2024 Williamsburg Visitors Guide
Williamsburg has it all. No matter the time of year you visit Virginia, Williamsburg offers something for everyone, from the history buff to the bargain hunter, from the carnival lover to the music aficionado. You will find exciting nightlife, plenty to eat, and many exciting attractions to choose from. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway or plenty to do, you will surely find it here. Come spend one day or three weeks at beautiful Williamsburg, you will be glad you did.
Williamsburg has many local activities & attractions. Amusement parks, sightseeing, fine dining, Colonial Williamsburg, and that is not all. You can spend hours, days, or weeks entertaining yourselves and your family without having to travel more than a few minutes in any direction. Visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s own little Europe. The new roller coaster “Apollo’s Chariot” opened in 1999. Or, if the temperature seems too high, splash your way through Water Country USA. Colonial Williamsburg offers American history at its best. No matter what your taste you will find it here!
Whether you’re on a budget or not, you should be able to find affordable accommodations in Williamsburg at any time of the year. Williamsburg’s online reservations system offers many hotels & resorts to choose from with discounted rates. You can view individual hotel web pages with pictures and information. Check rates, and availability, and make secure online reservations. All About Williamsburg also offers the guaranteed lowest rates on car rentals anywhere in the city from major companies like Enterprise & Thrifty. Our online services are easy to use and very secure. We provide quality service to all of our customers.
While visiting Williamsburg you’ll never go hungry for quality food or shopping. Williamsburg offers lots of great restaurants that will please anyone’s appetite. Restaurants serving Italian, French, American, and Seafood can all be found close by. Don’t miss a chance to dine at a colonial tavern and enjoy its 18th-century ambiance. If shopping is what you are looking for you are in luck. Williamsburg has everything from your department store chain to The Williamsburg Antique Mall. Shopping here is great for everyday items as well as the special gift items you are looking for.
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What to See & Do in Williamsburg
Williamsburg is packed with things to see and do. There is everything from scenic walks on nature trails to fast-moving rides at exciting amusement parks. Whatever your reason for visiting Williamsburg we are sure you will find what you are looking for. Below we have put together a sample of what Williamsburg has to offer. Please feel free to look around and don’t forget to browse our site for other information about Williamsburg we have assembled just for you.
Best Attractions and Activities in Williamsburg
From exciting animals to high-flying roller coasters, guests will have a wild time at the park voted “America’s Favorite Theme Park.” Already renovated for world-class coasters including Alpengeist and LochNess Monster, Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers yet another thrill with the new Apollo’s Chariot, a hypercoaster featuring high speeds and multiple drops. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg features dazzling shows, more than 40 thrilling rides, authentic foods, quaint shops, and a magical children’s adventure area. If you are looking for family fun you have found it all in one place.
Water Country USA
In 2000, Water Country introduces Meltdown – its fastest water ride ever. Guests will gear up, four at a time, for a high-speed toboggan race down a “zoom flume” full of twists, turns, and banks. The high tech excitement doesn’t end there A journey aboard the world’s largest special effects family raft ride challenges the entire family to experience sci-fi adventure at its best. Water enthusiasts seeking thrills and fun will find it right here.
As a visitor, you too can experience “archeology in action” and learn about how scholars are finding out more about the early colonists. Now the archaeologists have over 25,000 artifacts to study. Artifacts aren’t just things. They tell us stories of how people lived.
Launch your imagination at the 120,000 square-foot science and technology center with a maritime theme. Located just 40 minutes from Williamsburg in downtown Norfolk, on the Virginia Waterfront. Nauticus features more than 150 hands-on interactives including computer and video kiosks, films on a giant screen, exotic aquaria, shark petting, and national-caliber traveling exhibits.
Virginia Living Museum
If you’re wild about wildlife, the Virginia Living Museum is the place to go! When you look at the exhibits in this museum they look back at you! This indoor/outdoor year-round attraction lets you get up close and personal to animals native to Virginia such a bobcat, fox, beaver, otter, raccoon, fish, reptiles and all kinds of native birds from blue jay to the bald eagle.
A tour of the Battlefield begins at the National Park Service Visitor Center where the battle on land and at sea is presented through a series of multi-media exhibits. You can walk through a full-size replica of the quarter deck of a British warship, view the movement of troops through a special lighted map display, and browse through a beautiful collection of Revolutionary War artifacts. The visitor center is open year-round.
Williamsburg Soap & Candle Company
The mysterious combination of wax and wick can turn a room, a home, or an event from commonplace to extraordinary. Williamsburg has one of the finest candle making companies in the country. It started in 1964 and is still family-run still today. Come visit and experience candle making.
