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There are plenty of entertaining activities in Hampton Roads — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a ride back in time on the Hampton Carousel, or use some pedal power to bike along the historic Colonial Parkway. Treat the kids to interactive education at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, or marvel at treasures of marine history during the Norfolk Harborfest. Plus, there’s nothing quite like a sunset walk through the arts and scenery of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Residents throughout Hampton Roads enjoy many different annual events, festivals and community gatherings.

Norfolk Harborfest

Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
https://festevents.org/events/2016-season-events/norfolkharborfest40

Every June, Norfolk celebrates its nautical history in a three-day extravaganza by displaying tall ships from all around the world, along with maritime events; children’s activities; local, regional and national entertainment; delicious food; and one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast. Tour the science exhibits of the Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin museum and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum — all full of educational activities for kids and adults alike. Don’t miss the Parade of Sails, lasting more than two hours.

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

265 Kings Grant Road, No. 102
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
757-498-0215
www.neptunefestival.com

Ranked one of the Top 100 festivals in America, this September weekend of fun in Virginia Beach attracts more than 500,000 people annually. Along the 30 blocks of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, you’ll find local arts and crafts, live music, a regatta, a sand sculpture contest, fun runs, fireworks, volleyball contests and more. Line up early for the Festival Grand Parade between 16th and 32nd streets.

Suffolk Peanut Festival

Suffolk Executive Airport
1410 Airport Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-539-6751
www.suffolkpeanutfest.com

This family-friendly festival in October is something to go nuts over. Featuring free concerts, arts and crafts, a motorcycle rally, fireworks, bingo, amusement rides, exhibits and more, the four-day celebration of all things peanut is a guaranteed goober time.

in Hampton Roads

There are plenty of entertaining activities in Hampton Roads -- music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a ride back in time on the Hampton Carousel, or usesome pedal power to bike along the historic Colonial Parkway. Treat the kids to interactive education at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, or marvel at treasures of marine history during the Norfolk Harborfest. Plus, there's nothing quite like a sunset walk through the arts and scenery of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Annual Events

Residents throughout Hampton Roads enjoy many different annual events, festivals and community gatherings.

Norfolk Harborfest

Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

https://festevents.org 

Every June, Norfolk celebrates its nautical history in a three-day extravaganza by displaying tall ships from all around the world, along with maritime events; children’s activities; local, regional and national entertainment; delicious food; and one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast. Tour the science exhibits of the Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin museum and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum — all full of educational activities for kids and adults alike. Don’t miss the Parade of Sails, lasting more than two hours.

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

265 Kings Grant Road, No. 102

Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-498-0215

www.neptunefestival.com 

Ranked one of the Top 100 festivals in America, this September weekend of fun in Virginia Beach attracts more than 500,000 people annually. Along the 30 blocks of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, you’ll find local arts and crafts, live music, a regatta, a sand sculpture contest, fun runs, fireworks, volleyball contests and more. Line up early for the Festival Grand Parade between 16th and 32nd streets.

Suffolk Peanut Festival

Suffolk Executive Airport

1410 Airport Road

Suffolk, VA 23434 757-539-6751

www.suffolkpeanutfest.com 

This family-friendly festival in October is something to go nuts over. Featuring free concerts, arts and crafts, a motorcycle rally, fireworks, bingo, amusement rides, exhibits and more, the four-day celebration of all things peanut is a guaranteed goober time.

Arts

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Hampton Roads residents benefit from a wealth of artistic endeavors, from stage plays to opera to ballet and more.

The American Theatre

125 E. Mellen St.
Hampton, VA 23663
757-722-2787
www.hamptonarts.net/the-american-theatre

Built in 1908, this restored vaudeville house is now a thriving performing arts center with year-round live performances including dance, jazz and world music, cabaret shows, symphony and theater, as well as therapeutic yoga classes and more. Call or visit the website for a calendar of performances and ticket information.

The Charles H. Taylor Art Center

4205 Victoria Blvd.
Hampton, VA 23669
757-727-1490
www.hamptonarts.net/the-charles-h-taylor-arts-center

This neoclassical building, constructed in 1925 and renovated in 1989 as a visual arts center, hosts nearly a dozen art exhibitions each year, highlighting established and emerging regional artists in a variety of media, subjects and styles. Admission is free. Call or check the website for a calendar of events.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/articles/boardwalk.aspx

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is far more than just a strip of restaurants and hotels. Here you can visit museums, enjoy monuments and nautical sculptures (meet King Neptune), pedal along the separate bike path and catch live performance art such as juggling, magic and music along the 3-mile stretch. And then there’s all that beach.

