Sample Itinerary: Summer Weekend

*Dining and Evening activity suggestions can be found at the end of this itinerary.

Thursday

Arrive in Greater Williamsburg and settle in to accommodations.

Afternoon: Busch Gardens Williamsburg
One Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23187
(800) 343-7946; www.seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg

Spend the day at Busch Gardens, an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of fun-filled exploration.  Experience Verbolten®, a state-of-the-art, multi-launch coaster soaring through Germany’s black forest, and Mäch Tower®, a 240-foot drop tower. After a day of thrills, park-goers can enjoy a new show and award-winning pretzel-themed restaurant in Germany’s re-imagined Das Festhaus® pavilion.

Friday

9:30 a.m. Colonial Williamsburg Orientation Walk
Gateteway Building, North England Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-1000; www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/orientation-walk

The orientation walk is designed to provide an overview of Colonial Williamsburg with historical interpreters leading the 30-minute walks to provide guests with the latest information on programming, dining, and shopping options. Guests also get an overview of the 18th-century community and learn about the restoration of Williamsburg.

Daytime Experiences and Activities:

Order in the Court!
Courthouse, Duke of Gloucester Street

Come and participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property come into contest. Our guests may take on roles as justices, attorneys, litigants, petitioners, or defendants. See how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.

Governor’s Palace
Duke of Gloucester Street

Home to seven royal governors and the first two elected governors in Virginia, the Palace was meant to project British authority and wealth. From the large display of period swords and guns to the elegant décor and grand ballroom, the Palace was built to impress. Behind the Palace, get lost in the elaborate tiered gardens overlooking the stream. Children will love finding their way through the boxwood maze. In summer, find welcome coolness in the original icehouse at the back of the property. In every season, the gardens provide privacy and shelter from the noises of the bustling city.

Capitol
Duke of Gloucester Street

Explore the Capitol building of Virginia. Feel the tension mounting between the people and the monarchy, and gain new insight into the importance of the written word in the colony’s Declaration of Rights. Learn about the founding principles of our government and your rights and responsibilities as citizens of a new republic.

Anderson Blacksmith Shop & Public Armoury
Duke of Gloucester Street

Watch the blacksmith take red-hot iron from the fire of his forge and, with hammer in hand, beat it into a variety of tools, hardware, and weapons. Learn that sometimes a file was as important a tool as the hammer and anvil. During the early years of the Revolutionary War, Williamsburg blacksmith James Anderson expanded his small commercial site into a Public Armoury. The Armoury had a diverse workforce of more than 40 working in several shops and fed from the site’s kitchen. See how American blacksmiths, British prisoners of war, French gunsmiths, slaves, and apprentices worked and lived together supplying the town and the military with the necessities of Revolutionary life.

Historic Trades
Duke of Gloucester Street

Practicing tradesmen make Colonial Williamsburg a living town, ringing with clanging hammers and tinged with the smoke of industry. Visit the blacksmith, see what the saddler is working on, smell what’s cooking in the kitchens, and more. Twenty trades are practiced with 18th-century methods and tools.

Revolutionary City Street Theatre
Duke of Gloucester Street

Colonial Williamsburg’s “Revolutionary City” is a live dramatic program that breaks the boundaries of traditional living history experiences. It covers the period of 1774 to 1781 through a combination of large-scale streetscape events and multiple simultaneous vignettes. The street theater program creates a spontaneous real-time feel of Williamsburg during the years of the American Revolution. Guests take part in the everyday life of the city against the backdrop of momentous world-changing events. The program changes daily.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-7554

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is the oldest institution in the United States that is dedicated solely to the collection and preservation of American folk art. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum houses the Foundation’s renowned collection of British and American fine and decorative arts dating from 1600 through 1830.

