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Posted on: December 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 20 Things to Explore in 2020


With each new year, there are new things to look forward to and the things happening in James City County in 2020 are no exception. We divided this year’s list of things to explore into 10 things we are excited about and 10 things to explore.

10 Things We are Excited About

  1. Busch Gardens Williamsburg will be launching to new heights and speeds with their new roller coaster, Pantheon. Pantheon features a total of four launches and will reach a top speed of 73 mph, making it the fastest multi-launch coaster in the world.
  2. The return of the Cap2Cap in James City County! On May 9, 2020, the Dominion Energy Cap2Cap ride will have two separate starting locations including Chickahominy Riverfront Park. There are four bike ride options available: a family fun ride (eight miles), a quarter-century (27 miles), a half-century (57 miles) and a century (100 miles).
  3. The LPGA returns to James City County from May 18-24, 2020 with the Pure Silk Championship. During this prestigious week-long event, women golfers from around the world will compete for a $1.3 million purse in a 72-hole stroke play tournament.
  4. Sweethaven Lavender of Williamsburg will host not one, but two lavender festivals. There will be one geared towards adults on Saturday, May 30 (Adult Relaxation & Education) and on Saturday, June 6 (Family Fun in the Fields). Mark your calendars now.
  5. The return of the REV3 Triathlon to Chickahominy Riverfront Park. We are excited about this great race returning after its absence in 2019.
  6. We are thrilled that the Williamsburg Winery is planting 8.5 acres of new vineyards including four different varietals. This will total over 9,000 plantings from the Winery’s viticulture team.
  7. We love special events and can’t wait to see what 2020 brings from some of our favorite attractions including Billsburg Brewery, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Winery.
  8. There will be more “Fee Free Days” at Historic Jamestowne. The dates for 2020 are as follows: Jan. 20, April 18, Aug. 25, Sept. 26 and Nov. 11.
  9. We are excited to launch a new 2020 photo contest. We can’t wait to see what you love in James City County. Details coming soon!
  10. More unexpected fun in 2020! We will keep you up to date with our monthly newsletter. You can sign up online.

10 Things to Explore

  1. Learn about history at Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. There are numerous special events throughout the year that highlight topics that may interest you.
  2. Try something new like racing a go-kart or ziplining. We’ve got both in James City County.
  3. More delicious food at James City County restaurants! We love our local restaurants and challenge you to explore one new restaurant a month in 2020. Don’t forget that the Williamsburg Restaurant Week occurs towards the end of January!
  4. Visit the highest point in James City County – Fox Wire Farm Alpacas. While you’re there, take a farm tour and meet a menagerie of animals. Please make sure to schedule an appointment in advance.
  5. More outdoor adventure. Make it your goal this year to explore the outdoors. Whether your preference is to be on the water or the woods, there are plenty of options for more outdoor adventure in 2020!
  6. Explore the 17 parks in James City County. With more than 46 miles of trails, there really is something for everyone.
  7. Pick Virginia grown produce at MillFarm Christmas Tree & Berry Farm, KelRae Farm, Pumpkinville or one of the other local farms.
  8. Hikes and adventures at York River State Park. Whether you are exploring with friends or participating in a guided activity, we love this state park! The guided activity schedule is available online.
  9. Four words: The Williamsburg Tasting Trail. Enjoy craft and artisanal beverages from local purveyors like Billsburg Brewery and the Williamsburg Winery.
  10. Shopping! We’ve got great locally-owned stores, the Williamsburg Premium Outlets and tons of antique shopping.

What are you excited about for 2020? What do you want to explore? Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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