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Slide, splash and swim to your heart's content at this great water park with acres of rides for children and families. Shoot down the Jet Scream, four twisting and turning flumes that send you 415 feet at 25 mph into the pool. Take a break at the Aqua X-treme, the park's high-dive and gymnastics show. Or, perhaps, float down the Aquazoid, the world's largest special effects raft ride that travels through dark tunnels and water curtains with laser images and eerie sound effects. Opening hours vary seasonally - check the website for more details.
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry provides convenient service over the James River. Not only is it a free service for both single passengers and cars, but the 15 minute long ferry operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Authorities do perform security checks and screenings, so make sure to arrive a couple minutes before the scheduled departure time. The 4 ferries serving this route are the best way to cross the river as there is not a crossing until Jordan Point Road on one side and the James River Bridge to the East. Check the website for details of sailing times.
A short distance from Williamsburg's town life lies the tranquil natural beauty of York River State Park. The congregation of saltwater and freshwater is responsible for the unique ecosystem and biodiversity found around the park; it's a popular destination for nature lovers. Excellent fishing, boating and hiking opportunities make this park a favorite among locals and visitors. The park is for day use only and has no overnight camping facilities. Parking and boat launch fees are applicable.
The 105 foot long Schooner Alliance sets sail from the Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown daily from April 15 to October 31. Sail past the many historic points along the York River, such as the Yorktown Battlefield and the Victory Monument. Couples will enjoy the two-hour sunset sails. Drinks and snacks are provided on board, and guests are welcome to help the crew set sail. Check their website to book a private charter in advance, as the ship often sails out of town for festivals and other events.