Behind Hampton, Georgia’s small-town charm, the growing town is a hidden gem that’s home to some of the state’s top attractions.
Whether you’re scouting out a fun-filled day trip or planning an adventurous weekend getaway, Hampton’s hot spots are worth the short drive south of Atlanta.
Use the following suggested itinerary to make sure you experience all the small-city vacation destination has to offer.
A Classic Southern Biscuit to Start the Day
Whether you add a slice of country ham, a spoonful of jam, a sausage patty, or simply a slice of butter, homemade biscuits are a Southern breakfast staple that even the pickiest of eaters can’t help but enjoy.
These days it can be hard to find genuine made-from-scratch biscuits that taste like mama’s or grandma’s. Fortunately, when you visit Hampton, Georgia, you’ll find some of the area’s most delicious homemade biscuits at 3b’s Biscuits & BBQ, known by many as the place to go for the “Best Biscuits in the South.”
While the much-loved eatery’s rustic exterior gives it a hole-in-the-wall vibe, you’re in for a treat when you discover the fluffy, golden-brown biscuits waiting for you inside. Create your custom biscuits and indulge in a taste of the South before heading out to explore Hampton’s most popular attractions.
A Casual Morning Shopping in Downtown Hampton
Thrilling fun awaits you before and after lunch, so enjoy a leisurely morning with a relaxing stroll downtown for a little light morning shopping and browsing on E. Main Street before diving head-first into the day’s exhilarating activities. Be sure to notice the sidewalk as you walk down East Main Street and take note of all the movie and television shows that have been filmed in Hampton.
Grab a fresh cup of locally roasted coffee from the full-service espresso bar at Speakeasy Bookstore and peruse their shelves for your favorite genres and the rare and antique books they’ve collected over the years. Ask the owners about The Walking Dead filming locations from season six! There is even a spot nearby where you can lay in the chalk outline marking where a favorite character from the AMC series is thought to have died.
With a nourishing breakfast in the books, a morning jolt from your bookstore explorations, and unique finds in tow to take home from your Hampton visit, it’s time to get in gear for a high-speed thrill at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
A Pre-Lunch Track Tour at Atlanta Motor Speedway
The Atlanta Motor Speedway is the home site of various NASCAR races, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as well as car shows and other events.
Throughout the year, visitors can tour the track, which includes learning more about the track’s history; visiting Petty Garden and Bootlegger’s Bar; cruising around the infield; and enjoying a three-lap ride around the speedway in the tour van.
Tours are available by appointment only, Monday through Friday, at select times. Schedule your tour by calling 770-707-7970. Tour costs are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens (ages 65+); $5 for children ages 6-12; and free for children ages 5 and under. Group discounts of 10% are available for crews of 12 or more.
A Scrumptious Lunch at Reggae Vybz
All the morning exploration and excitement is sure to leave you needing a midday pick-me-up before plunging into the afternoon’s activities.
Recharge your batteries with a hearty meal from Reggae Vybz, a highly rated, authentic Jamaican restaurant located a mile from historic downtown Hampton.
The popular eatery’s specialties include oxtails, curry goat, Escovitch fish, and an array of home-cooked Caribbean cuisine. For a lighter option or to top off your exotically delicious lunch, enjoy one of their freshly made fruit juices.
A Homemade Dessert Stop
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Welcome Home. The sweet tooth desires become fulfilled at Welcome Home Creamery & Coffee. The locally owned shop in Downtown Hampton creates ice cream, cookies, and cake slices in-store. Coffee lovers can enjoy a piece of cake and freshly made coffee in the city of Hampton.
An Afternoon in the Air
If the morning’s adventure at Atlanta Motor Speedway didn’t get your heart racing, the afternoon’s visit to Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum is sure to!
Take a free tour of the hangar to see the actual aircrafts and equipment used by those who served in Army Aviation in the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold Wars.
For the ultimate experience, book a ride in one of the foundation’s helicopters—a Bell UH-1H Huey, flown in the Vietnam War, or a Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter, flown in Germany during the Cold War. The Huey requires at least six passengers for a private flight and can accommodate as many as nine passengers. The Cobra is for single passengers only. Certain age, health, and weight restrictions may apply. Learn more here.
The foundation also offers Ride Saturdays once a month, which don’t require advanced booking. Contact the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation at 770-897-0444 to see if your visit lines up with one of these rides.
A Delicious Dinner in Downtown Hampton
After a riveting day taking in the hot spots of Hampton, a wholesome dinner is a welcome sight—and the city’s diverse eateries on East Main Street in the historic downtown area serve up some of the community’s best. The hardest part will be choosing which restaurant to try.
If you’re craving a gourmet selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups and sides, that’s exactly what you’ll find at Rutabaga’s Market & Café. Kick back and relax in the eatery’s inviting café while indulging in their delicious fare, all of which are made fresh daily. Depending on when you visit, the eatery often has live music performances on the weekends. Stay up-to-date by following their Facebook Page.
The main course is a small part of the full Rutabaga experience. Leave room for a sweet treat and dive into one of their decadent desserts before browsing the on-site market for gourmet Southern goods and heirloom family recipes of relishes, olive oil blends, dips, and rubs.
Got to have a filling Mexican feast after the day’s excitement? Look no further than Tierra Mia Mexican Cuisine. This family-friendly Mexican restaurant boasts an extensive menu with something for every palate and tasty, creative drinks to top it all off. Enjoy your flavorful meal inside their chic dining area or outdoors on their charming patio.
When you’re craving some classic Chinese dishes, Hong Kong Star is the place to go! This long-established eatery is known for their high-quality, exotic cuisine that folks drive near and far for. Whether you choose to dine in or opt for carry out after a long day, you won’t be disappointed.
Japanese steakhouse specialties
Last but not least, the downtown dining scene on E. Main Street also includes yummy Japanese, sushi, and hibachi combinations at Yumi Sushi & Steakhouse. Take your pick of regional and traditional Japanese foods, premium and specialty sushi rolls, nigiri, hibachi plates, and more. Yumi is well-known for their excellent customer service, generous portions, and all-around-fantastic dining experience.
Book a stay at one of Henry County’s many hotels to cozy up and rest after your exciting day exploring Hampton.