Parks & Guided Tours in Williamsburg
Williamsburg has it all for the nature lover. Guided boat tours for all to enjoy are just part of the beautiful sights Williamsburg has to offer. Whatever your pleasure Williamsburg is sure to please. Below we have highlighted some of the main scenic parks and tours available to you while visiting Williamsburg. Please take advantage of our discounted hotel and car rental rates and make your reservations right now online!
Civil War Walking Tour
Williamsburg’s story didn’t end when the Capitol moved to Richmond in 1781. During the 90-minute walking tour, you’ll meet Union and Confederate soldiers, and residents of the town, who share their prospectives of the battle and its aftermath. (757) 220-7645
The Ghost of Williamsburg Candlelight Tours
An evening must do. A fun-filled tour that has delighted Williamsburg guests for 10 years. Hear ghosts stories folklore and the legends of historic Williamsburg. (757) 565-4821
Jamestown Island Nature Cruise
See Jamestown Island from the perspective of the original settlers. Experience the sight of bald eagles and ospreys as you cruise down the same waterways that Pocahontas, John Smith, and Chief Powhatan traveled. (757) 259-0400
Pirates: The Last Walk
fifteen members of Blackbeard’s crew were apprehended in North Carolina and brought to Williamsburg in 1718 to be tried in Admiralty Court as pirates. This candlelight walking tour follows their last walk. (757) 229-7645
Wine shop open daily. The tavern is available for light lunching. Unique 17th-century style tasting room. Over 50 acres of vineyard on a 320-acre farm. (757) 229-0999
Discover the history of Yorktown on the scenic York River with a 1 1/2 hour daily narrated cruise aboard the Yorktown Lady. (757) 229-6244
Yorktown Colonial National Historical Park
At the National Park Service, Visitor Center sees the 16-minute film “Seige of Yorktown” and the new African American exhibit. Join a park ranger for a guided tour of the British Inner Defense Line. Explore the town of York with its shops and historic buildings.
Guided tours of the Wren Building given by William a Mary students are usually available. Built-in 1695 and the original site of the College, this is the oldest academic building in use in the U.S. (757) 221-1540
Nightlife in Williamsburg
Williamsburg has everything you are looking for. After a day walking through the historic area or attractions you may want to relax at one of Williamsburg’s nightspots. You have more energy! Visit night clubs ranging from hard rock to the blues for a night of dancing and entertainment. Comedy clubs are also on the menu for visitors who need to finish their day with a smile. No matter what you are looking for when the sun goes down, Williamsburg has it to offer.
Bones Grand Slam Eatery & Sports Bar
Enjoy food and drink at great family prices in a festive atmosphere complete with one of a kind sports memorabilia. Test your skills on all-time favorites including football, darts, pool tables, and video games. (757) 564-7109
The Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tours
Celebrating their 11th year anniversary by introducing new stories personally written by L.B. Taylor, Jr. New and eerie ghost stories are woven into a fresh presentation as well in some of the old favorites people have grown to love. (757) 565-4821
The Haunted Dinner Theatre
The interactive “haunted” dinner theatre engages audiences to a murder mystery. The show is full of special effects and magic. John Master Chase, his butler and a zany bunch of suspects as they search for clues and with your help solve a murder! (888) 426-3746
Specializing in live blues and jazz music. Try your hand at their NTN interactive trivia game or just relax and enjoy their scrumptious food or a delicious selection from their wide varieties of microbrews. (757) 259-0406
Mini Golf America
Richmond Road’s best-kept secret! Enjoy miniature golf in at one of Virginia’s finest 18 hole mini-golf courses. Walkthrough extensive flowering gardens beautifully designed with cascading waterfalls, streams and ponds. fun for the entire family. (757) 229-7200
The Music Theatre of Williamsburg
A “Must See” while visiting Williamsburg. Enjoy a memorable evening of live music and comedy. The fully assembled cat makes this a real handclapping, fun-filled time for both the young and old. ((757) 564-0200
Mystery Dinner Playhouse
The laughs abound in this fun-filled popular evening for all ages. Audience members participate in solving a hilarious comedy murder mystery while enjoying a delicious four-course dinner. A wacky cast of characters provides clues to help you solve the evening’s crime.
An imaginative putting golf concept that far surpasses all older versions of mini golf for sheer entertainment. One of the finest Adventure style courses in the industry, incorporating elaborate water features, carved rock work, and abundance of well-manicured landscaping. (757) 259-7830
Second Street Restaurant & Tavern
Offers great food and fun in a casual atmosphere that also includes a sports corner with 7 TV screens. Full-service bar with late-night grill munchies, and complete meals available nightly and 1:15 am.