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. 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, eat in our restaurants, 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 taking reservations. In addition to takeout and patio dining options for restaurants, most also allow customers to eat 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 four daily sails. The Riverwalk is also open to walking, bicycling, and jogging, as long as visitors maintain appropriate space between themselves and others. 

Things to Do - Outdoor Attractions

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

Sightseeing Day Sail
11:00 a.m. | $39 adults, $27 children 12 and under
2:00 p.m. | $39 adults, $27 children 12 and under

Sunset Sail - $39 per person (no children’s discount)
Approximate Departure Times:
September 8 – 20 5:30 p.m.
September 21 – October 7 5:00 p.m.
October 8 – November 1 4:30 p.m.

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 and limited indoor dining. Online ordering and pick-up at delivery window are still available for customers. Only customers with a masks 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.


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.

Riverwalk Landing Summer Market Landscape

Go Green Market On Sept. 12, in collaboration with York County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee, the market will encourage shoppers to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The market begins at 8 a.m. and there will be free information to promote environmental sustainability as well as free reusable market bags to the first 500 customers. The visiting LOVE Letters will be turned green for the day as a photo op for visiting families. 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.

Canceled Events

Watermen's Museum Chili Cook-Off

Due to crowd concerns and guidelines to use only licensed food trucks, caterers, or restaurants to provide food to the public, the Watermen's Museum has made the difficult decision to cancel this annual event.  

Yorktown Wine Festival

The difficult decision has been made to cancel this year’s Wine Festival on Oct. 3. Given the social nature of this event, and the inclination to gather in groups while consuming alcohol, canceling this event seemed the most responsible decision for public safety. Every year, wineries from across the Commonwealth make the trip to Yorktown. In addition to social distancing challenges, in response to the pandemic, many of those vineyards have paused outreach efforts and tastings beyond their own respective locations. Organizers of the festival felt it would be difficult to deliver the experience ticket-goers have come to expect from this popular annual event.

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. 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.