Operating Hours & Seasons

Park grounds are open from 5 am to Midnight Daily.

Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center

A great place to start your visit and operated through a collaboration between the Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, and City of Hampton. The visitor center is designed to be the welcome and visitor orientation space for Fort Monroe and the local community. Receive orientation to the site and stories of Fort Monroe through exhibits, park brochures, self-guided walking tour, Junior Ranger and B.A.R.K. Ranger program information, passport cancellation stamps, park store, and public restrooms. The 16,000-square foot building is an example of preservation and adaptive reuse of the Coast Artillery Command Library that originally built in 1909. Free timed enty tickets to visit the Casemate Museum may be obtained online, at the visitor center during a visit, or by calling 757-690-8181.

Open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm - Wednesday through Sunday
Holiday hours and closures may vary.

Casemate Museum

The Casemate Museum is operated by the Fort Monroe Authority with exhibits chronicling the military history of Fort Monroe from the construction of Fort Algernourne, the first defensive fortification at the site in 1609, through the last major command to be headquartered at Fort Monroe, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. The museum features the room where Jefferson Davis was held briefly as prisoner following the American Civil War, highlights the 1861 “Contraband of War” decision that granted three enslaved men, and thousands who followed, sanctuary at Fort Monroe, earning it the nickname “Freedom’s Fortress.”

Admission is free and a timed entry ticket is required. Free tickets are available online, at the visitor center during your visit, or by calling 757-690-8181.

Operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm.
Holiday hours and closures may vary.

Guided tours for pre-formed groups of 10 or more (and school groups Grade 3 and above) are available with a fee of $3.00 per person, please allow a two-week notice when scheduling. Phone Number: 757-690-8181. Check out the Casemate Museum's Facebook page for up-to-date programming information.

Fishing
Anglers of all skill levels can enjoy casting a line at the Engineer Wharf and the Finger Pier. Located on Fenwick Road adjacent to Continental Park and open daily from dawn to dusk, these are the only designated fishing locations at Fort Monroe.

A Virginia Saltwater Fishing License is required. A license can be purchased onsite at the Old Point Comfort Marina, online at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, or by calling 866-721-6911.


Public and Private Beaches
There are miles of beaches at Fort Monroe. Surrounded by water on all sides, Fort Monroe's beaches offer some of the best locations in Hampton Roads to observe both sunrises and sunsets.

The only public beach with Lifeguards provided is Outlook Beach. Lifeguards are provided by the City of Hampton 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day between the hours of 10 am until 6 pm. During this operational season dogs are not allowed on the beach between May 15 and September 15.

The Paradise Ocean Club offers memberships for private beach access, while still offering restaurant and meeting spaces to the general public.

Fort Monroe Community Center
Operated by the City of Hampton Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services the Fort Monroe Community Center offers annual memberships for access to gym, game room, and recreational sports facilities.

Tourism and Recreation
The Fort Monroe Authority has additional information on tourism and recreation opportunities at Fort Monroe.

Last updated: April 2, 2022

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Mailing Address:

41 Bernard Road
Building #17

Fort Monroe , VA 23651-1001

Phone:

757-722-FORT (3678)

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