Colonial Beach has been a destination for tourists along the Mid-Atlantic Coast for over 70 years. Colonial Avenue leads to the popular waterfront area between Washington Avenue and the Potomac River. Colonial Beach is often referred to as “The Playground on the Potomac.” Turning the corner at Washington Avenue is an acre of land referred to as Town Hill where fantastic events are held throughout the year. A beautiful stage is used for concerts and events. A quaint gazebo is a perfect spot to rest and survey the surroundings.
Signage on Town Hill and around the town reminds visitors and locals alike about our history with renditions of the St. John, a paddle boat that transferred vacationers from Maryland to Virginia across the Potomac River. Murals on buildings throughout downtown Colonial Beach harkens back to a time of small town living on the Potomac. Colonial Beach today is a Golf Cart Community. You will see locals driving their golf carts all over town…for chores, entertainment, socializing and just for fun! Driving “The Point” (up Irving Ave. and down Monroe Bay Ave.) is a daily ritual for many. There is even a few places in town to rent a golf cart and live like a local!
Located in the northern part of the area known as the Northern Neck of the Virginia, this historical area brings you the fine distinctions of General Robert E. Lee at Stratford Hall; The birthplace of President George Washington; James Monroe’s Birthplace.
Swimmers and sunbathers enjoy the second longest public beach in Virginia. Along the waterfront, people are playing and happily enjoying the beach. The shops are busy and all the benches along the Boardwalk are full of people relaxing and eating ice cream or cotton candy from the ice cream shops.
At Hawthorn Street stands the Municipal Pier marking the south end of the Boardwalk. The pier is a great spot for fishermen as it runs 500 feet into the river. The Municipal Pier and the Boardwalk are great for watching the sunrise, people on the beach and boats in the river.
Along Irving Avenue, and other streets back to Monroe Bay, the houses are well kept, clean and contribute to the maritime theme. Throughout the town, many homeowners have upgraded their homes to give them the early 1900 Victorian era-look with fanciful colors and beautiful gardens.
Approaching “The Point”, you pass one of beautiful parks available for picnics; No outdoor grilling; large playgrounds, for all tourists and residents. (Groups of 20 or more require a permit obtained at Town Hall.)
There are many marinas on the shores of Monroe Bay and the Potomac River. The slips are full of boaters who have come for weekend fun.
The influence of the local artist community is evident throughout the town. The art galleries and some local businesses (in conjunction with the Colonial Beach Art Guild) participate in a 2nd Friday Art Walk year round. This draws locals and tourists from surrounding areas and the town is becoming known as an Art Mecca.
Vacationers staying at the numerous rental cottages, bed & breakfasts, hotels and motels, are the mainstay of the Town’s economy for the summer months.
Throughout the year various town events are sponsored by local organizations and 5 big events are sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Some events have brought as many as 5,000 people to town.
Tourism in the winter has increased because the Town is recognized as a place to come and relax away from the congestion and grind of the larger metropolitan areas. The town has experienced an influx of younger families due to the excellence of the school system, as well as the safe and pleasing parks and recreational services available.
Our friendly, family-oriented town, welcomes YOU!