7 Yorktown Attractions That Will Set Your Soul on Fire This Summer
Heat up your schedule this summer by partaking in one of these cool, awesome attractions in Historic Yorktown.
Hop aboard the Schooner Alliance II for a breathtaking experience you “shorely” won’t forget! Join the ship’s crew for a Pirate Adventure Cruise (perfect for kids!), day sail, or sunset cruise. As the boat sails along the York River, you’ll receive a history lesson about the American Revolution, the ship itself, and the surrounding landscape. During Pirate Adventure Cruises, kids learn how to tie knots, raise sails, talk like a pirate, and steer the ship. Prices vary.
2. Paddleboarding and Kayaking on the York River
You’ll get a splash out of balancing and oaring across the York River! Rent paddleboards and kayaks from Patriot Tours & Provisions from May to October. While you’re on the water, be on the lookout for dolphins, sturgeons, sea turtles, and other marine sea life.
- Single Kayak Rental: $30 for 2 hours
- Tandem Kayak Rental: $45 for 2 hours
- Paddle Board Rental: $30 for 2 hours
Work on your tan, roll around in the sand, and jump into the water at Yorktown Beach. The beach features a Mobi-Mat, which accommodates individuals who use walkers, wheelchairs, and strollers. Disabled guests also have the option to reserve our Mobi-Chair for those who desire to physically get into the water. Free.
If you love live music, you’ll certainly love our Sounds of Summer Concert Series, held Thursdays from 6:30-9 p.m., June 1 through August 10 (except July 6). This year’s lineup features familiar favorites like disco, beach, and Motown musicians Slapnation; R&B, jazz, and funk artists The Uptown Band; and the ‘80s cover band The Deloreans. Blackout, an old-fashioned ‘70s and ‘80s rock and roll band, will be boogieing on the Riverwalk Landing Stage for the first time. View the full list of entertainers. Free.
5. Steamer Tour from Yorktown & Co.
Beginning in June 2023, experience Colonial National Historical Park aboard an old-fashioned Steamer Wagon. Once you check in at Yorktown & Co., located inside Little York Confectionery, guides will steer you through the Yorktown Battlefield, where you’ll explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The Steamer Wagon is wheelchair accessible. Tours take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Steamer Wagon tickets and National Park passes are required and can be purchased onsite or online. Check Yorktown & Co.’s website for pricing information.
Embrace the summer sun during Yorktown Market Days’ Fun in the Sun Market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. Purchase seasonal produce like watermelons, blueberries, and corn; sweet treats such as popsicles and snow cones; sea-inspired art; and much, much more. Jam out to the One Love Caribbean Steel Drum Band from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids will be able to participate in fun outdoor activities like painting seashells and blowing bubbles at Riverwalk Landing. Free.
Hitch a ride on the nostalgic Yorktown Trolley to view the area in style! This complimentary, air-conditioned service gives passengers the opportunity to focus on the breathtaking scenery, important history, and beautiful architecture. All Trolleys are wheelchair accessible and run daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Labor Day Weekend. View the Trolley map. Free.