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 »
A visit to Busch Gardens is quite the journey packed with pulse-pounding roller coasters, sensational family attractions and exciting seasonal events. An autobahn touring experience through Germany’s scenic countryside takes a thrilling detour that pushes guests to the edge of their seats aboard Verbolten℠. Families will twist and turn through the forbidden Black Forest in […] Read More »
Start a New Kind of Holiday Tradition Escape from the stresses of the season and bring new life to your holiday celebration. Enjoy a meal surrounded by those you love, stroll through the shops, enjoy hot cider and hand-crafted gingerbread houses in official Colonial Williamsburg hotels, or attend classic holiday events. The festive decorations and […] 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 »
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.
Make Yorktown a part of your holiday tradition. Soak up the ambiance in this relaxed and spirit-filled atmosphere offering activities for the young and young at heart. Start or finish your holiday shopping with shops sure to inspire you with lots of great ideas for gifts and things to do when you visit Historic Yorktown this holiday season. Historic Yorktown celebrates the holidays in style with Market Days, a Christmas Market, a Christmas Tree Lighting, Lighted Boat Parade, Cookies with Santa, Toyland Parade and other not-to-miss activities. A special Holiday Open House Weekend will be held Nov. 9 and 10.
It’s a perfect time to visit Jamestown Settlement, where visitors are immersed in the world of America’s first permanent English colony. Enjoy the holiday season during A Colonial Christmas in December. “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution” Special Exhibition In “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution” special exhibition, more than 60 objects destined for exhibit at […] 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! 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 of 19 complete trips around the world. An artist, reporter, explorer and collector, Ripley was as unusual as the artifacts he gathered. See things you […] 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 »
Get ready for a wave of adventure.Guests are in for the slide of their lives in 2011 at Water Country USA. The mid-Atlantic’s largest water park is adding an epic new drop slide, Vanish Point℠. The 75-foot drop slide will join the 43 acres of pools, children’s play areas, lazy rivers and water rides that […] 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. Enjoy the holiday season during A Colonial Christmas in December. […] Read More »