Tourism Top 10

Posted on: February 20, 2018

What Events Are This Weekend?

Feb. 23

Celebrate Black History Month

  • Historic Jamestowne will be unveiling a new walking tour, “First Africans Walking Tour,” on Friday, Feb. 23 from 3-4 p.m. This waking tour of “New Town” will focus on the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619. Of the nine Africans listed at Jamestown by 1625, only one was identified by name – a woman named Angela. Recent archaeology has investigated the site of where Angela lived and worked. Its launch celebrates Black History Month. Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. Tours begin at the Tercentennial Monument.
  • Have you ever visited Freedom Park? There are plenty of things to explore including history, trails, Williamsburg Botanical Garden and more! Freedom Park has a rich historical background dating back to the 1650s. This park is the site of an 18th Century cemetery, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary (1781) and a 17th Century domicile which is revealing much archaeological research of the early colonial period (1680-1730). Freedom Park was also home to one of the nation's earliest Free Black Settlements in America from 1803-1850. Three historically accurate recreated cabins are located in the park, and are furnished with items authentic to the period. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. Freedom Park was recently featured in an article about Black History vacation destinations in Essence magazine.

Other Activities

  • Drop the kids off at The WISC on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-10 p.m. for a Parents Night Out. Kids will first enjoy open swim in the Aquatics Center. After dinner, they will head to The Zone to play laser tag, enjoy the laser maze and much more.  Please come dressed to swim and bring a change of clothes and tennis shoes. A pizza dinner and drinks are included. This is for children ages 4-12. Register online.
  • See all 9 Oscar® nominated Best Picture films back on the big screen at Regal Cinemas New Town 12 with Regal's Best Picture Film Festival! You can see all nine Academy Award-nominated Best Pictures for only $35. There is also a special $5 popcorn combo available each time you go. The festival runs from Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, March 4.
  • Attend the Destination Recreation Expo on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. until noon at the James City County Recreation Center. A one-stop-shop for everything Parks & Recreation has to offer! Discover your parks and facilities, learn about various classes and programs offered throughout the year and be one of the first to register for the upcoming summer camps! Informational booths, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities are just a few great features of this event. We’ll keep your children engaged while you gather information about summer camp opportunities, sports, outdoor, aquatic programs, special events, parks and facilities, REC Connect, inclusion/therapeutic program and activities offered through our affiliate organizations. Raffles and discounts for camps, classes and facilities given on day of event! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Take the kids to STEAM Saturdays at the James City County Library on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 1-5 p.m. This is a two-part activity with two different times. STEAM Saturdays are free, designed with school-aged kids in mind and are made possible by the support of the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation.
    • Meet exotic – and not so exotic – mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and insects up close and personal with ZooPro Adventures. Learn about their habitats and how they interact with humans at home and around the world. If you can't make the 1 p.m. show, there's another one at 2 p.m.
    • Reptile experts Scott and Kim Larsen share stories, interesting facts and trivia questions about their dazzling array of lizards, frogs, turtles and snakes – then invite you to meet the reptiles up close and personal! Caution: holding, petting, and greeting eye-to-eye may occur. If you can't make the 3 p.m. show, there's another one at 4 p.m.
  • Enjoy a comedy show at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Sid Davis will be performing. Davis grew up in a small farm community in Southwestern Ohio and held a number of jobs before turning to comedy as a career.
  • Enjoy Sunday Brunch in James City County! Our suggestions for this week are the Gabriel Archer Tavern, Five Forks Café (they offer gluten-free pancakes) and the brunch buffet at Opus 9 Steakhouse.
  • Take the self-guided tour of the Bluebird Loop Interpretive Trail at York River State Park. The Bluebird Loop Trail is a place where all park guests can visit and enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the park.  The trail is completely paved, making it convenient for people with mobility challenges and families with small children and strollers.  The Visitor's Center is in the middle of the loop with exhibits to enhance your visit and escape inclement weather.  Bikers, hikers, and paddlers can use the loop as the start of their adventures.  A quick visit to this little trail is a great introduction to York River State Park.
  • Have you ever explored the historical markers throughout James City County? You can view a full list on the Virginia Department of Historic Resources website. Explore the history of James City County!

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