12330 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: (757) 249-0200
Fax: (757) 249-4736
The TransAmerica Trail is a biking tradition, spanning from Yorktown, Virginia in the east to Astoria, Oregon in the west. It is over 4,000 miles long and crosses 10 states in the process. Although it is not necessary to bike the entire trail, which takes bikers on average around 3 months, it's customary to ride a small part in Yorktown to be part of the history of the trail. Beautiful scenery abounds, and if you feel like exercise, it is a great way to see rural Virginia.
This museum has a mix of everything: marine life, wildlife, plants and a planetarium. It's a golden opportunity to see wolves, sea turtles, sharks, coyotes, pelicans and the solar system in one dizzying day.The operators are pioneers in their field; when it opened in 1987, it was the only living museum East of the Mississippi River. Its focus on public education makes it a popular destination for families. Group rates and member discounts are available. Opening hours change seasonally; check the website for details.
Enjoy a relaxing day as you fish with your friends at Bethel Park. This park is known for its scenic views and boating facilities. You can even camp at this park or play ball games on the playground it houses. In case you get hungry, this park also provides the facilities of barbecue grills.
This museum opened in 1959, and has since been dedicated to teaching the public about the evolution of American army vehicles from the colonial era to the present day. Pictures and camcorders are permitted on your visit. Stop by the gift shop on your way out, all proceeds go to help fund the museum. Tours need to be booked at least two weeks in advance to ensure staff availability. Admission is free.
The 105 foot long Schooner Alliance sets sail from the Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown daily from April 15 to October 31. Sail past the many historic points along the York River, such as the Yorktown Battlefield and the Victory Monument. Couples will enjoy the two-hour sunset sails. Drinks and snacks are provided on board, and guests are welcome to help the crew set sail. Check their website to book a private charter in advance, as the ship often sails out of town for festivals and other events.
The Windsor Park is currently a public park in the Smithfield vicinity of Virginia. It earlier stood as a plantation and was transformed into a park in 2009. This park is home to historical structures that take you back in time. Apart from historical importance, the park is also known for its scenic walking trails and fun events hosted here.
It is a neighborhood in the city of Hampton, Virginia and is one of the oldest recreational places in the state. The history dates back to the year 1619 when a plantation called the Buck Roe was designated for use of English settlers in the area. After the Civil War, the place was built into a tourist attraction with a light house, inns, beachfront activities, horse-drawn carriages, an amusement park and more. Currently, there is a large pavilion used for performances, beachfront activities like kayaks, beach umbrellas and chairs, and more.
Slide, splash and swim to your heart's content at this great water park with acres of rides for children and families. Shoot down the Jet Scream, four twisting and turning flumes that send you 415 feet at 25 mph into the pool. Take a break at the Aqua X-treme, the park's high-dive and gymnastics show. Or, perhaps, float down the Aquazoid, the world's largest special effects raft ride that travels through dark tunnels and water curtains with laser images and eerie sound effects. Opening hours vary seasonally - check the website for more details.
Standing across the James River, the Chippokes Plantation is one of the oldest and largest plantations in the nation. Although the oldest, the park offers great recreational activities for the tourist. One can enjoy the great view of the historic area with it's mansions and gardens, along with it's antique charm. One can take a stroll in the garden to enjoy the scenic view or visit the Forestry Museum. There are swimming pools, hikes and horse back rides as well as campgrounds for overnight stay.
More than just a road, the Colonial National Historic Parkway connects Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown in a 23-mile stretch of road. From the York River to the James River, the whole road was constructed to allow motorists appreciate the natural beauty of the area and evoke the sensation of going back in time to the colonial era. The Colonial Parkway is not merely a means of travel, but truly an attraction in itself.
Once the capital of Colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg has been restored into a living history museum so that visitors may see it as it was in the 1700s. For the better part of the 18th Century, the city was the center of most civilized life in the colony of Virginia. Today, visitors can watch glassblowers, blacksmiths and other artisans producing goods by authentic, tried-and-true colonial methods just as they did back then. Or perhaps participate in a re-enactment of a trial at the courthouse. The period homes, stores and other buildings are full of interesting things to do and see. There are even costume rentals and historic accommodations so you can fully immerse yourself in American history.
Rising to revolution, the Continental Army led by General Washington encamped at Yorktown. This re-creation is just a short distance from the original site of the battle that won the American Revolution in 1781. Re-enactors at Yorktown demonstrate musket drills, colonial cooking and grim war-time medical practices. At a model 18th-century farm, you can help weed the garden, spin flax into thread and watch costumed interpreters cook in a colonial kitchen adjacent to the farmhouse. In the galleries, children can play in 18th-century clothes and participate in activities like making woodblock rubbings. Artifacts, including those from an excavated British ship, complete this comprehensive view of military life during the American Revolution. Just one of the many sights that make up the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown).