Clarion Inn & Suites By Hampton Convention Center
1809 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: (757) 838-5011
Fax: (757) 838-7349
Enjoy a relaxing day as you fish with your friends at Bethel Park. This park is known for its scenic views and boating facilities. You can even camp at this park or play ball games on the playground it houses. In case you get hungry, this park also provides the facilities of barbecue grills.
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.
It is a neighborhood in the city of Hampton, Virginia and is one of the oldest recreational places in the state. The history dates back to the year 1619 when a plantation called the Buck Roe was designated for use of English settlers in the area. After the Civil War, the place was built into a tourist attraction with a light house, inns, beachfront activities, horse-drawn carriages, an amusement park and more. Currently, there is a large pavilion used for performances, beachfront activities like kayaks, beach umbrellas and chairs, and more.
The TransAmerica Trail is a biking tradition, spanning from Yorktown, Virginia in the east to Astoria, Oregon in the west. It is over 4,000 miles long and crosses 10 states in the process. Although it is not necessary to bike the entire trail, which takes bikers on average around 3 months, it's customary to ride a small part in Yorktown to be part of the history of the trail. Beautiful scenery abounds, and if you feel like exercise, it is a great way to see rural Virginia.
Kayak Nature Tours host a great range of water-based tours around Virginia. Intrepid adventurers can get up close to dolphins, or see ospreys and bald eagles in the peaceful surrounds of First Landing State Park. You can choose between single kayaks or two-person kayaks and whilst the trips are seasonal, there is a trip available for most times of the year. Kayaks are also available for individual hire if you fancy exploring the waterways of Virginia independently. Call for more details.
This stunning golf course is only minutes away from downtown Norfolk, making it the perfect place to make your golfing escape. It affords stunning views of the coastline and ocean and has challenging play that is suitable for all levels. The course was designed by Lester George, one of golf's best known course designers; it was initially private, and frequented only by the very rich, until the City of Norfolk restored the course and aimed to raise it to championship level. The course is also situated behind historic Old Dominion University. Call for more details.
The Virginia Zoo has been collecting animals since the beginning of the 20th Century. The zoo houses animals from all over the world, from domestic farm animals to Siberian tigers and white rhinos. In addition to animals, the zoo simultaneously houses a large horticultural collection as well. The zoo can also host birthday parties and other private events, as well as zoo camps, Girl and Cub Scout programs and family programs.
Rowena's produces more than just jam! For January to October, visitors can tour the factory to see how Rowena's jams and jellies are produced; just be sure to book your tour in advance for just $2. It is also a popular tea room that has full English tea Thursday-Saturday. Choose from a selection of finger sandwiches, treats like pound cake, scones with their special jams or curd, and, of course, a pot of tea of your choice. The on-site gift shop (open Monday-Saturday) sells a variety of Rowena's sweet treats, or if you can't make it into the store, you can always order online and get your baked goods and jams delivered directly to your door.
This fascinating trail is built on an old railroad right-of-way and it passes through an interesting part of modern Norfolk and some of its heritage sites. Walkers can visit the Norfolk Fort, where several early 19th-century buildings still survive, including a dungeon. The trail winds by the waters of Hampton Roads, giving walkers a chance to see ships and tankers, not to mention various birds and other indigenous wildlife. It's a great walk to do at any time of year and is completely free.
This museum opened in 1959, and has since been dedicated to teaching the public about the evolution of American army vehicles from the colonial era to the present day. Pictures and camcorders are permitted on your visit. Stop by the gift shop on your way out, all proceeds go to help fund the museum. Tours need to be booked at least two weeks in advance to ensure staff availability. Admission is free.
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.
The Windsor Park is currently a public park in the Smithfield vicinity of Virginia. It earlier stood as a plantation and was transformed into a park in 2009. This park is home to historical structures that take you back in time. Apart from historical importance, the park is also known for its scenic walking trails and fun events hosted here.