Whereas Fort Monroe, the largest stone fort in the United States, is steeped in history, its Casemate Museum offers some particularly interesting insights. Enter free of charge and wander past eerie cells that held famous inmates, and learn more at the exhibits. Afterward, head to the nearby beach for fabulous views of Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads.
A thrilling place to visit is Hampton's Air Power Park, where visitors can learn about Hampton's role in early space exploration. The museum space houses launch vehicles and vintage aircraft, spacecraft, and nautical vessels. There's also a kids' park with a time capsule.
The nearby town of Newport News is brimming with things to do. Music lovers can get their groove on at any of the Broadway shows and musicals held throughout the year. History lovers will go crazy for the Civil War re-enactments, and foodies can relish the delicious offerings at cuisine and wine festivals – all guaranteed to make you want to return for more.