An Authentic American Summer By The River
Baseball, ice cream, trolleys, carnivals and outdoor music paint a picture of bygone American summers. Coupled with a warm breeze rolling off the river, classic memories of a simple American life evoke a sense of ease and calm. Here in the River Realm, this is much more than a day dream. The authentic American summer is alive and well here. It’s waiting for you and your family to enjoy it together.
Slow down. Take a deep breath. Enjoy simple moments with the ones you love. Create rich, meaningful memories. Add some of these classic Americana moments to your laid back itinerary during your next trip to the River Realm:
100 Ballpark Road, Deltaville
You won’t find big flashing screens and expensive entry fees at the Deltaville Ballpark. Instead, you’ll find a nesting osprey on top of an outfield light pole and classic food trucks. Here, the Deltaville Deltas have played for more than 75 years. This year, they are defending their 2017 championship title in Richmond NABA play. Look for the sandwich board sign in front of the ballpark on Deltas gamedays. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for teens, and free for children under 12. Check the website for the schedule.
Stevie’s Ice Cream
469 North Main Street, Kilmarnock
There are few more satisfying things than kicking up your feet and focusing solely on making sure your ice cream doesn’t drip on your shoes. Pull up and park the car at Stevie’s Ice Cream in Kilmarnock. Treat the family and even the dogs (ask for “pup cup”) to soft serve ice cream, sundaes, and more. Go ahead and indulge. That’s what vacation is all about! The classic, funky vibe of Stevie’s is infectious. You’ll leave smiling and wondering when you can come back for more.
Cowtopia Mini Golf at Bethpage Resort
4817 Old Virginia St, Urbanna
This fun twist on an American classic is sure to create adorable memories for you and your family. Cowtopia is a farm-themed miniature golf course designed by sculpture artist Mark Cline. It’s located at Bethpage Camp-Resort, another local classic for family fun. On the golf course, you’ll find photo opps with carnival cows, funny farm animals fountains and a train. Don’t forget to treat the winners to hand-scooped ice cream at the Ice Creamery on site!
Marshall’s Drug Store
50 Cross Street, Urbanna, VA
When you walk into the retro Marshall’s Drug Store, you can feel time slow down. Since 1929, this Urbanna mainstay has served up hot dogs, milkshakes, seafood classics, limeades and more. Set inside a full-service pharmacy, Marshall’s serves up a dose of nostalgia that will satisfy the soul. You’ll also satisfy your craving for something sweet or savory when you order from the diner counter, swirly seats included. While you’re waiting for your food, walk around and discover a large collection of coastal gifts and essentials.
Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster
Grey’s Point Camp, 3701 Greys Point Road, Topping
Let the rhythm of nature control your day instead of the sites and sounds of your phone and computer screens. Set up base camp at Belle Isle State Park. Here, you can get away from the noise and haste of the city and focus on enjoying the water, the trees, the wildlife and your family. Spend the days kayaking and hiking trails. Spend the nights roasting hot dogs and s’mores by the fire. Fall asleep under the stars and wake up with the sun. Grey’s Point Camp is the perfect spot for the finest fishing on the Rappahannock River by boat or by beach. Don’t miss a free ride on the Grey’s Pointer Train, an old timey train ride around the campground. Catch the spectacular views by bike or canoe, splash in the water park, or stroll around the lake’s exercise trail.
Triangle Trolley & The Pearl
Did you know we have a trolley system? The Triangle Trolley can take you and your family from various locations between Kilmarnock, Irvington, and White Stone. To board, you only need 50 cents per boarding–how’s that for classic? Catch the Triangle Trolley at Northern Neck Burger after lunch, take the family to the Historic Christ Church for some history and inspiration, or ride over to Kilmarnock Town Centre Park for a concert.
Around Urbanna, you can hop on The Pearl. It will weave you through the charming small town and out to some of our favorite spots including local waterside dining at Urbanna Seafood. After you’ve indulged in crab balls and fresh oysters there, head over to take a tour of the “Museum in the Streets.” End your day watching the sunset over the river at the Town Marina. Maybe you’ll even catch Music Under the Stars (more below). Sit back and relax. Trust the ride and make room for adventure.
Classic Summer Events
Historic Christ Church Ice Cream Social
July 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
420 Christ Church Rd, Weems
For 300 years, Christ Church has stood as a reminder and landmark of our colonial heritage. Throughout the summer, you and your family can visit the Church’s museum and grounds. During the annual Ice Cream Social, you can enjoy a lively stroll back into another century. Indulge in ice cream and play colonial games like the hoop and the stick, the bilbo catcher, draughts, the ball and cup, and dominoes. Try on some of the reproduction eighteenth-century clothing. Get your fill of history by taking a church tour and visiting museum exhibitions. Learn more here.
July 26- August 4
200 Waverly Avenue, Kilmarnock
It doesn’t get more classic than an all-American carnival. Each year, the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department brings old fashioned fun to the River Realm. For seven days, the fairgrounds transform with the smell of funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, and food trucks. Hop on the big ferris wheel we call Big Elli. This year, the kids can try out a new ride: pedal cars styled after the police cars and fire trucks from our localities. Learn more here.
July 21, Good Shot Judy / Aug 18, The Michael Clark Band with Tracy Clark
210 Oyster Road, Urbanna, VA
There’s nothing but the breeze and the rhythm waiting for you during this Americana classic. Come by boat or by land to spend a summer night with the family dancing under the stars. Set along the enchanting Urbanna Creek, Music Under the Stars welcomes music from jazz favorites like Good Shot Judy to the waterfront stage. Make sure to come prepared: Bring your own chair, blanket, coolers and pets! Free for all! Learn more.
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