Yorktown Beach is a part of the Historic Triangle Region. Best known for Colonial Williamsburg and the Yorktown Victory Park, the region offers a full slate of scenic places to explore, too. The York River meanders through the center of the Triangle, providing a backdrop for all types of outdoor adventure. When the weather is warm, the river is one of the best places around to enjoy the great outdoors—a quieter alternative to the bustling resort area of Virginia Beach.
Like most Virginia beaches, the bulk of visitors arrive in the summertime, although all four seasons are worth a visit. The beachfront amenities are open seasonally from April through the middle of October, which include showers and restrooms.
In total, the two-acre park is a popular place for swimming and lounging in the sun. People also enjoy strolling the sand and searching for shells while they’re spending time along the York River. It’s quite common to see colorful kites lifted by the wind rolling off the river. Kayakers and canoeists also flock to Yorktown Beach to begin their outdoor adventures.
Yorktown Beach Virginia also is a popular place for boating and picnicking. Beyond the two-acre beach section, there are ten acres of grass perfect for picnics and games. You’ll also find a fishing pier that juts out into the river, which provides a home to catfish, croakers, and stripers in abundance. Crabbers also flock to Yorktown Beach to participate in a Virginia tradition, just as they do to the Buckroe Beach pier over in Norfolk.
In the summer and the other three seasons of the year, visitors frequent the Riverwalk Landing. One of the best places in the Historic Triangle for shopping and dining, it also offers excellent views of Yorktown Beach. The Riverwalk Landing has a boat dock with very reasonable fees—less than the cost of a good lunch.
Whether you arrive by land or sea, you’ll find a wide array of things to do along the river. Whether you’re looking for a warm cup of coffee or an ice cream cone to cool off, you’ll find the perfect place to grab a snack. The Riverwalk Landing restaurants suits all kind of tastes and budgets, and the same could be said about its boutiques and shops.
Between May and September, Yorktown Market Days turns the Riverwalk into a European-style outdoor market. On Saturday morning, vendors and farmers bring fresh produce and flowers to the market, along with art, candles, and other interesting items.
The season for Market Days is the same as the operation schedule of the Schooner Alliance. This 105-foot historic vessel sets sail from the Riverwalk three times a day between May and October. This modern replica was part of Maine’s Windjammer fleet before it came to Yorktown Beach Virginia in 2005. It departs from its Yorktown dock for sightseeing and sunset sails. The Alliance spends the winter in the Caribbean before returning to Yorktown in the spring for a new season.
The Alliance is just one of the tours that begins at Riverwalk Landing. Segway tours introduce Yorktown’s unique history and beautiful views, as do walking and bicycling tours. Local outfitters also rent bicycles to those who want explore on their own.