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WilliamsburgUnited States of America

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.

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.

Where to stay in Williamsburg

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Top Hotels in Williamsburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
3601 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA
The price is $68 per night

Located in the historical district, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of College of William and Mary, Bruton Parish Church, and Governor's Palace. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (5,755 reviews)

"The room itself was fantastic. We ran into issues with our dishwasher being filled with water and a sink being clogged."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg Historic Area, VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg Historic Area, VA
3 out of 5
400 Bypass Rd, Williamsburg, VA
The price is $56 per night

Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Colonial Williamsburg, and College of William and Mary. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,182 reviews)

"Clean and friendly staff. We were greeted with a friendly host. The room was clean and ready for us. Also when i asked questions about covid and what they were doing they had clear answers and made me feel safe"…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg Historic Area, VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
3 out of 5
7135 Pocahontas Trl, Williamsburg, VA
The price is $59 per night

Situated in Williamsburg, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Quarterpath Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Colonial Williamsburg and College of William and Mary. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (184 reviews)

"It was very nice and a really good price. And there was nothing bad at all."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA

Popular places to visit in Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

4.5/5(1,024 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and see why people love this amusement park in Williamsburg. Experience the entertainment choices or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Colonial Williamsburg
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Colonial Williamsburg

4.5/5(1,372 reviews)

Learn about the history of Colonial Williamsburg, a well-known monument in Williamsburg. Visit the shops in this family-friendly area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
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Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center

4.5/5(875 reviews)

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

Jamestown Settlement
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Jamestown Settlement

4.5/5(571 reviews)

Find out about the history of Jamestown Settlement, a well-known monument in Williamsburg. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.

College of William and Mary
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College of William and Mary

4.5/5(395 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around College of William and Mary, a top college in Williamsburg. Amble around the area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.

Williamsburg Winery
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Williamsburg Winery

4.5/5(63 reviews)

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.

Top things to do in Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg: The Revolutionary City Admission
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Colonial Williamsburg: The Revolutionary City Admission

90% of travellers recommend
$45
Per adult
Guided Colonial Ghost Tour
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Guided Colonial Ghost Tour

84% of travellers recommend
$15
Per adult
Culinary Heritage Food Tour
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Culinary Heritage Food Tour

$67
Per adult
Williamsburg Brewery & Distillery Bus Tour
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Williamsburg Brewery & Distillery Bus Tour

80% of travellers recommend
$69
Per adult
Nighttime Ghost Walking Tour
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Nighttime Ghost Walking Tour

$24
Per adult
Virginia’s Animal & Plant Life, for Groups of 10-16
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Virginia’s Animal & Plant Life, for Groups of 10-16

$300
Per adult

Reviews of Williamsburg

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

This really is beautiful country and the majority of the people here are welcoming and friendly..

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Every attraction was closed due to Covid-19

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Check out the two distilleries. They are unique and fun to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

We toured Jamestown Island & Yorktown visitors' center. Busch Gardens was closed. We didn't have time to get tickets for Colonial Williamsburg. We spent time visiting family.

4/5 - Good

Chris

Mar 16, 2020

Great dining options. We felt the Historic area docents were more geared to students. Not a whole lot going on when we were there but I guess it wasn’t season

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Beautiful but touristy. Price of admission was ridiculous considering it was the off season and must ships were closed.

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