Undoubtedly you know about the fantastic beaches of Coastal Virginia, but look beyond the warm sandy shores and check out the not-so-obvious attractions and things to do along the Chesapeake Bay and the Coastal Virginia region, comprised of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.1.
Air and space is big business in Coastal Virginia with sites like the NASA Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague Island and the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, but these additional sites have a few tricks up their sleeves, too.2.
Five routes offer unique points along the way, like the New Point Comfort Lighthouse which is only accessible by water.
The trails range in distance from 10.7 to 22.1 miles. The gardens of Eyre Hall in Cheriton are among the oldest in the nation, dating to 1800, but simply getting to them will take your breath away.
Luke’s Church (14477 Benns Church Blvd., 757-357-3367), the oldest existing church of English foundation in America and our nation’s only surviving original brick Gothic church. When I visit Smithfield, I go there for three things: the food, the cultural and historical attractions, and the antique shopping.What most Hampton Roads residents know about the town is that ham comes from there.It’s true: Smithfield is known as the “Ham Capital of the World,” and members of the English monarchy had standing orders for their famous hams prior to the Revolution.An additional note to the site is the black walnut tree, believed to be the second largest in Virginia and at least 200 years old.It’s on the list with the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project. Paddle or fish the calm waters of the Mathews Blueways Water Trails.According to our research of Virginia and other state lists there were 36 registered sex offenders living in Smithfield as of August 27, 2017.