Yorktown Battlefield
Yorktown Battlefield
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  • Dan D
    Concord, California226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum and docent!
    Great place to visit while in VA. Parking was easy at the visitor center. The museum itself was very interesting and the staff were courteous and friendly. Driving around the sites nearby was easy and parking was adequate. That tour was free as you are given a map at the visitor center. Overall, a pleasant experience and we received valuable insight as the reasons for the revolution and the battle itself.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • James M
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting History
    Old Yorktown was destroyed by the battle near the end of the Revolutionary War with Great Britain. However the layout of the old town had been re-created and was interesting walk through. A free tram service covered all the rest of the area including the Battle museum. The battlefield area required a car as it was extensive but interesting. This battlefield included the "Surrender Field" where the British gave up their weapons. The museum was linked to the Jamestown site and was interesting with an informative video and good displays.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Grant R
    77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great driving tour
    Took the kids here. Its a nice tour where you drive around to different sites to see. Download the Yorktown NPS visitors app, and then as you are driving to the different sites on the tour there are audio clips that play on your phone as you are coming up to each site. Be sure to then visit the American Revolution museum nearby, they have an IMAX-style video about the battle of Yorktown to watch that really brings home what you saw on the battlefield site visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Ahme1987
    Glen Carbon, Illinois74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Driving Tour
    The museum inside has a recreated boat and a few items from the battle. The driving tour used an app. Each stop had a description. You could walk to different spots at each point. There are recreations of what the trenches looked like with cannons and defenses. The stop for the surrender had cannon barrels that were from the surrender. Each one is different.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
  • 212Moree
    Seffner, Florida154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everyone will Enjoy this Driving Tour
    We are so glad we decided at the last minute to visit the battlefield before leaving the area. First it was a beautiful, mild winter day which I'm sure contributed to our great experience. This is so well done, kudos to the park rangers and others involved in laying this out. It's a very well marked and easy to follow trail. This is a driving tour so it is accessible to any level of mobility. If you are traveling with children there are tons of opportunities to get out of the car and run, hike, and play in the outdoors. If you are a history buff you will appreciate the strategy involved and the way it is explained. If you aren't into that you can certainly appreciate the courage and commitment the troops had to liberating Yorktown. We saw deer, drove through a spring fed creek, and hiked along the same trail General Washington's troops moved along. Culminating in a visit to the Surrender Field where there is an audio explanation of what the scene may have looked like when the British surrendered to the allied forces. It's a fabulously couple of hours to spend.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 December 2023
  • Tantalika
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Getting some History with the Furbaby
    We visited over Thanksgiving 2023. We were traveling with our furbaby and all activities had to be dog-friendly. The park was almost empty. On the self guided drive through we didn’t see anyone else. The park was peaceful and the fall colors were lovely. The only place the furbaby couldn’t access was the museum. So we took turns looking at the exhibits.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2024
  • DD
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great driving tour!
    One of the best things we did on our trip! Went to the Yorktown battlefield visitor center, which was interesting. Had a small display of a ship inside that was fun to see what the layout of the ships would look like. Then we downloaded the app for the battlefield tour, and proceeded through the driving tour. Some people in our party got out at all stops and loved walking through all the trenches, while others got out and walked partially. Also gave someone with mobility issues the ability to just stay in the car, yet see a lot of the sites. Would definitely recommend this for families with different abilities, and anyone that loves history.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2024
  • RC T
    Grand Junction, Colorado87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the time to appreciate
    Great part of American history. The story of Yorktown, the battlefield, and the surrender are a very vital aspect of our history. Many different elements came together to give Gen. George Washington a victory. The video and displays in the Visitor's Center are well worth the time, and help to give you a better appreciation of the parts of the battlefield like Redoubts 9 & 10.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2024
  • Claudia10229
    Dallas, Texas494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good review of the history that shaped America. Excellent driving app available from visitor center.
    We were traveling from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg and stopped here and glad we did. Make sure to visit the visitor center first. There is an excellent film as a reminder about the history of the area. Plus we received a driving map and app to install on our phone. There is a museum and gift-shop to tour as well (pay fees to enter or use your America the Beautiful pass). There are picnic tables outside for a nice lunch under the trees and lots of parking. There is also a shuttle bus that drives into the nearby city of York at no charge. The phone app provides details on several areas where you drive and then stop and listen to the history. Be careful as you drive, since some of the road is on public roads and people are driving to/from work or into town. There are areas to park the car and walk which we did at some of the raised embankments. Enjoyable time.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 2024
  • Donnalynn323
    Staten Island, New York452 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yorktown is the Best
    Yorktown is what you expect to see when learning about the birth of our country. This was our favorite. We did not do a tour. We were able to tour ourselves at our own pace. The museum was excellent as well as the outside area. Colonial clothed people were well versed at each station. One of the high lights was learning how to shoot the musket and witnessing it being shot. My husband was in his glory when he was offered to hold the HEAVY musket. There is also another area of Yorktown that included many Colonial stores. You must visit the Confectionary store. They sell ice cream there. Being lactose intolerant it is very difficult to find dairy free ice cream. There, I ate a delicious pistachio vegan ice cream. In fact, we went back another time for more. It was absolutely delicious! If you walk down the street there is a huge monument, which is interesting to read. Adjacent to the monument is a road that leads to the river. It truly is a pretty site to see.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2024
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MaineTraveler2017
Freeport, ME190 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I like to stop at National Parks and Places when I can to get my passport stamped. This place was pretty underwhelming though. It's $15 per adult to see a tiny "museum" and some fields. Luckily, we came with my son who has a free pass for active-duty military.
Written 9 October 2021
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Zephyr_Travel
Fredericksburg, VA2,986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
With some small but good visitor center exhibits, great short hikes, and two driving loop options, it was an engaging park visit day for all ages. If your a history lover, spend the whole day. If your a park explorer, You can easily see park highlights and fill half the day. We purchased combo tickets with Jamestown & Williamsburg sites.

