Family Fun Destinations in Hampton Roads, Virginia

Family Fun Destinations In Hampton Roads, Virginia

Hampton Roads is home to military members from all branches. It is a great hometown, and a vacation destination for folks from all over the United States. Whether you are here now, or have PCs orders and will be moving here, we want to recommend some outstanding things to do with your family here. This region is a fantastic blend of history, entertainment, and natural beauty. We are the birthplace of English settlement in the Americas, and have miles of shoreline and beaches to play on. Our list contains things to do with your kids that we think they will really love.


Colonial Williamsburg

This is a live-action recreation of one of our nation’s original settlements. You can tour 18th-century shops, gardens, homes, and municipal buildings. The restaurants here serve 18th-century tavern fare with a modern twist. There is always something to do and see here. Check out their calendar of events. If you have already been to the historic area, you can visit the art museums on the grounds, stroll the grounds of William & Mary, or have a picnic on one of the many green spaces throughout the historic district. 

Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA

This can be several trips, or an all out weekend of fun! You really can’t PCS to Hampton Roads without a family trip to Busch Gardens! This amusement park really has something for everyone - great roller coasters, international themed villages and foods, a great kids play area, and beautiful grounds. It is a family favorite here. The park is open all summer, and has special events for Halloween and Christmas. There are military discounts and complimentary admissions for active-duty personnel available too!

You can keep cool and have a great day at Water Country USA, also located in Williamsburg. Small kids can safely enjoy the shallow and heated splash parks and pint-sized water slides. There are a dozen water slides, thrill rides, and a lazy river for those who like to float. You can reserve a cabana and have a central meeting spot to enjoy lunch and take a breath from the sun.   

The Virginia Beach Oceanfront & Boardwalk

A perennial favorite! The boardwalk features traditional summer fun and fare. You can rent bicycles to navigate the 3-mile length of the paved boardwalk. Enjoy traditional beach favorites like salt water taffy and egg custard. On summer evenings, the boardwalk area features entertainment. If you are stationed near this area, you may enjoy visiting the boardwalk during the off-season for a less crowded experience. Grommet Island Park anchors the southern end of the boardwalk and has a beach and playground combination with raised sand tables and a hand-operated scoop that kids love! Dogs are allowed on Virginia Beach from after Labor Day to before Memorial Day weekend. 

Virginia Zoological Park

The zoo is located within Lafayette Park in Norfolk. Kids love seeing the giraffes and farm animals with interactive options for getting up close and personal. There is a kid-sized train that runs through the zoo and provides a rest and view of the zoo grounds. On warm summer days, the kids will enjoy the splash garden (pack extra clothes!). Many parents purchase the affordable annual pass and visit often. 

Children’s Museum of Virginia

This is a great hands-on, poke and prod type of space that kids love. The exhibits are colorful, entertaining, and focused on topics that kids adore. They have an entire room devoted to trains, a music room where they can play with instruments made from household objects, a planetarium, and a grocery store. 

Virginia Air & Space Science Center | NASA Langley Visitor Center

Right in NASA’s backyard is this Hampton, Virginia museum featuring interactive displays, space artifacts, static air and space craft, and cutting edge exhibits. The museum also has an IMAX theater.

Virginia Living Museum

This museum in Newport News has more than 250 species of animals found in Virginia. This includes birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles. It also serves as an animal sanctuary for orphaned, injured, and non-releasable animals. Both inside and outside displays are featured. The museum has a planetarium too! 


Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

These two museums are located along the Colonial Parkway and within the Historic Triangle of Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg. You will discover everything that there is to know about the first permanent English settlement in North America. Immersive gallery exhibits vividly tell the story of the Jamestown settlers in 1607, as well as Native Americans that they encountered. Outdoors the kids will be enthralled by living history reenactments. 

What a list! Your kids will certainly enjoy living in Hampton Roads, but this is just the beginning of all the fun things to see and do here. But first, you will have to get here. Contact one of our Military Relocation Specialists to get started on finding a great place to live, right here in Hampton Roads, Virginia! We can’t wait to meet you.

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