Looking for a new place to play outside? Here is a list some of the parks that we know that have playground or play structures in the Williamsburg area.
1. Kidsburg – Mid-County Park — located on 3793 Ironbound Rd. near Monticello Ave., this park has picnic shelters, a walking trail, basketball courts, and it is lighted so kids can play in the evenings. More photos.
2. Kiwanis Park – City of Williamsburg, located on Longhill Rd. near James Blair, this is a big playground with picnic shelters, swings, lots of options and green space.
3. Warhill Sports Complex Playgrounds – There are two playgrounds — if you are on Centerville Rd., you can come in off of Opportunity Way / Stadium Road and you will get to one playground, OR you can come from Longhill Rd. and come up Warhill Trail to the other playground near the WISC. Bonus – you can walk/run on the trail there too – here’s a map.
4. My Place Playground – at James City County Rec Center on Longhill Rd. This one is cool because it is inclusive and accessible to kids with disabilities. Lots of traditional playground equipment plus unique structures all kids will enjoy. Surface is rubber instead of mulch. Pictures coming soon!
5. Chickahominy Riverfront Park – Located off of Route 5, this is a fun park which includes a fish-shaped bridge. We think it’s great for pre-schoolers and up, but toddlers will need extra help here. There is also the county pool available, a picnic shelter, fishing and beautiful river views.
6. Upper County Park – on Leisure Road in Toano – This has a great little playground, picnic shelter, trails, basketball and volleyball, and a county pool all right near lots of upper county neighborhoods.
7. New Quarter Park – In York County just past the Queen’s Lake neighborhood, New Quarter Park is huge and has lots to do! Picnic shelters, hiking trails with scenic overlooks, a mountain bike trail, routes for family biking, an 18-hole disc golf course, basketball and sand volleyball courts, a softball field, a large playground and access to the waterways for canoes, kayaks and fishing.
8. Waller Mill Park – Located off of Airport Rd., Waller Mill Park has a playground, but also lots more – fishing, paddle boating, canoe/kayaking, hiking trails and picnic shelters. They also have a dog park.
9. Freedom Park – Off of Centreville Rd., this park sits on one of the first Free Black Settlements in America, and includes three recreated cabins. There is also the Go Ape ropes courses (including Jr. version), the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, and ofcourse lots and lots of trails for walking and mountain biking. New in 2015! Freedom Park also has a new forest-themed playground, for children ages 2-12, including swings, slides and a small climbing wall.
10. Skate Park – Did you know Williamsburg has a skate park? For skateboards, bikes, and inline skates. It’s free for residents but you need to get a pass. This is located next to JCC Rec Center on Longhill Rd.
11. Little Creek Reservoir Park – in Toano off of Forge Road – lots of fishing, plus a playground, scenic views, boating and trails.
12. York River State Park – lots of water activities, plus hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, fresh and salt water fishing spots, a fishing pier, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and boat rentals.
13. Quarterpath Park – on Quarterpath Rd., off of Rt. 60 East near Colonial Williamsburg, next to Quarterpath Rec Center. They have a small playground, softball fields and volleyball courts and tennis courts, and a picnic shelter.
14. Jamestown Beach Event Park – The park features picnic tables, charcoal grills, an ADA-accessible walkway, restrooms with flushing toilets, outdoor rinse stations, and an observation pier. Residents of JCC can pick up a parking pass at several locations in town including the JCC Rec Center on Longhill Rd – which will allow free parking. Concessions available. Watch for Fourth Friday’s Live Music at the Beach. Located at 2205 Jamestown Rd.
15. James City County Marina (formerly Eco Discovery Park) – You can rent a bicycle, canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board, or use the double-wide boat ramp, boat slips, and marina store. The marina is located at 2054 Jamestown Rd., across the street from the Jamestown Settlement.
16. Matthew Whaley Elementary — If you are looking for a park close to the Colonial area, try Matthew Whaley, located at 301 Scotland St., just a block off of N. Henry, or if you are on Prince George, turn down N. Nassau and you’ll see the school. Lots of room to run here! A good choice for summer when school is out of session, and weekends.
17. Sunken Gardens on the campus of the College of William & Mary is a great, huge green space where kids can run and have fun – especially in the summer when there are not many students on campus and the Gardens are pretty empty most days. The Sunken Gardens are located directly behind the Wren Building. Get directions to the Sunken Gardens.