While my family and I arrived by automobile, others arrived via the American Cruise Lines American Constitution. American Cruise Lines is "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly" and offers river cruises as well as cruises along the Eastern shore. This beauty is the newest in its fleet and carries a capacity of 175 guests.Yorktown, VA is a port of call on two of her itineraries. Her guests had a gorgeous day for their port excursions, some of their possibilities are below.
Yorktown Waterfront offers a special themed markets on Saturdays between April and October.
We made the trek to check out the French Sister City market.
Crepes were the hot seller and very popular among the visitors. We opted for tiramisu and pavlova from a nearby bakery stand. We also enjoyed nitro coffee and steaming bowls of clam chowder from local vendors.
In addition to the festivals, the waterfront is home to the Watermen's Museum which is open from April through December. (Closed Mondays exc for most Monday holidays). This museum tells the maritime story of our nation as well as the ecology and geology of the Chesapeake Bay.
For those who wish to do more in the water than just learn about it, clipper ship sailings and playtime on the beach are also available.
For visitors interested in more than just walking around, other modes of transportation are available, such as Segway Tours and trolley rides.
In addition to the festivals and museum, the waterfront area is also home to a few restaurants and specialty shops.
I personally love all the little art galleries which are co-operatives of several local artists.
And as much fun as the waterfront area is, Yorktown's appeal for history buffs is its main attraction. The American Revolution Museum of Yorktown took us two visits to take everything in, and I'm sure we'll return for more. Re-enactments, lectures, temporary exhibitions and permanent collections are all available and are educational and entertaining.
And for those who want to be active and explore as they learn about history, there are pathways among the battlefield and historical sites with marquees to read along the way.
My little corner of the world has so much to offer! I'd love to share it with you.