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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Williamsburg Right Now

The Greater Williamsburg Area is full of award-winning things to do and places to visit. Here are the top 10 reasons why YOU should Visit Williamsburg right now.

There's no shortage of things to do in Virginia. With cities rich in history dating back to the American Revolution, a theme park to satisfy any thrillseeker, and plenty of lodging and restaurants in the area, it's obvious Virginia has enough to keep even those with the shortest attention span excited and busy. 

  1. Discover why USA TODAY readers voted Williamsburg No. 3 on the 10 Best Historic City list during the 10Best Reader’s Choice awards. You can learn more about our area's storied history here
     
  2. See why its close-knit community and living-history attractions propelled Williamsburg to No. 3 in Bustle.com’s list of 10 Small Cities to Visit in 2015. Some of our favorite attractions are Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Victory Center and Yorktown Battlefield, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
     
  3. Enjoy the renowned landscaping and country-themed features that had ThemeParkTourist.com awarding Busch Gardens the Most Beautiful Theme Park in the United States in 2015—for the third year in a row—and calling it “the gold standard in American theme parks.” Find out why Livability.com named the park one of the Top 5 Amusement Parks in the U.S. for 2015. And learn more about Greater Williamsburg theme parks and thrilling adventures here.
     
  4. Watch an ongoing archaeological dig at Historic Jamestowne, which in 2015 made international news when scientific evidence of the remains of four original VIP settlers were found, garnering coverage by the New York Times and other leading media. Explore all that the Jamestown area has to offer, from a re-creation of the original Jamestown colony to replicas of the three ships which brought colonists to Virginia in 1607.
     
  5. Splish-splash in Greater Williamsburg’s two water parks, Great Wolf Lodge and Water Country USA, which were included in USA TODAY’s Reader’s Choice Top 10 for Best U.S. Water Parks. Great Wolf Lodge's indoor water park is part of a larger resort and features the thrilling six-story Howlin' Tornado as well as the family-friendly River Canyon Run.
     
  6. Cycle your way around the area’s scenic landscapes. With 109 miles of bicycle paths on thoroughfares maintained by the National Park Service, Williamsburg has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists since 2013.
     
  7. Stay at award-winning lodging. The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge and the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg have all earned the 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. The Spa at Colonial Williamsburg was the only spa in Virginia to be recognized. It's 20,000 square feet of relaxing and rejuvenating therapies inspired by its Colonial surroundings.
     
  8. Embark on the same journey to 17th-century Virginia that landed Colonial Williamsburg (No. 8) and Jamestown Settlement (No. 11) on TripAdvisor’s 2015 list of Top Historic Sites in the United States.
     
  9. Get a glimpse of Williamsburg’s enviable lifestyle as home to The College of William and Mary, the second oldest in the nation, which caused Williamsburg to be listed in the 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever by CollegeRanker.com.
     
  10. Taste some of the best beer in Virginia. Three beers of the AleWerks Brewing Company in Williamsburg were named by RateBeer.com among the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup Winners, receiving a gold, a silver and a bronze award. Six of its beers are available year-round, and the 10-year-old brewery offers seasonal brews as well.

There's non shortage of activities and experiences in Virginia. With cities rich in history dating back to the American Revolution, a theme park to satisfy any thrillseeker, and plenty of lodging and dining options for every budget, it's obvious Virginia has enough to keep even those with the shortest attention span busy and interested.