Colonial Charm

If you’re looking for a fascinating historical destination that ensures fun for the entire family, then you’ll truly enjoy Williamsburg. This renowned city is one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations and offers a wealth of entertainment and education. Visit Colonial Williamsburg and step into an 18th century town filled with historical treasures and featuring one of the largest living history museums in the world. Walk through the same streets and original buildings as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry. Interact with actors playing townspeople and make history come alive! Set foot on the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown. Explore the Jamestown Settlement to see a recreation of an English fort, a Native American village, and the ships used to sail to the New World.

To shift the pace, run wild at Busch Gardens® and get your thrills on the extreme rollercoaster Curse of DarCastle. If water parks suit your family best, then soak up the excitement at Water Country USA and drift down the 3.5 acre river ride, Hubba Hubba Highway. Pick up unique souvenirs at the specialty shops of Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square or delight in waterfront shopping at Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing. Golf fanatics can test their skills on over a dozen courses designed by greats including Arnold Palmer and Curtis Strange. Don’t miss this ideal destination to get away with the family and have fun while learning too!

Exciting Ways to Spend Your Days & Nights

  • Check out Yorktown Battlefield to take a guided tour and behold where General Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington.
  • Enjoy delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere at local eateries including the Fat Canary, Art Café 26, Giuseppe’s Italian Café and A Chef’s Kitchen – where you can create your own gourmet meal. For a delicious beverage, check out Green Leafe Café, voted one of the ten best bars in the United States by USA Today®.
  • For excitement after dark, visit any of the themed pubs in town. Head to Josiah Chowning's Tavern to enjoy long-established games and songs that were typical of 18th century taverns or stop off at Huzzah! Where they promote “Good food. Good Cheer.”

    Outdoor Traveler Vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia

    From historical sites on North America’s first permanent English settlement in North America to exciting theme parks like Busch Gardens® Williamsburg, there’s plenty of entertainment for the entire family.

    Here are some suggestions of where to go, what to see, and things to do:

    • Experience the Continental Army encampment at Yorktown Victory Center, a living history museum depicting daily routines of soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
    • Explore stately historic plantations such as the Sherwood Forest Plantation, the former home of President John Taylor; and the Berkeley Plantation, the location of the first official Thanksgiving in America and the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison.
    • Tour the streets by candlelight as you listen to tails of local hauntings on any of the area’s ghost tours.
    • Attend a guided tour of Williamsburg Winery where you’ll learn about grape growing and winemaking. Stroll through the barrel cellar and enjoy a tasting while you’re there.
    • Tee off at one of the areas 15 championship golf courses. Choose from links-style, mountain or river golf courses.
    • Twist and plunge 170 feet on Alpengeist, the thrilling inverted roller coaster at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg.
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