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What to Do While You're Here

Colonial Beach is located at the top of the Northern Neck, on the Potomac River. This beach town is a year-round hot spot with it's casino, upscale restaurants, and many events on and around the town green.

Whether your passion is hiking, fishing, golf, history, art, shopping, wines, or just having fun, there is something for you in or nearby Colonial Beach and the Northern Neck. Below is a list of the more popular attractions, but be sure to visit the list of additional links at the bottom of the page for more comprehensive listings. Also check out the driving distances to local attractions.

Colonial Beach 2011 Events Calendar

For the full calendar, visit the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce web site.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently ran an article with some interesting historical information about Colonial Beach. You can read it on their web site,

Live Passionately!More Things To Do

In addition to the town events listed above, you might also want to...

...visit Washington DC, under 1.5 hours away by car. The number of things to do and see in our country's capitol is tremendous! Check out the Washington Tourism web site for more information.

...go bird watching, hiking or mountain biking at a local national park.

  • Caledon Natural Area - Summer home to one of the largest concentrations of American bald eagles on the East Coast. Miles of hiking trails through a hardwood forest and marshlands. 1/2 hour away in King George. 540-663-3861
  • Westmoreland State Park - In addition to the scenic beauty at Westmoreland, this pet-friendly park offers hiking, camping, cabins, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, fossil hunting and bird watching. The visitor center, open during summer, gives an informative historical and ecological perspective to an important natural area on the coastal plain. Also available are a Conference Center, seasonal programs, pool, gift shop and watercraft rentals. From the cottage, travel south on 205, about 8-10 miles out of town. Park is on the left. Phone: 804-493-8821

...take a driving tour of the Chesapeake Bay region, which boasts more than 6,500 acres of natural areas and 1,100 miles of shoreline. See the Virginia is For Lovers web site for details on this tour.

...get in a round of golf at...

  • The Golden Eagle golf course in Irvington, VA (1-1/2 hrs), 36 holes Par 72, 804.438.6200
    *** Rated #3 golf course in VA by the Golf Digest
  • Cameron Hills Golf Links in King George, VA (1/2 hr), 18 holes Par 72, 540.775.4653
  • Quinton Oaks Golf Course in Callao, VA (1+ hr), 18 holes Par 72, 804.529.5367
  • Hobbs Hole in Tappahannock, VA (1+ hr), 18 holes Par 71, 804.443.4500
  • Four Winds Golf Course in Rappahannock Academy (1/2 hr), 18 holes Par 72, 804.742.5647
  • Swan Point Golf Course in Issue, MD, (1 hr), 18 holes Par 72, 301.259.0047
  • Wicomico Shores Golf Course in Chaptico, MD (1 hr), 18 holes Par 72, 301.884.4601
  • Queenfield Plantation in Manquin, VA (<2 hrs), 18 holes Par 72, 804.769.8838

...have an entertaining evening (or day) at the new Riverboat Casino and Restaurant. Opened in December 2006, it has been completely re-built. Offering Keno and OTB, it boasts the latest state-of-the-art technology. Here is an article from Chesapeake Life Magazine about the Riverboat and Colonial Beach: Chesapeake Life Magazine Riverboat Article

...go berry picking at the Westmoreland Berry Farm. Berry picking in season, smart goats (for real!), farm market, ice cream, sundaes and food. Enjoy our barnyard outside the box. Family friendly farm site! 10 miles outside of Colonial Beach town center. 804-224-9171

...visit the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Take a left onto Rte 205 at the traffic light. go about 5 miles and take a left onto Rte 3. Go several miles and take a left onto Rte 204. The Monument is located on the left side.

...visit Stratford Hall Plantation, birthplace of Robert E. Lee. Phone: (804) 493-8038

Built by Thomas Lee in the 1730s, Stratford Hall Plantation was the boyhood home of Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence. In 1807, General Robert E. Lee was born at Stratford. The magnificent architecture of the Great House sets it apart as one of America's great houses. The 1,670-acre plantation is still managed as a working farm. Costumed interpreters lead tours through the Great House. Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day). Southern buffet lunch served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 to 3:00.

...visit the Port Kinsale Maritime Museum at the Port Kinsale Marina and Resort, and tour one
of the oldest remaining Virginia-built skip jacks, the 1904 Virginia W.

...visit the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the fishermen and watermen of Virginia’s Northern Neck and the Chesapeake Bay.

...take a 2-hour river cruise up the Rappahannock River, to view bald eagles in their natural habitat. Departs Tappahannock at 10am and returns at 4:30. For more information visit the Virginia Is For Lovers web site.

...go treasure hunting at local antique stores:

  • Red Barn - 205 S - take left onto Rte 3. Look for Red Barn on left. Open Friday - Sunday all year. Call for hours. 804.224.1119
  • Compulsive Cravings - Colonial Ave. Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 12:30-5
  • Wishes and Dreams - Colonial Ave. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4

...visit the Colonial Beach Museum, on Washington Avenue and Hawthorn Street.
Phone: (804) 224-7181

Operated by the Colonial Beach Historical Society. The museum was opened in July, 1999 and dedicated to the preservation of Colonial Beach and the local Potomac River history. Located in a three-room Victorian cottage built in the 1890's, it traces the town's history from the appearance of Captain John Smith in 1608 to the present. The museum features historic photographs, artifacts, and one-of-a-kind knickknacks. The museum is open Saturday and Sunday, April through December from noon to 3:00 pm. handicapped accessible. Free admission.

...charter a boat or go on a fishing trip. Call Potomac River Charters at 804-224-1400.

...try your hand at a jet ski or banana boat. Call Rattle & Hum Watersports at 703-231-3697.

...take a tour of a winery and taste local wines, at a nearby vineyard.

...enjoy a fine meal at one of our great local restaurants. See the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce dining page for a complete list.

...take a day trip down to Colonial Williamsburg, where you can also visit the mid-Atlantic's largest family water park, stop at Busch Gardens, or go to Paramount's King's Dominion.

Driving Distances

Location Distance
Fredericksburg 40 min
Washington, DC 1 hr 20 min
Annapolis, MD 1 hr 30 min
Virginia Beach 3 hrs
Williamsburg 2 hrs
Monticello 2 hrs
Chincoteague 4 hrs
Richmond 1 hr 20 min
Westmoreland State Park 20 min
Caledon Natural Area 20 min
Shenandoah 2 hrs +
Irvington 1 hr 20 min

For More Info...

Additional information can be found at the following web sites:


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