Arts

Hampton Roads residents benefit from a wealth of artistic endeavors, from stage plays to opera to ballet and more.

The American Theatre

125 E. Mellen St.

Hampton, VA 23663 757-722-2787

www.hamptonarts.net/the-american-theatre 

Built in 1908, this restored vaudeville house is now a thriving performing arts center with year-round live performances including dance, jazz and world music, cabaret shows, symphony and theater, as well as therapeutic yoga classes and more. Call or visit the website for a calendar of performances and ticket information.

The Charles H. Taylor Art Center

4205 Victoria Blvd.

Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-1490

www.hamptonarts.net/the-charles-h-taylor-arts-center 

This neoclassical building, constructed in 1925 and renovated in 1989 as a visual arts center, hosts nearly a dozen art exhibitions each year, highlighting established and emerging regional artists in a variety of media, subjects and styles. Admission is free. Call or check the website for a calendar of events.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/articles/boardwalk.aspx 

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is far more than just a strip of restaurants and hotels. Here you can visit museums, enjoy monuments and nautical sculptures (meet King Neptune), pedal along the separate bike path and catch live performance art such as juggling, magic and music along the 3-mile stretch. And then there’s all that beach.

Museums

Langley AFB Living Museums

 

Increase your pleasure in the area’s cultural and historic contributions through the local museums.

Colonial Williamsburg

101 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
888-965-7254
www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

Feel as if you’ve stepped into another day and age at this combination historical landmark and living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is, “The future may learn from the past.” The 301-acre historic area is an interpretation of a Colonial American city, with exhibits including dozens of authentic or re-created colonial houses, many relating to American Revolutionary War history. The site has buildings dating from 1699 to 1780, a number of them reconstructed on their original sites during the 1930s. Notable structures include the Capitol and the Governor’s Palace, each re-created and landscaped to what is known of their late 18th-century condition, as well as Bruton Parish Church and the Raleigh Tavern. Call or visit the website for information on tickets, bus tours and a full calendar of special events.

Hampton History Museum

120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
757-727-1610
www.hampton.gov/history_museum

There’s no better way to learn how Hampton became America’s Gateway — from early Native American culture to human exploration of space — than at this remarkable trip through time. Nine galleries detail the journeys of explorers, pirates and workers along Chesapeake Bay, including events of the War of 1812, the Civil War and other historic changes. Call the museum or visit the website for admission information and special presentations.

Museums

Increase your pleasure in the area’s cultural and historic contributions through the local museums.

Colonial Williamsburg

101 Visitor Center Drive

Williamsburg, VA 23185 888-965-7254

www.colonialwilliamsburg.com 

Feel as if you’ve stepped into another day and age at this combination historical landmark and living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is, “The future may learn from the past.” The 301-acre historic area is an interpretation of a Colonial American city, with exhibits including dozens of authentic or re-created colonial houses, many relating to American Revolutionary War history. The site has buildings dating from 1699 to 1780, a number of them reconstructed on their original sites during the 1930s. Notable structures include the Capitol and the Governor’s Palace, each re-created and landscaped to what is known of their late 18th-century condition, as well as Bruton Parish Church and the Raleigh Tavern. Call or visit the website for information on tickets, bus tours and a full calendar of special events.

Hampton History Museum

120 Old Hampton Lane

Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-1610

www.hampton.gov/history_museum 

There’s no better way to learn how Hampton became America’s Gateway — from early Native American culture to human exploration of space — than at this remarkable trip through time. Nine galleries detail the journeys of explorers, pirates and workers along Chesapeake Bay, including events of the War of 1812, the Civil War and other historic changes. Call the museum or visit the website for admission information and special presentations.

Parks

Langley AFB Living Parks

 

The Hampton Roads area is uniquely suited to beautiful flowers and foliage, not to mention expansive green spaces for recreation and contemplation. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum

55 and 57 N. Mary Peake Blvd.
Hampton, VA 23666
757-722-2345
www.aberdeengardens.org

Celebrate the history, heritage and future of the Aberdeen Gardens housing development.

