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Things to Do in Virginia

Virginia’s history begins at Jamestown and includes the Revolutionary and Civil wars. In the Washington D.C. area, find many things to do: Alexandria’s Old Town, the national cemetery and Mount Vernon. Discover Colonial Williamsburg, the capital Richmond and naval-related attractions at Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth and Hampton.  Roanoke highlights its railroading past with great museums. Beach lovers head to Virginia Beach to escape. For a true taste, travel to Bristol, the birthplace of country music and a NASCAR speedway. Its mountains, rivers and parks, especially Shenandoah and Chincoteague, provide the backdrop for recreation seekers. Restaurants vary from country to sophisticated. Stay at five-star hotels or B&Bs.
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First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia
757-412-2300
The park is on the national register of historic places and the national register of natural landmarks. It was here in 1607 that English settlers made their "first landing" in America before traveling on to settle Jamestown north of this site. Numerous recreational activities also add to the park's popularity, including swimming, boating, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, beach walks, picnicking, cabins and 19 miles of trails including Bald Cypress trail.
Hours & Admission
Daily. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Freedom Park

5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-259-5360
Rich in history, this park preserves one of the first free black settlements in America (1803), the Revolutionary War Battle of Spenser's Ordinary (1781), three 17th-century homes and a botanical ellipse garden. This 600-acre park also features approximately 1.8 miles of hiking trails and more than 15 miles of mountain bike trails through forests, meadows and along creeks.
Hours & Admission
Daily 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: James City County Parks and Recreation

Chickahominy Riverfront Park

1350 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-258-5020
Enjoy this 140-acre park on the banks of the Chickahominy River. Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, a boat ramp, fishing pier, campsites, playgrounds, picnic shelters and a small store. Bring your own boat or rent a canoe, kayak or motorboat at the park.

Access the Virginia Capital Trail, perfect for walking, jogging or biking. Eventually the trail will connect Williamsburg to Richmond, a 50-mile stretch. The current eight-mile path connects the park with Jamestown...
Hours & Admission
Park: daily dawn to dusk. Store: 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.

College Landing Park

South Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-259-3760
Not far from the College of William and Mary*, discover this city park with an observation tower and an elevated walk over the marshlands of College Creek. Enjoy the scenery, launch a kayak/canoe or view wildlife. (*see separate listing)
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Free.

Little Creek Reservoir Park

180 Lakeview Road
Toano, Virginia
757-566-1702
This 996-acre scenic park, overlooking its namesake reservoir, is a fisherman's paradise. Perfect for outdoor family time in the Williamsburg area, find fishing, a playground, a nature trail and picnic area, plus a boat launch (electric trolling motors only). Canoe, kayak and boat rentals are offered.
Hours & Admission
March to November, Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to dusk, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 6:00 a.m. to dusk, December to February, Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free (boat launch fee).

New Quarter Park

1000 Lakeshead Drive
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-890-3500
Situated along Queens Creek, adjacent to the Colonial National Historic Parkway, this York County park offers an 18-hole disc golf course, picnic shelters, a playground, basketball and volleyball courts, eight hiking trails and a mountain bike trail, a softball field, horseshoe pits and fishing, plus a canoe/kayak launch.
Hours & Admission
May to October, daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk, November to April, Friday 10:00 a.m. to dusk, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Free.

Waller Mill Park

Airport Road
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-259-3778
This beautiful 2705-acre park is a community favorite. The focal point is the 286-acre lake with boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Boat rentals - canoe, kayak, rowboat and pedal boats are available. Find picnic areas, wildlife viewing and hiking trails, plus a two-mile paved trail for biking, walking, jogging and in-line skating. Waller Mill also features a dog park.
Hours & Admission
February, daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., March to April, daily 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., May to mid-September, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., mid-September to late September, daily 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., October, daily 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., November to January, daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free (boat launch fee).

York River State Park

5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-566-3036
The 2,550-acre park lies adjacent to the York River, where the coastal estuary - a mix of freshwater and saltwater meet. Stop at the visitor center to learn about the area’s history, and the use and preservation of the York River and its marshes.

Find more than 25 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. There are six bicycle trails, some shared with horses and hikers, two only for mountain biking - the six-mile single track Marl Ravine Trail for advanced riders and the two-mile...
Hours & Admission
Park: daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Visitor center: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission (plus boat launch fee).
Information subject to change without notice.
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