15 Reasons to Visit Greater Williamsburg Right Now!

Greater Williamsburg is full of fun things to do and places to visit that have been recognized with major national awards, including amusement parks, golf courses, waterparks, spas, craft breweries, bike paths, historic sites, haunted houses and more.

Busch Gardens Coasters
College of William & Mary
Yorktown Ghost Walks
Alewerks Brewing Company
Yorktown Historic Segway Tour
Kingsmill Resort
Historic Jamestowne
Golf at Kingsmill Resort
Water Country USA

There's no shortage of things to do in Greater Williamsburg. Rich in history dating back to the earliest British settlement in North America, with thrilling theme parks, waterparks and outdoor activities, and plenty of lodging and dining options, Williamsburg has enough to keep everyone in the family excited and busy. 

It’s no wonder the destination has been included in a host of “best of” lists nationwide. Here are some of its top honors:

1.  The New York Times qualified Williamsburg, VA as one of the world’s top 52 Places to Go in 2019. Readers were encouraged to check out “Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” a special exhibit at Jamestown Settlement while also making time for some of the area’s long-standing attractions like Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

2.  As a result of the area’s rich historical appeal, Expedia deemed Williamsburg one of 19 Cities that Must Be Seen in 2019. The travel booking site recommended a stay at Williamsburg Lodge or Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites.

3.  Come see for yourself why Frommer’s included the state of Virginia—specifically mentioning Historic Jamestowne, part of Greater Williamsburg—in its roundup of Best Places to Go in 2019.

4.  There is something for everyone! Greater Williamsburg was listed as one of Family Vacation Critic’s 12 Best U.S. Family Vacations for 2019. Treat the family to a stay at the renowned Kingsmill Resort. Make it a true learning experience with visits to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. And remember, the action-packed trip would not be complete without a stop at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!

5.  Still not convinced? Williamsburg also made the cut on Forbes and KOPITIAM BOT’s list of 14 Best Places to Travel in the US in 2019 and Now It Counts selected Williamsburg, VA as one of “6 Great East Coast Destinations”.

6.  Discover why Greater Williamsburg is listed in Forbes Travel Guide’s 14 Top Destinations of 2019.

7.  Calling all history lovers! Step back in time as you relive Colonial Era America in the town that Reader’s Digest Online has voted as one of the Best American Cities for History Buffs.

8.  Bring your family to Williamsburg’s Great Wolf Lodge. It made TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice list of Top 25 Hotels for Families in the United States.  

9.  There is plenty of award-winning lodging during your visit. Kingsmill Resort once again earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award in 2018. And the Williamsburg Inn received five stars in the 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards and named one of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels when Forbes Travel Guide released its first annual Verified Lists in October, 2018.  The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg earned four stars in the 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards. The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg was the only spa in Virginia to be recognized. Its 20,000 square feet of relaxing and rejuvenating therapies are inspired by its Colonial surroundings. 

10.  Get spooked! Virginia’s creepiest haunted houses and spookiest places, according to Thrillist.com, include the Yorktown Ghost Walks and in Colonial Williamsburg, the Wythe House and the Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds, the first public building in North America devoted to treatment of the mentally ill.

11.  Visit a beautiful college campus. The College of William and Mary appears on Best College Reviews’ list of 100 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America. The second-oldest college in the U.S. is also No. 8 on the list of 50 Most Amazing College Campuses for 2018, according to The Best Colleges, which highlighted the school for leading the way among elite East Coast colleges in the global sustainability field.

12.  Yorktown Beach in Williamsburg was named the second best beach in Virginia in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards.  Splish-splash in Williamsburg’s Water Country USA, which was included in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice for Top 25 Waterparks in the World.

13.  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.

14.  Dig into the tastiest barbecue. According to Thrillist.com, the best ‘cue in Virginia is served at Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que. Bring on the hot sauce!

15.  Taste some of the best beer in Virginia. The The Virginia Beer Company won the elite Silver European Beer Star Award in the worldwide dry stout category for their Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout at BrauBeviale 2018, one of the largest craft beverage exhibitions in the world. The brewery competed with 2,344 total beers from 51 countries across 60 awards categories. RateBeer.com named seven beers of the AleWerks Brewing Company in Williamsburg among the Top Rated Beers in Virginia. In addition, Alewerks’ Pale Malty European Lager received First Place in the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners, while Brass Canon Brewing’s Scottish and Irish Ale also took First Place.

Ready to book your trip? Find your perfect place to stay on our Hotels & Lodging page, explore the 10 most popular attractions, and then plan your visit today.


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