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.  Visit Williamsburg and save! Williamsburg took the No. 2 spot on the 2018 20 Best Cheap Summer Vacations list from U.S. News & World Report, which cites its “historic and modern attractions at low costs.” 

2.  As part of the annual “World’s Best Awards,” more than 300,000 Travel + Leisure readers voted to determine the best places to stay, travel and more. Williamsburg made the 2017 list of the Top 15 Cities in the United States.  

3.  Discover why USA TODAY readers gave Colonial Williamsburg the 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Virginia Attraction for 2018.

4.  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.  

5.  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.

6.  Find out why USA TODAY readers made Busch Gardens Williamsburg one of the Best Amusement Parks in the USA in the 2017 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Don’t miss its newest ride, the Battle for Eire, a 360-degree virtual reality adventure. And learn more about Greater Williamsburg theme parks and thrilling adventures here.

7.  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.

8.  Splish-splash in Williamsburg’s Water Country USA, which was included in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice for Top 25 Waterparks in the World.

9.  Looking for tee time? Three Williamsburg golf courses are featured in Golf Digest’s 2017-2018 list of the Best Golf Courses in Virginia: Kingsmill Resort & Golf Course, Golden Horseshoe Golf Course, and new for this year, Two Rivers Golf Course. Kingsmill and Golden Horseshoe also made Golfweek’s 2017 list for Virginia of the Best Courses You Can Play in each state. Click here for more great golf options in Greater Williamsburg, 

10.  Students, take note: the Student & Youth Travel Association named Williamsburg one of the Top 10 U.S. Student Travel Destinations of 2017, favored by students and teachers alike.

11.  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.

12.  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!

13.  Stay at 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 and 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. 

14.  Want to share American history with the kids? Visit Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, which all made the list of 15 Best Historic U.S. Sites for Kids compiled by FamilyVacationCritic.com.

15.  Taste some of the best beer in Virginia. 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.