This 440-acre community was built for and by African Americans in 1934 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program. The site was added to the Virginia Landmark Register as well as the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. For tours, call for an appointment. Admission is free.

Air Power Park

413 W. Mercury Blvd.
Hampton, VA 23666
757-727-8311
www.visithampton.com/play/listing/air-power-park

This outdoor 15-acre roadside park museum details the vital role Hampton played in America’s early space exploration and aircraft testing. Conduct your own self-guided tour amid jet planes, missiles and rockets, then let the kids romp in the playground area. Admission and parking are free.

Bluebird Gap Farm

60 Pine Chapel Road
Hampton, VA 23666
757-825-4750
www.hampton.gov/bbgf

Come for a taste of traditional farm life at this site featuring domesticated and wild animals on more than 60 acres, the Azalea nature trail, and the Hampton Master Gardeners’ Display Garden and Arboretum. A children’s playground, picnic tables, grills, garden, walking trail and more add to the free family-friendly atmosphere.

Buckroe Beach and Park

North First St.
Hampton, VA 23664
757-850-5134
www.hampton.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Buckroe-Beach-and-Park-46

Relax on the wide, clean beach lapped by the gentle surf of Chesapeake Bay, and make it a day by bringing a picnic to one of the many shelters. More active beachgoers can enjoy the area’s playgrounds, the nearby Buckroe Fishing Pier and the option to rent kayaks and paddleboats. Pets are not allowed May 15 through Sept. 15. Park Rangers are on-site year-round.

Fort Monroe

Casemate Museum, 20 Bernard Road
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
757-788-3391
www.nps.gov/fomr/planyourvisit/hours.htm

Fort Monroe, recently designated as a National Monument, is the largest stone fort ever built in the U.S. Within this historic fort’s walls, the Casemate Museum chronicles the history of the fort and the Coast Artillery Corps. During the Civil War, Fort Monroe was a Union-held bastion and helped shelter thousands of slave refugees. Visit the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned. Free admission.

Fort Wool

Hampton Roads Harbor
Hampton, VA 23611
800-800-2202
www.visithampton.com/play/listing/fort-wool

Imagine the history this island fortress has seen. Dating to 1819, construction of the fort was directed by Robert E. Lee, and the site played an important role in the Civil War and both World Wars. Most notably, the fort was witness to the historic battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (also known as the CSS Merrimack). Though this attraction is not accessible by car, it can be reached by local boat tours. Private boats are welcome to dock 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from May through September.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518
757-441-5830
http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

This botanical wonder stretches across 175 acres and spotlights 52 themed gardens full of stunning plants. A Virginia Historical Landmark, the garden has a rose garden, Japanese garden, butterfly house, wildflower meadow, mirror lake, picnic shelter and much more. Known not only for its natural beauty, the garden also features a boat ride through canals, educational programs, bicycle tours, a honey bee festival and special fun runs through trees sparkling with festive lights at night. Visit the website for hours, ticket information, special event schedules and tips on what flowers are in bloom.

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

1255 Big Bethel Road
Hampton, VA 23666
757-825-4657
www.hampton.gov/index.aspx?NID=142

Outdoor beauty and recreational adventures abound across the complex’s 456 acres, with two lakes, wetlands, hiking and biking trails, fishing, nonmotorized boating, picnic areas, a playground, campground, yurts and a nature center. Call for special nature programs or tours.

Parks

The Hampton Roads area is uniquely suited to beautiful flowers and foliage, not to mention expansive green spaces for recreation and contemplation. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum

55 and 57 N. Mary Peake Blvd.

Hampton, VA 23666 757-722-2345

www.aberdeengardens.org 

Celebrate the history, heritage and future of the Aberdeen Gardens housing development. This 440-acre community was built for and by African Americans in 1934 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program. The site was added to the Virginia Landmark Register as well as the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. For tours, call for an appointment. Admission is free.

Air Power Park

413 W. Mercury Blvd.

Hampton, VA 23666 757-727-8311

www.visithampton.com/play/listing/air-power-park 

This outdoor 15-acre roadside park museum details the vital role Hampton played in America’s early space exploration and aircraft testing. Conduct your own self-guided tour amid jet planes, missiles and rockets, then let the kids romp in the playground area. Admission and parking are free.

