The Best Places to Cool off in Williamsburg this Summer

In honor of the hot Williamsburg summer days, we’re digging into our archives with this helpful post on how to cool down and enjoy the sun!

From kid-friendly park rides to sightseeing cruises and fresh-air shoreline swims, your options are many—and the memories are just waiting to be made! 

Swim
If there’s one thing all kids have in common, it’s a deep appreciation of a good summer swim, whether it’s in a pool, a lake, a river or an ocean. King’s Creek has three beautiful outdoor pool complexes for owners and guests located in our Cottages, Townes and Estates neighborhoods. Live it up with spacious decks, kiddie pools, hot tubs, fluffy towels and access to our beautiful locker rooms!

If you’re looking to venture beyond home base, pack everyone up and hop in the car. A quick 15-minute ride will take you to Yorktown Beach, a gorgeous two-acre stretch of sand along the scenic Yorktown River that includes a fishing pier and grassy areas to enjoy a picnic lunch! You’ll also have access to great dining, shopping and concert performances at Riverwalk Landing


Slide
If there’s one thing Williamsburg knows, it’s rides. We’d recommend taking the 5-minute drive to Water Country USA, Virginia’s largest water park and home to thrilling rides like the Jet Scream, Big Daddy Falls and Vanish Point. If you have little ones in tow, bring them to one of the park’s four little-kid-friendly splash zones, like Cow-a-Bunga!


Cruise
There’s nothing like the sight of Virginia from the vantage point of the York and James Rivers, especially at sunset! Take the whole family to the Yorktown Waterfront for an unforgettable sightseeing cruise with Yorktown Sailing Charters. A schooner takes you through the surrounding waterways past historic sites like the Yorktown Battlefield and Victory Monument. The kids will love everything about this experience, especially since they’re encouraged to help steer and assist the pirate costume-adorned crew to fire the cannon! 

If you’re interested in a more laid-back experience, try a cruise with Jamestown Discovery Boat Tours, where you’ll tour the James River and learn about its amazing history. Williamsburg Charter Sails also has exciting daily charters and lessons along the lovely York River.


Sightsee
Williamsburg’s unique geography includes beautiful blueways, or water trails, that are just begging to be explored. Waller Mill Park rents out rowboats, canoes and pedal boats, and you can borrow canoes, kayaks and paddleboards from the facilities at Chickahominy Riverfront Park

If you’d prefer to go on an ecological adventure with a knowledgeable guide, Bay Country Kayaking offers eco tours of the area’s tidal wetlands near Colonial Williamsburg at New Quarter Park. This is a truly unique experience that combines the joy of being on the water with the thrill of learning something new!

Don't forget to bring plenty of sunblock, because it looks like your summer at King’s Creek is going to be jam-packed with outdoor fun for the whole family!