Tip Your Hat to Labor with a Day Outdoors


Labor Day will be celebrated this year on Monday, September 7th. The holiday pays tribute to the achievements and contributions of American workers, and was created by the labor movement to recognize the struggle that went into improving the working conditions for all Americans. We normally celebrate the holiday with parades and gatherings, but this year the pandemic has changed those plans for public safety.

Our Hampton Roads weather forecast is looking good and Labor Day should be the perfect day to get outside for some quality family time, or reflective personal time. We have an abundance of ways to enjoy the day, here are a few that you may not have thought of. 

Busch Gardens | While the general park is not open, you may be interested in this specially ticketed ‘Taste of Busch Gardens’ outdoor event. There will be a delicious culinary fusion of Food & Wine Festival favorites, plus new twists on traditional park entrees. There will be plenty of space to safely distance and enjoy the six villages, four iconic roller coasters, log flume, and other open rides. 

Sandy Bottom Nature Park | Hampton’s premier park offers something for everyone. 456 acres of natural reserve and ten different walking and biking trails are free. There are also boats, campsites (including yurts), and shelters available at a cost. 

Virginia Aquarium | Now open with limited capacity and new safety measures including reserving timed tickets online before your visit. An Adventure Park is located at the Aquarium and features high and low ropes course climbing and zip-lining in a beautiful treed setting. The Aquarium’s boat trips bring the ocean to you and offer a unique Labor Day adventure. Current boat trips are being run at a very limited capacity for everyone’s safety. 

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail | Grab your running shoes or bike and get out to this multi-purpose trail. The trail accommodates horse owners, walkers, joggers, boaters, and bicyclists. 

Adventure Kayak Tours | This company offers several guided kayak and SUP tours in the area. The Northwest River Natural Area Preserve tours get terrific reviews. Explore unique cypress forests and waterways located in Chesapeake and Northeastern North Carolina. The trees provide shelter from wind and provide a perfect location for beginners. These completely natural surroundings allow you to fully immerse yourself in the abundant wildlife.

Eastern Shore Paddle Expeditions | SouthEast Expeditions offers unique paddle tours on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Most waterways are off the beaten path and have spectacular wildlife and aquaculture sightings. Some tours include food and drink experiences before or after your tour. The experienced crew makes your safety their top priority.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park | Located in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, this park has the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast. It is a perfect location for sightseeing, sand boarding, and kite flying. Enjoy fresh air, wind in your hair, and captivating views of the ocean and Roanoke Sound.

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