Bluebird Gap Farm

60 Pine Chapel Road

Hampton, VA 23666 757-825-4750

www.hampton.gov/bbgf 

Come for a taste of traditional farm life at this site featuring domesticated and wild animals on more than 60 acres, the Azalea nature trail, and the Hampton Master Gardeners’ Display Garden and Arboretum. A children’s playground, picnic tables, grills, garden, walking trail and more add to the free family-friendly atmosphere.

Buckroe Beach and Park

North First St.

Hampton, VA 23664 757-850-5134

https://tinyurl.com/y8pukftc 

Relax on the wide, clean beach lapped by the gentle surf of Chesapeake Bay, and make it a day by bringing a picnic to one of the many shelters. More active beachgoers can enjoy the area’s playgrounds, the nearby Buckroe Fishing Pier and the option to rent kayaks and paddleboats. Pets are not allowed May 15 through Sept. 15. Park Rangers are on-site year-round.

Fort Monroe

Casemate Museum, 20 Bernard Road

Fort Monroe, VA 23651 757-788-3391

www.nps.gov/fomr 

Fort Monroe, recently designated as a National Monument, is the largest stone fort ever built in the U.S. Within this historic fort’s walls, the Casemate Museum chronicles the history of the fort and the Coast Artillery Corps. During the Civil War, Fort Monroe was a Union-held bastion and helped shelter thousands of slave refugees. Visit the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned. Free admission.

Fort Wool

Hampton Roads Harbor

Hampton, VA 23611 800-800-2202

www.visithampton.com/play/listing/fort-wool 

Imagine the history this island fortress has seen. Dating to 1819, construction of the fort was directed by Robert E. Lee, and the site played an important role in the Civil War and both World Wars. Most notably, the fort was witness to the historic battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (also known as the CSS Merrimack). Though this attraction is not accessible by car, it can be reached by local boat tours. Private boats are welcome to dock 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from May through September.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

6700 Azalea Garden Road

Norfolk, VA 23518 757-441-5830

http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org 

This botanical wonder stretches across 175 acres and spotlights 52 themed gardens full of stunning plants. A Virginia Historical Landmark, the garden has a rose garden, Japanese garden, butterfly house, wildflower meadow, mirror lake, picnic shelter and much more. Known not only for its natural beauty, the garden also features a boat ride through canals, educational programs, bicycle tours, a honey bee festival and special fun runs through trees sparkling with festive lights at night. Visit the website for hours, ticket information, special event schedules and tips on what flowers are in bloom.

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

1255 Big Bethel Road

Hampton, VA 23666 757-825-4657

https://tinyurl.com/y7wxtjlv 

Outdoor beauty and recreational adventures abound across the complex’s 456 acres, with two lakes, wetlands, hiking and biking trails, fishing, nonmotorized boating, picnic areas, a playground, campground, yurts and a nature center. Call for special nature programs or tours.

Shopping

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From art galleries to unique boutiques, outlet malls to major department stores, there’s something in Hampton Roads for every taste and budget.

Peninsula Town Center

1800 W. Mercury Blvd.
Hampton, VA 23666
757-838-1505
www.peninsulatowncenter.com

This 75-acre lifestyle center features fashion and specialty retail, restaurants and dining, a movie theater and a bowling alley, and anchor retailers such as Target, Macy’s and JC Penney. This sleek shopping landmark also shares space with parks, Bryant & Stratton College and residential and office space.

Planters Peanut Center

308 W. Washington St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-539-4411
www.suffolkpeanuts.com

Step back in time and enjoy the aroma of peanuts roasted in the shell daily by a 1936-model roaster. The retail store offers a wide variety of Planters Peanuts, candies and other snack products. Gift packs and shipping, and complimentary peanut recipes upon request.

Shopping

From art galleries to unique boutiques, outlet malls to major department stores, there’s something in Hampton Roads for every taste and budget.

Peninsula Town Center

1800 W. Mercury Blvd.

Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-1505

www.peninsulatowncenter.com 

This 75-acre lifestyle center features fashion and specialty retail, restaurants and dining, a movie theater and a bowling alley, and retailers such as Target, H&M, Sephora and JC Penney. This sleek shopping landmark also shares space with parks, Bryant & Stratton College and residential and office space.

