10 Socially Distant Things To Do in Williamsburg

It's finally SUMMER here in Williamsburg...

...and this year it not only represents the bounty of sunshine and outdoor fun, but also the gradual reopening of all the places and activities you know and love. After such a trying spring season, we're relieved to be able to enjoy our summer favorites, but not without caution. We at the Fife and Drum have taken our own precautions to make sure our guests can travel safely and comfortably and want all of you to be able to soak up the season as we continue to navigate this unique time. On that note, today we're sharing 10 activities here in Williamsburg that you can enjoy thoroughly, all while remaining socially distant.

Yellow kayak on the river

  • 1. Rent a kayak and explore the marshes around Jamestown Island. Part historical tour/part natural trail, you can paddle through the same waterways that Captain John Smith traveled. If you're a little more adventurous, try some of the paddle-boarding experiences!
  • 2. Have lunch or coffee ON DoG Street --experience Merchants Square like you never have before! Your favorite restaurants like Blue Talon Bistro, Illy  Coffee, and DOG Street Grille have extended their outdoor seating into the streets (even some parking lots) to make for a delicious meal, always 6 feet apart.
  • 3. Adventure into the historic countryside: Take the ferry over to Surry and explore Bacon’s Castle. Not only do you get to see a beautiful view of the James River on the way, but you can experience the oldest brick dwelling in North America!

Bacons Castle

  • 4. Bike part or all of the Capital Trail to Richmond! Whether you're up for the 2-mile Greensprings trail or want to try the whole 51.7 miles, this historic trail is dotted with eateries, picnic spots, and restrooms along the way.
  • 5. Go on a private ghost tour. Williamsburg has a lot of fun history by day, but if you're interested in the spookier side, try John Sutton's incredible ghost tour of some of the town's oldest buildings, all by lantern light.
  • 6. Pack a picnic from the Cheese Shop and explore the W&M woods trails. We recommend the Sunken Gardens (for a beautiful private water view) down by Lake Matoaka. You really can't ask for a better afternoon!

Cheese Shop display

  • 7. Take a dip! Drive down the scenic Parkway to Yorktown Beach for a refreshing swim, and don't forget to walk over to Ben and Jerry's when you're done.
  • 8. Go horseback riding at Shirley Plantation, complete with a historical tour and wine tasting!
  • 9. Explore the local gardens: The Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum and Governor's Palace Gardens are stunning this time of year, but even a stroll down Duke of Gloucester is filled with small patches and gardens that are carefully kept all year round.
  • 10. Take photographs -- the fact of the matter is, there just aren’t as many visitors in Williamsburg right now. This means fewer crowds to avoid in getting the perfect shot of your favorite buildings, views, or nature spots around Williamsburg! Our city is truly yours to enjoy.

Beautiful garden with flower borders

While this summer is certainly unique, Williamsburg still affords the opportunity to explore new places and try truly unique experiences. Now's the time to plan a little summer getaway, just give us a call and stay right in the heart of Williamsburg!

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