Saturday

9:30 a.m. Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, VA 23185
(757) 229-9776

Start your experience at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, where exhibits and a multimedia theater presentation provide background on Jamestown’s beginnings and rich history. Walk through the town site to see the original church tower dating to the 1690s and the foundation of some the earliest buildings in Virginia. At the Glasshouse, costumed glassblowers demonstrate of one of the earliest industries attempted in English-speaking America. Driving tours explore the lush natural setting where exhibits explain how the settlers harnessed the Virginia wilderness for their needs. Visitors regularly see bald eagles, heron, osprey, deer and other wildlife.

1:30 p.m. Jamestown Settlement
2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S., Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 253-4838; (888) 593-4682

The world of America’s first permanent English colony is brought to life through an introductory film, gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in outdoor living-history settings. Learn about Pocahontas and the Powhatan people in the galleries and at a re-created Powhatan Indian village. Board replicas of the three ships that brought the colonists to Jamestown in 1607, and try on armor at a colonial fort. A seasonal riverfront discovery area highlights economic activity of European, Powhatan and African cultures that converged in 1600s Virginia. Explore on your own or join one of several daily guided tours of the outdoor areas. Artillery demonstrations are presented daily in the summer, and a matchlock musket is fired every half-hour in the fort.

3:00 p.m. Water Country USA
176 Water Country Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(800) 343-7946

The mid-Atlantic’s largest water play park, Water Country USA is set to a 1950s and ‘60s surf theme and features water rides, slides and entertainment. Visitors can get drenched in family fun on Big Daddy Falls, experience pure liquid adrenaline on Vanish Point, inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, and enjoy “KIDsiderate” Cow-A-Bunga play area with interactive water features, slides, falls and water cannons perfect for little ones.

Sunday

9:00 a.m. Driving Tour Through Yorktown Battlefield
624 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690
(757) 886-5341

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.

12:00 p.m. Yorktown Victory Center
200 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690
(757) 253-4838; (888) 593-4682

America’s struggle for independence, from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation with the adoption of the Constitution, is chronicled through the stories of citizens and soldiers in gallery exhibits, a film and outdoor living history. In a children’s discovery area adjacent to the galleries, young people can try on 18th-century-style clothing. Visit with costumed historical interpreters at a re-created Continental Army encampment – where a musket is fired every half-hour and visitor participatory artillery demonstrations are offered at 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. daily through August 15 – and help with chores at a re-created 1780s farm.

Depart Greater Williamsburg.

Evening Activity Suggestions:

AMF Williamsburg Lanes
5544 Olde Towne Road (across from Ewell Station Shopping Center)
(757) 565-3311

AMF Williamsburg Lanes is home of the Colonial Virginia Tournament. Featuring birthday parties, company celebrations, and ladies’, men’s, youth and mixed leagues. Bumper bowling, rent-a-lane, extreme bowling and snack bar.

Busch Gardens
One Busch Gardens Boulevard
(800) 343-7946

Explore New Town
4801 Courthouse Street, Suite 128, Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 565-6200

New Town is 365 acres of restaurants, shops, offices, and homes located at the Monticello Avenue exit off 199, adjacent to The College of William and Mary. The finest restaurants, a spacious outdoor shopping mall, a movie theater, the Courthouse, a post office, medical facilities, as well as offices for many of the area’s leading professional firms are located here. Residential condominiums, apartments, and townhomes are here, too — come visit!

Go Karts Plus!
6910 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 564-7600

If it’s fun, it’s at GO-KARTS PLUS, eight acres of family fun featuring four exciting go-kart tracks! Strap yourself into our Super Stockarts for a race around a high-banked oval track in karts that look just like your favorite NASCARs! Be the captain of your own bumper boat or sink a hole-in-one on our Waterfall Miniature Golf Course. Play the latest racing games in our arcade or refuel on goodies at the snack bar. Plus … Kiddie Land, bumper cars, midway games with prizes and more! During July, August open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Pirates Cove Adventure Golf
101 Kingsgate Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 259-4600

Join us for a true pirate adventure! Putt your way through the world of 18th-century buccaneers — our two award-winning courses take you through mountain caves, over footbridges and beneath cascading waterfalls. Swashbuckling fun for the entire family! Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Tavern Ghost Walk
Shields Tavern, Duke of Gloucester Street

History tells us they were here in the 18th century; our guests and employees tell us they’re still present. Join us for Tavern Ghost Walks and learn of the ghosts that still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. This family-friendly program is a unique ending to a tavern meal or simply a fun way to spend an hour or so of your evening. Suitable for all ages; tours leave from Shields Tavern. Tickets $12 adults, $7 children under 12.

