Williamsburg Playgrounds and Parks
Need to get the kids outside? Here is a list some parks in the Williamsburg, James City County and Yorktown area. Parks may include playgrounds, bike trails, fishing, kayaking and even Park Ranger guided events. Just need a few minutes outside? Many of these parks are practically in your backyard or if you are visiting…just a hop skip and a jump from your hotels. Scroll down to see all the great options this area has to offer! Williamsburg Playgrounds and Parks
1. Kidsburg – Veterans Memorial Park (formerly named Mid-County Park) — located on 3793 Ironbound Rd. near Monticello Ave., this park is one of the best in the area.
It has a huge play area for big kids including a zipline, massive boat and climbing structure that has easy access for adults and special needs.
There is a section for little kids that has swings and themed structures including a cannon to climb on Most importantly it is fenced in so you can keep a close eye on the little ones.
The park has picnic shelters that have 4 picnic tables in each, a walking trail, tennis courts, basketball courts, and it is lighted so kids can play in the evenings. There are bathrooms and vending machines too. Parking lot is big.
Oh and there is a HUGE green space so bring a frisbee, football or a kite because this area is made to run on. Williamsburg Playgrounds and Parks
2. Kiwanis Park – City of Williamsburg, located on Longhill Rd. near James Blair, this is a big playground with picnic shelters, swings, basketball courts, tennis courts, green space and lots of options.
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. There is a picnic table – so bring a lunch!
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, 18-hole disc golf course 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.
Kids will love their two playgrounds, daytime activities like Fossil Frenzy, Tyke Hike, and their summer camps. There are just as many day and evening activities for older kids and adults. For a list of their upcoming events visit our post on York River Events
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. Williamsburg Playgrounds and Parks
14. Jamestown Beach Event Park – Want a day spent on a sandy beach? Head to Jamestown Beach Event Park. Shallow water and a sandy beach make for the perfect day to spend in the sun with the family. 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 their summer music series of FREE live music concerts. They have food trucks, and music. Families welcome. Located at 2205 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg Playgrounds and Parks
15. James City County Marina (formerly Eco Discovery Park) – You can rent a bicycle, canoe, or kayak. Spend the day fishing or take a pontoon boat tour. Have a boat? Then use the double-wide boat ramp, and boat slips. Stop in and check out the marina store too. The marina is located at 2054 Jamestown Rd., across the street from the Jamestown Settlement.
While riding on the Capital Trail stop by the Marina and check out Billsburg Brewery on the waterfront.
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. Also not a bad place to sit and watch Colonial Williamsburg 4th of July Fireworks.
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. Williamsburg Playgrounds and Parks