Spring Break Ideas: Williamsburg – Alexandria Living Magazine

Are you already planning for spring break? Williamsburg is just 2.5 hours’ drive from Alexandria. Welcome warm weather and the promise of spring to the Kingsmill area with a host of seasonal activities and reopenings – from culture and theme parks to the great outdoors.

Celebrate the return of warm weather at Kingsmill Resort and the Williamsburg suburbs, when spring brings a host of fun outdoor activities for all to enjoy. Play or swing the racket at the resort. Hiking and cycling in the area’s many parks and green spaces. Get out into the water on the James River. Tour the largest living history museum in the country. Press your feet for spring parties. Get into the action with roller coasters, zip lines, rope courses and more as they reopen this season.

Here’s what will be shown this spring:

Dinner on the waterfront: The patio at James Landing Grill on the James River in Kingsmill Marina is Williamsburg’s only waterfront restaurant. Enjoy fresh, locally sourced food along with beautiful sunsets over the James River. Open seasonally, the James Landing Grille serves a selection of regional and sustainable seafood, such as local oysters on the half-shell and local grilled fish.

Tournament kickoff: What better way to welcome spring than by playing a round at Kingsmill. With two popular 18-hole golf courses, a famous golf academy, and excellent instruction, you’ll see why the resort has been recognized by Golf Digest and Golfweek. Choose from the Pete Dye-designed river course, which floats on the James River and is among the state’s 10 best courses, or the Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay Plantation Course, which features landmarks from the original 1736 plantation. No wonder Kingsmill has hosted the world’s best players on the PGA and LPGA Tours.

racket swing: At Kingsmill Tennis Club you can enjoy private lessons, group clinics, tournaments, social events or just a friendly game. Play on 15 fine courses – 13 clay and two hard, with six water courses.

Float in a river pond: Glide your way along the meandering river pool at Kingsmill, which reopens for the season on May 7.

Get out on the water: Spend an afternoon relaxing on the beautiful James River and admiring views of the attractions of Williamsburg. Get your adrenaline pumping on the jet skis or spend a relaxing day cruising on a pontoon boat or kayak. You can rent jet skis, pontoons, kayaks, paddle boards and fishing poles at Kingsmill Marina.

I ride a bike: Want to feel the wind in your hair and inhale the sweet scent of spring? Take a scenic bike ride through the vast Kingsmill grounds with miles of pedal-to-pedal trails. A bicycle rental service is available at Kingsmill Marina.

Outside the resort, more than 25 cycling trails attract riders, which feature historic sites, peaceful farmland, and scenic back roads. Pedalers favorites include the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile National Park Service trail that connects the cities of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown; Virginia Capital Trail, a 50-mile trail running from Jamestown to Richmond; Historic Jamestown Island Loop Drive, a 3-mile or 5-mile loop featuring 11 interpretive stations, archaeological excavations, and perched nests of bald eagles; and 600-acre Freedom Park, a woodland getaway with two miles of mixed-use trails and more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails that meander through historic sites, woodlands, and along open streams and meadows.

A look at spring flowers: From formal gardens to wild fields, it’s time to stop and smell the roses. Just don’t forget the camera (or smartphone). Start at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden to admire more than 800 species of native plants, as well as a butterfly garden. Bring lunch and dinner under the marquee at one of the picnic tables.

The Colonial Williamsburg Historic District offers more than 90 acres of green space and gardens. Sign up for the Green Thumb and Garden Enthusiasts Excursion Program. Or visit the Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum, made up of more than 30 historic gardens – from backyard flowering gardens to the gardens and grounds of the governor’s grand mansion.

On April 26, embark on the annual Williamsburg Historic Garden Tour which features a mix of historic residences, scenic landscapes, and gardens. The 75th Annual Garden Symposium will be held from April 28 to May 1 at Colonial Williamsburg. Speakers will discuss distinctive landscape styles.

Take a walk: Enjoy the splendor of spring while hiking one of the many trails through forests, wetlands and fields. Begin on the scenic 4-mile hiking trail that winds its way through Kingsmill itself.

Then head offsite for a paradise of options for hikers in the greater Williamsburg area. They include: The Greenway Interactive Trail, which connects history and nature over a span of more than 5 miles (with several loop options) in the Jamestown settlement. Explore dozens of short trails from the coastal estuary at York River State Park. Enjoy stunning views of nature on the two-mile Powhatan Creek Trail, which winds through beaver ponds, wetlands, and forests. Journey through Waller Mill Park, which features a 3.7-mile paved trail with views of the 360-acre lake as well as a 2.5-mile wooded trail. On the Island Loop Drive in Historic Jamestowne, choose from a 3-mile or 5-mile loop that contains 11 interpretive stations, archaeological excavations, and nests of bald eagles. Hike two miles of multi-use trails, including an ADA-accessible one-mile paved trail, in the 600-acre Williamsburg Forest Park. Hoof it is on a section of the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail that begins in Williamsburg at the Governor’s Palace and follows the Colonial Parkway to Jamestown Island, the site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