Additional Weekend Activity Suggestions

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
1735 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-9220

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 can’t see anywhere else! From the Multi-Legged Frog to the Coffin Truck, the Giant String Ball to the Albino African Lion. Truth is stranger than fiction! It’s all amazing! Over 300 exhibits!

Williamsburg Premium Outlets
5715-62A Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 565-0702

Recently expanded, Premium Outlets – Williamsburg showcases spectacular outlet shopping within easy reach of Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. This beautiful boutique-like center offers savings of up to 65% at 120 top designer and brand-name outlet stores from Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, COACH Factory and Michael Kors to Burberry, True Religion Brand Jeans and HUGO BOSS Factory Store. The center has recently added Bare Escentuals Outlet, ESCADA Company Store, Lacoste, Kenneth Cole, 2b bebe and the only lucy Activewear Outlet in the U.S. (Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Yankee Candle Village
2200 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(877) 616-6510

Here in the heart of Virginia’s historic triangle, you’ll find a store unlike any other. With over 400,000 candles in more than 200 famous Yankee scents, you’ll discover an entertaining, interactive family adventure at every turn. At Yankee Candle, it’s always snowing, the ice pond is always frozen, Santa's Workshop is always bustling and the holiday shops are full of surprises for you to uncover year-round. (Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Dining Suggestions

Aberdeen Barn
1601 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-6661

From the fires of our open-hearth grill, enjoy the finest properly aged USDA top choice corn-fed beef or our signature product: slow-roasted prime rib of beef. Should you prefer seafood, our varied menu selections include our same high standards of quality. Try us for a quiet candlelit evening with superb service, generous drinks and fine wines. Sit back, relax and enjoy dining with us.

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill
199 South Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 253-1847

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill, located in Merchants Square, one block from Historic Colonial Williamsburg, occupies a building that, beginning in the late 1930s, was home to Person’s Williamsburg Ford Dealership and Esso station. Chosen by locals as “Best Seafood Restaurant” in Williamsburg for over 10 years, Berret’s offers two dining choices in one convenient location. The Restaurant specializes in regional seafoods prepared with both traditional and contemporary recipes, an extensive wine list and locally brewed beers.

Blue Talon Bistro
420 Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 476-2583

Blue Talon Bistro offers a rare combination of casual comfort and quality that makes both newcomers and regulars feel completely at ease. Chef David Everett’s focus on Serious Comfort Food gives him and his staff the chance to offer both traditional favorites and original creations that demonstrate his renowned culinary talent and insight into modern dining. An innovative wine list, outstanding service and a warm and inviting atmosphere complete the picture, leaving guests eager to return for another visit.

Chowning’s Tavern
109 East Duke of Gloucester Street
(757) 229-2141

Chowning’s Tavern is not your typical tavern. Originally opened by Josiah Chowning in 1766, who wanted to appeal to the “ordinary sort,” this one-of-a-kind tavern offers menu items that are anything but ordinary. From Welsh rarebit to southern favorites like Brunswick stew and Virginia pulled pork sandwiches, this menu aims to please. You will enjoy the feast in front of you as well as the entertainment that fiddlers and servers in 18th-century costume provide.

Christiana Campbell’s Tavern
101 South Walter Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-2141

Noted as George Washington’s favorite for seafood, Christiana Campbell’s Tavern is as alive today as it was in the times of the founders. Menu items feature crab, shrimp, fish, and scallops — all items that were familiar to 18th-century Virginians. Some of the more unusual dishes come straight from colonial cookbooks. Mrs. Campbell’s Tavern is decorated with the aesthetics of the 18th century. Once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported in time. From the pewter candlesticks, brass sconces, and framed prints to the reproduction chairs you’re seated in, it’s easy to see why the local gentry chose this tavern as a place of conversation and political discussion.

