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
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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. No alcohol sales after 10 p.m.
- Yorktown Pub: Open for outdoor dining & takeout. Limited indoor seating. No alcohol sales after 10 p.m.
- American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: Open
- Custom House: Opening by appointment only
- National Park Service Picnic Area: Open
- Riverwalk Landing Piers: Open to boaters only
- Schooner Alliance: Four Daily sails (10:30, 1:30, 4 & sunset)
- Trolley Operations: Runs Daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Yorktown Battlefield & Visitor Center: Gift Shop & Parking Lot Open (inside remains closed)
- Yorktown Beach: Open
- Yorktown Fishing Pier: Open
- York County Historical Museum: Open Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; July 31, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Yorktown Ghost Walks: Taking reservations, 10-customer limit per tour
- Watermen’s Museum: Open
- Duke of York Hotel: Open and accepting reservations
- Hornsby House Inn B&B: Open and accepting reservations
- Marl Inn Bed & Breakfast: Open and accepting reservations
- York River Inn: Open at a modified capacity
- Yorktown Cottages: Open and accepting reservations
- On the Hill Gallery – Closed in August
- Gallery at York Hall – Open and offering face masks by local artists
- Black Dog Gallery – Open 10-4 Tuesday thru Friday; Saturday by appointment only
- Grace Episcopal Church, Gift Shop & Day School – No in-person sermons. Instead, temporarily aired on church’s YouTube channel.
- Yorktown Baptist Church - drive-in services Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.
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.
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.
Sounds of Summer
The show will go on… 𝒗𝒊𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚! We know you guys have missed the Sounds of Summer concerts as much as we have. That’s why we are excited to announce that while it still isn’t safe to see the concerts in person – we’re bringing the bands – to you!
That’s right. Beginning next week, we will start live-streaming some very special performances from the Freight Shed. We know it’s not the same as being at the waterfront, but we think it’s the next best thing. And we really hope you’ll tune in! The bands will begin performing on a closed set at 7 p.m. and will play some of your favorite hits for a full 90 minutes.
You can watch on our Visit Yorktown Facebook Page or by tuning into the York County YouTube Channel. Watch from your phones, computers, or pull up the concert on your Smart TV and make a night of it. Everyone can enjoy a front row seat!
𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟑𝟎 – Slapnation
𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐮𝐠. 𝟔 – WOAH
𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐮𝐠. 𝟏𝟑- Tidewater Drive Band
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Due to several factors—the most important of which being public safety—this year’s Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival has been canceled. The initial spring date had been pushed back to August with hopes the pandemic might be better under control by now. Unfortunately, the latest tracking numbers from the Virginia Department of Health illustrate that is simply not the case.
Given the social nature of this event and the inclination to gather in groups while consuming alcohol and listening to music – this seemed the most responsible decision to help protect the community. Organizers of the event were also challenged to find volunteers. Any tickets already purchased will be refunded.
We look forward to making the return of this annual festival in May of 2021 a resounding success!
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.