10 Outdoor Experiences in Williamsburg

Biking, golfing, even ice skating and zip lining -- these are a few of the outdoor activities visitors to Greater Williamsburg can experience.

Ziplining with Go Ape
Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Water Country USA
Water Country USA

Looking to experience the beautiful outdoors in Greater Williamsburg? Consider one of these fun ways to enjoy the area’s verdant landscape, sparkling waterways and outside adventures.

1. Bike more than 25 cycling routes.

Take in historic sites, peaceful farmland and scenic back roads along the area’s biking trails. Pedalers’ favorites include the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile National Park Service trail connecting the cities of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, and the Virginia Capital Trail, a 50-mile trail stretching from Jamestown to Richmond.

2. Take to the trees on a zip-line adventure.

Bring the whole family to Go Ape’s treetop course, just 15 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. Zip lines, rope ladders and even a flying trapeze take you high into the forest of Freedom Park and let you swing your way through the canopy.

3. Ramble along trails for a “bird’s-eye” view.

Investigate tidal wetlands, swamplands, hardwood forests and open meadows on one of New Quarter Park’s nine trails. Perfect for bird-watchers, the park’s landscapes are home to a variety of avian species, including American bald eagles, wild turkeys and red-tailed hawks. 

4. Make a sandy escape.

Pack some sunscreen and venture to Yorktown Beach, a sandy strip along the York River in Yorktown where swimmers, anglers, boaters and sandcastle-builders unite. Or set up camp at Jamestown Beach Park on the James River, where a shaded picnic area, shallow waters for swimming and lovely waterfront views offer fun for the whole family.

5. Tee off on championship courses.

Choose from challenging layouts and pampering amenities before yelling “fore” on one of Williamsburg’s top-rated golf courses. Options include Kingsmill Golf Resort, with two public 18-hole courses along the James River designed by legends Pete Dye and Arnold Palmer, and Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, featuring three courses bordered by Audubon-designated sanctuaries.

6. Beat a retreat to kid-friendly camping.

Campgrounds offer so much more than a place to pitch a tent. Chickahominy Riverfront Park has waterfront campsites, a fishing pier, swimming pool and access to the Virginia Capital Trail. Anvil Campground has shuttle service to nearby attractions and restaurants. And 180-acre Williamsburg KOA Resort Campground has gem mining, jumping pillows, a heated pool, geocaching, a water playground and more to engage the kids.

7. Hit the ice.

Take a spin on Iceburg Skate Rink’s synthetic ice at Mid County Park or Liberty’s Ice Pavilion on DoG Street (bring your own ice skates, or borrow a pair from the rink). They’re open late November through mid-February (check sites for hours).

8. Play to your heart’s content.

Also at Mid County Park is Kidsburg, a 30,000-square-foot lighted playground perfect for climbing, sliding and running. For big kids, the park is also home to volleyball and bocce ball courts, and lighted basketball, tennis and pickleball courts. And the park is dog friendly, so even the furriest members of the family are welcome.

9. Putt your way to swashbuckling fun.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf lets you play through caves, behind waterfalls and around sunken ships – all while dodging buccaneers on two 18-hole miniature golf courses.

10. Make a splash.

Get all wet at Water Country USA’s array of thrilling water rides from a wave pool and a colossal curl to a mega water slide and a pipeline full of twists, drops and turns.

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