A great way to introduce yourself to the Hampton Roads area is to take a harbor tour out of historic downtown Hampton, VA, on the Miss Hampton II.
Hampton is swimming in history, which the harbor tour brings to life. Four hundred years of European settlement is highlighted, from the earliest arrival of European ships on the "Strawberry Banks" of Point Comfort (so named, because those aboard the first ships were suffering from scurvy, and saw banks filled with wild strawberries to today's use of the harbor as a recreational marina, shipyards, a commercial port, and the Norfolk Naval Base.
You are traveling historic waters: not only will you be traveling on the same waters of Captain John Smith and the First Settlers of the United States, but the harbor tour takes you past the site of the famous Civil War battle of the Ironclads.
The tour continues past historic Fort Monroe and the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse.
|Old Point Comfort Light is a lighthouse located on the grounds of |
Fort Monroe in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay. It is the second
oldest light in the bay and the oldest still in use.
You also will see everything you might expect of a deep channel working harbor: commercial container ships, tugboats (so cute), channel dredgers, clamming work boats, and Coast Guard ships.
Getting there: 710 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669
Hours: Check website for specifics, but the tours generally run April 25 thru October 31, Tuesday thru Saturday, departs 11 a.m., returns 2 p.m. (approx); Sunday, departs 2 p.m., returns 5 p.m.