We are officially in the dog days of summer which means more beach plans and time spent near the water. Whether it’s an early morning kayak trip on the York River, a sunset sail on the Schooner Alliance, or enjoying a frothy hard lemonade slushy at Larry’s—there are many fun ways to beat the heat when you Visit Yorktown!
Water isn’t just for drinking this time of year; it’s also for sailing! During Captain Mayhem’s Pirate Adventure Cruise, children get to raise the sails, steer the angry seas, and even fire a cannon! Sitting under the shade of the sails with the breeze blowing in off the water makes this a perfect way to explore Yorktown in the summer. You can also book daytime history sails or a sunset sail through Yorktown Sailing Charters. Don’t forget your sunscreen along with a spirit of adventure.
A more relaxing option is coasting down the river in a rented kayak or paddle board from Patriot Tours & Provisions. Or rent a bicycle to ride around Historic Yorktown, exploring the Battlefield trails under the cool cover of the centuries old trees. And a guided Segway tour really lets you feel the wind in your hair!
Yorktown’s Sounds of Summer Concerts are Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. through August 26. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy FREE entertainment for the whole family. The days are longer but there’s still plenty of time to dance under the stars.
If you’re more of early bird versus a night owl, we have just the incentive to get up and at ‘em on a Saturday—Yorktown Market Days! From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., enjoy spectacular views of the York River before the real heat of the day. Don’t miss National Farmers Market Week on August 7. More than 40 vendors and artists line the Riverwalk selling Virginia-grown products, scratch-made baked goods, and handcrafted works of art.
Historic Yorktown includes several one-of-a-kind eateries with vast menus ranging from fresh seafood and sushi to brick-oven pizzas, wings, and burgers to gourmet cakes and desserts. While all the grub is amazing, we want to take a minute to talk about…the drinks.
Did you know Water Street Grille keeps more than 20 regional micro-brews on tap? Expect something different every visit. Next door at Riverwalk Restaurant, grab a flight of chilled rosés to enjoy at the bar or out on the patio.
Ben & Jerry’s recently added Whiskey Biz™ to its flavor lineup. It’s Brown Butter Bourbon Ice Cream with Blonde Brownies & Whiskey Caramel Swirls. Go ahead, and make it a double…. scoop.
Gangsta Dog sells ice cream too… for your pup! Choose from flavors like peanut butter, pumpkin, and maple bacon! Mix them up at home with hot water and then freeze. If your dog likes to swim (in a pool since our beach is off limits), you’ll also find water-proof collars and leashes and floating toys made from recycled plastic.
After a long day of sunning and swimming at the beach, there’s nothing better than a nice tall glass of cold lemonade. Unless it’s a glass of a Larry’s Hard Lemonade slushie, that is. The frothy favorite comes in Pink Slush, Yellow Slush, and Tie Dye Slush flavors—just to name a few!
This is just a small glimpse of all there is to do in Yorktown. Be sure to follow Visit Yorktown on Facebook for special event announcements, new product alerts, fresh menu items, and more. And, York County residents – don’t forget to use your Citizen Rewards Card for discounts at several Historic Yorktown businesses!
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