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A Ferry, For Free!

Your kids have probable never seen a ferry. So show them one. The James is an estuary here, so you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Roderick M
Williamsburg, Virginia
What a great trip

Football is over and your team won. Don't want to stay in the hotel room but where to go? Take the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
David W
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2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Your kids have probable never seen a ferry. So show them one. The James is an estuary here, so you can see 5-8 miles up and down river. Bring the binoculars. When you are on the SouthSide, head over to Marina seafood restaurant - it's...More

Thank Roderick M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Football is over and your team won. Don't want to stay in the hotel room but where to go? Take the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry. This "Free" trip across the James River was a great fun bonus. You can turn around and make a round trip out...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the bridge over to the Isle of Wight, and rode the ferry back. Cut our trip in more than half. Nice way to see Jamestown from the other side.

Thank Jan L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is nothing spectacular about this ferry except that it is free. If you enjoy being on the water, it is nice. The few attractions in Surry are not open daily; some persons go for the restaurants.

Thank SuziQinTexas
Reviewed 1 week ago

This ferry is operated by the government and doesn't cost you anything to get on. Sometimes you have to wait but it is worth it.

Thank keith193
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way to get from Williamsburg to the Suffolk/Surrey/Smithfield side of town. I've twice ridden this ferry and found it to be prompt and well-run. It runs every half hour during the day and every hour from about 9pm on into the...More

Thank Alison M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE took this ferry across, back and across again! loved it. the people were nice, the ride smooth and the wait was short.

Thank L0rraine_112
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff was extremley freindly! The boat does what it needed to do. Got us from point A to point B quickly and safely.

Thank Scottmcf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An outsatanding ferry boat ride, especially at sunset or sunrise. We used it to get to a very good restaurnt on the western side pf the James River (more like a lake at this crossing).

Thank rfhormann
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took this to get to Smithfield from Jamestown. Very relaxing and a quick ride over. Surprised that it doesn't cost anything.

Thank Mdcockermom
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30 May 2018|
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Response from MaryV1211 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but you may not get turned around in time to catch the same ferry and will end up waiting for the next one. about 20 min.
2 May 2018|
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Response from Sid F | Reviewed this property |
You can walk on the ferry on either side but you'll need to arrange transportation on each side, especially the Surry side. There is a great seafood restaurant close to the ferry. The ferry is alway fun. Enjoy it!
Laurel H
2 December 2017|
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Response from PrincessLaundry | Reviewed this property |
I have not personally been exploring in Surry but I do have these items on my list of places to visit: Bacon's Castle - 15 minutes south of the ferry Chippokes Plantation State Park - 8 minutes from ferry Smith's Fort... More