June 14, 2009 6:30pm: A lot of people swim at College Creek beach. It is a very nice beach, however the current is strong and I would not recommend children swimming there without a life jacket. If you go down a littler farther to Mill Creek, it is a smaller beach but the current is not as strong. It is usually empty and you don’t have to walk across the Colonial Parkway to get there. There was an older couple there hanging out and fishing. I don’t know what it is about Virginian’s but they are great people; I always feel welcomed. The only hard part was getting my son out of the water!
Also, they opened up the Colonial Parkway through Jamestown Island, you can now visit the glass house and drive around the scenic route without paying a fee. If you take the scenic route, take the whole tour vs the shout tour and stop at Foot Path. You can walk down the path to the James River and swim/fish off the beach. In my opinion it is better by bike than by car; you see so much more.