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According to many, this site is like a Disney theme park for history fanatics. Plus, Colonial Williamsburg's appeal isn't just for kids but also for anyone who feels young at heart. Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg will be greeted with townspeople, shopkeepers, politicians, slaves and more who called the Revolutionary City home. More than 20 guided and self-guided tours are available on a daily basis, including ghost walks, garden tours, city itineraries and carriage rides. Travelers can also shop authentic wares and sample 18th-century-inspired meals.

Recent visitors praised Colonial Williamsburg, saying it offered an expertly recreated step back in time and helped them understand more about this period and our nation's history. This history-themed park also earns kudos for employing knowledgeable guides and maintaining pristine facilities throughout. However, travelers warn that the ticket prices to access Colonial Williamsburg are on the steep side.

Colonial Williamsburg sits in the center of its succeeding city of the same name. Popular stops include the Governor's Palace, the Magazine (home of the colony's weaponry and ammunition), the old-time church, tavern and theater, and the period homes. Because there is so much to explore, you might want to consider purchasing a multiday ticket ($50.99 for adults 13 and older, and $25.49 for kids 6 to 12), which grants guests access for three consecutive days at one set price. Single-day tickets cost $40.99 for adults and $20.99 for kids ages 6 to 12. You also have the option to splurge for a multiday bounce ticket, which includes entry to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens for between $79 and $99. Also, keep in mind the multiple-day Williamsburg Flex Ticket that allows you to visit several area attractions, including Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestowne, Water Country USA and more, for around $154 to $196. For specific information on park hours, children's ticket pricing and more, check out the official website.

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#1 Colonial Williamsburg According to many, this site is like a Disney theme park for history fanatics. Plus, Colonial Williamsburg's appeal isn't just for kids but also for anyone who feels ... Read more » The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

#2 Water Country USA If you can stand the large crowds, you should be more than pleased with Water Country USA, say several recent parkgoers. Some of Water Country's popular attractions include Surfer ... Read more » Courtesy Water Country USA

#3 Jamestown You've probably heard the legends of the settlers that first arrived in the spring of 1607; of Captain John Smith's leadership; of Pocahontas' role in smoothing relations between ... Read more » Tony the Misfit / Flickr

#4 Busch Gardens One of the real perks of this theme park, located southeast of Williamsburg, is that it truly does have something for all ages to enjoy. And that's not just ... Read more » Courtesy Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

#5 Jamestown Glasshouse According to the National Park Service, "one of the first English attempts at industrialization and manufacturing in America was glassblowing." This replica of a colonial glasshouse allows visitors to get ... Read more » fotohalo / Getty Images

#6 Williamsburg Premium Outlets When you need a break from the history lessons in Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, head to these outlets for some modern-day shopping. Housing stores like Nike, Banana Republic, Coach, Gap ... Read more » Westend61 / Getty Images

#7 Williamsburg Winery Though this winery is only 4 miles south of central Williamsburg, travelers describe it as a decent daytrip and a break from the numerous historical sites in town. The 320-acre ... Read more » Courtesy Williamsburg Winery

#8 Yorktown Battlefield With so many spots devoted to Colonial and Revolutionary history in the Williamsburg area, what makes Yorktown Battlefield so special? For starters, it's the site of the 1781 siege ... Read more » aimintag / Getty Images

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"Interpreters," donning period dress, bring to life the ways of life of Colonial Williamsburg's residents. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

This water park is popular with travelers young and old. Courtesy Water Country USA

Captain John Smith, of Jamestown fame, looks out over the James River. Tony the Misfit / Flickr

Busch Gardens is an amusement park that features rides, shows and more. Courtesy Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

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Take a break from the historical fun and water parks to enjoy some wine at the Williamsburg Winery. Courtesy Williamsburg Winery

In 1781, British forces surrendered to General George Washington in the battlefield of this town, which is about a 25-minute drive away from central Williamsburg. aimintag / Getty Images

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