Hello! I don’t usually do trip reports, but I’ve decided to do so for this trip. In planning, I had a hard time finding current information related to visiting this area with older children so I’m hoping our experiences will help someone. I’ll also post reviews.
I’m a 44 year old female, and I was traveling with my 9 and 10 year old children and my 71 year old mother. My mother lives in N.C., and we live in GA. We’re used to hot summers, and we still thought it was hot in Williamsburg. So if you’ve from a place that enjoys more mild summers, definitely take the heat into consideration.
We started off at Yorktown Battfield. My original plan was to hit both the battlefield and the American Revolution Museum in the same afternoon. That didn’t work out for us. My kids always do the Junior Ranger program at NPS sites that offer it. This was our 10th one. It was by far the most difficult. We were there 3 hours, and my 10 year d still didn’t quite finish it. Fortunately, the sweet Park Ranger saved the day and gave her a badge anyway. We watched the film, which was fine, and watched an excellent artillery demonstration. That was the highlight of our visit to Yorktown. I like seeing George Washington’s tent as well, but I don’t think the kids were impressed. We did not do the entire battlefield auto tour, but just drove to Redoubts 9 and 10 and Surrender Field. By 4:30 (after arriving at 1:15), everyone was burnt out so the kids got their Junior Ranger badges, and we went to check in to our hotel. If I had it to over again, I would skip the Junior Ranger program. We usually find that it enhances the kids’ experience, but the opposite was true this time.
I’ll continue on with our next day (Jamestown!) later.