Williamsburg, Virginia is a great getaway destination with a wide variety of attractions including historical sites, amusement parks, shopping, fine dining and much more. Here is a guide to help you plan your visit to this historically rich region of Virginia.
Major Attractions in the Williamsburg AreaColonial Williamsburg - The largest outdoor history museum in the country, an interactive 18th century city with live demonstrations and special programs.
Busch Gardens - The European themed amusement park offers a full day of fun with dozens of rides and attractions, ten main stage shows, and a wide variety foods and shops.
Water Country USA - The state-of-the-art waterpark offers lots of slides and waterplay opportunities set to a 1950s and '60s surf theme.
Jamestown Settlement - The site of America's first permanent English colony is located just 8 miles from Colonial Williamsburg. Explore the new Visitor Center, the Powhatan Indian Village and the Jamestown Settlement Ships. These exhibits are very hands-on and great fun for kids.
Yorktown Victory Center - On October 19, 1781, the American Revolution culminated with the British surrender at Yorktown. This living history center re-creates the Continental Army encampment with interactive programs.
Williamsburg Winery - Virginia's largest winery offers daily tours and tastings.
College of William and Mary - America's second-oldest college is also one of the best public universities in the nation.
Williamsburg HotelsThe Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates five hotel properties that are located within walking distance of the Historic Area. Passes to Colonial Williamsburg and evening programs are discounted for guests of these hotels.
- Williamsburg Inn - Regarded as one of the world’s best hotels, the inn was remodeled in 2001. Amenities include a top-notch restaurant, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, award-winning golf, and a spa and fitness club. The inn is located adjacent to the Historic Area.
- Colonial Houses - Authentic 18th century accommodations located in the Historic Area.
- Williamsburg Lodge - One of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s original Colonial Williamsburg hotels.
- Woodlands Hotel & Suites - Newest hotel, moderately priced.
- Governor’s Inn - Economy lodging, 3 blocks from Historic Area.
The Williamsburg area has a wide range of accommodations, from family friendly hotels and condominiums to elegant inns and cozy bed and bed and breakfasts. To find a place to stay that meets your needs, see goWilliamsburg.com.
Williamsburg DiningColonial Williamsburg operates four dining taverns in the Historic Area, each offering unique 18th century menus served in authentic colonial surroundings:
- Chowning's Tavern - casual dining, chicken, ribs, pulled pork
- Christiana Campbell's Tavern - premier Seafood
- Shields Tavern - 18th century coffeehouse with light fare
- King's Arms Tavern - fine dining, prime beef, pork, lamb
Many restaurants are within a short drive of Williamsburg. Here are a few of the more popular places to dine:
Barrets Seafood and Taphouse Grill
Seasons of Williamsburg
Black Angus Grille
Mirabella's Italian and American Grille
Williamsburg ShoppingWilliamsburg is a fun place to shop. You can purchase authentic reproductions, Colonial Williamsburg foods and other products in nine Historic Area shops, at the Colonial Nursery and from merchants’ booths at Market Square. Outside the Historic Area, Colonial Williamsburg operates 17 retail stores that range from the Visitor Center’s WILLIAMSBURG® Booksellers to WILLIAMSBURG® At Home, home of WILLIAMSBURG® products and reproductions.
A few other places to shop include:
Market Square - The retail village adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, includes more than 40 shops and restaurants. This is a good place to purchase gift items and enjoy a meal or snack.
Premium Outlets Williamsburg - The outlet shopping center includes more than 120 major brand and designer outlets such as Gap, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Jones New York, Gymboree, Ann Klein, Coach, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works and much more.
Williamsburg Pottery Factory - Find a huge selection of pottery, baskets candles, china, giftware and more. Take a tour and watch pottery being made.