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Posted on: March 12, 2018

[ARCHIVED] What Will You Do Over Spring Break?

Spring break 2018

Adventurous Outdoor Activities

  • Enjoy a night or two of camping! Camping facilities include Chickahominy Riverfront Park (with deals for local residents), Anvil Campground, Outdoor World and American Heritage RV Park.
  • Take a swing through the trees at Go Ape at Freedom Park! Go Ape is open daily. There are courses for adults and children. Some restrictions apply and reservations are suggested.
  • Visit one of the many parks and trails in James City County. Whether you are interested in hiking or bicycle riding, there’s a great path full of adventure waiting.
  • Take a ride on the Virginia Capital Trail. With three starting points in JCC, the Virginia Capital Trail provides a great place for families to bike or walk together.
  • Explore the James River by kayak or canoe starting at the James City County Marina. The JCC Marina is open daily with a year-round boat launch. Bike rentals are also available here, which are perfect for exploring the nearby Historic Jamestowne Island Loop.
  • Explore the activities of Freedom Park, which has a rich historical background dating back to the 1650s. This park is the site of an 18th century cemetery, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary (1781), and a 17th century domicile that is revealing much archaeological research of the early colonial period (1680-1730).
    • Freedom Park includes the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
    • There are mountain bike trails created by the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association and paved trails. You can view a map online.
    • There is an interpretive center with artifacts.
  • Explore York River State Park (YRSP). The only fee is a small parking fee. With more than 30 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, YRSP allows visitors to explore the marsh, river shoreline and forests. There is also a boat ramp, fresh and salt water fishing spots, a fishing pier, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and seasonal boat and recreational equipment rentals are available.

Family Fun

  • Enjoy Busch Gardens Williamsburg, which is open daily during spring break! Don’t forget that there is currently a free preschool pass available for children 3-5 years of age. Children 2 and under are free.
  • Take a farm tour at Fox Wire Farm Alpacas. Fox Wire Farm is made up of approximately 200 acres of farmland, pastureland, woods and creeks and is the home to some of the happiest alpacas around. There are tours available twice a day from 9:15-11:30 a.m. and 1:15-3:30 p.m. All tours are available by appointment only by calling 757-218-4520.
  • Have fun at Go-Karts Plus with their wide range of activities including rides, mini golf, go-karts and much more! Prices vary by activity.
  • Visit Historic Jamestowne and see all of the history as archaeologist continue to explore the artifacts left by the settlers. Tours are given several times a day, but there is also a variety to see on your own.
  • Explore Jamestown Settlement and learn the story of 17th-century Virginia; from the arrival of English colonists in Jamestown in 1607 to the cultural encounters and events that planted the seeds of a new nation. The world of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. (A majority of Jamestown Settlement activities are suitable for rainy days.)

Spring Break Events at YRSP

  • Attend a Fossil Frenzy on select days from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a free program, but there is a parking fee. Long before there was YRSP, or even a York River, more than 6,000 years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.
  • Enjoy a Freshwater Fishing Clinic on select days from 10 a.m. until noon. Before you hit the water, learn and practice the skills needed to fish in fresh water. Practice casting with a spin-casting rod & reel combo. Learn how to use bobbers, sinkers and the knots most often used by anglers. There will be a "backyard bass" contest as well. Participants will receive a Jr. Angler certificate.
  • Participate in the Stream to Sea Stroll on select days from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a free program, but there is a parking fee. Take a walk to and discover life in four different aquatic ecosystems.  We will hike to a small woodland and marsh stream, freshwater pond, and brackish/saltwater river.  With nets, we will capture and identify different crustaceans, fish, and take note of plant life. 
  • Take a Taskinas Trek on select days from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a free program, but there is a parking fee. The Taskinas Creek Trail is one of the most beautiful and challenging hikes in eastern Virginia. Experience the elevation changes of rollercoaster like ravines. Keep an open eye for eagles in flight and muskrat taking a swim. Take in the panoramic views of the marsh and observe the wildlife.

Rainy Days

  • The WISC has a great play area called The Zone that is not only indoors, but also great for the whole family. The Zone features laser tag, a laser maze, clip n’ climb, a playground and redemption arcade. The Zone is open daily and has a variety of rates.
  • The Virginia Musical Museum features a collection of over forty years is combined with donations from famous Virginia music artists. Making up the museum are rare, antique musical instruments, mechanical music machines, phonographs and many personal items from Virginia artists. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 6 and up.
  • The Williamsburg Pottery includes a variety of merchandise including handmade salt glaze pottery. They have a variety of Virginia-themed merchandise that makes the perfect souvenir!
  • The Williamsburg Premium Outlets have more than 130 stores including a Build-A-Bear Workshop Outlet store. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours on Easter are noon to 6 p.m.

For a list of events, make sure to check out our weekly list of things to do.

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