If you think Williamsburg is just one big history lesson, you may want to think again! When traveling here, there are the typical must-see sites including Virginia’s Historic Triangle and the James River Plantations. However, there are lots of other exciting things to do here as well. Williamsburg is the proud home to many award-winning museums, exhibits, tours and also family-fun theme parks. Below is a complete list of all the exciting attractions that Williamsburg has to offer. Get ready for some fun!
The Go Ape zipline treetop adventure is located in the park for family fun! Pre registration is required. This is a great activity to treat your family to while you are running the race! http://goape.com/days-out/freedom-park
Jamestown was founded in 1607 and became the first permanent English-speaking settlement in mainland North America. Today, the National Park Service and APVA Preservation Virginia preserve and interpret our nation’s roots at Historic Jamestowne—America’s Birthplace. Start your experience at the Visitor Information Station, where exhibits and walking tours are provided. Walk through the townsite to see the original church tower and the reconstructed foundations of some of the earliest buildings. Visit the Glasshouse where costumed glassblowers demonstrate their techniques. Driving tours explore the lush natural setting, and exhibits explain how the settlers harnessed that wilderness for their needs.
|Alewerks Brewing Company
During Colonial times, ale, a top fermenting English beer, was a necessity of life. Initially the colonies imported beer for family consumption, sale or barter. Colonial Tavern beer was often brewed on premises. Over time, commercial brewing developed in the larger cities. AleWerks is Williamsburg’s only microbrewery, brewing handcrafted ales, traditional and contemporary, for the Commonwealth. Visit our brewery and pick up fresh beer for your lodging or to take home with you. In addition to great beers, the retail shop offers a variety of unique beer accessories and apparel. Cheers!
|Berkeley PlantationSee the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and President William Henry Harrison, “Old Tippecanoe.” “Taps” was composed at Berkeley when General George McClellan headquartered 140,000 Union troops there in 1862. An architectural gem, the 1726 Georgian mansion is furnished with rare period antiques. Costumed guides conduct tours of the mansion daily. Lunch is served in the Coach House Tavern. The gift shop has a unique collection of historical mementos and charming gifts.
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|Busch Gardens WilliamsburgBusch Gardens will take guests on a new journey in 2012 with the addition of a pulse-pounding roller coaster, sensational family attractions and the return of exciting seasonal events. An autobahn touring experience through Germany’s scenic countryside takes a thrilling detour pushing guests to the edge of their seats aboard Verbolten. Families will twist and turn through the forbidden Black Forest in a harrowing, action-packed adventure on the park’s newest roller coaster that opens in late spring. And that is just the beginning of the excitement at the Williamsburg-area theme park. With the return of theIllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration guests are in for a year full of fun. For more information on Busch Gardens’ exciting offerings, visit www.buschgardens.com/va or more details.
|The College of William and Mary
Founded in 1693, W&M is the second oldest college in the nation. Attendees in Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Embark on a Revolutionary adventure! Become an active citizen of Williamsburg when you participate in Colonial Williamsburg’s new program, Revolutionary City™. Through a variety of dramatic events and street scenes, you’ll experience the everyday life of the city against the backdrop of momentous, world-changing events that occurred here between 1774 and 1781. The adventure continues when you explore the gardens, trade shops, homes, and government buildings throughout the Historic Area. Debate the issues of the day with the colorful, talented, and impassioned citizens of the restored capital of colonial Virginia.
Immerse yourself in 300 years of history. At Yorktown you can experience many 18th-century homes, and picturesque streets are the backdrop for art galleries and antique and specialty shops. Visit the museums offering hands-on programs and exhibits. Stroll along the scenic riverwalk and relax on the sandy beach at river’s edge. Dine at one of the charming restaurants. Be sure to see Yorktown Victory Monument, commemorating the victory at Yorktown. See Cornwallis’s Cave, where the English general and his staff sought refuge from the bombardment by American and French troops. Visit the York County Historical Museum, which includes exhibits and artifacts spanning centuries of York County history.
At Jamestown Settlement, the story of the people who founded Jamestown and of the Virginia Indians they encountered is told through film, gallery exhibits, and living history. Gallery exhibits trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans, and Africans who converged in 1600s Virginia. Outdoors, visitors can board replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, explore life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village, and tour a riverfront discovery area to learn about European, Powhatan, and African economic activities associated with water. In the outdoor areas, costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in the early 17th century.
This beautiful new waterfront development was designed in the spirit of colonial architecture reflected in the town’s historic buildings. It features a variety of shops and riverfront dining that provides a daylong shopping, touring, and dining experience. The waterfront also features a performance area, a beautiful beach, and two floating piers. A mile-long pedestrian riverwalk and a scenic brick walkway link Yorktown’s major attractions. Riverwalk Landing is a one-stop destination for shopping, dining, and touring.
|Water Country USA
Guests can dive into summertime fun at Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park. The park offers fun for the entire family with a 1950s and 60s surf theme, new resort-style amenities and more than 30 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions including Vanish Point, the park’s newest drop slide. The park includes 43 acres of refreshing pools, children’s play areas and lazy rivers, offering hours of fun in the summer sun. Water Country USA now features resort-style amenities to help guests make the most of their day and swim lessons and classes to take their water experience to the next level. Check out www.watercountryusa.com for more details.
Virginia’s largest winery celebrates over 20 years of production with over 65,000 cases annually and new wine releases throughout the year. Wines produced here are appealing to a broad range of wine lovers, from the occasional wine drinker to the wine enthusiast. Our Acte 12 Chardonnay has again been rated as “One of the Best Wines in the World” by DeCanter Magazine‘s World Wine Awards for four consecutive years.
Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the final major clash of the American Revolution and the symbolic end of the colonial period of our nation’s history. On these fields in the fall of 1781, General George Washington and his allied American and French army surrounded and besieged General Charles Lord Cornwallis’s British and German forces at the Port of Yorktown. The ensuing British surrender resulted in the war’s end, granting independence to the United States of America. Administered by the National Park Service.
|Yorktown Victory Center
To gain an understanding of events that led to America’s war for independence and the impact of the war upon ordinary men and women, start your tour at the state-operated Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. Visit the permanent indoor exhibits and the living-history programs, both offering visitors the opportunity to experience Revolutionary-era life firsthand.
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