Food for Thought Restaurant
1647 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 645-4665

Note: Food for Thought does not take reservations, but you can call ahead for priority seating.

Food For Thought Restaurant should be a destination for any Williamsburg trip. The atmosphere is clean and colorful. The background music is soft and subtle, allowing easy conversation and discussion. The décor features biographical pictures of inventors, scientists, and social leaders while the walls display thought-provoking quotes used to set the tone for a positive and enjoyable dining experience. Several varieties of discussion cards are found upon the tables and help to spur thought charged conversation.

Giuseppe’s Italian Grille
5601-1 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 565-1977

Always voted “the best” by locals. Entrée specials prepared in the true Northern and Southern Italian style. Contemporary pasta dishes with flair to excite your dining experience. Reservations accepted.

Huzzah!
Visitor Center Promenade

Located along the Visitor Center Promenade and adjacent to the Woodlands Hotel & Suites, this casual, family-focused eatery offers savory everyday favorites such as house-made soups, oversized burgers, specialty wraps, pasta, and fresh, hand-tossed pizza baked in an Italian-made oven. Save a little room for one of Huzzah’s mouth-watering signature desserts.

Jamestown Settlement Café
2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S., Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 253-2571

Jamestown Settlement Café, operated by JCM, Inc., offers a varied menu that includes breakfast foods, freshly prepared salads and sandwiches, freshly grilled foods, pizza, soups, beverages and desserts at self-serve and short-order stations. Café seating, available on a first-come, first-served basis, can accommodate 190 people inside, and seasonally, 100 people on an outdoor patio.

King’s Arms Tavern
422 West Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-2141

Note: Please call ahead to make reservations if you plan on dining at Shield’s Tavern—this restaurant fills up quickly!

After Jane Vobe opened the King’s Arms Tavern in 1772, it became one of the town’s most genteel establishments. Present-day diners can savor traditional southern fare, sumptuous desserts, and after-dinner cordials in surroundings an 18th-century traveler would recognize.

Old Chickahominy House
1211 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-4689

Breakfast and lunch served daily in a plantation setting. Specialties are Brunswick Stew, square-cut ham biscuits, chicken and dumplings, and buttermilk pie. Enjoy some real southern cooking with original southern hospitality.

Pierce’s Pit Barbeque
447 East Rochambeau Drive, Williamsburg VA
(757) 565-2955

Cooked over an open pit using hickory and oak wood. No additives, no preservatives. Winner of Readers Choice Award, Southern Living Magazine. “A must stop!” says Bon Appetit! Proudly celebrating their 37th year in business. Casual atmosphere.

Retro’s Good Eats
435 Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 253-8816

Retro’s food is delicious, fast and affordable. Featured are fresh-squeezed limeades, fresh-cut french fries, grilled steak and chicken sandwiches, barbecue, frozen custard delights and The Best Hot Dogs in Town! Dine in or carry out; Retro’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for people on the go!

Riverwalk Restaurant on Riverwalk Landing
323 Water Street, Suite A-1, Yorktown, VA 23690
(757) 875-1522

The Riverwalk Restaurant offers waterfront dining on the shores of the York River in historic Yorktown, Virginia. The menus offered in our three dining rooms take full advantage of the wide variety of seafood available in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Lamb, poultry, and beef are also well-represented and are prepared with both traditional and contemporary recipes.

Shield’s Tavern
422 West Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-2141

Note: Please call ahead to make reservations if you plan on dining at Shield’s Tavern—this restaurant fills up quickly!

In the early 1740s, James Shields assumed proprietorship of the tavern that his father-in-law had operated several decades earlier. Tavern guests today dine on southern comfort foods inspired by colonial recipes. The seasonal menu takes advantage of foodstuffs available from the local marketplace. Purchase and refill souvenir mugs here. Dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m.