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Top 10 Things to Do in Colonial Beach

Colonial Beach Aug. 18 2020

This is the list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Colonial Beach. This quaint riverside town is steeped in history and has had its fair share of celebrities visit and enjoy all it has to offer. The small-town charm wins them over every time.

Without further ado, let's get right into it. Here's the list, make sure you add it to yours for the next time you visit this "Potomac River Playground."

Top 10 Things to Do in Colonial Beach

10. Take a ride with Cruisin Tikis. You and 5 of your friends can tour the waters around town for a couple of hours on a floating tiki bar! Coming Spring 2024. The captain is provided, so you don't have to worry about a designated driver. BYOB and food and enjoy.

9. 2nd Friday ArtWalk. There are some very talented artisans in the area, producing works of art using many different mediums. Their creations can be seen and purchased on the evening of the second Friday of each month (except February) at about a dozen venues in town.

8. Get a History Lesson. Home to the birthplace of TWO United States Presidents, the vacation home of Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell and a museum that catalogs the history of this town dating back to its founding in 1867, there's lots to hear about and see, even if you're not a history buff!

7. Shop Gift Shops, Thrift Shops, Boutiques, Galleries - you'll find it in Colonial Beach. From souvenirs to art and fine wines to clothing, it's all here.

6. Ride the Trolley. In operation from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, hop on and enjoy a nearly hour-long route as the driver points out items of interest and narrates facts about our town while making almost 20 stops at various locations.

5. Eat! There are nearly 30 eateries to enjoy, serving everything from Mexican, Thai, Chinese, and Seafood to Ice Cream, Barbecue, Sushi and Pizza. Our two newest restaurants are the waterfront Drift (seafood, bar) and its neighbor Muse (pizzeria, arcade) located on the Boardwalk. Pro tip: Catch a spectacular sunset from the outdoor deck at Los Hermanos Cantina on Monroe Bay Ave.

Monroe Bay Sunset

4. Park it! Colonial Beach has Washington Avenue Park which includes a free putt-putt course and there's an ice cream shoppe just across the way. Great for a cool treat after play time. Further down the road you'll find Robin Grove Park, perfect for pooches and their human handlers. It is the town's dog park. Torrey Smith Recreation Park is named for one of Colonial Beach's most famous sons and NFL wide receiver with two Super Bowl wins. Here you can play basketball, tennis, pickleball and more. There's even a tot lot for the little ones. Castlewood Park is located near the end of Lunsford Point and has a great view of Monroe Bay. Eleanor Park is on the Potomac River side.

3. Stroll the Boardwalk. Beginning at the foot of Colonial Avenue, you can enjoy a nice walk all the way up to Boundary Street past the Cannon war memorial where the Boardwalk transitions into the RiverWalk, a scenic pathway where you can take in more of the sights and sounds of the waterfront area.

2. Attend an event. No matter what time of the year you visit here, there's bound to be an event taking place. While there are events on the calendar year-round like the Polar Plunge in January, things really kick off in the Spring, in April with the Osprey Festival. Early June brings the long-running Potomac River Festival, complete with Fireworks. Later in June is the Father's Day Car Show followed by more Fireworks on 4th of July. The Triathlon takes place mid-month and August has the Rod Run to the Beach and Waterfest. On Labor Day Weekend you'll find the Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Fair followed by the Northern Neck Beach Music Festival. October brings Fall Festival and Bikefest and the calendar year finishes up with the November Rockfish Tournament and Winter Festival which takes place the first Saturday in December.

1. Put your toes in the sand on our Beach! We've got the second-longest public beach in the entire state, second only to Virginia Beach which is a couple of hours away by car. Some of the beautiful sand from our beaches even makes an appearance in parks in New York (Central Park) and Pennsylvania. Developers were enamored with it's beauty and brought it upriver via barges to their sites over 100 years ago.

The beach borders the Potomac River which is technically Maryland waters, so when you're out there swimming, you're actually in a different state.

Beachfront by Riverboat

Thanks for reading the Top 10 Things to Do in Colonial Beach! We hope to see you soon!

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