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Rules and Regulations

Welcome to Fort Monroe and please know that we want your visit with us to be as relaxing and trouble-free as possible. By becoming familiar with the Fort Monroe Rules and Regulations prior to your arrival, we are certain that you will have an enjoyable and relaxing visit to this historic property. Please know that your observation of the rules and regulations while visiting the beaches and any of our additional recreational areas is sincerely appreciated.

Hours of Operation: The public beaches are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Finger Pier and Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier are open daily from dawn to dusk. Fort Monroe is closed to public use and access daily from Midnight to 5:00 am. There are no fees for entry onto Fort Monroe.

Parking: Free parking is available near the beaches and attractions here at Fort Monroe—with on-street parking and/or surface paved lots. Additionally, Fort Monroe is also home and workplace to many residents and businesses. Please respect the residents and businesses’ designated parking areas. Overnight camping is only allowed for registered guests of the Colonies RV and Travel Park.

Natural Surroundings: The preservation and maintenance of Fort Monroe, as well as your personal safety, is our highest priority Please do not cut or scar any plants or trees. Collecting any animal or plant is strictly prohibited except by permit from the Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, or as allowed by staff during environmental education programming. Remember, take only pictures and leave only footprints. In addition, refrain from feeding wild animals, and harassment of wildlife at Fort Monroe is prohibited.

Trash, Litter and Garbage: Leftover debris is unsightly and can attract and injure animals. Glass containers are prohibited. Please use the trash dumpsters if available or pack up all your trash and take it with you when you leave. Your help in keeping Fort Monroe trash-free is appreciated.

Alcoholic Beverages: State law allows alcohol use only in areas designated by permits issued by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted. No person shall drink or possess open containers of alcohol in any public place, public street, boardwalk, and beach or in a vehicle on a public street.

Pets: Pets are prohibited on the beaches from May 15 to September 15, with the exception of registered service animals.  Guests with pets visiting Fort Monroe must have their pets on a leash and kept under the owner’s control at all times. Pet owners are responsible for immediate removal and proper disposal of pet waste on all portions of the property. If you encounter pets on the loose, please call Hampton Animal Control at (757) 727-6111. Pets, except for registered service animals, may not enter the Casemate Museum.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings, and within 25 feet of building entrances. Smoking is not allowed in restaurants, special event areas, pool complexes, and all beach areas, even those not designated for swimming. Guests should properly dispose of cigarette butts.

Amplified music:  Amplified music can be played at Fort Monroe, but the volume should not interfere with the public’s right to enjoy their time at Fort Monroe as well. Conversations and other social activities should also be kept at a reasonable noise level to be courteous and respectful to others that are also visiting Fort Monroe.

Fireworks, Grilling, and Open Flames: Fireworks are prohibited. Grilling and open flames are prohibited except in the designated areas for registered guests of the Paradise Ocean Club, and the Colonies RV and Travel Park.

Fishing: Fishing is only permitted at the Engineer Wharf and Finger Pier. Fishing is permitted from dawn to dusk. The FMA reserves the right to close the fishing piers during inclement weather. There is no cost to use either of the fishing piers but anyone fishing at Fort Monroe must possess a valid Virginia saltwater fishing license. Fishing licenses may be purchased online at or call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (866) 721-6911 (Monday–Friday, during business hours, except holidays).

Speed Limits: Streets and roads at Fort Monroe are generally posted at 25 mph. Helmets are required when operating motorcycles. Bicycles are also considered to be vehicles while riding on the public streets. Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs, lights, signals, and markings.

Metal DetectorsAs a National Historic Landmark and under the protection of the Antiquities Act of 1906, use of metal detectors on Fort Monroe is prohibited. Metal detectors may be used only when a special use permit has been obtained from the Fort Monroe Authority and/or the National Park Service.

Firearms and Weapons: Visitors may carry firearms if they are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Firearms are prohibited inside federal and state office buildings.

Golf Carts, Utility Vehicles and All – Terrain Vehicles: In general, state law prohibits the operation of golf carts, utility vehicles and all – terrain vehicles on the public roads on Fort Monroe. Fort Monroe Authority and National Park Service staff only are allowed to use the vehicles.

Drones and other aircraft: Drones, other unmanned aerial vehicles including remote control aircraft, and aircraft in general cannot be flown on Fort Monroe without a special use permit from the Fort Monroe Authority and/or National Park Service.

Photography:  All commercial filming activities taking place on Fort Monroe require a special use permit from the Fort Monroe Authority and/or the National Park Service. Non-commercial filming may require a permit when it is necessary to manage the activity to protect site resources while minimizing conflict between user groups or to ensure public safety. In most cases, a permit is not necessary for visitors engaging in casual, non-commercial filming.

Anything illegal elsewhere in Virginia is generally illegal at Fort Monroe. Fort Monroe is protected by the Virginia Antiquities Act (§ 10.1-2300 Code of Virginia). Please see the links below to search for additional information on the formal regulations in the Code of Virginia.

Formal regulations