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Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, Yorktown

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4.5/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
See the site of the Revolutionary War's last major battle, Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. Here the American and French troops secured the independence of the United States from the British in 1781. Begin at the visitor center, where you can watch a short video introduction and admire artifacts found on the battlefield, including tents used by Gen. George Washington's army. Maps available at the reception desk give instructions for self-guided driving tours. If you'd prefer to explore on foot with a guide, take a ranger-led walking tour. The guided tour also includes a stop in the Historic Jamestowne. A small per-person fee is charged at the reception desk. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and many more Yorktown attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Yorktown vacation builder.
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  • We didn't have a lot of time, but we made sure we went to the surrender site. This is where Cornwallis surrendered to Washington. Just imagine - George Washington was here! And this victory turned the...  read more »
  • If you enjoy battlefield tours, you'll love this. We bought a $5 CD in the gift shop for a driving tour of the battlefield, which itself runs about 45min. What's nice is the CD tells you when to stop ...  read more »
  • A wonderfully well preserved historical site, so well maintained by the National Park Service. The film in the visitor's centre set the scene and the artifacts and the displays provided good context. ...  read more »
  • Walking around the battlefield that sealed the independence of the United States is awe inspiring. Canons, defensive positions, and trenches are scattered across the large open battlefield, giving a glimpse of how this battle was fought. In certain areas there are plaques that give more detailed information on what transpired and what the soldiers had to endure to win the battle here. In addition to the large open battlefield, you can drive down to the town, where you can walk along the streets or the bank of the river and see the buildings from that era. A couple tips: you can get a ticket to both this and Jamestown for a reduced rate and kids are typically free. Also, make sure you have good walking shoes, because this is a large area to walk. Highly recommended stop if you’re in the Colonial Virginia area.
  • We spent a little time in the visitor center before it closed. The fifteen minute film is given in what feels like a high school auditorium. The exhibits are very interesting though--they have a life-size recreation of a ship's cabin and the actual inner tent used by George Washington at Yorktown. The gift shop has a $4.95 CD driving tour of the battlefield. It is pretty well done and took us just over an hour. The nice thing is that if you have a full day like we did you can buy the your and complete it between the center's closing time and sunset. A very well executed visitor center for a pivotal point in American history.
  • I have been to over 50 battlefields and found this one very memorable. They have done the best they can to preserve the natural landscape so you can escape back to colonial times. It is very interesting to read about the French cooperation because they played a pivotal part as well.
  • There is not a lot to do at the center, the museum is barely bigger than the gift shop once you pass through the 1/4 sized model of the ship. As for the tour, I don't know if our guide was new and nervous or just befuddled but it was a confusing and disjointed tour, if I weren't a historian who has taught about the Rev. War I would have been quite confused. All in all the Center could use a good re-think of how it works.
  • I enjoyed it very much! However, I feel it lacks in comparison to the Victory Center. Victory has a nicer theater, building, and overall level of quality. The Battlefield Center is great, but if you have to pick one or the other, go to Victory Center 9 minutes away.
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