Riverwalk Landing – Yorktown, Virginia
Sandy beaches, waterfront dining, specialty shops in colonial architecture with everything from jewelry to antiques and quilts await you at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, Virginia. River-view restaurants serve fresh seafood like crab cakes and grilled fish, or first-class hamburgers with all the fixin’s, so bring your appetite.
The mile-long walkway along the York River takes you from the Yorktown Battlefield to the Yorktown Victory Center that celebrates the victorious battle that occurred at Yorktown ending the American Revolutionary War with the surrender of British General Cornwallis’ army to French and American forces. Yorktown was also the battleground for Civil War fighting, the town changing hands several times.
Yacht basins on the waterfront allow for visitors who arrive by sea, with mooring balls and docks for boaters steps from the restaurants, sandy beaches, shops and park. Take a cruise on the sailing vessel Alliance and see the town and terrain as the French fleet did almost 300 years ago.
A short walk up the hill takes you to Historic Yorktown where many colonial era homes and buildings have been restored and today function as a living museum. There are specialty shops, antique stores, galleries and more to explore. Town folk in colonial clothing re-enact life as it was in the 18th century, adding to the festivity.
Market Days bring shopping and more entertainment for the whole family. Seasonal concerts, musicians, artists and artisans, fresh local produce and seafood vendors, and more await your pleasure. Recent participants included painters, photographers, jewelers, chefs, wine and cheese makers, quilters, silversmiths, stained glass makers, a blacksmith, nautical rope designer, and musicians playing everything from Chamber music to Bluegrass, Jazz, and 50’s & 60’s rock.
Don’t miss special events such as Yorktown Day (October 19) with patriotic concerts, performances by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown. Other events you won’t want to miss are July 4th, the Pumpkin Patch, and the Holiday boat Parade.
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