Battleship USS Wisconsin
Waterside Drive, Norfolk (at Nauticus)
Sponsored by Nauticus and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (on the
2nd floor of Nauticus). Free admission to the ship and the Naval Museum.
Waterside Drive, Norfolk (at Nauticus) (757) 627-4TUG
Tour the fully restored tug "Huntington", built in 1933 in Newport News.
Front Street, Norfolk (near downtown)
Located off Colley Ave near Sentara Norfolk Hospital - EVMS. Open weekdays only.
Carrie-B Harbor Tours
From Portside in Portsmouth, and from Waterside in Norfolk.
Offering an hour and a half cruise of the Elizabeth River and the Norfolk Naval
Shipyard and a two and a half hour cruise of Hampton Roads and the Norfolk Naval
Base. Call (757) 393-4735 for information, schedules, and rates.
American Rover Tall Ship Harbor Cruises
From Waterside in Norfolk (downtown).
Offering two and three hour cruises. Call (757) 627-SAIL (7245)
for information, schedules and rates.
415 West Church Street, Smithfield (757) 357-7700
Located on the Pagan River in Isle of Wight County, this place offers
a restaurant, hotel, and marina. The hotel features two of its 20 rooms
in a facsimile screwpile lighthouse. The main building is designed like
an oversized Coast Guard life-saving station (hence the name "Smithfield
Station"). My photo.
Fort Boykins Historic Park
7410 Fort Boykin Trail, Smithfield (757) 357-2291
Located on the James River in Isle of Wight County, this earthworks fort
dates back to 1623 and lasted until 1862.
Casemate Museum / Fort Monroe
Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, Hampton
The fortress at Fort Monroe is a National Historic Landmark.
Air Power Park
413 West Mercury Blvd, Hampton (757) 727-1163
An outdoor self-guided tour of rockets, missiles, and jet aircraft. Inside
the museum is an extensive collection of model planes, and photos of military
airbases in the area. Open daily. Free admission and parking.
Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton (757) 727-1610
Learn about the Kecoughtan Tribe, the English settlers, Blackbeard, the
Civil War, the beginnings of Hampton University and NASA Langley. Now
the new city Visitor Center.
710 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton (757) 722-6111.
U.S. headquarters for the Cousteau Society located at the former city
Visitor Center. See the artifacts from Jacques Cousteau's expeditions.
Features the Waterfront Gallery, tools and vehicles of the trade, models
of the research vessels and a gift shop. M-F 10-4; Sat 10-3. The first
floor is free.
Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruises (Harbor/Naval Base Cruise)
Adjacent to the Cousteau Society, 710 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton
(757) 727-1102, or 1-800-244-1040.
Includes a walking tour of Fort Wool. Other cruises also available, such as
the James River Cruise and the Intracoastal Waterway Cruise.
The Mariners' Museum
Museum Drive, Newport News
Located at the intersection of J. Clyde Morris Blvd (US 17) and Warwick
Blvd (US 60).
Virginia War Museum
9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News (757) 247-8523
U.S. Army Transportation Museum
Bldg. 300, Besson Hall, Fort Eustis, Newport News (757) 878-1115
"Nothing happens until something moves." Free Admission.
Reedville Fisherman's Museum
Route 360 (Main Street), Reedville, in Northumberland
County. (804) 453-6529
Visit the Walker House, a restored 1875 waterman's home, and
the Covington Building Galleries. Also tour the Main Street
Historic District of Victorian mansions (a self-guided
walking / driving tour).
Tangier Island & Chesapeake Cruises
Cruises from Reedville to Tangier Island, from Tappahannock
to Leedstown, and in Fredericksburg. The Rappahannock cruise
includes a visit to Ingleside Plantation (winery).
Smith Island (Maryland) cruise from Smith Point.
Reservations required. Call (804) 453-3430.
Ferry Farm - George Washington's Boyhood Home
Kings Highway (Route 3), just outside Fredericksburg, in Stafford
County. (540) 373-3381 ext.28
Self-guided walking tour of where, according to legend, young George
chopped down a cherry tree and threw a coin across the river. Free
admission. Authors Note: This area was also my boyhood home.
George Washington Pkwy, in Fairfax County.
George Washington's adult home located on the Potomac River.
Open daily. Admission is charged.
George Washington Pkwy, in Fairfax County.
Operated by the National Parks System from Fort Washington (directly across the river
in Maryland). Located between Mount Vernon and Alexandria. Free admission.
Tangier Island Cruises
From Onancock June 1 through September 15. For tickets and
information: Tangier Mail & Freight Service, PO Box 27, Tangier, VA 23440.
Barrier Islands Center
Route 13, Machipongo, in Northampton County (757) 678-5514
Museum, gift shop and cultural education center.
Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center
Route 184, Cape Charles, in Northampton County (757) 331-1008
Built in the town's former power plant, this museum features
ship models and exhibits depicting life on the barrier islands.
Open Thursday through Sunday. Free Admission but
donations are accepted.
Oyster and Maritime
7125 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague, in Accomack County (near the Assateague
Featuring oyster harvesting exhibits, sea shells, fossils, and the
Assateague lighthouse first-order Fresnel lens. Open daily May through
September. Admission is charged.
NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight Facility
Route 175, near Chincoteague, in Accomack County
Dubbed "Virginia's Spaceport", nearby Wallops Island has launched rockets
and placed satellites into orbit since 1945. Free Admission.