8 Fall Fun Activities to do this Season in Hampton


Fall in love with Hampton this Autumn. From a self-guided walking tour at Fort Monroe to a fall photoshoot at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, there is so much fun to be had. Grab your Pumpkin Spice latte, and continue reading to find all the activities you can do this season in Hampton.

Fall Fun in Hampton: 

1. Haunted horse rides at the Hampton Carousel 

Boo! We scared you! Starting October 5, you can take a spooky spin around the Hampton Carousel. The Carousel will be decorated for the season of ghosts and goblins, with spooky carousel staff giving candy to visitors throughout the month of October. Make sure to also be on the lookout for the infamous Headless Horseman on one of the horses. Rides are $1 per person. 

2. Toast the Coast at local breweries and cidery

This fall, find your favorite craft beverages at our local breweries. Download the Toast the Coast Mobile pass, and check in at the different locations for special discounts. Each brewery releases new beers and ciders monthly, so there’s always something new on tap for you to taste. 

1865 has a great Oktoberfest- Fiest Beer, Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery has a delicious Pumpkin Creamsicle on tap, and Capstan Brewing Company’s new Tangerine Passion fruit Gose is the perfect beer for fall. 

3. Self-guided walking tour at Fort Monroe 

As the largest stone fort in America, walk around and explore Fort Monroe‘s 63 acres at your leisure. Learn about the fort’s history from its completion in 1834 to 2011 when it became an official National Monument. When you’re done exploring, stop at Firehouse Coffee for a fall treat!  

4. Visit the Animals at Bluebird Gap Farm 

Goats, cows, and turtles, oh my! The animals at Bluebird Gap Farm are patiently waiting to greet you. With a large variety of animals and beautiful landscaping, Bluebird Gap Farm is perfect for a family outing and spending time outdoors during the fall season. 

5. Taste everything Pumpkin Spice 

Pumpkin spice and everything nice! There’s no such thing as too much pumpkin this time of the year. Create a bucket list to try all the fall flavors in Hampton, and check them off before the end of fall! Make sure to include pumpkin donuts from Glazed Doughnuts, Pumpkin Cupcakes from Scratch Bakery, and a Queen’s Way PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) from Fika Coffeeshop and Cafe

6. Snap some pics at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 

Fall is the perfect time of the year for graduation, engagement, or just for fun photos! Nature and fall colors at Sandy Bottom Nature Park make the best backdrop. Check out the fall colors tracker to see when Hampton will be at peak fall colors, so you can plan the best time for your photo shoot. 

7. Paddle around Crystal Lake 

After you snap some cute pics, paddle around Sandy Bottom’s Crystal Lake. Rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboat, or Jon boat, and enjoy the fall colors reflecting on the water as you paddle around their lakes. 

Just $4 an hour to rent, this is a great activity if you are looking for fun on a budget! After you paddle and hopefully stay dry, go for a hike on their 11 different trail systems. The trails include soft surfaces, wildlife, water views, and beautiful scenery. 

8. Walk along the Waterwalk Path 

Grab your favorite fall beverage from Hampton’s local coffee shops, and a fall jacket to explore the Waterwalk Path. Beginning at Air Power Park, and ending at Powerplant, this 4 mile, out and back, walk makes for an enjoyable fall adventure. 

Have fun!