Blow the budget at Christmas and now fun in January is looking like a non-existent option? Well here is a list that may help. If you are looking for fun free, or not too expensive things to do this January in the Williamsburg, James City County and Yorktown area (and a little further down the Peninsula) below is the list for you!
Basset Trace Nature Trail
If the weather holds..enjoy the Basset Trace Trail in Colonial Williamsburg. This is a free access trail to visitors and locals a like. Recently re-opened in the fall of 2019 this trail is beautiful. It has markers along the way to let you know about the different types of trees, shrubs and plants along the trail . Take a snap shot of the Bird Guide poster at the trail head so you can identify what you spot along your walk. Trail is 1.4 miles (2.8 mile round trip). Here is more on this great trail.
American Revolutionary Museum Yorktown – Free Admission for locals*
I had the good fortune of getting to spend a day with 4th graders on their field trip to the American Revolutionary Museum in Yorktown this month and it made me remember why I love this museum. It was recently refreshed and what an amazing museum we now have…hallographic projections telling history to us in the first person. A movie theater in the round that tells the epic story of the last days of the decisive Battle of Yorktown. Your seats shudder when the bombs blast and smokey fog rises from the floor as the guns fire. But this is just on the inside of the museum. Outside museum interpreters are there in a rebuilt Revolutionary period town with a farm and roaming chickens. And that is just what we saw during a two hour field trip. Spend a day there and you will be amazed! *Best part? Residents of Williamsburg, James City County and Yorktown get in free with proof of residency.
Mariners Museum – $1 Admission
This museum took a bold stand last year and committed to $1 admission. That is right! Now they also have great films running and those are for an extra fee – so you might still consider purchasing a family membership. But they have great family programming including storytimes. This permanent exhibits in this museum will delight young and old and there is so much there – you can keep visiting over and over. They do have a restaurant but it is limited hours so check before you go. Their gift shop is worth a visit too! Learn more about them here.
Virginia Living Museum
The absolute best way to do the Virginia Living Museum is to get a family membership because it pays for itself – because once you go once with little kids you realize how family friendly this place is and you will want to keep going back…and so will your kids! The whole museum is stroller friendly and geared towards families. The outside section is awesome with wide stroller and kid save pathways (fencing all around so no one falls into the pond) and it leads to the outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Zone. They are opening a new exhibit on Jan 18th called Tiny Titans (Dino Eggs!) – you just don’t want to miss any of the exhibits they put on. Learn more about Tiny Titans exhibit here.
Chrysler Museum of Art
Chrysler Museum of Art offers free admission. Did we mention…free.
The Chrysler Museum has free parking. Our main entrance is stroller accessible. Our restaurant, Wisteria, has a variety of kid friendly menu items. The Chrysler Museum has a mothering room available in our Theater lobby. And their website has a whole “family visit” section! The museum is in Norfolk so not in Williamsburg but definitely worth a drive down the peninsula! Learn more about Chrysler Museum of Art here