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Williamsburg, VA
Travel Guide

Williamsburg featuring a coastal town, sailing and heritage architecture

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.

Wyndham Garden Williamsburg Busch Gardens Area
Wyndham Garden Williamsburg Busch Gardens Area
3 out of 5
201 Water Country Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA
The price is $84 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Water Country USA and within 6 mi (10 km) of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Colonial ...
3.7/5Good! (970 reviews)
"I like all the staffs and i dislike the cheap ans a joke like breakfast."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Wyndham Garden Williamsburg Busch Gardens Area
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 $89 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in the historical district, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of College of William and Mary, Jamestown Settlement, and Abby Aldrich ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,007 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
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 $89 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
Situated in Williamsburg, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Carter's Grove Plantation & Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Colonial Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg ...
3.9/5Good! (440 reviews)
"All the cleaning ladies were extremely nice and accommodating for extra towels if needed. and getting on and off elevator, making room."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home 5 Mi to Colonial Pkwy, 11 Mi to Busch Gardens
Home 5 Mi to Colonial Pkwy, 11 Mi to Busch Gardens
Williamsburg, VA
This family-friendly Williamsburg vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Williamsburg Premium Outlets, Alewerks Brewing Company, and Ripley's Believe It or Not!. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
Beautiful, convenient location and clean
"Plenty of room for the 5 of us. The best thing about this rental is that it is roomy and is in a great location. Living room furniture is a bit uncomfortable and oddly laid out if you are trying to watch TV, but other than that everything was great."

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Home 5 Mi to Colonial Pkwy, 11 Mi to Busch Gardens
Kingsmill Water-view Studio, Minutes to Busch Gardens & Colonial Williamsburg!
Kingsmill Water-view Studio, Minutes to Busch Gardens & Colonial Williamsburg!
Williamsburg, VA
Located in Kingsmill, this condo building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Kingsmill Beach and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Colonial National Historical ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Cozy place
"Wonderful time staying at this property with my family, great location, very nice and clean Host is very responsive Thank you again"

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Kingsmill Water-view Studio, Minutes to Busch Gardens & Colonial Williamsburg!
Book A Piece of History at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg Virginia!
Book A Piece of History at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg Virginia!
Williamsburg, VA
Located in Kingsmill, this condo building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Kingsmill Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Redoubt Park is 2.8 mi ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Kingsmill
"Easy to communicate with owner! Great location!"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Book A Piece of History at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg Virginia!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Williamsburg

There are a few options to choose from when it comes to getting around Williamsburg. An extensive public bus network connects the center with the suburbs, while Colonial Williamsburg operates a shuttle service for ticket holders between its Visitor Center and nearby hotels and attractions. The Williamsburg Trolley, a vintage streetcar, is another great way to get between popular tourist areas. Visit the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority website.Browse Williamsburg rental cars.

Best time to visit

The busiest time of year in Williamsburg is the summer, when temperatures reach an average high in the mid 80s F (low 30s C), although it can be quite humid at this time of year. For more pleasant weather, smaller crowds and cheaper hotels, visit in spring or fall. Winter is also a good time to visit, as it is not too cold but the town gets into the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas.

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