Yorktown Battlefield
Yorktown Battlefield
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  • Jerry W
    51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American History
    In school most of us learned of the important battle of Yorktown which was crucial to the end of the American Revolution. A visit to this battlefield brought that battle to life. We visited Jamestown in the morning and then traveled to Yorktown via the Colonial Parkway. Be sure to visit the National Park Service Visitor Center first and watch the video which describes the battle. The Center also has a small museum which has artifacts of interest, then you can drive around the battlefield by following a well marked route. I was intrigued to learn of the significant role played by the large French army force and the French Navy in winning this battle. If you get hungry while visiting the battlefield, as we did, there are a number of restaurants in the nearby town of Yorktown.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Jonathan M
    Tuxedo Park, New York552 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Visitor Center and Pretty Surroundings
    We had heard of the battle of Yorktown but were unfamiliar with the details. The visitor center does an excellent job of presenting this turning point in the American Revolution. The self-driving tour of the important battlefield sites takes you through some beautiful forested areas.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • PAman
    141 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good film, lovely scenery
    I've read a couple of books about Yorktown and was eager to see where it all happened. The film is brief, gives a good account of what happened all those years ago. The driving tour was most notable for the scenery and wildlife we saw. Other than signs telling you about each stop, there is not that much to see. The park is well cared for and very clean (no litter). A little disappointed but that's on me, not the NPS.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2023
  • nanobot1
    Canton, Georgia67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great overview of this important battlefield
    The visitors center is quite nice and gives you information on the battlefield. The outside area requires a bit of walking which we were unable to do because of a sprained ankle. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Nice gift shop. We found the audio guide to the driving tour a little difficult as the map and road signage was a little off.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Dan D
    Concord, California230 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 July 27, 2023
  • James M
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom244 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Grant R
    79 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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Ahme1987
    Glen Carbon, Illinois75 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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • 212Moree
    Seffner, Florida151 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2023
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MaineTraveler2017
Freeport, ME198 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 October 9, 2021
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Zephyr_Travel
Fredericksburg, VA3,037 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 April 10, 2022
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Jennifer901
Memphis, Tennessee, United States47 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 November 21, 2022
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AllieT84
Michigan70 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 October 7, 2021
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ArmyRNVet
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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 May 8, 2021
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Geof J
Germantown, WI488 contributions
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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 January 15, 2020
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Samantha D
Commercial Point, OH13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 September 30, 2020
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Mixa's Travels
Oldsmar, FL3,089 contributions
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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 December 2, 2021
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cg_cotton
Grove City, OH61 contributions
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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 April 5, 2022
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Amy A
Rockford, IL34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We were to be a self tour of the battlefield. I suggestion downloading the app before hand (Yorktown tour app). We only did the front end of the tour because the kids were getting hungry but it was still worth the visit.
I’m glad we had our daughters 5 grade National Park Pass (adults $10 each and kids free) because I do not think it was $25. You can use your pass from Yorktown at Jamestown Settlement.
Written August 8, 2021
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