The Fort Monroe area in Hampton, VA is one of the largest forts ever built in the city. It is surrounded by a moat and is shaped like a star. The fort was built to protect the Hampton entrance waterway. Jefferson Davis, the Confederate President during the civil war, was imprisoned at the fort. It also includes a casement museum and has beautiful picturesque views of the Chesapeake.
Smack dab in almost the center of Fort Monroe near the edge of the water, you will find he Chanberlin Hotel. This hotel is closed now and there is talk of making it a senior center. After hurricane Isabel in 2003, the cost to refurbish the damage was estimated at $50 million. They are working on the ground floor converting it into a lobby and some office space for businesses. The neat thing about the Chamberlin is people that have stayed at the hotel say that it is haunted. It is the ghost of a young girl, the story goes, and her father went fishing one day and never came back. She is said to be still waiting for him.
There are also two public beaches in Hampton, VA. These are Buckroe and Grandview Beaches. Buckroe was once a boardwalk park and has a great fishing pier. Grandview has a nature trail and allows fishing at night on its pier.
The Cousteau Society has created a new home in Hampton, VA. The Society is located down along the waterfront and features amazing displays of photography.
The Virginia Space and Air Center has plenty of exhibits and displays to tell you about space exploration and the start of the aviation era. It also has several IMAX movies you can watch. Best of all, next door to the Space Center is a 1920's carousel that has been restored and costs only fifty cents to ride.
Another interesting site to check out are the two Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnels. These tunnels are over 7400 feet long and reach down to 108 feet below sea level. These tunnels were built so that the high volume of ships coming through the harbor could stay in the deep channel that the tunnels are built under. The bridge was opened in 1957 and connects the city of Norfolk to the city of Hampton. Its tunnels were built using the sunken tube method and all prefabricated tunnel elements were shipyard built.
There are several towns in Hampton that are starting to build their town back up. Hampton Virginia real estate is worth more now than it was ten years ago because of the revitalization of the cities of Phoebus and Newport News. As of May 15, 2007, one web article reported that a one bedroom condominium would sell for $80,000, a two bedroom for $216,000, a three bedroom for $276,000, and a four bedroom for $353,000. There are now condo's being built close to the Chesapeake Bay starting at $300,000. Plus everywhere you look, you will find a nice mix of older homes, shopping, and restaurants.
For entertainment, you could hang out at Mill Point Park also located near the waterfront. They have live rock and jazz music.
There are sometimes block parties on the east end of Queen's Way. They feature various street entertainers, games, and live dance music for you to enjoy as you walk along.