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If winter’s chill is your signal to head inside, we think you should reconsider! These outdoor activities are for every personality and you can do them all winter long in Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia. Check out these ideas to get outside this Winter in the Historic Triangle.
Let the good times roll at Busch Gardens Mardi Gras, every weekend from January 27 through February 26. Come and celebrate with jazzy live music, classic Cajun flavors, and returning favorites like Carnaval Imaginique, an electrifying cirque show in the Globe Theatre. Enjoy colorful entertainment throughout all nine of Busch Gardens’ villages with an exciting New Orleans-style event for the whole family; featuring jester drummers, a DJ and street performers. Tempt your tastebuds with over thirty mouth-watering bayou favorites, like the Crawfish Boil, shrimp étouffée, handcrafted cocktails and iconic warm beignets. The Big Easy meets big thrills with three world-class roller coasters, over fifteen rides and kid-friendly play areas. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind party!
There are endless paths to bike throughout Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown—even in winter time, thanks to mild Virginia temperatures! Whether you prefer a paved trail or an adventurous mountain bike path, it’s easy to find the perfect fit to get outside this Winter.
From authentic 18th-century colonial ghost stories to creepy modern-day encounters, costumed storytellers share unnerving tales on this Colonial Williamsburg ghost tour. Haunted Williamsburg is the only tour that takes you inside historic buildings. Haunted Williamsburg is the official ghost tour experience of Colonial Williamsburg, and if you have little ones in tow, Ghost Walk Jr. brings an exciting interactive storytelling experience for those seeking less fright and more fun! Enjoy this 45-minute ghost tour of traditional spooky stories with a Colonial Williamsburg flavor.
Don’t let the warm southern weather fool you—there are still wintery activities to enjoy if you choose! Head to Liberty’s Ice Pavilion on historic Duke of Gloucester Street, where a winter wonderland awaits. Through February 26, bring family and friends for a spin around the ice rink. Take a break in between and sip on hot cider, coffee, and more. If you’re staying for dinner, Merchants Square is just across the street and is home to wonderful pubs and restaurants.
Yorktown’s waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads—offering spectacular views of the York River, food trucks, and a variety of vendors and artists! Shop for seasonal produce, fresh seafood, meats, breads, honey, handmade items, and a beautiful display of work from local artists.
This award-winning market is now available year-round with the addition of winter markets on February 11, February 25, March 4, and March 18.
Last, but certainly not least, for our ideas to get outside this Winter… Yorktown Battlefield! See where American independence was won! At this site on October 19, 1781, Lord Charles Cornwallis and his British forces surrendered to American and French armies led by General George Washington. Enjoy museum exhibits, including the field tents used by General Washington during the battle. You can also take a guided walking tour of the battlefield and Yorktown, drive through the battlefield to see fortifications, cannons, and other historic sites.
After a few hours outside enjoying exercise, amazing food, roller coasters or local history, come back to your cozy King’s Creek accommodations to recharge! Happy winter!