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
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.”
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.
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.
Tourism and Recreation
Last updated: November 2, 2022