Visitor center: has a couple of interesting exhibits and artifacts, you can tour it an hour or less. The gift store is very small & limited in types of items. Their are several good tour loop stops close to the visitor center.

Trails: Their are several good tour loop stops close to the visitor center that have trails. Many go up or around the reconstructed siege line fortifications. If short on time, don't miss going out to the surrender field site. The path to a observation building has a great display of many captured & engraved cannons from the British. Also, the redoubts 9&10 trails by the water are the most scenic.

Driving Loop: the signs and directions of the loop can be confusing depending on where you enter it. The red loop holds the main attractions. If you have more time, the yellow loop has pretty forest and field views for a less crowded part of the park
Written 10 April 2022
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Jennifer901
Memphis, Tennessee, United States48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is funded by the National Park Service, so you need to pay to park around the battlefield areas. It is a beautiful area, and they've done a great job setting it up so that you can really get a feel for where the Americans/French faced the British in the Revolutionary War. This was an important battle. Inside, there is a fullsized replica (1/4 of it, at least) of a warship of that time that you can walk through. The 16 minute film gives you a little backstory before you go out on the battlegrounds. Great place for kids and adults. You can spend as little or as much time as you like. Most of the tour is outside, so go on a nice day, when you can walk around. NPS employees were so nice!
Written 21 November 2022
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AllieT84
Michigan71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Let me say that I love history, but this activity really required a lot of imagination. We did the driving tour all the way to the end. We gave up on the dull audio guide app after a few stops. The first few stops we had about 10 other cars with us, but by the 5th stop, we were all alone. There was literally nothing to see at most stops but fields and trees. The first few stops do have some redoubts visible. I suggest really studying your history before doing this so it makes sense to you and you can appreciate.
Written 7 October 2021
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ArmyRNVet
26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I asked at the visitor's center if there was any kind of walking tour associated with the battlefield. The person at the desk correctly stated that the battlefield tour was a driving tour. My wife and I were wanting to walk so we went out and walked around the visitor's center where there were a number of picnic tables available. Then we followed the path from the visitor's center to the Victory Monument which was about 500 yards away, crossing a nice footbridge. At the Victory Monument there was a sign with a map of Yorktown, so I took a photo of the map and then we proceeded to walk into the town, starting with the beach area, then following the very scenic Riverwalk, circling back into the retail area, and then through the residential section which included historic homes, galleries, and a small restaurant. For us, it was about a 2 mile walk altogether, using up about an hour and a half of hour time. So while the gentleman at the visitor's center was going by the book by telling us that the battlefield tour was a driving tour, he didn't tell us about the short walk to the Victory Monument which led us to our own walking tour. I am not criticizing him in this review, just wanted folks to know they can create their own tour of historic Yorktown.
Written 8 May 2021
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Geof J
Germantown, WI491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I visited the battlefield when I had a few hours before starting a project nearby. There is a wide range of things to see from the historic downtown Yorktown to the surrounding countryside and historical battlefields. I would recommend starting at the park visitor center and viewing the introductory film. It is really old and the graphics are not the best but it helps you understand the battlegrounds you will see. One thing that always strikes me is how close to each other the opposing lines were. Modern infantry weapons would walk havoc on the forces in such close proximity. Take a walk along the battlements, drive the historic driving tour and consider what it was like to fight in those days. This park is very much worth a visit.
Written 15 January 2020
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Samantha D
Commercial Point, OH13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
The area is very well kept and very interesting if you're a history buff like myself. So many little things that people who are rushing thru might miss. Please talk to the play actors at the different places, they are so knowledgeable and happy to share that with anyone!
Written 30 September 2020
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Mixa's Travels
Oldsmar, FL3,803 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
After visiting the American Revolution Museum of Yorktown, we took time to visit the Yorktown Battlefield. While there is a museum at the Visitors Center, we opted to just drive to the sites of the Battlefield. After being cooped up touring a museum, our grandchildren were thrilled to be able to run around in some space. We especially like the stops of Redoubt 10 and Redoubt 9. We learned a lot about the battle and enjoyed some fresh air.
Written 2 December 2021
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cg_cotton
Grove City, OH96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
We love battlefields and the revolutionary war siege comes to life when touring the battlefield and visiting the NPS museum.

My wife and I visited the battlefield and got to see the siege from both the British and American (Colonial) point of view.

Our advice would be to visit the museum and make yourself familiar with the events and layout of the land and the river/port and then go outside to experience the British fortifications set up to defend the town.

Then take the driving tour and see the different siege emplacements and understand all the logistics and planning it took to support the colonial army as they surrounded the British while the French blockade stopped sea traffic.
Written 5 April 2022
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Claudia10229
Dallas, TX494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were traveling from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg and stopped here and glad we did. Make sure to visit the visitor center first. There is an excellent film as a reminder about the history of the area. Plus we received a driving map and app to install on our phone. There is a museum and gift-shop to tour as well (pay fees to enter or use your America the Beautiful pass).

There are picnic tables outside for a nice lunch under the trees and lots of parking. There is also a shuttle bus that drives into the nearby city of York at no charge.

The phone app provides details on several areas where you drive and then stop and listen to the history. Be careful as you drive, since some of the road is on public roads and people are driving to/from work or into town. There are areas to park the car and walk which we did at some of the raised embankments. Enjoyable time.
Written 2 June 2024
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