Tourism Top 10

Posted on: April 3, 2017

What activities are in James City County this weekend?

April7

Plan your spring break adventures with our compiled list of activities.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg's first wooden roller coaster, InvadR, opens to the public on Friday, April 7. See the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. then take a thrilling ride aboard InvadR's 74-foot drop and nine air-time hills.

Enjoy the Fossil Frenzy at York River State Park on Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m. Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. No cost, but there is a $4 parking fee. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.

Join The Williamsburg Winery as they pair yoga and wine together during a series of classes in April. Classes are at 10 a.m. There are four classes total and you can sign up for individual courses or the entire program. Classes will be led by Mary Robinson of Body Balance Studio. Each class will reflect the featured wine. For example, The Midsummer Night's White wine is lightly sweet, aromatic and tropical. You can expect our Midsummer Night's White yoga class to be similar, a light gentle practice, including tropical themed yoga music, a playful vinyasa flow, as well as mindfulness and meditation. Classes are $25 per session and include a one hour guided yoga class, a glass of wine and 15% off discount voucher for the Gabriel Archer Tavern.

  • Saturday, April 8: 2014 Wessex Hundred Petit Verdot
  • Saturday, April 15: 2015 A Midsummer Night's White
  • Saturday, April 22: 2015 Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Saturday, April 29: 2015 Acte12 of 1619 Chardonnay

Check out Fox Wire Farm Alpacas as the alpacas are sheared on Saturday, April 8 – an event that only happens once a year! Shearing tours are at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Each tour lasts for 45 minutes and is $5 per person. Reservations are required by calling 757-218-4520.

On Sundays, join cycling enthusiasts from The Williamsburg Winery team on a group ride through the Historic Triangle and back to the Winery for wine and brunch specials at the Gabriel Archer Tavern. Ride registration begins each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9 a.m. There is no fee to participate. All Cycling Club participants will receive a 15% discount at the Gabriel Archer Tavern following the completion of the ride. The discount is only valid the day of the ride. Complete 5 group rides in a 3-month span and receive a Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club t-shirt! The Williamsburg Wine Cycling Club offers two different group cycling options:

  • Option 1: 40 Miles with an average pace of 15-18 mph
  • Option 2: 25 Miles with an average pace of 11-14 mph

Why not take the whole family to Go-Karts Plus? They are open from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. With a wide range of activities including rides, mini golf, go karts and much more, there is something for everyone at Go-Karts Plus! Prices vary by activity.

Did you know that April is Garden Month? Take some time out and go explore the Williamsburg Botanical Garden – it’s a practically free activity. Donations are accepted in place of admission and go to the continued support of the garden. The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Have you enjoyed the Williamsburg Tasting Trail? Two James City County attractions participate. Have you visited the Williamsburg Distillery yet? Open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-8 p.m., you can sample flights made with their Jamestown Gin and Yorktown Silver Rum. Flights are only $12. Another option is to take the afternoon and enjoy a tour and tasting at the Williamsburg Winery! This is a great activity for a group of couples or just a group of friends. There are a variety of options depending on your price point.  You can grab lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern too.

Easter-related activities

Calling all children (ages: walking thru age 8) to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Brookdale Williamsburg on Saturday, April 8. Games, crafts, prizes, face painting, balloon animals, pictures with the Easter bunny, refreshments and door prizes! Doors open at 9 a.m. Special magic show with Bobby the Clown and TJ the Magician at 9:30 a.m. Hunt immediately follows the magic show. Plenty of eggs, along with grand prizes in all age categories. To register, contact Brenda Perkins at 757-220-1839 or email bperkins@brookdale.com with name/age of each child.

Enjoy the Jamestown Presbyterian Church Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The egg hunt will be at Carlton Farms. Enter through the big iron gate with two large pillars. Kids are eligible for grand prize bicycles given away in each age group (2-3, 4-5, 6-7, and 8-10). The Easter Bunny will be on hand as well as the Chick-fil-A Cow. This event will take place rain or shine. No cost, suggested donation is a non-perishable food item for FISH. Call 757-229-5445 or visit jamestownpresby@gmail.com for information.

Dine with the Easter Bunny at Busch Gardens on April 8 and 9 at 11:30 a.m. This buffet takes place at Castle O’Sullivan. Park admission is required as well as dining reservations. Cost is free for children under 2, $17 for children age 3-9 and $25 for anyone over the age of 10.

Special Interest

Teens and tweens age 11+ are invited to create one or more upcycled crafts at the Recycled Craft Café at the James City County Library on Friday, April 7 between 2-4 p.m. Event ends at 5 p.m. In observance of Earth Day, create something fun out of items you probably already have! All supplies provided.
Come in for a free health screening that includes blood pressure, body mass index and non-fasting cholesterol check on Saturday, April 8 between 9 a.m. and noon at the James City County Recreation Center. Then work towards improving your numbers with your doctor’s advice, exercise and better eating. Testing and counseling “on-the-spot” by RN’s. No registration required.

Community CPR (ages 12+) is being offered on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the James City County Recreation Center. This hands-on skills training class prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. It also teaches the skills and knowledge needed to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Participants will also learn Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR/AED and Infant CPR/AED. Certified through American Red Cross. For more information, call 757-259-4176. Cost is $75 for residents and $80 for non-residents.

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