Whether it’s two wheels, two feet, by land or water, there are plenty of ways to explore Williamsburg that don’t involve a car. Here are the top ways to avoid filling your tank and the hassle of parking a vehicle.
Take a trip back in time on the nostalgic Yorktown Trolley, which hits up the top nine sites around Yorktown every 20 to 35 minutes. Whether it’s historic sites like the Yorktown Battlefield, shopping at Riverwalk Landing, or sticking your toes in the sand at Yorktown Beach, complimentary, air-conditioned transportation to and fro allows for a myriad of experiences in one day.
Up for a two-wheeled experience? Try one of Williamsburg’s newest attractions by taking a Pedego electric bike out for a spin. A city commuter model makes it easy to stay in town without breaking a sweat, as does a Boomerang model with a low frame that’s an easy ride for town or country. If you’re ready to venture further afield, check out the 20 miles of mountain bike trails at Freedom Park Bike Rentals. Several levels include a mile-long ADA-accessible track, beginner level bunny loop, a free-ride trail, and several miles of multi-use routes.
Many of the 7-plus miles of picturesque trails in Williamsburg make for the perfect place to bike or take a walk. Enjoy wooded and water views during hikes or strolls at locations including College Landing Park near the William & Mary campus, the Skate Park and Multi-Use Trail, and Waller Mill Park, set on a 360-acre lake where you can find a variety of activities.
The first kayaks were elementary designs made of bone, wood, and even animal skin. These days the modern variety you’re used to are for rent at James City County Marina. A recent renovation completed this spring added a new paddle craft launch area, making getting around even easier. Kick back after a paddle at the marina store with cold drinks, snacks, and ice cream.
Novices and experts alike can revel in either exercise or relaxation served with a side of spectacular views thanks to stand-up paddleboarding opportunities with Paddle On Williamsburg. Take a lesson, opt for Paddle Fit classes, chill out with paddle meditation sessions, or try a Sunset Social at one of three locations: Chickahominy Riverfront Park, James City County Marina, or Jamestown Beach Event Park. You can even try your hand (and feet) indoors November to April with indoor paddle yoga classes.
Our colonial ancestors would have looked twice at visitors zipping on two wheels aboard a Segway. With Williamsburg on Wheels, even newbies can get up to speed during one- and two-hour guided tours of the Virginia Capital Trail, a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects the Commonwealth's past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond. Or, with Patriot Tours & Provisions, take a guided spin through historic Yorktown.
Colonial Williamsburg ticket holders benefit from unlimited use of the shuttle bus that runs back and forth from the Visitor Center throughout the historic area. A shuttle arrives approximately every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. going to stops including: the Governor's Palace, the Capitol, taverns, Market House, Williamsburg Lodge, and Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Make Merchants Square your last stop to grab a bite to eat, and enjoy shopping.
By charter boat
Whether it’s a sunset, sightseeing, or nature tour you’re after, Jamestown Discovery Boat Tour is an intimate way to explore the best of James River. With a capacity of just 28, the handicapped-accessible pontoons sail three times a week, with select departures offering musical entertainment.