listen to the music: The second Sunday Arts and Music Festival kicks off with the first event on March 13th and runs through December at Colonial Williamsburg. The festival showcases many local and regional works on numerous outdoor theaters while more than 400 artists and craftsmen display their creations for sale in downtown Williamsburg.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra performs Masterworks Concert #5 at the Williamsburg Community Chapel on May 27. It features violin concerto, West Side Story symphonic dances, and more. Serving cabaret and cocktails with Byron Stripling “ragtime, blues and all that jazz!” On March 27 at the Williamsburg Lodge Ballroom. The concert features ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton as well as blues legends BB King and Muddy Waters.

Williamsburg Live, part of the Virginia Arts Festival, featuring Mandy Moore, Jason Ezell, Unit 400 and Martina McBride, takes place June 17-19 at the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums.

Slide on Segway: Hop on the Segway with Patriot Tours and embark on a one- or two-hour adventure covering the waterfront and historic main street of Yorktown as stories of the city’s Revolutionary and Civil War battles unfold.

Swing through the trees: Take the whole family to the treetop GoApe Trail, just 15 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. Glide lines, rope ladders, and even a flying hammock take you high into the jungle of Freedom Park where you can swing your way through a canopy.

Bird watching: Explore tidal lands, swamps, hardwood forests, and open meadows on one of the nine New Quarter Park trails. The park’s landscape is ideal for bird watchers, and is home to a variety of bird species, including American bald eagles, wild turkeys, and red-tailed hawks.

Have a blast in the amusement park:Visit Busch Gardens in spring, the least crowded time of the year when flowers are in bloom throughout the park. Spread over 383 acres, it’s home to European-themed hamlets, entertainment shows, and of course, rollercoasters, plenty of it. A new roller coaster, Pantheon, the world’s fastest multi-launch roller coaster, will debut in March. Harnessing all the speed and power of five of the greatest Roman deities, this record-breaking 180-foot vessel has a top speed of 73 miles per hour, and features a 95-degree dip, four launches, five air hills, and two capsizes. .

Chill or excitement in a water park: Cold or thrill? I chose Water Country USA, Virginia’s largest water park, which reopens for the season on May 14. With names like Jet Scream, Big Daddy Falls, and Colossal Curl, Water Country will send you screaming over the edge. But the 43-acre park also offers lounging opportunities at Surfer’s Bay Wave and Kritter Korral, which feature fountains and pools for young children.

Put the pedal on the metal: Just try to keep your kids off the tracks at GO-KARTS PLUS, which will reopen for the season on March 18th. They can race Super Stockarts like NASCAR, zoom around the park’s eight-acre tracks, play miniature golf, try bumper cars or exploding boats, ride a ship and other rides, head out at the shooting gallery, and even hunt for gems and fossils.

Enjoy on the high seas: Sail away for a few hours on the historic waters of the York River with Yorktown Sailing Charters. The 150-foot schooner Alliance returns to Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown on April 1. Get a feel of what Captain John Smith experienced four centuries ago on a small ship. If you’re traveling with young buddies, check out Captain Mayhem’s School of Pirate for the Alliance or its sister schooner Serenity (don’t let the name fool you). On these cruises, kids will set the sails, steer the ship, and even draw a tattoo – temporarily, of course.

Live Like a Colonizer: Tour the largest living history museum in America, Colonial Williamsburg. Walk the Duke of Gloucester Street to experience life 250 years ago. Explore the food, the crafts – the doodler, the tailor, the soldier, the wig maker – and the stories of the revolutionary era with the characters who lived at the time.

Delve into history in the Jamestown settlement by grinding corn, digging out a canoe, or trying out armor. You’ll find recreations of 17th-century life from a Powhatan Indian village to James Fort to the ships that took colonists to Virginia in 1607. Climb the trail to Susan Constant, where you can drive with a winch, sailors tie a knot, and climb into a sailor’s bed.

On March 20, he participated in the “Army Through the Ages”, which includes more than 500 re-enactments of the armed forces. They range from the first century through to modern day soldiers with the Virginia Army National Guard.

Yorktown Battle Experience: Take a tour of Yorktown Battlefield with a ranger and hear exciting details about the last great battle of the revolution. This is where the American and French armies led by General George Washington defeated British forces led by Lord Charles Cornwallis in 1781. Hamilton fans should be sure to ask what role he played in the victory.

Eat, drink and be happy: Enjoy produce, prepared foods, and farm-related products grown or made in Virginia at the weekly Williamsburg Farmers Market, which returns every Saturday starting March 19. Conveniently located in Merchant Square, it has 40 different vendors and live tapping music.

Savor that chilled one at the 2022 Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival on April 24 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums, an afternoon of handcrafted beer, great local food, and live music.


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