Segways and Zip Lines and Kayaks, Oh My!

This is not your grandfather’s Williamsburg.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Water Country USA, Surfer's Bay Wave Pool
Patriot Tours & Provisions Segway Tour
Go-Karts Plus Rookie Track
Busch Gardens Tempesto

Say Greater Williamsburg and you immediately think of swinging adventures, thrills and chills, and gnarly bike rides, right?

Oh, you don't? Well, keep reading. We'll take you to another side of this top historical destination. Here are the best ways to sample the Other Williamsburg; a sense of adventure required.

For a Swinging Time, Call...

Get high — 40 feet off the ground — at Go Ape Treetop Adventure at Freedom Park where there are rope ladders, a canopy tour, two Tarzan swings, and, of course, five zip lines, the longest a 600-foot finale. It's no zip and run adventure; the experience can last up to three hours and covers 2,099 feet of zipping.       

If you don't get an adrenaline rush from Freedom Park, double-check your pulse. Or, try one of the other thrill rides in the area. 

Chill or Thrill? Head to Water Country USA

You have your choice of screams or ahhhs at Water Country USA. With names like Jet Scream, Big Daddy Falls, and the newest, Colossal Curl, it's clear Water Country will send you yelling over the edge. But the 43-acre park isn't just about the water coaster rides. There are chances to chill in the Surfer's Bay Wave and the Kritter Korral, which features fountains and splash pools for the little ones.

Join the Invading Vikings at Busch Gardens

The new addition to the sprawling theme park is the Viking-themed InvadR, the park's first wooden roller coaster that features a 74-foot plunge and speeds of almost 50 mph. If that isn't enough, there are seven other coaster options including Alpengeist, one of the tallest, fastest inverted coasters in the world, climbing to 195 feet, flipping six times and reaching speeds up to 67 mph.

Take the Slow Ride

If you prefer your thrills at a slower pace, head to Yorktown and hop on a Segway with Patriot Tours for a one- or two-hour tour covering the waterfront and historic Main Street. If you've never tried a Segway, now is the time. Lean forward, imagine you are moving and — presto — you are. 

Just Two-Wheel It

Biking options abound. Saddle up at Freedom Park, where more than 20 miles of mountain biking trails wind through forests and along creeks and open meadows. There are a few uphills, but you earn the reward of those nice downhills. Need to get some air? This is the place.

For a more placid ride, hit the Colonial Parkway. This two-lane road is out of another time and connects Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown over its 23 miles. The ride is flat with multiple stopping points and vistas of water and woods. There are plenty of stopping points, even small beaches, along the way.

For another history-related option, try the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile paved pedestrian and bike trail that connects the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. You can witness more than 400 years of history along one of the first inland routes in North America.

Finally, check out the Historic Jamestowne Bike Trail. Choose from a three-mile or five-mile loop on Island Drive that features a panoramic view of the James River.  

Kayakity Yak and Don't Look Back

Water, water everywhere and with a kayak you'll be there. Bay Country Kayaking offers guided kayak eco tours with a range of choices including trips through College Creek, a serene, mostly freshwater paddle, and Queen’s Creek, a stunning tidal creek emptying into the York River, where you might see otter, muskrat, crabs, and deer.       

On Sundays, York River State Park features sunset paddles during that special time when the light is perfect and all is quiet on the marsh. For another option, head to the James City County Marina on the historic Powhatan Creek, behind Jamestown Island and across the street from Jamestown Settlement. It offers kayak rentals for trips up the creek where you might see bald eagles, osprey, and great blue herons.

Greater Williamsburg boasts more kayak options in addition to an array of other watery adventures for everyone.

Keep Your Feet on the Ground

After flying high and paddling slow, plant your feet on the ground and take a hike. Try the Greensprings Interpretive Trail in James City County, perfect for a peaceful morning meditation and spotting some of the 200 species of birds. The 3.5-mile trail loops through a landscape of beaver ponds, wetlands and forests. Along the way you'll pass a huge open field just perfect for kite flying.

Or Don't Keep Your Feet on the Ground

See the world go up and down at Bounce House, one of Virginia's largest indoor inflatable playgrounds with 20,000 square feet of air-filled fun. If you prefer sneaking up on people, check out the traditional laser tag combined with paintball and airsoft with missions right out of video games on a 9,000 square-foot urban battlefield.

Press the Pedal to the Metal

On the eight acres of Go-Karts Plus, there are enough tracks to make a NASCAR driver jealous. The prime time is the Super Stockart Track, where you race around a high-banked oval, NASCAR style. There's also mini-golf, watery blaster boats, bumper cars, and an arcade.

Looking for more to do? Explore all outdoor activities in the area or check out family fun things to do.  Then plan your visit to Greater Williamsburg today.

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