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More than just a road, the Colonial National Historic Parkway connects Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown in a 23-mile stretch of road. From the York River to the James River, the whole road was constructed to allow motorists appreciate the natural beauty of the area and evoke the sensation of going back in time to the colonial era. The Colonial Parkway is not merely a means of travel, but truly an attraction in itself.
The James City County Skate Park is filled to the brim with ramps, rails, and grinding edges. The park is a bowl-style skate park that is made up of jump-stand ramps. Skaters will also find handrails, movable ramps and a veritable feast of grinding edges. Parents or friends who want to watch the skaters can stand outside of the skate park's fence, or walk along the half-mile (0.8 kilometers) trail that encircles the skate park.
Waller Mill Park offers endless activity options. From kayaking around the 360-acre (145.6 hectares) lake, to playing a round of disc golf, there is something fun for everyone at this expansive park. Waller Mill Park also offers a slew of other activities, including boating, picnicking options, hiking trails, and even a dog park so that you can bring your furry best friend along.
At James City County Marina, you can spend the day being active and connecting with the United States's past. Follow Captain John Smith's trail and navigate the Powhatan River in a kayak, or cycle along a path where United States' founders once walked. You can rent whatever supplies you need from the marina, including kayaks, bikes, stand up paddle boards, canoes, and pontoon boats.
The Virginia Capital Trail is a 55-mile (88.5 kilometers) paved trail that links all of Virginia's historic capitals, including Williamsburg and Jamestown, and the present day capital of Richmond. Over the years, more trail heads have been created, so hikers can hop on to the trail at many different points. The trail winds along the James River, making it a scenic trip for hikers, walkers, and cyclists.
Established in 2000, The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is a gorgeous botanical garden that is home to over 2000 trees and other flora. The property consists of more than 15 species of daffodils in the bulb garden, lilac and wildflowers like rattlesnake master and blanket flower. However, the most popular area in this green cover is the butterfly garden where visitors can marvel at hundreds of butterflies. Besides the scenic beauty of the landscape, Williamsburg Botanical Garden is also known for its sustainable gardening practices like its green roof pavilion. Visitors can not only enjoy the natural scenery, but they can also participate in educational tours.
As the name suggests, Go-Karts Plus offers more than just racing and bumper cars; burn some rubber on the Figure Eight Track, Euro Track or Rookie Track. For those less inclined to drive, try splashing around on the Blaster Boats, go on the Kiddie Roller Coaster, play games at the Video Arcade or get your golf on at the Waterfall Miniature Golf course. Tickets are reasonably priced, but be sure to watch for coupons that are frequently in local fliers and publications. Be aware that hours change seasonally.
Standing across the James River, the Chippokes Plantation is one of the oldest and largest plantations in the nation. Although the oldest, the park offers great recreational activities for the tourist. One can enjoy the great view of the historic area with it's mansions and gardens, along with it's antique charm. One can take a stroll in the garden to enjoy the scenic view or visit the Forestry Museum. There are swimming pools, hikes and horse back rides as well as campgrounds for overnight stay.
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.
There is something for everyone at the beautiful Chickahominy Riverfront Park. The park stretches over 140 green acres (56.6 hectares) and includes trails that run along the river and Gordon Creek, two swimming pools, boating opportunities, a playground and picnic spots. If you don't have a boat but want to get out on the water, boats are available for rent.
The 3.5 mile (5.6 kilometers) Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail winds its way through lush forests, bird-filled wetlands, and industrious beaver dams. Along the way, walkers can read signs that discuss the native flora and fauna of Williamsburg, as well as the events in history that took place in the area. Furry friends are also welcome on the interpretive trail so the whole family can enjoy an afternoon in nature.
Stonehouse Stables provides lessons, boarding and sales opportunities for horse-lovers in the Williamsburg area. The stable also hosts shows and is considered to be one of the best hunt seat equestrian stables in the area. Visitors can also follow experienced riders on a trail ride through the surrounding wilderness.