyone.
The sports enthusiast can tour the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the history buff can spend some time in the Lightship Museum and Naval Shipyard Museum.
Hampton Roads offers a wide-range of shopping options. If you’re in Norfolk,
spend the day antique shopping in historic Ghent or experience world-class shopping at MacArthur Center.
Olde Town Portsmouth offers a variety of boutique-style shopping for everyone.
Trips to the Prime Outlets, the Williamsburg Pottery Factory, and the exclusive specialty stores located in Merchants Square are also available.
Virginia Beach has something for everyone. Spend time with dolphins and otters at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, or reach new heights by climbing up the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. Step back in time at the Olde Coast Guard Station with exhibits pertaining to ship wrecks off the Virginia coast, and a special WWII exhibit. The Military Aviation Museum boasts restored WWI and WWI aircraft ranging from fighters to trainers. Sit back and watch these birds take flight during their annual air show.
There’s endless ways to get out on the water with kayak excursions, deep-sea fishing and parasailing.
Visit the quaint village of Yorktown and view exhibits relating to the
Battle of Yorktown, where the American Revolutionary War was won. View
George Washington’s military tents and artifacts from the siege, and
take a guided tour of the battle area, 18th-century Yorktown and the
American and French siege lines to see where the surrender took place.
Thanks so much for all you did to make sure everyone had a great time sightseeing in Norfolk. We heard a lot of great comments about the tours. The event at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club was very successful and everyone had a great time. Thanks again for great service!
Peggy Davidson, Executive Director