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Williamsburg

Known for Historical Buildings, Gardens and Theme Parks

This historic town is filled with scenic hiking and biking trails, but is best known as the home of Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living museum in America.

How do you get to Williamsburg?

At Williamsburg, see history recreated at a 301 acre (121 hectare) village with historically furnished buildings and costumed interpreters. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living history museum in America. Step back in time at this fully operational 18th-century city. Trace the historic footsteps of people such as first president George Washington, military strategist Benedict Arnold and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.

Visit the Colonial Williamsburg Resort to shop for gifts or souvenirs, including reproduction flatware and furniture from the 18th century. Enjoy a round of golf on the resort’s course or relax with a pampering treatment at the spa.

For couples seeking a romantic excursion or families looking to rest their legs, take a leisurely tour by horse-drawn carriage. Sit back and relax while learning about the Revolutionary City from a Colonial Williamsburg “citizen” who will serve as your guide.

There is an admission fee to enter Colonial Williamsburg, which is open 365 days a year. Some features within the village, such as the guided tours, are included with your admission ticket.

While many visit Williamsburg to learn about the past, you’ll find many other attractions and activities as well.

There are dozens of hiking trails in and around the city. Visit Freedom Park and hike through the 600-acre (243-hectare) preserve passing through historic sites, forests, creeks and open green space. For a more challenging workout, head to the 52-mile (84-kilometer) paved Virginia Capital Trail. Walk, jog or cycle this scenic path across the Virginia landscape.

Just outside the city is Busch Gardens, a theme park with thrill rides, animal exhibits and shows. Ride the roller coasters, which include Griffon, with its 205-foot (62-meter), 90-degree free fall. View the mysterious gray wolf at the Wolf Valley exhibit and see exotic animals at Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve.

Williamsburg Area Transport (WAT) runs trolley and bus services that stop at the city’s attractions, including Busch Gardens. There is a shuttle bus service in the Colonial Williamsburg village.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Learn about the history of Colonial Williamsburg, one of the top monuments in Williamsburg. Visit the shops in this family-friendly area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Experience an enlightening introduction to Colonial Williamsburg at this informative center where you can take carriage rides and walking tours among other activities.

The site of America’s oldest colony, this historical park offers an intriguing perspective into the lives of the country’s first settlers.

Explore the great outdoors at Colonial National Historical Park, a lovely green space in Williamsburg. You can attend a sporting event while in the area.

Explore this ostentatious residence, which was built as a bold display of royal authority in the years leading up to the American Revolution.

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Step back in time as you enter Colonial Williamsburg and immerse yourself in the revolutionary spirit of one of the earliest settlements of the United States. Historic reenactments by costumed actors play out in the streets as you pass colonial sites, visit authentic trade shops, and explore 18th-century homes and gardens.

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Come and experience the haunted history of Colonial Williamsburg with the most authentic and truthful ghost tour in the city. Colonial Ghosts offers an opportunity to walk the historic route of the second Virginian capitol, led safely and efficiently by professional guides and storytellers.

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With 11 themed galleries and more than 350 twisted exhibits showcasing everything from strange animals and bizarre artifacts to insane human feats, this unique museum is something you have to experience to believe.

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Discover the secrets and supernatural mysteries that can be found around every corner of Williamsburg, a town with a history of murder, betrayal, and war. Experience spooky stories and unexplained events as you visit the most haunted locations in the city—and perhaps have a sighting of your very own.

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Explore the burgeoning booze scene just steps away from Colonial Williamsburg. This bus tour takes you to 4 of the area's top alcohol producers, including 2 distilleries, 1 brewery, and even a meadery. Sample hand-crafted libations at each location without having to worry about driving.

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Step into a world of European-inspired fun at Busch Gardens. Take a roller coaster thrill ride through the Black Forest, grab a pretzel at Oktoberfest, and meet the sheep and collies of the Scottish highlands as you explore the 10 different hamlets in this family-friendly theme park.