13 Things to Do in Williamsburg, Virginia

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Things to Do in Williamsburg, Virginia
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Whether you’re visiting Williamsburg for the first time or live in the area, there is a abundance of activities and places to see. The city is bursting history, fun and excitement. Below are a few of my family’s favorite things to do in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Things to Do in Williamsburg, Virginia:

1.  Colonial Williamsburg – Visit the historic area of colonial Williamsburg to learn about life in the 18th century. Step back in time to see what life was like for the colonist through tours and reenactments.

2.  Jamestown Settlement – The settlement of Jamestown is a fantastic place to visit. Immerse yourself in the 17th century culture with a Powhatan Indian Village, colonial forts and see the 3 ships that bought settlers to Virginia.

3.  Yorktown Battlefield – See the site where the British surrendered and our Independence was won in 1781.

4.  Busch Gardens – What would a visit to Williamsburg be without a day at the amusement park? Take a tour through Europe with roller coasters, food, live shows and a stop at Sesame Street Forest of Fun for the little ones. Make sure to ride one of the newer coasters, Griffon, while you’re there. Save money by purchasing tickets online with these Busch Gardens discount coupons!

5.  Water country USA – Cool off with a visit to the water park. There are water slides of all kinds, 3 kiddie areas, plus a lazy river to beat the heat. If you’re planning to visit both Busch Gardens and Water Country, a 2-park pass will help you save some cash.

6.  Williamsburg Premium Outlet Mall – Get your shopping fix at the outlets. You’ll find stores from Coach to Ann Taylor and even Stride Rite. You are sure to find something to buy at one of the 135 stores!

7.  Williamsburg Pottery – Looking for pottery or custom silk flower arraignments?  Head to the Williamsburg Pottery for a unique shopping experience.

8.  Great Wolf Lodge – Spend the night in one of the neat hotel rooms and experience an indoor waterpark. This is a great time for all seasons of year. There are quite a few activities for kids but be sure to look for specials as it can be rather pricey.

9.  Eco Discovery Park – Want to rent bikes or a kayak? Eco Discovery Park has a full service Marina and a nice long bike trail. It’s a serene area with lots of native birds such as osprey and herons.

10.  Freedom Park – Another place for bike rides is Freedom Park with trails for everyone from beginners to advanced riders.

11. Yankee Candle Store – If you like candles, there is a huge Yankee Candle Flagship store in Williamsburg.  You are sure to find every scent of candle and Yankee Candle product imaginable.  I also find it just plain neat to see all the different sections that each have their own decor.

12.  Sno To Go – Looking for a tasty treat?  Try these Hawaiian style snoballs of shaved ice and syrup ( located right across from the Yankee Candle Store).  By the way, these are not sno cones.  Try them “stuffed” with soft served ice cream inside!

13.  Merchant Square – Merchant Square is located within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg and William and Mary College.  You’ll find unique shops and delicious restaurants.  This is also the area where the Farmers Market is held on Saturdays.

To save money, look for ticket combinations. If you know that you are going to visit multiple amusement parks, such as Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, in a single visit, you will pay less by purchasing tickets together verses each attraction separately.

Also remember that summer is extremely humid in Virginia, so plan accordingly. We like to visit attractions early in the morning or late at night to avoid the heat that comes in the middle of the day.

These are just a few of our favorite things to do in Williamsburg, Virginia. There are so many other adventures you can seek out in this historic city. What are some other Williamsburg Virginia attractions can you suggest?

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  1. andrea says

    You forgot Historic Jamestowne, the birthplace of our country and surely the most fascinating place to visit!


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