Reopening News


Historic Yorktown is Open
We are Ready & Waiting to Welcome You!

Yorktown Beach is now open to sunbathing, swimming, and recreation. Social distancing must be practiced and no groups of more than 10 can congregate in one area together. Group sports, tents, and alcohol are prohibited. We encourage beach-goers to visit during non-peak hours to avoid crowds.

Recreational and transient boaters may dock at Riverwalk Landing Piers to shop, pick up to-go food orders, and exercise at the waterfront. The Yorktown Fishing Pier is also open but folks are asked to social distance and set up at least six feet apart from each other.

Most Riverwalk Landing businesses have opened their their doors as well—each with enhanced health and safety measures for employees and customers. Lodging facilities are once again taking reservations. In addition to takeout and patio dining options for restaurants, some are also now seating customers indoors but at a limited capacity.

Outdoor recreation rentals are available to help you and your family social distance in a fun way--including paddle board, bicycle, and kayak rentals. The Schooner Alliance is back home to our piers and is offering three daily sails. The Riverwalk is also open to walking, bicycling, and jogging, as long as visitors maintain appropriate space between themselves and others. Please remember the lower level of the parking terrace is not for beach traffic and there is a 3-hour limit for all drivers who park there.

Things to Do - Outdoor Attractions

Schooner Alliance Sails - Four daily sails offered. Book here.

Pirate Adventure Cruise
10:30 a.m. | $39 adults, $27 children 12 and under

Sightseeing Day Sail
1:30 p.m. | $39 adults, $27 children 12 and under
4:00 p.m.| $39 adults, $27 children 12 and under

Sunset Sail
6:30 p.m. | $39 per person (no children’s discount)

New ship procedures due to COVID-19:
Passenger capacity will be limited to about half. Face masks will be required. Hand sanitizing will be required at the boarding gate. The crew will have temperature checks before work each day. The ship will be sanitized between each sail at all touch points. Guests will not be allowed in the galley—they will be able to order through the portholes. The bathroom will be closed, so passengers are encouraged to use restrooms on shore before boarding the ship.

Schooner Alliance

Patriot Tours & Provisions - Discover the great outdoors! Rent kayaks, bicycles, and paddle boards, or book a guided Segway tour that starts along the beautiful York River and continues through the Historic Village. While rolling from the bluff near the Victory Center to the entrance of the National Park Service Visitor Center, your guide will point out significant historical sites. Learn more here.

Paddleboarding Patriot Tours & Provisions

Yorktown Ghost Walks - Venture along the haunted streets of Yorktown, where our nation’s independence was won—and where spirits of the past still cry out from the blood-stained soil. Tours are conducted by real paranormal investigators from Virginia Paranormal Investigations, and the published author of the book, “Ghosts of Yorktown.” Learn more here.

  1. Businesses & Restaurants
  2. Attractions & Museums
  3. Hotel & Beds and Breakfasts
  4. Art Galleries & Churches

Businesses

  • Alexander’s Photography: Open
  • Auntie M’s American Cottage: Open
  • Viccellio Goldsmith & Fine Jewelry: Open by appointment only
  • Patriot Tours & Provisions: Open
  • Yorktown Bookshop: Open

Restaurants

  • Ben & Jerry’s: Open for takeout, patio seating & limited indoor seating.
  • Carrot Tree: Open for takeout, limited indoor & patio seating.
  • Larry’s: Closed for renovations 
  • Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Cafe: Open for outdoor dining, online ordering, and pick-up at delivery window. Customers with a mask and no COVID-19 symptoms or exposure are allowed inside to place an order.
  • Umi Sushi: Open for indoor dining, patio seating & takeout.
  • Water Street Grille: Limited outdoor and indoor dining available, including full bar area.
  • Yorktown Pub: Open for outdoor dining & takeout. Limited indoor seating.


PUBLIC PARKING & RESTROOMS

All public parking lots are open, including Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace, the National Park Service Beach Picnic Area and Visitor Center lot, and parking lots at York Hall, County Administration/Courthouse area, and Archer Cottage (corner of Read/Water Streets).

Waterfront restroom facilities are also open. Please practice social distancing when waiting in line.

YORKTOWN MARKET DAYS

Customers can once again enjoy spectacular views of the York River as they shop an array of vendors and artists at Riverwalk Landing. Our award-winning open air Farmers Market is back at the waterfront, with enhanced social distancing restrictions. You can check it out every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (except Oct. 3). 

Three themed markets originally scheduled in the spring have officially been postponed to later in the year as outlined below.

Riverwalk Landing Summer Market Landscape

Pirate Invasion Market: Step back into the Golden Age of Piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders on August 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore a pirate encampment, sing along with sea shanties, take part in a digital treasure hunt with participating Yorktown businesses, and don’t miss exciting cannon demonstrations. Young visitors can actually sail the “stormy seas” of the York River with Captain Mayhem aboard the Schooner Alliance. While most of the family-friendly fun is free, Pirate Adventure Cruises do require a paid ticket which can be purchased at www.sailyorktown.com.

Go Green Market In collaboration with York County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee, the market begins at 8 a.m. and there will be free family activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 12 to help promote environmental sustainability. Educational exhibits will be on site as well as free children’s crafts, activities and games. Call (757) 890-5900 for more information

Sister Cities French Market: Modeled after the market in Yorktown’s sister city Port-Vendres France, shop for French favorites on September 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Shoppers will find fresh-baked bread, croissants and pastries; chocolates & macarons; wine; soaps and more! Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring French wines, a silent auction and student exchange raffle. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information.

Rescheduled Events

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

Sample dozens of craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ and listen as some of the best blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing on the new date of Sunday, August 9. Back by popular demand is a Wine Garden, included in admission. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Sounds of Summer

The concert series has a new anticipated start date of July 23. There will be no concerts at the waterfront during the month of June. The series will run through August 27 on Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30. Tentative line-up below. More details to come in future release.

July 23: The Main Event Band
July 30: SlapNation
August 6: Woah
August 13: Soul Expressions
August 20: Bachelor Boys Band
August 27: Band of Oz

As a result of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic—all York County sponsored and partner community events are subject to postponement or cancellation. This includes changes to dates, times, and locations.