ATTRACTIONS & AMUSEMENTS
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: (formerly Yorktown Victory Center) Thematic exhibits and living history. Re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and a 1780s farm site, historical interpreters practice drills, demonstrate weapons, discuss medical practices, prepare meals and plant and cultivate crops. 757-253-4838. historyisfun.org.
Busch Gardens: offers fun for the whole family with world-class roller coasters, dining options and kid-friendly attractions. Join Addie, Ireland’s last fairy guardian, on a thrilling mission in the new Battle For Eire an Action VR Ride combining virtual reality with a motion simulator. For more information, visit buschgardens.com/Williamsburg.
Historic Jamestowne: The first permanent English settlement in North America, was Virginia’s colonial capital for 92 years and in 1619 the site of America’s first representative legislative assembly. Walking tour of the town site, archaeological remains of the 1607 fort, memorials, the 1690s church tower and the glasshouse. The gate is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 757-898-2410. nps.gov/colo.
Historic Yorktown: Enjoy 300 years of history in a charming riverfront setting. Relive the pivotal battle of the Revolutionary War. Visit historic homes, museums, monuments and battlefields and learn more about the brave citizens and soldiers who took a stand here. Shop in specialty stores, play on the riverfront, and dine in one-of-a-kind restaurants on the York River and up the hill in the village. Come for a day, a weekend or longer. visityorktown.org.
Jamestown Settlement: Explore America’s first permanent English colony. Gallery exhibits trace the history of Jamestown and the Powhatan Indian, European and African cultures that converged in 1600s Virginia. Features outdoor re-creations of three ships, colonial fort and Powhatan village, and a riverfront discovery area. 757-253-4838. historyisfun.org.
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf: Come for a true pirate adventure! Putt your way through the world of 18th-century buccaneers — two award-winning courses take you through mountain caves, over footbridges and beneath cascading waterfalls. Swashbuckling fun for the entire family. 2001 Mooretown Road, on Bypass Road, next to Big Kmart. 757-259-4600. piratescove.net/williamsburg.
Segway PT Adventure Tours: Patriot Tours and Provisions offers guided Segway PT tours of Yorktown and Williamsburg daily. Learn about the history of Yorktown while gliding along the waterfront and historic town or take our Kingsmill Resort or New Quarter Park tours for more “off-road” challenges and the beautiful nature and scenery. Fun and educational, outdoor fun for everyone. Gift certificates, group rates and military discounts are available. Reserve your tour online at patriottoursva.com or call 757-969-5400.
Yorktown Battlefields at the Visitor Center: See a 16-minute film on the military campaign, siege and surrender. Explore the battlefield and 18th-century town on your own or with a Park Ranger as your guide. Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the battlefield tour roads are open dawn until dusk. 757-898-2410. nps.gov/colo.
Bacon’s Castle: Visit the oldest brick dwelling in North America that was once home to merchant and planter, Arther Allen, and his family. The home features 17th century English formal gardens, outbuildings, including an 1830s slave quarter. 465 Bacon’s Castle Trail, Surry. 757-357-5976 or preservationvirginia.org for more information.
Fox Wire Farm Alpacas: Fox Wire Farm is made up of approximately 200 acres of farmland, pastureland, woods, creeks and is the home to some of the happiest alpacas around. There are several types of tours we offer to include basic, school (field trip) and custom. We welcome all groups and all ages. All tours leave from the Alpaca Store and Boutique located at 8105 Richmond Road, Suite 201, in Toano. foxwirefarmalpacas.com. All tours are by appointment only by calling 757-218-4520 to schedule.
Ghostographer Tours of Williamsburg: The only ghost tour based on the world’s first photo-study of ghosts. See real ghost photos at every stop, along with the history, legacy and lore about each haunting. Tours are based on the photographic evidence published in the book “Haunted Historic Colonial Williamsburg Virginia: With Breakthrough Ghost Photography.” Two different tours each night, Tuesday through Sunday, the East Tour at 8:15 p.m. (meet at the front of the Capital wall on Duke of Gloucester Street), and the West Tour at 10 p.m. (meet at the front of the Cheese Shop in Merchant Square). Book your tour at ghostographer.com.
