Colonial Williamsburg

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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101 Visitor Center Drive

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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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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's Bay (a wave pool), Vanish Point (a 75-foot tower slide), the Jet Scream (an inner tube slide) and Big Daddy Falls (a whitewater rapids ride). There's also Cow-A-Bunga (a kiddie pool area) and lessons can be arranged for less-confident swimmers (these cost extra). Visitors appreciate the variety of water attractions and say the wait times aren't unreasonable at rides, slides and concession stands despite all the people. 

You can find Water Country USA in the same vicinity as Busch Gardens, southeast of Williamsburg. It's open from late spring until Labor Day weekend. Each day begins at 10 a.m., but closing time ranges from 5 to 8 p.m., depending on the day. Single-day tickets cost between $45 and $52, but there are also bundle passes to visit Water Country over several days or to visit the water park, Colonial Williamsburg and other nearby attractions for a set price. Go to the official website for more information.

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