Top Attractions in Hampton Roads, VA

With our recent purchase of four new properties in lovely Hampton Roads, Virginia, we really couldn’t think of a better time to showcase some of the great things there are to see and do in the area.

A fantastic waterfront metropolitan, Hampton Roads is known for its shipyards, beaches, its ice-free harbor, and much more. It is also home to well known locales, like Virginia Beach and Norfolk. 

With the beautiful summer weather upon us, now is the time to explore. Discover some of the top attractions and things to do in Hampton Roads!

In Hampton.

- Visit the Bluebird Gap Farm.

An exciting, adventurous, and educational experience perfect for families, the Bluebird Gap Farm offers a 60-acre farm with over 150 domestic and wild animals. Here you’ll find whitetail deer, llamas, peacocks, horses, and goats, as well as a covered pavilion with picnic tables, an antique display barn, and much more!

- Take a Boat Tour.

One of Hampton’s highlights is, of course, the beautiful water that surrounds it. With so many boat and tour operators available, we recommend getting out on the water to experience it first hand!

- Explore the Sandy Bottom Nature Park.

A 456-acre environmental education and wildlife facility, Sandy Bottom Nature Park is a beautiful destination offering a nature center overlooking Sandy Bottom Lake, wetland marshes, and more – all ripe for exploration.

Need a place to stay? Check out our Hampton extended stay property.

In Norfolk.

- Wander Through the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

A beautiful botanical garden and arboretum, the Norfolk Botanical Garden is not to be missed! Explore many acres of gorgeous plants and flowers, including thousands of azaleas, rhododendrons, shrubs, trees, a Japanese garden, desert plants garden, and much more!

- Visit the Chrysler Museum of Art.

The Chrysler Museum of Art offers a collection of works from contemporary times to ancient Egypt. There are always exciting exhibitions in rotation, so be sure to check the schedule before you go!

- Tour the USS Wisconsin.

Berthed at Nauticus, the USS Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or a guided option that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during WW II.

Need a place to stay? Check out our Norfolk extended stay property.

Newport News

- Explore the U.S. Army Transportation Museum.

Go back in time with a visit to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum, a display of vehicles and other transportation-related equipment and memorabilia. 

- Walk Along the Newport News Park.

One of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi, the Newport News Park is a magnificent 7,711 acre oasis home to an incredible variety of native wildlife found in a natural setting of lush woodlands, flowering meadows, and shimmering lakes. 

- Visit the Mariners’ Museum.

One of the largest museums in North America, the Mariners’ Museum is where history comes alive! Explore many displays and exhibitions and get a sense of life at sea, deep sea exploration, and more.

Need a place to stay? Check out our Newport News extended stay property.

Simple Fourth of July Decoration Ideas

With Independence Day right around the corner, now is the time to wrap up your plans and begin the celebrations.

Whether you’re having guests over, or simply celebrating at home (or your InTown Suite!) with the family, here are a few simple decor ideas to make sure you’re decked out in proper red, white, and blue style!

Painted Cans or Jars.

With a few paint brushes and a little bit of paint, even some of the most basic household items can be transformed into beautiful patriotic decorations perfect for the big day. Round up a few empty tin cans or glass jars, and start painting!

Opt for a traditional flag design, or even simple blue, white, and red stripes. The glass jars are perfect as tea light holders, and the tin cans are excellent holders for party essentials like utensils, sparklers, plants, and more.

Paper Chains.

Make your own simple decorations for the house with the help of only a few sheets of red, white, and blue construction paper.

Cut strips of each colored page, and start by forming a closed circle with one of the strips. Glue or tape it shut. Next loop another colored sheet of paper through the first circle, securing the second loop with tape or glue. Alternate colors, and continue until desired length is reached.

Flag Bunting.

Multiple American flags are of course a 4th of July essential, but did you know how easy it is to spruce up the everyday flag into something with even more flair and style?

Try making inexpensive bunting swags. Search ‘DIY flag bunting’ on Pinterest and you’ll find some great resources and instructions – often times you’ll only need a few basic materials, like your flag, some string, and binder clips!

Homemade Garland.

Garland is the perfect holiday decoration as there are so many affordable variations that are perfect for making with the whole family. Get creative and use what you have on hand! Here are a few ideas:

  • Thread string or ribbon through stars cut out of red, white, and blue construction paper. (Hole punch the arms of the stars for the ribbon to go through)
  • Make the traditional triangle flag garland with long triangles cut from red, white, and blue paper, folded over a piece of string and taped at the back
  • Tie a row of small scrap pieces of blue, red, and white material onto a piece of twine and hang above a doorway or on your mantel

Patriotic Cutlery.

When it comes to meal time, make everyone’s spot at the table a little more patriotic with the help of festive cutlery and place settings. Try these simple ideas:

  • Pick up some plain wooden cutlery and make it festive by painting the handles with stripes and stars
  • Grab blue plastic utensils and wrap them up at each individual setting in a red napkin, or vice versa with red utensils in blue napkins

From all of your friends here at InTown Suites, have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday!