Centered in coastal Virginia and located a short drive from Williamsburg, Hampton offers students an experience that spans from the Sea to the Stars. At 400 years and counting, Hampton is rich in history and the city showcases its heritage through its multifaceted attractions and tour sites.
The Virginia Air and Space Center, visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base offer an array of educational programming for grades Pre-K through 12 designed to meet Virginia’s Standards of Learning guidelines and national Science Educational Standards. With an aim to stimulate students’ interest in STEM careers, the center’s informal science education approach promotes learning through doing, allowing students to find solutions to scientific problems.
A docent-led tour of the world-class facility features more than 100 hands-on exhibits, a technologically advanced digital 3D IMAX Theater, flight simulators, air and space artifacts and suspended aircraft. The Educator Resource Center (ERC) on site provides free instructional information, materials from wall posters to reference books, consultation, training workshops on NASA educational products, programs and services.
Working daily to partner with educators to help students reach their academic goals, the Hampton History Museum programs illustrate the past’s influence on the world today. Teacher workshops designed to increase educators’ knowledge of history and improve teaching skills return educators to the classroom with new ideas, greater confidence and resources to make history engaging.
The museum’s Legacy Project Tool Kit contains all the information a class needs to get started on a legacy project. In addition to cultivating students’ research and presentation skills, the program will help preserve historic and natural resources, share history with a wider audience and serve the nation by creating a lasting legacy.
Completed in 1834, Fort Monroe was designed to protect the Hampton Roads waterways and is the largest stone fort in America. The fort’s formidable stone walls are surrounded by a moat and three sally ports admit vehicular and foot traffic. Casemate Museum, located within the fort’s walls, chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe.
You can cast off for a three-hour nautical adventure aboard the Miss Hampton II, featuring the scenic Hampton Roads harbor, island garrison Fort Wool, Fort Monroe, the Battle of the Ironclads, and in-depth review of the mighty warships at the Norfolk Naval Base. Teen Party Cruises are two-hour excursions featuring scenic views of the harbor, a DJ playing favorite tunes, pizza, and unlimited soda bar. This tour’s always a hit!
Hampton is home to Hampton University, whose historic campus contains national historic landmarks, including Emancipation Oak where Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was read to the residents of Hampton during the Civil War. The Hampton University Museum has a collection of more than 9,000 objects and works of art from cultures around the world and is the largest museum of its kind in the southeastern U.S.