Planters Peanut Center

308 W. Washington St.

Suffolk, VA 23434 757-539-4411

www.suffolkpeanuts.com 

Step back in time and enjoy the aroma of peanuts roasted in the shell daily by a 1936-model roaster. The retail store offers a wide variety of Planters Peanuts, candies and other snack products. Gift packs and shipping, and complimentary peanut recipes upon request.

Sports and Recreation

Langley AFB Living Sports and Recreation

 

Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Hampton Roads offers numerous recreational opportunities.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

1 Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
800-343-7946
www.seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-williamsburg

Enjoy this action-packed European adventure theme park with 17th-century charm and 21st century technology. The cultures of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy serve as settings for Busch Gardens’ 150 acres of fun-filled world exploration, including culinary experiences, world-class shopping and exciting live shows. The park is also home to more than 50 rides and attractions, including KIDsiderate areas especially for the park’s youngest guests, and has been voted the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park every year since 1990 by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Call or visit the website for park hours and ticket prices.

Colonial Parkway

P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690
757-898-3400
www.nps.gov/colo/planyourvisit/bicyclinginformation.htm

There is no better way to really get to know a new area than from behind the handlebars of a bicycle. The Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile scenic three-lane highway, connects the Historic Triangle of Yorktown Battlefield, Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne. Follow along the James River, pausing periodically for points of historical significance and scenic views. Though the ride is beautiful, it’s also somewhat bumpy, thanks to cobble aggregate pavement meant to simulate an early colonial roadway. Be sure to obey all traffic laws along the route, as they apply to cyclists as well as the vehicle traffic.

The Hampton Carousel

602 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669
757-727-1610
www.visithampton.com/play/listing/hampton-carousel

Take a ride back in time on this antique wooden carousel built in 1920. The carousel has been lovingly restored to its original beauty and is now housed in a weather-protected pavilion on the city’s downtown waterfront. Best of all? Rides are just $1. Call for the operating schedule.

Langley Speedway

11 Dale Lemonds Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
757-865-7223
www.langley-speedway.com

This speedway, the only NASCAR-sanctioned Weekly Racing Series track in Hampton Roads, has been voted one of the top five NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks. Enjoy Late Models, Grand Stocks, Modifieds, Legends, Super Trucks, UCARS, Bandoleros, Super Streets, Pro Wing Champ Karts and Pro Six racing. Call or visit the track website for special events and ticket prices.

Peninsula Pilots

War Memorial Stadium
1889 W. Pembroke Ave.
Hampton, VA 23661
757-245-2222
www.peninsulapilots.com

Root, root, root for the Peninsula Pilots, which showcases top collegiate baseball talent as they compete with 11 other teams in the Coastal Plain League from the end of May through the middle of August, a schedule that includes 28 home games. The family-friendly atmosphere is an affordable and fun time for all. Call or visit the website for ticket prices and more information.

Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside 3D IMAX Theater

600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669
757-727-0900
Toll free 800-296-0800
www.vasc.org

The sky is no limit to your imagination and learning at this world-class facility, which features the Adventures in Flight and Space Quest galleries and more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits telling the story of air and space exploration. Special attractions include the Apollo 12 Command Module, a Mars meteorite and a 3 billion-year-old moon rock. The 3D IMAX Theater will boggle the mind — in a good way — with its five-story screen and 16,000 watts of digital sound. For theater showings and more information, including admission, call or visit the website.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-385-3474
www.virginiaaquarium.com

Take an underwater journey, learning about habitats and animals from local rivers to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean at this museum complex that uses 800,000 gallons of water in its fresh and saltwater displays. Two major exhibits — the Bay and Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion — are connected by an outdoor nature trail running alongside Owls Creek Salt Marsh, along with overhead zip lines and challenge climbing bridges. From cownose rays to loggerhead turtles to sand tiger sharks, an amazing variety of sea creatures will delight the mind and eyes.

Water Country USA

176 Water Country Parkway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
800-343-7946
www.watercountryusa.com/wc

Escape the summer heat when you dip into Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park. With its 1950s and ’60s surf theme, resort-style amenities and state-of-the-art water rides and attractions, there’s no shortage of ways to splash through the days. Get your cool on and your adrenaline pumping with a 300-foot speed slide that drops straight down. Call or visit the website for specific hours and ticket prices.

