Boating in Yorktown, Virginia
Gateway to Historic Virginia
Immerse yourself in 300 years of Yorktown history. You can experience 18th century homes, revolutionary battlefields, a scenic riverfront beach, one-of-a-kind restaurants and lodging apart from city crowds. Enjoy the sounds of The Fifes and Drums of York Town and live entertainment on the riverfront. Take a sail on the York River during the day and as the sun goes down, enjoy a sunset sail. Yorktown is part of an important national resource known as the "Historic Triangle", which includes Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg (both very close). Partake in this city and the history it has to offer you. It's sure to be a trip you won't likely forget.
What to Do
At the Yorktown Battlefield & Visitor Center, explore the fields, fortifications, and historic buildings where American independence was won. An orientation film, museum exhibits, and a museum store are available. Tours of the battlefield and historic town leave from the Visitor Center daily. (757-969-5400, www.nps.gov/york/index.htm).
Something to bundle together with a trip to the battlefield is a trip to the Yorktown Victory Center. The museum chronicles America’s evolution from colonial status to nationhood through a unique blend of thematic exhibits and outdoor living history. It features a film entitled "A Time of Revolution," a Continental Army encampment, and a 1780s farm. A great place for the whole family. (757-253-4838, www.historyisfun.org/Yorktown-Victory-Center.htm).
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown is a parade of musicians reminiscent of 18th century musicians who served in the Continental Army in Yorktown. This group of young fifers and drummers march and perform throughout Historic Yorktown. Each member is decorated in Regimental uniforms and colors, and can be seen parading and heard playing in frequent public appearances. Make sure you're in Yorktown when they come around. (757-898-9418, www.fifes-and-drums.org/).
Where to Dine
Carrot Tree Kitchens is located in a 1700's home off Main Street in Yorktown. It comes highly recommended by locals for its lunch and, of course, its desserts. A great atmosphere and friendly staff will greet you in this lovely little shop. All dishes prepared from scratch, including fresh-baked breads and desserts. We recommend the carrot cake! (411 Main Street, 757-988-1999, www.carrottreekitchens.com/).
Riverwalk Restaurant/ High Tide Bar & Grill is located at Riverwalk Landing on the shores of the York River. This restaurant serves regional seafood from the Chesapeake Bay and offshore ocean waters for both lunch and dinner, in addition to steaks, poultry and seasonal dishes.A large selection of draft and bottled beers, plus a full service bar and extensive wine list are featured. Live music and karaoke are featured on the covered, outdoor patio. (323 Water Street, 757-875-1522, www.riverwalkrestaurant.net/).
Where to Dock
Riverwalk Landing provides 1200 linear feet of T-pier dockage on the York River in historic Yorktown, Virginia, gateway to Williamsburg and Jamestown. The piers provide overnight stays and daytrips. Electrical, water, and sewer pump out are available pier side. Restroom and shower facilities are available. (425 Water Street, 757-890-3370).