Hampton Roads Culture
The Hampton Roads area has a very unique, Southern style culture that is rich and vibrant. Locals to the area tend to have what is commonly referred to as a “Tidewater” accent, in which the vowels are sounded with a long emphasis even longer than in what most people think of as the stereotypical southern accent. The area is also known for its rich history, with ties to the War of 1812, the American Revolution, and the Civil war. As such, there are many historic sites and areas, including and especially the district known as the Historic Triangle.
Hampton Roads is a very popular tourist destination, and for good reason – there are a ton of things to do and see in the area. The Ringling Brothers Circus and the Barnum and Bailey Circus, both favorites among children of all ages (and even some adults), visit the area annually.
Other popular sites and attractions include the colonial settlements of Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg; the Colonial Parkway; the Jamestown Ferry; Historic Jamestowne, Bassett Hall, Busch Gardens Europe, the Williamsburg Pottery Factory, the Mariners’ Museum, the Virginia War Museum, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Chrysler Museum of Art, The National Maritime Center, the Casemate Museum, Fort Wool, Northrop Grumman Newport News, NASA Langley Research Center, the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, The Suffold-Nansemond Museum, the Isle of Wight Museum, the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Virginia Zoological Park, First Landing State Park, False Cape State Park, Newport News Park, Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Water Country USA. All of these different sites and activities make Hampton Roads an excellent vacation spot. There is plenty to enjoy for the kids, and a lot of fun to be had by the adults as well.