Six Hours in Yorktown

Taking a road trip through Virginia? Make a six-hour pit stop in Historic Yorktown. Here are some recommendations of how you can keep yourself entertained during your short stay.

Start your journey learning what it took for the United States to be independent. Stop by the Yorktown Visitors Center to pick up a park brochure and discover what programs are scheduled before you tour the Yorktown Battlefield. Rangers guide guests on an educational walk about the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Kids between five and 12-years-old can participate in the Yorktown Battlefield's Junior Ranger Program, which teaches youngers about the end of Colonial America and the final major battle of the American Revolution. Participants can pick up a booklet at the Yorktown Battlefield front desk. Children who successfully complete the program earn a Certificate of Merit and a badge.

Want to explore the site on your own? Download the Tour Guide Yorktown app on your phone. The GPS-enabled audio tours lead you through 300 years of American history on a walking tour of Historic Yorktown, or allow you to get up close to the events of the Siege of Yorktown on two separate driving tours.

From there, head east to grab some grub at the Yorktown Pub. Order one of their specials from the grill – prime rib sandwich, jerk chicken, or veggie burger – or sample local seafood like clams, oysters, shrimp, or tuna bites.

Make your way back to Riverwalk Landing to rent a bike from Patriot Tours & Provisions to explore Yorktown even more. A two-hour bike tour gives you the opportunity to traverse the waterfront area, the bluffs overlooking the York River, or Yorktown Battlefield.

Have a few minutes to spare? Pick up a piece of scrumptious carrot cake, a light snack, or a tasty beverage from Carrot Tree Kitchens before you head back out on the road.

Yorktown Battlefield (2)
Cannon Firing Battlefield
Clam Strips Yorktown Pub