Greater Williamsburg Wants to Chase Away the Winter Blues with a Slate of Sizzling Spring Offerings

Spring Break 2019 is Brimming with Adventure, Culture, Epicurean Delights and More

Segway Tours in Yorktown
American Revolution Museum in Yorktown
Biking in Colonial Williamsburg
Water Country USA

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – February 20, 2019 –  The cold and dreary Winter days will soon be forgotten as Greater Williamsburg announces a lineup of new attractions, events and exceptional packages that will bid a fond farewell to Jack Frost. From Busch Gardens to Yorktown, Greater Williamsburg is inflating their Spring Break agenda to unstoppable proportions, as travelers from near and far are welcome to experience a slew of activities and promotions that will include campfires, egg hunts, spa getaways and pirate cruises, to name a few. 

Below is a glimpse of 2019 Spring happenings in Greater Williamsburg.  For additional details and to plan your stay, visit www.visitwilliamsburg.com.

Busch Gardens® Williamsburg

In 2019, there are even more reasons to visit Busch Gardens® Williamsburg and Water Country USA®.  This year’s lineup includes new rides, entertainment and mouthwatering events:

  • Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends, April 5-28 Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends are hosting a party just for kids on April weekends. 
  • Finnegan’s Flyer™, Opening in May This new Screamin’ Swing ride at Busch Gardens®, features two pendulum-like arms, seating 32 riders that fly progressively higher with each swing, reaching a staggering height of more than 80 feet at a speed of 45 mph. 
  • Food & Wine Festival, select days May 17-June 30 – Park guests can unleash their inner foodie with over 60 specialty food items from around the world, 30 different wines, 25 craft beers and 20 unique cocktails not normally served at the park.  

Water Country USA®

  • Cutback Water Coaster™, Opening in May Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster, thrill-seekers will board a four-person raft, speed along an 856 ft. slide, jet through tunnels and slide onto the wide-open space of massive saucer-shaped features.  

For a limited time only, consumers can purchase a Busch Gardens Membership and get a Water Country USA Membership for free. Additionally, visitors can expect to take advantage of special Spring Break packages during their stay:

  • Everyone Eats Free, May 16-September 9 This deal includes hotel accommodations, three visits to Busch Gardens, free admission to Water Country USA between May 18 and September 8, three free meals with each paid ticket, free general parking at both parks and kids stay free.
  • Kids Play Free, May 16-September 9 This deal includes hotel accommodations, three visits to Busch Gardens during their stay, free admission to Water Country USA, free admission for one child between ages 3 and 9 with each paid adult, free general parking and kids stay free.

Colonial Williamsburg

This 18th-century city is the world's largest living history museum where guests of all ages can meet the nation’s founders, enjoy period stories, music or military drill, and even try their hands at historic trades and games, with a focus on fun for young revolutionaries. Special promotions and events include:

  • Williamsburg Bounce Ticket, March 30-October 27 – The popular spring Williamsburg Bounce Ticket offers admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in addition to Colonial Williamsburg sites, programs and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, plus parking. The Bounce Ticket is included in the Williamsburg Bounce Package for guests who book their stay at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel.
  • Mr. Jefferson's Palace Garden Party, May 5 – Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a lively celebration honoring the 18th century and all its enchantments.  Encouraged to dress for the period, attendees will find 18th century music, dances, games, performances, scrumptious desserts and libations and a staged performance of Shakespearean monologues by Broadway and television actor Steven Skybell.  The night will conclude with a grand fireworks display.

Colonial Williamsburg

Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 and continue to define America today. As part of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, an array of special exhibitions, events, public lectures and programs will take place throughout the year at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  Thought-provoking lectures from the series taking place this Spring include:

  • “Military Through the Ages”, March 16-17 – Military re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries. This year features a special salute to women in the military.
  • Tenacious Women Lecture: “Colonizing Women”, May 2 – Dr. Kathleen Brown, David Boies Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, explores the relationships between the English women brought to early Jamestown, the men who desired them as wives and the Powhatan and Afro-Caribbean/African women affected by their presence. 
  • “Mother Tongue”, May 10-11 and May 16-18 – This original play explores the stories of three women of Jamestown – Matoaka, Anne Burras Laydon and Angelo – as they come together to consider if, and how, the future will remember them and why it matters. 
  • “Jamestown Day”, May 11 – Interpretive programs and artillery firings salute the 412th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony. Visitors can climb aboard a ship and see one sail at Jamestown Settlement, as well as take part in archaeological programs at Historic Jamestown. 

Jamestown Settlement

Yorktown 

Boasting battlefields, boutiques and a beach, Yorktown exudes bygone charm while offering a medley of modern-day amenities. Below is a list of several of the upcoming events and attractions taking place throughout the Spring season.

