Things 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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Williamsburg must see attractions

1. Colonial Williamsburg

Learn about the local history of Williamsburg with a stop at Colonial Williamsburg. Visit the shops in this family-friendly area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.
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Learn about the local history of Williamsburg with a stop at Colonial Williamsburg. Visit the shops in this family-friendly area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

2. Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center

The Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center is the essential starting point in your visit to this living history museum. Learn about special events taking place, watch a revealing introductory film and pick up period costumes to wear as you explore the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg.
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Experience an enlightening introduction to Colonial Williamsburg at this informative center where you can take carriage rides and walking tours among other activities.

3. College of William and Mary

Explore the campus of College of William and Mary, during your trip to Williamsburg. Amble around the area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.
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Explore the campus of College of William and Mary, during your trip to Williamsburg. Amble around the area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.

4. Williamsburg Winery

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Williamsburg Winery during your travels to Williamsburg. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.
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You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Williamsburg Winery during your travels to Williamsburg. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.

5. Jamestown Settlement

Find out about the history of Williamsburg when you take a trip to Jamestown Settlement. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.
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Find out about the history of Williamsburg when you take a trip to Jamestown Settlement. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.

6. Historic Jamestowne

Jamestown National Historic Site, also known as Historic Jamestowne, is the site of the first permanent English settlement in the United States. Set within Colonial National Historical Park, the site is the location of continuing archeological investigations. Walk around the ruins of the colony, learn about important archeological discoveries made on the site and attend craft demonstrations.
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The site of America’s oldest colony, this historical park offers an intriguing perspective into the lives of the country’s first settlers.

7. Merchants Square

During your visit to Williamsburg, you can do some window-shopping at Merchants Square. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.
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During your visit to Williamsburg, you can do some window-shopping at Merchants Square. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

What to do in Williamsburg

Free Things to Do in Williamsburg

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's fun for the entire family in Williamsburg. Here are a few family friendly experiences to try together that will make your vacation memorable:


 

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