Williamsburg VA Attractions | Historic Attractions, Theme Parks & Other Events
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Watch history come to life! Experience 18th-century America at Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s largest living history museum. Visit Jamestown Settlement’s galleries, film and outdoor interpretive areas, and Historic Jamestowne, the original site where John Smith and company established the first permanent English colony in the New World. Travel to Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown Victory Center and Historic Yorktown to learn more about the Revolutionary War’s most decisive battle. This is America’s Historic Triangle, and there’s no better place to have fun exploring our nation’s rich history.
Coasters. Shows. Fun.
Big thrills are big fun—and you’ll find both in Williamsburg. Ride world-class roller coasters at Busch Gardens, the European-themed park with 350 acres of fun rides, children’s attractions, animal shows and live entertainment.
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Plantation on the James River. Berkeley is the most historic plantation on the James River. Visit the site of the first official Thanksgiving (1619), as well as the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison and President William Henry Harrison, our 9th president. Taps was composed here (1862) at the Civil War headquarters of General McClellan. Enjoy the […] Read More »
Busch Gardens® offers fun for the whole family starting in spring with the anniversaries of Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ and Land of the Dragons® and the return of the park’s popular Food and Wine Festival. The debut of Busch Gardens’ newest show, London Rocks™, and a lineup of amazing concerts sets the stage for […] Read More »
Make Your Own History this Spring Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. Explore our art museums, unleash your kids’ inner colonists, tee off a game of golf, or relax and unwind at the Spa. Stay at one […] Read More »
Walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the men and women who settled England’s first permanent colony in North America in 1607. Jamestown served as the 17th-century capital of Virginia and saw the establishment of the customs, laws and government still practiced in our nation today. Archaeology at James Fort Explore the […] Read More »
A revolutionary riverfront treasure. Historic Yorktown, a 15 minute drive from Williamsburg along the scenic Colonial Parkway, is most remembered as the site of the pivotal victory in the American Revolutionary War. Yorktown offers plenty of indoor activities to keep you entertained through the winter with wine dinners at Riverwalk Restaurant, Cabin Fever Concert Series […] Read More »
It’s a perfect time to visit Jamestown Settlement, where visitors are immersed in the world of America’s first permanent English colony. Commemorate the 407th anniversary of America’s first permanent English colony during “Jamestown Day,” a jointly sponsored event May 10 at Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne. Jamestown Settlement Exhibition Galleries Extensive gallery exhibits and […] Read More »
The Mariners’ Museum, America’s National Maritime Museum, is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world. For over 75 years, the Museum has illustrated the spirit of seafaring adventure, assembling a renowned and strikingly diverse collection of maritime artifacts, including figureheads, ship models, decorative arts and small craft from around the world. The remains of one of […] Read More »
Over 350 Exhibits and More! Winter Hours (through the end of February): Regular hours on Monday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 – 5 pm. Closed on Wednesdays. Robert Ripley was called “the modern Marco Polo” because of his lifelong obsession with travel. During his career, Ripley visited 198 countries, traveling a distance […] Read More »
Home of President John Tyler, 10th President of the United States. It has remained the home of generations of Tylers and is currently the home to President Tyler’s grandson, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, and his family. President Tyler brought his bride, Julia Gardiner Tyler, of Gardiner’s Island, New York, to Sherwood Forest. She brought magnificent furnishings […] Read More »
Now this is a plantation. What does Shirley Plantation have to offer that no other plantation can? We tell the story of the Hill-Carter family, eye witnesses to eleven generations of American history. To this day, the eleventh generation continues to own, operate, and work this grand southern plantation. Shirley Plantation is Virginia’s first plantation […] Read More »
View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and jellyfish. See playful otters and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It’s all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. The museum introduces visitors to more than 250 living […] Read More »
Dive into refreshing summertime fun at Water Country USA®, Virginia’s largest water park. Just three miles west of Busch Gardens, Water Country USA has state-of-the-art water rides and resort-style amenities. Guests are in for an epic journey on the park’s newest thrill ride – Colossal Curl™, debuting at Water Country USA in spring 2014. True […] Read More »
From its location on the York River to its indoor and outdoor exhibits, the museum gives visitors insight into the impact that watermen have had on the history, economy and acology of this region for over 400 years. This museum at the York River waterfront tells the story of “Wooden Boats and Iron Men”. Exhibits […] Read More »
The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is located in Freedom Park, a two-acre ellipse that will be seen by visitors approaching the parking area. The “Ellipse Garden” functions as a demonstration gardens for plants know to do well in our coastal plain climate; the majority of plantings are species native to the area, and are labeled with […] Read More »
The Williamsburg Winery was established in 1985 by the Duffeler family. The first wine produced, Governor’s White, was released in 1988 and won a Gold Medal within two weeks. Today, the Governor’s White is the most popular wine made at the winery. Wines produced here are appealing to a broad range of wine lovers from […] Read More »
See where American independence was won at the Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service as part of the Colonial National Historical Park. Here on October 19, 1781, British forces under Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French armies led by General George Washington, concluding the battle that signaled the beginning of the end of the fight for American independence.
Set Sail for Adventure aboard the 105’ Schooner Alliance! You will return to the by-gone days of old sailing ships. The knowledgeable crew will harmonize past with present as you sail down the York River past the battlefield where our country won its independence and view the Victory Monument. You may see dolphins or […] Read More »
It’s a perfect time to discover the story of the American Revolution. 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, visit the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. Yorktown Victory Center Gallery Exhibits Indoor exhibition galleries portray […] Read More »