Student Discovery Tour
Leave the classroom behind and embark on an amazing educational tour. From fine arts and history to physics and biology, here in the Historic Triangle we embrace all the learning essentials!
Day One – Twisted Physics & X-treme Education
Kick off your learning experience with Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s X-treme Physics Program. On this self-guided tour, the students will receive workbooks to help them with their “scientific research.” They will learn about accelerations, energy, weightlessness, power and inertia as they twist and turn through the air on the park’s roller coasters and other extreme rides! Take a break between thrills to catch a show or browse through the shops. Enjoy dinner at one of the park’s many eateries.
Day Two – Winning Wars & Clashing Cultures
Go back in time and visit the site where English America began – Historic Jamestowne! Through one of the site’s educational tours, you will visit the original English Fort and learn how archeologists unearthed the important clues to our nation’s past. Forensics and puzzle solving emerge in this program, igniting and reinforcing the students’ interest in the mysteries behind this land.
Head on over to Jamestown Settlement and enjoy lunch in the cafe. Explore the ships, Indian Village and English Fort outside and tour the museum exhibits inside. Immerse yourself in the different Cultures at Jamestown. The Powhatan Indians, English and Africans converged together creating both exciting exchanges and clashing ways of life. This program offers interactive activities, including role-playing and the study of period illustrations.
Travel the scenic Colonial Parkway to Yorktown Battlefield and explore both American and British camps in a Siege Line Walking Tour before discussing how Washington finally surrounded and defeated Cornwallis and the British Army.
Next, treat yourself to a dose of Colonial Medicine at the Yorktown Victory Center. History and science come together as you’ll learn about the early and interesting techniques used by colonial families and doctors. From dentistry to amputation, this fascinating program is sure to grab your attention. A resource book about Colonial Medicine is available to download here.
For curriculum guides, lesson plans, videos, teacher packets and other classroom materials on Jamestown and Yorktown, please click here.
Studying history can work up an appetite. Check out the Group Tour Planner or click here for a listing of great dining opportunities. After dinner, spend the rest of the evening at the Premium Outlets. Even student tour groups deserve a little shopping time! For more group shopping information, you can click here.
Day Three – Revolutionary Rebelling & Historical Hauntings
Spend the day at Colonial Williamsburg. Begin with an orientation walk for the latest information on sites and events. On theBecoming Americans guided tour, you will receive admission to the exhibition buildings, trade shops and colonial homes. You will also get a chance to visit the Governor’s Palace and the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg – including the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and Bassett Hall. Please refer to Colonial Williamsburg’swebsite for additional information on their educational programs.
Next stop: Revolutionary City! This dynamic two-hour program, located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, allows its participants to take part in the events that defined the United States of America. On Fridays during the spring and summer, the citizens are at war in Revolutionary City! On any given day, you may hear citizens talk about revolution, rebuilding the country and even war! You may even witness General Washington speak to his troops before the Battle at Yorktown!
To learn more about Colonial Williamsburg’s educational programs, events and activities, please visit their website.
Have dinner at one of the local taverns before embarking on a different kind of colonial tour! With a variety of ghost tours to choose from, your guide will take you on a journey through Williamsburg’s spooky past and haunted memories. As you walk through the Historic Area, you’ll learn all about the local legends, myths and folklore.
Day Four – Artistic Academia, Nautical Navigation & Area Animals
Put your creative mind to work at the Muscarelle Museum located at the College of William and Mary. Being the only fine arts museum in the Historic Triangle, the Muscarelle regularly brings in new exhibits and collections from all over the world. The permanent collection includes English and American portraits, Japanese prints, African art and abstract paintings, drawings and watercolors. At the end of your visit, rest on one of William and Mary’s lawns and discuss what you liked and disliked about the different pieces. Write a critical review of your favorite artworks.
Continue the day by traveling to the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. There you will immerse yourself in the Age of Exploration. This popular program takes the students back to a time when the world was still being discovered. Learn the process of cartography; discuss the economy and culture of the Old World; even examine the navigational instruments used by early explorers! Upon completing the program, YOU will become the explorer in a Museum Scavenger Hunt! Enjoy a boxed lunch provided by the museum.
Head over on to the Virginia Living Museum where you will learn all about the region’s plant and animal life. Choose one of the museum’s Meaningful Watershed Programs, including “Life in the Chesapeake Bay,” “It All Flows Downstream,” and “Pond Life.” These activities offer a hands-on experience to educate and inform the students about aquatic life and environmental issues. Go here for additional resources designed for both teachers and students.
For more information, contact Vivian Bunting, Consumer Sales Manager, Tourism.