Visit Yorktown for a Spring Break Staycation!
It looks like good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil was right. Hopefully after a final blast of cold air, the days are about to get warmer. Before the late snow, bright yellow daffodils had started to pop up in gardens around town. And many kids are already looking forward to the next best thing to summer vacation—Spring Break!
You don’t have to book an expensive out-of-town trip to make special memories as a family. There’s plenty of local fun waiting for you right here in Yorktown! From Pirate Adventure Cruises to Yorktown Ghost Walks to fun in our museums—we want to keep you “In the Loop” about at what’s taking place the first week in April.
Attractions & Tours
Pirate Adventure Cruises
Captain Mayhem is looking for new recruits! Join his band of marauders during a Pirate Adventure Cruise on the York River. Once they board the Schooner Alliance, your kids will get to raise the sails, steer the angry seas, and even fire a cannon! Tickets are $25 for kids and $37 for adults. Cruises depart every morning at 11 a.m. from the Riverwalk Landing Pier.
Let's Go Sail!
If you’re looking for a more intimate outing for your family or visiting friends—you can book a daily charter or group cruise with Let’s Go Sail.
Prices range from $250-$350 (Hint: If you book on a Monday or Tuesday, and use Flex116, you can get a discount!).
The 3-hour trip also leaves from Riverwalk Landing Pier at 11 am and 2:30 p.m. every day. You can have up to six people in your group. Pack your own cooler of food; bottled water is provided!
Yorktown Ghost Walks
The fun in town isn't just during the day! Be sure to come back after the sun goes down. Learn about the history and haunts of Colonial Yorktown as told by actual paranormal investigators when you book a Yorktown Ghost Walk. These tours are usually limited to the weekends, but during the week of April 2, you can book a special weekday tour!
You must have at least five people in your group, and you have to call ahead to make the reservation (757.759.1320). Tickets are $10 per person, with a 20% discount for military and first responders. You can choose from a 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. tour.
Patriot Tours & Provisions
While it isn't quite warm enough in early April to rent paddle boards and kayaks—you can rent a bicycle to ride in and around Historic Yorktown, and to explore the trails on the Battlefield at your own pace.
If you have teenagers, you can also book a guided Segway tour. Your kids must be at least 14 years of age. Parents, this is an awesome way to sneak in a little education during that break from school!
There are two options:
Afternoon 1-hr Breeze Tour ($39) at 2 and 3:30: Travel along the beautiful York River—from the bluff at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, to the entrance to the National Park Service Visitor Center. Along the way, your guide will share some fun tidbits about the history of the town.
Morning 2-hour Historical Tour ($65) at 11:30: During this longer tour, you'll learn the basic history of Yorktown during the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War periods. Your guide will take you along the waterfront area, the bluffs overlooking the river, and the historic village along Main Street.
It's important to note that minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Make your reservations for either tour, here.
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Here's another great way to get in a little learning, and have loads of fun at the same time! Spend a day exploring the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Be sure to check out the short (just 10 minutes), immersive film entitled the "The Siege of Yorktown", shown in the experiential theater. And there are always hands-on activities taking place in the outdoor living history exhibit. You definitely don't want to miss periodic musket firings in the Continental Army encampment, and enlisting in the army. At the farm, see 18th-century recipes cooked over an open hearth. If you're lucky, you might be selected to help volunteer in the kitchen!
Remember, if you live in York County, James City County, or Williamsburg—admission to the museum is free with proof of residency. Huzzah!
Watermen’s Museum reopens its doors on April 3. The educational museum demonstrates the role Chesapeake Bay watermen (from pre-colonial to modern times), played in the molding of our nation. Check the museum’s online calendar often for new historical exhibits and displays; crafts and demonstrations of the trade; summer camp programs for kids; and other special events.
Gallery at York Hall
The Gallery at York Hall and York County Historical Museum both open for the season on Tuesday, April 3. They’re located in the same building on the corner of Ballard and Main Streets. The Gallery features paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, quilts, and other one-of-a-kind pieces from hundreds of local artists. Make the souvenir from your trip to Yorktown a unique one!
Before or after your shopping spree, make sure you check out the museum downstairs. That’s where you’ll find artifacts representing Yorktown from the time of the earliest Native Americans all the way through World War II.
Auntie M's American Cottage
On April 8, this is a fun activity for older kids. Stop by Auntie M’s American Cottage at Riverwalk Landing to make your own felt flower. The hands-on workshop is from 1 to 3:30, and you have to register by April 5. Artist Barb Risucci will walk you through how to use colorful wool and silk fibers to create beautiful 3D flowers. You can make either a calla lily or a poppy. The cost is $22.