Day One-Tour Bluebird Gap Farm a working farm and home to cows, mules, horses, goats, sheep, geese, swans, ducks and other animals frequently found on Virginia farms. Enjoy lunch at County Grill featuring delicious Southern BBQ dressed with your choice of sauces. Next, Hampton’s Tour de Trash takes you through the Hampton Steam Plant, operated in partnership with Newport News and NASA. See how refuse is converted from into steam energy for NASA Langley and Langley Air Force Base. Later in the afternoon, kayak the Back River from Gosnold’s Hope Park. Your Hampton Parks & Recreation guide will lead you through the intricate waterways, pointing out wildlife, flora and fauna as you explore. Check in to your Hampton hotel to relax before enjoying dinner on the outdoor deck at Marker 20. End the day with stargazing at Grundland Park, an old Army missile site, owned by the city of Hampton for approximately forty years. Learn about the process of cleaning-up, clearing and converting this land into an outdoor recreation park with a 50-foot-high challenge course, campsites, interpretive trails and canoe and kayak dock. Grundland has little light pollution and is a wonderful location for identifying constellations.
Day Two-Early morning fishing aboard the Ocean Eagle. Have a picnic basket packed to enjoy lunch and snacks on board. Upon return, visit the Virginia Tech Seafood Research and Cooperative Extension lab. Enjoy dinner in one of Hampton’s seafood restaurants.
Day Three-Tour Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Hike (approximately one mile) around the lakes to see fox and birds, among other species. Park staff will provide an overview of the wetlands mitigation program underway at the park. Enjoy a special presentation in the Nature Center and visit the gift shop. Depart for home.