Things to Do

Whether you’re a history buff, water lover, or both – Yorktown offers Yorktown offers plenty to plan a great day, weekend or full week of fun. You can brush up on American history, refreshing your memory about the pivotal battle in America’s fight for independence at several museums and historic sites. Take a break and enjoy the sounds of authentic fifes and drums. Fast forward to today and learn about working watermen on the river. Walk off an excellent meal with a stroll on the Riverwalk. You can also get out on the river yourself on the Schooner Alliance or a fishing charter. The following are just a few of the many opportunities awaiting you in Yorktown. 2017 Summer Hours

Begin your visit at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, where an orientation film, museum exhibits, and bookstore are available. Explore the fields, earthworks, and historic buildings where American independence was won. Driving tours of the battlefield include siege lines and encampment areas.  Ranger led tours of the battlefield and historic town leave from the visitor center daily, and Junior Ranger Programs are available for younger visitors. Administered by the National Park Service as part of Colonial National Historical Park. Admission $.

Other points of interest are included with a National Park Service Admission ticket.  Please note these sites are open seasonally as volunteers are available.

CORNWALLIS’ CAVE - While legend places Cornwallis’ headquarters here, he was actually located in a bunker near Tobacco Road.

MOORE HOUSE - Site of negotiations that led to the British surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781.

NELSON HOUSE - Restored mansion of Thomas Nelson Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia, and commander of the Virginia Militia during the Siege of Yorktown. 

POOR POTTER ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE - Described as a “poor potter” by Royal Governor William Gooch in 1732, William Rogers actually operated a large-scale pottery in Yorktown from 1720-1745 in violation of English trade laws.

YORKTOWN VICTORY MONUMENT - Commissioned by the Continental Congress in 1781 to commemorate the great victory at Yorktown, this monument was constructed between 1881 and 1884.

AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN (757.253.4838) Open daily!  America’s struggle for independence, from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, is chronicled at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown through the stories of citizens and soldiers in gallery exhibits, films and outdoor living history. Visitors can muster with troops in a re-created Continental Army encampment and help with chores at a re-created Revolution-era farm. Grand Opening Celebration March 23-April 4, 2017. Gift Shop. Seasonal cafĂ©. Admission $. 

Tells the story of “lives along the Chesapeake Bay” and the history of the people who work on and harvest the bounty of the bay. Admission $.

While visiting historic Yorktown with your family and friends schedule your family portrait taken by Alexander using the York River picturesque scenery as a backdrop. For reservations call 757.898.0632 or visit website 

SCHOONERS ALLIANCE & SERENITY (888.316.6422) (For private charter, call 757.639.1233)
Set sail for a bygone era aboard Yorktown’s Tall Ships. Daily sailing from Riverwalk Landing Pier, March 29 to Nov. 5.  Food and beverages available for purchase.  Advanced reservations recommended. Call to purchase tickets. Admission $. 2017 Schedule & Prices

PIRATE ADVENTURE CRUISES (888.316.6422) (For private charters, call 757.639.1233)
Bring the kids to Captain Mayhem’s School of Piracy aboard the Yorktown Schooners. March 29 - April 10 (select days) & May 28 – Sept. 1; Monday - Saturday at 11 am. Advance reservations recommended.  Call to purchase tickets. $. 2017 Schedule & Prices

PATRIOT TOURS & PROVISIONS, LLC (757.969.5400) Tour Fee Schedule
Enjoy a guided Segway PT tour through Historic Yorktown or rent a bicycle for a self-guided tour.  Beach provisions, snacks and various sundries available.  Admission $.

Exhibits highlighting York County’s 400-year history; including Naval Weapons Station, the battlefield golf course, the Coleman Bridge, and the archeology of several local sites. Call 757.898.4910 for hours or to arrange a group tour. Free.

Reminiscent of 18th century musicians who served the Continental Army in Yorktown, this group of young fifers and drummers march and perform throughout Historic Yorktown. Members wear Regimental uniforms and colors, and can be seen parading and heard playing in frequent public appearances. 2015 Yorktown performances will be posted soon. 

This original building, built in 1697, survived fire and 2 wars and continues to serve an active Episcopal congregation. Historic tours on Sat. Services held on Sunday. Book and Gift Shop. Seasonal, Sundays, 1-4 pm, Memorial Day to Oct 19.

CUSTOM HOUSE (757.532.6472)
Built circa 1720, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and owned by the Comte de Grasse Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Gift Shop. Seasonal.

Public piers available for docking. Tie-up and step ashore for lunch or stay overnight. Shuttle connections to Williamsburg and Jamestown. Docking fee $.

FREIGHT SHED (757.890.3730)
Originally located on the water’s edge, the 1930s building served as a terminal for waterborne commerce. Renovated and in its new location, the Freight Shed is available to rent for receptions, meetings, and functions. Rental fee $.

LET'S GO SAIL (757.876.8654) 
Let's go sail!  As a unique event on vacation, let’s go sail to celebrate your freedom where freedom was won—Yorktown. Enjoy an ideal getaway with your own private party of up to six people on a leisurely cruise along the historic York River. Modern 32-foot Hunter sloop offers a comfortable cockpit, catbird seats, cooler of ice, and restroom. Cruises embark twice daily from Yorktown. Extraordinary gift for an anniversary, honeymoon, graduation or family reunion. Call for reservations and rates. $.

Explore the dark side of Yorktown, where spirits peer down from windows up above, apparitions linger in the graveyard, and eerie shadows pass beneath the streetlamps. Join us as we venture into the night along Main Street and explore some of history’s most haunted places. $

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