Moving here a few years back I would have never thought of all the fun and exciting things there are to do in and around Hampton Roads. Living on the Peninsula has taught me there is more than enough to see, eat and shop while not having to travel over to the Southside to do it. But, hey that is the benefit of living in this area, you can enjoy just about everything on either side of the water. So if you are local, this guide is just icing on the cake, or if you just came here to visit or just moved here, these are the following places I would start to visit.
Best Attractions- You have come to the right place to have fun in this historic tourist area. We have two major amusement parks Busch Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg. Season permitting of course, can you have the ability to enjoy thrill rides, musical entertainment and all year seasonal fun. Depending on the time of year you can take advantage of many of Busch Gardens Favorites such as The Food and Wine Festival, Oktoberfest, Hollow Scream and the famous Christmas Town. Or if the thrill rides are not your thing and you want to cool off from that hot Virginia sun Water Country USA is the place to have an entirely fun experience and cool down at the same time. If you are not looking to be in the great outdoors, there are other area attractions that take place inside like Great Wolf Lodge. It's one of the best places around to get the water park feeling indoors.
Love to Learn History? If you are a history buff coming to this area will not disappoint. From learning about Colonial History all the way down to putting a man in space will this city rank high among other sectors. If you are into learning about the American Revolution, you will want to check out the areas of Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. You will learn about the many famous battles that took place here right in your backyard. They offer tours of many of the history sites such as the battlefields by Yorktown Beach, where they often conduct reenactments certain times of the year. You may even get lucky to see a filming of a famous show or two. Hampton offers just as much history if you are looking to learn more about ship buildings and space. You do not need to travel far to see many different types of museums on the Peninsula.
Shop til you drop- Shopping is lots of fun in Hampton Roads. One of our top shopping attractions is, of course, the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Newport News has Patrick Henry Mall and Marketplace at Tech Center, Hampton has shopping, dining, and attractions at Peninsula Town Center. You may even get a great deal coming at the right time at any one of these locations. Located in the heart of all the major attractions of Hampton Roads these shopping areas are is in a class by themselves for you shopping enthusiasts.
Top notice dining and drinking experiences- If you are planning a night on the town or family dinner there is so much to chose from as far as a great dining experience. Many of our ladies nights are in many of these venues such as Fin Seafood, 2nd Street American Bistro, Bar Louie, The Cozy Patio. Looking to add great drinks to your dining experience you may get to go to Williamsburg Winery or try a beer or two at The Virginia Beer Company. You might get a chance to catch one of Hampton Roads famous Food Trucks while you are there.
Take on Nature! When all else fails, stop and smell the fresh air. Hampton Roads is surrounded by Historical Parks, Beaches, and Trails. If you like hiking, fishing, boating and sunning this is the place for you. I love the beaches; you will want to go to Yorktown Beach and Buckroe in Hampton. Love to take pictures? Many of these spots located right in Hampton Roads will have you in awe ready to hang your photo right in your living room.
I’d love to hear from you if I missed anything? What places on the Peninsula would you recommend?
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
Hey everyone, my name is Bernadette and I am a Lifestyle Blogger and Influencer based in Yorktown, Virginia. I am a New York native who was recently transplanted from Long Island to Virginia a few years ago ready to explore fun things in and around the Hampton Roads. I am a lover of food, movies and having a good time! You will always find me on social media looking for the next best thing to do!