Sports and Recreation

Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Hampton Roads offers numerous recreational opportunities.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

1 Busch Gardens Blvd.

Williamsburg, VA 23185 800-343-7946

www.seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-williamsburg 

Enjoy this action-packed European adventure theme park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology. The cultures of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy serve as settings for Busch Gardens’ 150 acres of fun-filled world exploration, including culinary experiences, world-class shopping and exciting live shows. The park is also home to more than 50 rides and attractions, including KIDsiderate areas especially for the park’s youngest guests, and has been voted the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park every year since 1990 by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Call or visit the website for park hours and ticket prices.

Colonial Parkway

P.O. Box 210

Yorktown, VA 23690 757-898-3400

www.nps.gov/colo/planyourvisit/bicyclinginformation.htm 

There is no better way to really get to know a new area than from behind the handlebars of a bicycle. The Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile scenic three-lane highway, connects the Historic Triangle of Yorktown Battlefield, Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne. Follow along the James River, pausing periodically for points of historical significance and scenic views. Though the ride is beautiful, it’s also somewhat bumpy, thanks to cobble aggregate pavement meant to simulate an early colonial roadway. Be sure to obey all traffic laws along the route, as they apply to cyclists as well as the vehicle traffic.

The Hampton Carousel

602 Settlers Landing Road

Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-1610

www.visithampton.com/play/listing/hampton-carousel 

Take a ride back in time on this antique wooden carousel built in 1920. The carousel has been lovingly restored to its original beauty and is now housed in a weather-protected pavilion on the city’s downtown waterfront. Best of all? Rides are just $1. Call for the operating schedule.

Langley Speedway

11 Dale Lemonds Drive

Hampton, VA 23666 757-865-7223

www.langley-speedway.com 

This speedway, the only NASCAR-sanctioned Weekly Racing Series track in Hampton Roads, has been voted one of the top five NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks. Enjoy Late Models, Grand Stocks, Modifieds, Legends, Super Trucks, UCARS, Bandoleros, Super Streets, Pro Wing Champ Karts and Pro Six racing. Call or visit the track website for special events and ticket prices.

Peninsula Pilots

War Memorial Stadium

1889 W. Pembroke Ave.

Hampton, VA 23661 757-245-2222

www.peninsulapilots.com 

Root, root, root for the Peninsula Pilots, which showcases top collegiate baseball talent as they compete with 15 other teams in the Coastal Plain League from the end of May through the middle of August, a schedule that includes 28 home games. The family-friendly atmosphere is an affordable and fun time for all. Call or visit the website for ticket prices and more information.

Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside 3D IMAX Theater

600 Settlers Landing Road

Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-0900

Toll free 800-296-0800

www.vasc.org 

The sky is no limit to your imagination and learning at this world-class facility, which features the Adventures in Flight and Space Quest galleries and more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits telling the story of air and space exploration. Special attractions include the Apollo 12 Command Module, a Mars meteorite and a 3 billion-year-old moon rock. The 3D IMAX Theater will boggle the mind — in a good way — with its five-story screen and 16,000 watts of digital sound. For theater showings and more information, including admission, call or visit the website.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Blvd.

Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-385-3474

www.virginiaaquarium.com 

Take an underwater journey, learning about habitats and animals from local rivers to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean at this museum complex that uses 800,000 gallons of water in its fresh and saltwater displays. Two major exhibits — the Bay and Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion — are connected by an outdoor nature trail running alongside Owls Creek Salt Marsh, along with overhead zip lines and challenge climbing bridges. From cownose rays to loggerhead turtles to sand tiger sharks, an amazing variety of sea creatures will delight the mind and eyes.

Water Country USA

176 Water Country Parkway

Williamsburg, VA 23185 800-343-7946

https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/water-country-usa 

Escape the summer heat when you dip into Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park. With its 1950s and ’60s surf theme, resort-style amenities and state-of-the-art water rides and attractions, there’s no shortage of ways to splash through the days. Get your cool on and your adrenaline pumping with a 300-foot speed slide that drops straight down. Call or visit the website for specific hours and ticket prices.

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