Smith’s Fort Plantation: Located on the site of Captain John Smith’s planned “New Fort.” The 18th century manor house retains much of its original woodwork and provides examples of early American and English period furnishings. 217 Smith Fort Lane, Surry. 757-294-3872 or preservationvirginia.org for more information.
Berkeley Plantation. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 888-466-6018.
Shirley Plantation. Open daily; December-February, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March-November, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 804-829-5121 shirleyplantation.com
Edgewood Plantation. 757-829-2962. jamesriverplantations.org.
North Bend. 804-829-5176. northbendplantation.com.
Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation. 804-829-2480. pineygrove.com.
Westover Plantation. 804-829-2882. jamesriverplantations.org.
Hewick. 2 miles off Route 17. 800-484-7514 (ext. 1678), 804-758-4214.
Chippokes Plantation. Open year-round, mansion is open weekends mid-April-December, 1-5 p.m. Operated by Chippokes Plantation State Park. 757-294-3625.
Chelsea Plantation. Tours: Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission fee. 804-843-2386.
BEYOND THE HISTORIC TRIANGLE
The Mariners’ Museum and Park: The Mariners’ Museum, America’s National Maritime Museum, has over 35,000 maritime artifacts and is home to the USS Monitor Center, which includes the Civil War Ironclad’s iconic gun turret. The Museum is located on a 550-acre park featuring a 5-mile nature trail and lake. 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. 757-596-2222. MarinersMuseum.org
Surry County: Chippokes Plantation State Park, Route 634. 757-294-3625. Smith’s Fort Plantation is located on Route 31 near the ferry slip. Open Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. March through December. 757-294-3872. Bacon’s Castle, located at 465 Bacon’s Castle Trail is open March through December, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Each month the Castle holds a special event. Inquire or follow on Facebook for more details. 757-357-5976.
Virginia Living Museum: Explore Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Enjoy activities at four hands-on discovery centers, view the sun from the observatory and stroll the elevated boardwalk. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take I-64 East to Exit 258A. 757-595-1900. thevlm.org.
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Exhibits feature paintings, whirligigs, weather vanes, carvings, toys, embroideries and other folk works representing many diverse cultural traditions and geographic regions. The collection includes items dating from the 1720s to the present. Hours of operation vary seasonally. 757-220-7724. history.org.
Bassett Hall: A two-story, 18th-century frame house on 585 acres near the colonial Capitol building, was the Williamsburg home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr. during the mid-1930s and 1940s. The property also includes a teahouse and three original outbuildings — a smokehouse, kitchen and dairy. Located at 522 E. Francis St. Hours of operation vary seasonally. 855-296-6627. history.org
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum: Houses a collection of British and American decorative arts dating from 1600 through 1830. Includes the world’s largest collection of Virginia furniture, large collections of Southern, British and American furniture and the largest collection of English pottery outside England. Features 15 galleries as well as an auditorium and a café. Hours of operation vary seasonally. 757-220-7724. history.org.
Watermen’s Museum: Tells the story of Virginia’s watermen who have worked the rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and harvested its abundant products. Located on Water Street under the Coleman Bridge in Yorktown. The gift shop features a wide variety of works by local artists, nautical books and gifts. Open April-Thanksgiving, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m., closed on Monday. Thanksgiving-March, weekends only. 757-887-2641. watermens.org
York County Historical Museum: Exhibits spanning the centuries of York County history. The Chiskiack Watch Archaeological Collection contains artifacts from Native Americans and colonials to modern times. Also, a self-guided 20th-century exhibit hall on York County History. Open April-December. Call for hours or group tours. Closed Mon. Free admission. 757-890-4910. yorkcounty.gov/ychm.
