See & Do

Immerse yourself in an area as rich in American history as it is modern-day charm. Travel back to 1781 and walk in the footsteps of our nation’s Founders at Colonial National Historical Park, or explore our interactive exhibitions at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Fast-forward to the 21st century to take a stroll through along the riverfront where you can shop in our charming boutiques, dine with stunning views of the York River, and swim at our public beach. Yorktown also boasts art galleries on Main Street, museums, and outdoor fun including kayaking, paddle boarding, and sunset and pirate cruises at Riverwalk Landing!

A family walking around Riverwalk Landing shopping area
A drink at Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters

Shopping

You’ll find the perfect souvenir or special gift when you visit our many galleries and shops. Take home a beautiful piece of local art from the Gallery at York Hall, a one-of-a-kind bracelet from Viccellio Goldsmith, or an American-made handcrafted piece of art from Auntie M’s American Cottage.

Dining

Historic Yorktown includes several one-of-a-kind eateries with vast menus featuring fresh seafood, artisan pizzas, gourmet cakes, and desserts—even sushi. Whether you’re searching for a fine dining experience or a casual pub atmosphere, we’ve got a little of everything. The best part is no matter where you turn, you’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful views of the York River!

Young Ranger at the Yorktown Battlefield
A group of glass paintings

Family Fun

No matter how old your kids and grandkids are, adventure is waiting around every corner! Learn what it was like to dress as a colonial soldier, sign your name with a quill pen, and harvest crops on an 18th-century farm when you visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  Earn a certificate of merit and patch when you become a Yorktown Junior Ranger with our National Park Service. Build a boat, dig for artifacts, and explore nature with our special camps and programs at the Watermen’s Museum! The possibilities for fun are endless.

Arts & Culture

If you are a fan of the arts, you have come to the right place! You’re just steps away from shops and galleries showcasing the works of local, regional, and national artists. You will find paintings, wood sculptures, ceramics, glass art, fine art, and fine gold jewelry. Performing Arts lovers will appreciate Yorktown’s year-round events with music, markets, and festivals.

A family touring the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
A group of people dancing along to music at the Sounds of Summer Concert

Attractions & Museums   

Yorktown provides a unique blend of the past and present. You can spend the day at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown traveling back to the 18th century and learning the stories of citizens and soldiers. Then, return to spend your night with Yorktown Ghost Walks searching for signs of the supernatural as you explore history’s most haunted places.

Events

From art shows and wine festivals to our farmer’s market and outdoor concerts—there’s always something to do in Yorktown. Each new season offers unique opportunities to gather as a community and enjoy food, fireworks, music, and entertainment for all ages. Come experience our unique venue on the water.

Colonial interpreter firing a cannon at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Yorktown History

Discover the place where the United States gained its independence as you explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.  Here in Yorktown, in the fall of 1781, Gen. George Washington, with allied American and French forces, besieged Gen. Charles Cornwallis' British Army, effectively ending the war.

A small group kayaking near the Colman Bridge in the York River

On the Water

Stretching 34 miles and feeding into the Chesapeake Bay, the York River is the hub of activity along the Yorktown waterfront. Dock your boat at our public pier to take advantage of our beautiful beaches and restaurants, or let us do the steering for you. Depending on the season, you can book a romantic sunset sail or a pirate adventure cruise aboard the Schooner Serenity. Paddleboards and kayaks are also available for rent from Patriot Tours & Provisions, so you can explore the river at your own pace.

A couple sitting in lawn chairs on the beach

Outdoor Fun

Whether you’re a hiker, biker, kayaker, paddle boarder, or beach lover—Yorktown is your outdoor recreation destination. Our mile-long pedestrian Riverwalk is the perfect place for casual strolling. You can also enjoy the two-acre beach ideal for sunbathing, swimming, gathering shells, and watching the boats cruise by. Enjoy a guided Segway tour through historic Yorktown or rent a bicycle for a self-guided tour—both available at Patriot Tours & Provisions. You can also sail into the sunset when you book a cruise on the Schooner Serenity.

Kids playing soccer on a field at McReynolds Athletic Complex

Sports & Recreation

The county has six community parks and a large athletic complex that offer boat-launching facilities, lighted tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields—even a waterfront picnic area. At our New Quarter Park—hike or bike our trails, fish from our floating pier, or book a Segway tour!