What to do in Williamsburg, VA

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Williamsburg Attractions

Take a step back in time when you visit historic Williamsburg, Virginia. Williamsburg activities will make you feel like a real colonial settler during the days of British rule and the War of Independence. Williamsburg tours are perfect for history buffs and families alike who are keen on learning more about United States’ history while having fun at the same time.

One of the main attractions in Williamsburg is the Williamsburg-Jamestown-Yorktown triangle. This area is chock full of American history played out on a daily basis. Soldiers, fife and drum groups, period costumes, and preserved colonial houses are all part of this must see destination. Adults and children alike will enjoy one of the best colonial reproduction cities ever made in the country. If you plan on visiting some of the places in this part of Williamsburg, make sure you pick up a map before you begin your journey.

Next on your list of things to do in Williamsburg, VA should be the Busch Gardens theme park. Located across the street from the historical district of the city, Busch Gardens offers a variety of thrilling attractions, adventures, and live shows which cater to people of all ages.

After a thrilling day at Busch Gardens, kick your feet up, have a drink and enjoy some authentic colonial food at one of Williamsburg's many taverns. These local spots are popular among tourists and residents alike because of their authentic feeling and great tasting food.

If you're interested in playing a round of golf, there are a variety of Williamsburg excursions offering transportation to one of the area's many top rated golf courses. There are over a dozen courses scattered throughout the area, so there's plenty of golf to go around for every green-loving tourist.

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Leave your purse in the hotel room. It's possible to have a ball in Williamsburg without surrendering a penny.

Public Hospital Museum - Talk to the staff or curator and learn about the unique collections held here.

Waller Mill Park - Let your hair down and add some more fun to your getaway here.

College of William and Mary - Come to grips with some of the history of the region through this attraction.

Ford's Colony at Williamsburg - Find out for yourself why visitors and locals alike are in love with the vibe of this place.

Williamsburg Farmers Market - Pull out your guidebook and discover why this place is worth a spot on your itinerary.

Bruton Parish Church - Enjoy some quiet reflection and learn a few things about this site's religious significance.

Greensprings Greenway Interpretative Trail - Get set for views that'll amaze you at this natural marvel.

Waller Mill Park - Grab your rug, pack some snacks and find a cozy area to relish nature.

Things to Do in Williamsburg with Kids

There are plenty of incredible experiences in Williamsburg that the whole gang will enjoy. These are some of the top family friendly experiences in the area.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Williamsburg on a sunny day?
You won’t want to be lounging in your hotel room when you could be out having fun on a Williamsburg Brewery & Distillery Bus Tour.
What should I not miss in Williamsburg?
Don’t go home without ticking off the following inspiring attractions:

  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Water Country USA
  • Jamestown Settlement
  • Historic Jamestowne

Are there cheap things to do in Williamsburg?
What can you do in Williamsburg for free?
You’ll hardly have time to dig your wallet out of your pocket with so many wonderful free things to do:

  • Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
  • College of William and Mary
  • Williamsburg Premium Outlets
  • Colonial National Historical Park

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