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A Local’s Guide to 15 Things to do in Williamsburg, Virginia

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A traditional third-grade class trip for students around the state (and the parents that chaperone them), the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown is an excellent destination for families, couples, and solo travelers. Williamsburg has unique attractions, outdoor recreation, and fun activities for history buffs, nature enthusiasts, and thrill seekers.

Even foodies will find interest in Williamsburg with the variety of authentic taverns, bistros, and seafood restaurants. Once the capital of Virginia before Richmond took the title in 1780, Williamsburg offers a blend of Colonial Revival and Dutch Colonial Revival architecture to accompany battle sites, American folk art, recreated 18th-century scenes, and the historic York and James rivers.

Not to mention being where General Washington and his right-hand man (Alexander Hamilton) rendezvoused with Rochambeau and subsequently won the war.

Williamsburg is one of my favorite places in Virginia. It’s only about an hour from Richmond and Virginia Beach, which makes for a great day trip (even if you’re not chaperoning a class trip).

Look below at some of my suggestions for the best things to do in Williamsburg. And, yes, there may be a Hamilton reference or two.


Activity Description Price
Colonial Williamsburg (CW) Living history museum portraying Colonial life $28.99 – $59.99
Governor’s Palace Home to royal and post-war governors Part of CW ticket
George Wythe House Historic home of prominent lawyer Part of CW ticket
Merchant’s Square Shopping, dining, and entertainment Varies
Williamsburg Winery Vineyards, winery, and tastings $55.00 (tour and tasting)
Busch Gardens Williamsburg European-themed amusement park $79.99 (one-day ticket)
Art Museums Folk, decorative, and international art $14.99 +
Jamestown Settlement Recreated 17th-century village $18.00
Freedom Park Hiking, bicycling, nature Free
Williamsburg Botanical Garden Gardens, trails, native plants Free
Go Ape Adventure Park Ziplines, swings, obstacles $34.95 – $64.95
York River State Park Hiking trails, fishing, canoeing $5.00 per person
Colonial National Historic Parkway Scenic drive Free
American Revolution Museum Museum dedicated to the Revolutionary War $18.00
Ghost Tour Historic tour of the spooky side $30.00

Things to Do in Williamsburg, Virginia

1. Colonial Williamsburg

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