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Dates & times subject to change. All tours will meet at, depart from and return to the HRCC.

Water Walk @ Central Park *SOLD OUT*

Experience Hampton’s new linear park located in the heart of the City’s business district, Coliseum Central. Participants will walk the park’s 2.2 mile shared-use path along Newmarket Creek that connects neighborhoods, hotels, shopping, and visitor destinations, including the iconic Hampton Coliseum and Convention Center. Experience both the urban and the natural as the trail winds past businesses, residences, open greens, a tidal creek and wetlands, as well as three lakes. The park is an implementation project from the City’s Coliseum Central Strategic Area Master Plan. While taking in scenic views and exploring wildlife, learn about how the City overcame various challenges to make this park a reality, requiring multiple departments, consultants, and contractors to work together as well as partnering with the Coliseum Central Business Improvement District.  

Date & Time: Sunday, July 21, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost:  $20

Fort Monroe *SOLD OUT*

Journey to historic Fort Monroe – the site of the recognized Casemate Museum, which hosted many historical figures through its lifetime, including Jefferson Davis as a prisoner of war. This historical guided tour will take you through the Casemate Fort and Museum as well as the exterior of the Fort’s grounds. Alongside the historical nature, Fort Monroe boasts many outdoor activities such as parks and beaches which remain open from dawn to dusk. Walking amongst the grounds of the park, you will be able to witness many of the historic preservation, conservation and green open space put forth by the strenuous efforts of collaborating agencies.

Date & Time: Sunday, July 21, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: $20

All Aboard the Baywatcher (CANCELLED)

Please contact us at admin@apavirginia.com for a refund or to transfer your ticket to another mobile tour. 

Miss Hampton II Boat Tour

A unique nautical cruise across the Hampton harbor and into view of the Chesapeake Bay. Departing from the downtown Hampton waterfront, the tour proceeds to the Hampton River, passing the Historic Hampton University and the notorious Blackbeard’s Point and continuing into the Hampton Roads Harbor, the same route as Captain John Smith and the First Settlers. The tour continues pass Old Point Comfort Lighthouse and the historic Fort Monroe, making a stop at Fort Wool, where you will be guided around the Civil War island. Then it is on to the Norfolk Naval Base to get a close up view of the massive warships and submarines before returning to downtown via the original site of the Battle of the Ironclads.

Date & Time: Sunday, July 21, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. with possible additional dates on Monday or Tuesday due to demand or rain date

Cost: $30

Aberdeen Gardens

Venture to Aberdeen Gardens, a neighborhood recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as the only remaining community that was designed and built by African Americans for African Americans. Aberdeen Gardens is one of the 29 New Deal Settlement Communities and the second neighborhood in the nation financed through President Franklin D. Roosevelt Subsistence Homestead Project as a model plan for housing in 1934-1937.

Participants will explore the historic neighborhood and visit the museum which is one of the homes from the plan. The home features furnishings and décor from that era. Oral histories of the neighborhood experiences will be given by the Presidents of the Aberdeen Gardens Historic & Civic Association and The Historical Foundation of Aberdeen Gardens, Inc., followed by a visit to the historic cemetery of the Tucker Family, which claims a blood line that can be traced to the first recorded birth of an African child in English-speaking North America. Participants will hear the story of the Tucker family by the President of the William Tucker 1624 Society.

Date & Time: Monday, July 22, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Cost: $20

Hampton's Working Waterfront

Tour Hampton’s oldest continuous working waterfront business, L.D. Amory & Co. Founded in 1917, Amory’s primarily operates in the fish & seafood merchant wholesalers industry. Participants will experience the day to day operations of the business and the challenges of remaining relevant in the 21st century. The Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located across the street, will also be present to speak to their work with seafood safety, seafood quality of wild caught and cultured animals and products, business and marketing support for the commercial and aquaculture industries, engineering, thermal processing, intensive saltwater recirculating aquaculture, and education/ outreach for industry and consumers.

Date & Time: Monday, July 22, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Cost: $20

James River Association Canoe Trip

Take a canoe trip with the James River Association to see the Newmarket Creek and the heart of Hampton’s resilience work. Hear about the Resilient Hampton initiative, pilot projects and information about the creek and its inhabitants from City staff and the James River Association. 

Date & Time: Monday, July 22, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Cost: $20

Olde Hampton Housing

The City of Hampton provides several housing strategies to improve housing stock and aesthetics, increase home equity, and build neighborhood pride. Learn how City departments have partnered with the Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, home builders and other non-profit organizations to reinvest in one of Hampton’s oldest neighborhoods. Olde Hampton Neighborhood is located adjacent to downtown Hampton and has a rich history.

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 23, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. *UPDATED TIME*

Cost: $20

Paint Out Pollution

Head to Buckroe Beach and join the James River Association and community volunteers for an interactive educational art project. Participants will add artwork to storm drains that identifies local flora and fauna and reminds beach-goers to protect the watershed by only allowing 'rain down the drain.'

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 23, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Hampton Oysters and Other Treasures (HOOT) Eco-Tour

Oysters and trees are some of the most efficient natural filters. Restoring, preserving and celebrating them can make our watershed and Bay a healthier and happier place for us all. This tour will address how history and the environment intersect; highlighting a few of Hampton’s historic and cultural heritage treasures: Historic Herbert House, Blackbeard’s Point and Hampton History Museum.

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 23, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $20