Highly recommend stopping here. The tour took an hour and starts on the hour (1,2,etc..) We got to see historical spots for the company and the actual manufacturing process and they included free samples ! They had some beer types only available to PA folks... so a chance to try new things if you're not from PA. the tour guide was very good too.
As of sept 25th 2019 the visitor center and museum are undergoing renovations so are not available. There is a temporary visitors center with a film, but no museum access. The self driving auto tour was very enjoyable. The path at washington's command center house/train station was very good. We spend a good 3+ hours here.
The free tour about how chocolate is made, is more of a ride that tells a story of how chocolate is made... as an engineer I was disappointed, I thought i was getting a real plant tour. I would have preferred to do the trolley tour thru the town, but it takes 75 minutes which we didn't plan for and was kind of expensive...
While the scenery is beautiful, we found driving the whole skyline drive too much... lucky for us, you can get on and off at several spots. After driving the first leg, we got off and continued our journey on the nearby highway. The view was actually just as good from the highway since you're not as close to the trees.
A perfect start to a trip involving the historic triangle (Yorktown, Williamsburg, Jamestowne). They have an outdoor monument area and trail to the beach that describes what happened here and how it relates to the other areas. There was no charge. We spent about 20 minutes here. We viewed the lighthouse from the outside but didn't go in an were fine with that. This is on an active military base so bring your military ID if you have one to make getting in easy. We got there about 30 minutes before the lighthouse opened and were allowed quick access with the military ID, not sure if we'd be allowed in without waiting if we didn't have one.
Loved the extra knowledge and appreciation for these settlers that I got after seeing the ships and fort in person. Reading about the voyage is one thing, walking around on the ships another... There were knowledgeable folks posted in all outdoor areas to answer questions and interact with, they were all kind and seemed genuinely interested in sharing information with us. Got to try on armor and see a musket firing demo. Loved some of the maps in the museum... especially the one that allowed me to filter the battles by year and who was involved - good use of technology to keep things interesting including a couple of movies and some spoken stories. We spent ~ 6hrs here including a lunch break. The cafeteria was good.. nice selection and fast service. We visited during the week in mid September, there were no crowds.
This was a quick but worthwhile stop . You see some of the original building items then go to an operating glass blowing area. The individuals here are skilled artisans and open to answering any questions you have. Total time here for us was ~ 30 minutes including the walk thru the forest trail. There is no additional fee, this is included in the historic Jamestown daily pass.
This was my favorite place in the Historic Triangle... the feeling I got thinking how I was standing where the first settlers had stood was bone chilling. There were plenty of things to do : intro film, museum exhibits, walking the grounds... we spent 5 hours here including the glass house. We took the small scenic drive to the tip of the island - if you like learning that little bit more while sipping coffee I highly recommend this, it only took 15 minutes plus any time you spend walking to the couple of scenic points. There were no crowds, we visited in September during the week. There were archaeology digs actively in progress. We have the senior forever national park pass so admission is free although there was a $5 per person charge by the Virginia Preservation Society.
Interesting place. The facility has done a nice job putting together educational information. The astronaut wall of fame was an unexpected bonus. The movie is okay, but could have been much better . I liked the place but gave it a 3 as the cost of 18 per person seemed high.
Be prepared for a long curvy road getting in and out of the park. Definitely need to take the short hike to Shermans tree. If your physical condition allows take the hike to the top of the huge rock near the giant tree museum. This is right by the tunnel tree as well. We spent a pretty full day here