Colonial history meets college town in this Virginia city.

From the 18th-century architecture and immersive reenactments of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, to the archaeological sites of Jamestown, the Colonial Capital is heaven for history buffs. But families looking for adrenaline-inducing attractions will also find them in Williamsburg. Plus the city’s culinary scene is strong, thanks to its award-winning craft breweries, wineries, distilleries and restaurants.

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Explore Williamsburg

  • City Center
  • Colonial Park/James Terrace
  • Northern Williamsburg

City Center

Overview

As the site of Colonial Williamsburg, the country's largest living-history museum, this downtown area offers an immersive look at life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Scenic trails, buzzy restaurants and sophisticated art galleries add to the experience.

Known For

Museums, Shopping, Historic Sites, Dining, Attractions

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Colonial Park/James Terrace

Overview

This area is all about fun, whether that means making a splash at Virginia's largest water park or going jumping on a wild roller coaster ride. You can also take in forest views along the scenic Colonial Parkway — from your car or on two wheels.

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Amusement Parks, Golf

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Northern Williamsburg

Overview

Breweries, a meadery and several family-friendly spots make Northern Williamsburg a lively spot. For kids, there are activities like laser tag, mini golf and arcade games; for grown-ups, bargain-hunting and local beer tastings are in order.

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Dining, Entertainment, Hotels, Shopping

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Spend a Laid-Back Weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia

A drummer in the street in Colonial Williamsburg

Travel Back in Time

The country's largest living-history museum, Colonial Williamsburg, showcases life in the 18th century with hands-on demonstrations. Don't forget to try your hand at ax throwing or firing a flintlock musket. 

Then it’s time for lunch at an 18th-century-inspired pub, followed by an afternoon of museum-hopping. Dinner at the King’s Arms Tavern keeps the historic theme going. 

A plate of grilled oysters on a table

Take a Wild Ride

Discover the fun side of Williamsburg at two of the country's best amusement parks, including Water Country USA. Dry off, then head for dinner at the legendary Amber Ox, an upscale pub in Colonial Williamsburg. 

A hand-built home in the Powhatan village

Explore the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re walking in the footsteps of the first settlers in Jamestown, kayaking the Chesapeake Bay or taking a scenic bike ride on Colonial Parkway, find out why Williamsburg is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Calories torched, tuck into a seafood dinner at Berret's Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill on Merchants Square.

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