Refer to this handy trip planner guide when figuring an itinerary for your stay in or visit to our town. No matter what your tastes or style, Colonial Beach has something in store for you!
Explore the birthplace of the first U.S. president, George Washington. Travel back towards the Town and see where U.S. president #5, James Monroe was born. Neighboring King George County houses the birthplace of yet another U.S. President, James Madison. Just up the road from there is the capture site of presidential assassin, John Wilkes Booth, who shot Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. back in 1865.
Take a Hike!
Start with a hike at Voorhees Nature Preserve (maps, snacks and information are at the neighboring Westmoreland Berry Farm.) Then, a short drive down Route 3 will lead you to hiking areas at both Stratford Hall Plantation and the Westmoreland State Park. Don't miss the majestic Potomac River views from the top of Horsehead Cliffs! There is a short trail at George Washington's Birthplace as well.
Magical History Tour
In the Town of Colonial Beach, visit the Museum on Hawthorn Street. Just down the road from there is the former summer home of telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell. The home of General Robert E. Lee is at Stratford Hall and the birthplaces of two U.S. Presidents, George Washington and James Monroe are nearby.
Try a little bit of everything! Off Track Betting at the Riverboat on the Potomac, a cruise on the Big Dipper, create some art at Pottery By Hand, lounge on the beach, shop at Wishes & Dreams, grab an ice cream at Nancy's and catch a live band playing at the Black Pearl tiki bar or Dockside.
Colonial Beach is definitely a place for family fun, so don't forget the little ones while organizing your trip planner. They can watch the goats on the "goat walk" at Westmoreland Berry Farm, play on the equipment at Castlewood Park or Washington Avenue Park, swim in the Olympic-sized pool at Westmoreland State Park, fish from the town pier, make a knick-knack and paint it at Pottery By Hand, play on the beach and even shoot a bow and arrow at Rock Springs Archery.
If you love antiquing, Colonial Beach is the place to be! Catch one of Gitie's auctions on Friday evenings at the former Willey's restaurant on Ridge Road, and check out Esco Limited, Compulsive Cravings, Rydell's and the Red Barn (a little outside of town, on Route 3.)
If motorized vehicles are your thing, check out the action at the Colonial Beach Dragway. Make an appointment to see the cars in the Ford Museum. Call F&A Corvette and check out some beautiful machines. See the souped-up golf carts at Custom Cartz.
Thrift Shop Thrills
Try Goodwill in the Beachgate Shopping Center or Colonial Beach Discount next to the McDonald's, then take a peek into the United Methodist Church Thrift Shop on Hawthorn, and also the one run by St. Mary's Episcopal Church, right next to the church.
There are over 25 eateries in town! Try tapas at Tattle Tale, Drago-style Oysters at Denson's, Satay at Sea-Side and Burgers at Bobby K's.
Stroll or cart around town and visit all the beautifully painted murals on the sides of the buildings.
We'll be adding more ideas soon to this trip planner page, so check back!
See our Events Calendar page for information on major annual events and activities, so you can schedule your visit accordingly.