A Touch of Earth: Original work handcrafted by Studio artisans in Virginia and the U.S. Representing work in clay, metal, wood, glass, fiber and paintings. Owned by ceramic artists, Lianne Lurie and Paul Pittman. Open Sunday-Saturday. 6580 Richmond Road, Williamsburg. 757-565-0425. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. ATouchOfEarthGallery.com
Art-cade Gallery of Art: Features traditional artwork including Disney, Dr. Seuss and Greenwich Workshop. Recognized source for limited edition prints, original sports and comic cartoons, vintage war posters, art books and folk art. Williamsburg Office Park, 1321 Jamestown Road, Ste. 204, 757-565-7424. Hours on website. artcadeonline.com
Colonial Folk Art Studio and Gallery: Colonial Folk Art Handmade Boutique and Studio: Selling handmade gifts and art, by many local and regional artists. The only open pottery studio in Williamsburg featuring potter’s wheels, a slab roller and kilns. Antiquated books, maps and engravings, book restoration and binding. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday classes by appointment. 110 Bacon Ave., Williamsburg 757-941-8926. colonialfolkart.com
Gallery at York Hall: Art gallery featuring works of local artists for exhibit and sale and a variety of themed revolving exhibits April-December, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. closed Monday. Free admission. 301 Main St., located on the corner of Main and Ballard streets, Yorktown. 757-890-4490. visityorktown.org
Imagine Art Gallery: 318 Main St., Smithfield, features original art, canvas prints, and sculptures. A wide variety of books are also available. 757-542-4900. For more information visit imaart.com.
On the Hill Gallery: 402 Main St. near the historic Yorktown riverfront, features original art in many mediums: original watercolors, original oil paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood workings and other art forms made by local artists. 757-369-1108. Contact the gallery at onthehillgallery.com
Stick, Stone and Bone: Offers wonderful gifts to soothe body, mind and spirit with a delightful blend of tumbled stones, sterling jewelry, votives, sage and dreamcatchers. We also have antique and vintage heirlooms. Come in, be surprised, discover your secret treasure. 1675 Richmond Road. 757-258-8810
The Trimble Collection: The gallery features over 250 pieces of beautiful, original, contemporary European, Asian and American Art in traditional and classic 18th, 19th and 20th century styles. Tom, a Master Framer with more than 40 years of experience, custom builds every frame and is renowned for his restoration expertise. The Village Shops at Kingsmill, 757-220-3456. thetrimblecollection.wordpress.com
Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center: at 110 Westover Avenue, between Richmond Road and Lafayette Street. Three galleries full of contemporary works by talented Greater Williamsburg area artists and artisans – free and open to the public. Visit this nonprofit art center soon – features ongoing exhibits, special events, art classes, workshops and demonstrations. Visit our Small Works/Holiday Show Nov. 20-Dec. 20. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 757-229-4949 or visit visitWCAC.org.
Smithfield Farmers Market: The market is open 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October with specialty markets each month. December’s specialty markets, Christmas Craft & Food Markets, will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1 and 15. More than 125 vendors will offer fresh produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, flowers, jams, handmade goods and much more. Located behind the Bank of Southside Virginia, 115 Main St. in historic downtown Smithfield. SmithfieldFarmersMarket.org
The Williamsburg Farmers Market: Features 40 vendors focused on produce, prepared food and farm related products grown or made in Virginia and has been serving more than 1,000 people on any given Saturday since 2002. Held 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday from April through October during its regular season with seasonal markets in March and November, holiday markets in December as well as a winter market on the second Saturday in February. Merchants Square, 402 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg. williamsburgfarmersmarket.com
Yorktown Market Days: This waterfront farmers market offers views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations and a variety of vendors. Special themed market for December will be the Holiday Market & Toyland Parade, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Shop for seasonal produce; fresh seafood and meats; breads and pastries; handmade soaps and candles; honey; and gourmet dog treats. Last year, more than 200 artists showcased their work along the Riverwalk. Talk to farmers, ranchers and watermen to learn about techniques for growing, catching and maintaining the highest quality products. 331 Water St., Yorktown. yorktownmarketdays.com 757-890-3500