  • Pirate Adventure Cruises Aboard the Schooner Alliance, April 12-24 and May 2-September 2During Captain Mayhem’s School of Piracy, kids will board the tall ship to raise the sails, steer the angry seas, and even fire a cannon. 
  • Yorktown Civil War Weekend, April 13 and 14 – Military demonstrations, encampments, and tours interpret the role Yorktown played during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Event locations include: Colonial National Park Yorktown Battlefield, Watermen’s Museum, Riverwalk Landing, York County Historical Museum, Custom House, Museum on Main, and Newport News Park.
  • Sister Cities French Market, April 20 – Guests can celebrate the spirit of the Saturday market in Port-Vendres, Yorktown's sister city since 1990, during this annual event. The market features French music, a wine garden with French wines, and traditional market products such as fresh-baked bread and pastries, chocolates, macarons and crepes. 
  • Pirates Invade Yorktown, April 27 and 28History buffs can step back into the Golden Age of Piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen's Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders. Landlubbers of all ages are invited to visit the Historic Yorktown waterfront to treasure hunt and learn lessons and legends from pirates’ lives in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown

The Historic Powhatan Resort

Combining history and entertainment, the Historic Powhatan Resort is nestled among 250 acres of picturesque woodland and is perfect for any type of getaway. For those traveling to Williamsburg for Spring Break, the property is offering a variety of cost-saving packages:

  • Stay 3 Nights for the Price of 2, for travel until March 31 – Stay for two consecutive weeknights and receive the third weeknight free.
  • 2 FREE Tickets to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, for travel until March 31 – Tickets are offered with a minimum of a three-night stay in a one, two or three-bedroom.
  • Book Direct, Get Rewarded, for travel until March 31 – Guests who stay at least three nights will receive a $50 American Express gift card.

Kingsmill Resort

Steeped in time-honored traditions and genuine Southern hospitality, Kingsmill Resort is a AAA Four Diamond property located between Richmond and Norfolk, along the historic James River. Providing grand accommodations, gracious hospitality and stately service, the Kingsmill Resort is reminiscent of a bygone era and during the Spring break period, the property is offering the following packages:

  • Ultimate Spring EscapeGuests can enjoy three nights’ accommodations, Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg passes, daily breakfast buffet, complimentary access to on-property sports like tennis, fishing and biking, courtesy parking and Wi-Fi, and much more.
  • Spring Fever This delightful package includes two nights’ accommodations, a 3-day ticket to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg, complimentary access to pools and fitness center and courtesy parking and Wi-Fi.
  • Spa Getaway – Those looking for blissful escape filled with pampering and relaxation need to look no further. The Spa Getaway package offers comfortable and spacious accommodations in a one-bedroom condo with living room, kitchen and fireplace, in addition to a 50-minute spa treatment, unlimited access to the fitness room and indoor pool and free shuttle service around the resort and to select Williamsburg locations. Available until March 15 with rates beginning at $339 based on two-person occupancy.

Williamsburg KOA

Situated on 180-acre campground full of plush amenities and diverse entertainment for all ages, the Williamsburg KOA Campground is a top-rated destination for family fun and relaxation. What’s more is that local historic sites, theme parks, wineries and museums are all within easy reach. The following is a sampling of events taking place at KOA throughout the upcoming months.

  • Anniversary Weekend, April 5-7Seasoned and first-time campers alike can join Williamsburg KOA as they celebrate 47 years of camping memories around a campfire roasting marshmallows.
  • Happy Camper Weekend, April 12-14 This activity- packed weekend encourages visitors to create some fun in the great outdoors with campfires, s'mores and visits from Bubbles the Clown and the Teeny Tiny Farm animals.
  • Easter Weekend, April 19-21Easter at Williamsburg KOA features a fun-filled Easter egg hunt, a meet and greet with none other than the Easter Bunny himself and appearances from all the animal friends at the Teeny Tiny Farm.
  • Craft Weekend, May 3-5Budding artists can enjoy several classic camping crafts this weekend.
  • Mother's Day KOA Care Camp Big Weekend, May 10-12What better way to celebrate Mom than by making wonderful new family memories at the campground? Amidst an agenda jam-packed with fun, the weekend will be spent raising money for KOA Cancer Care Camps.

Visitors to Williamsburg can expect even more as the days grow warmer and longer. James City County will hold its annual Taste Festival from April 5-28, and a Pilsner Fest is also in the works for April 6. For those who can’t wait to take a dip this summer, indoor waterpark giant, the Great Wolf Lodge, is offering a 30% off “locals” rate up until April 21. The days are heating up in Greater Williamsburg and it’s only the beginning.


For more ideas about adventures in Greater Williamsburg, explore the 10 most popular attractions, find some family fun and plan your next visit now.

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