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The heart of historic America has kept its heritage intact with reenactments and preserved colonial settlements to explore.

Top 6 attractions in Williamsburg

Yorktown Battlefield

On Oct. 19, 1781, General George Washington’s allied American and French forces declared decisive victory over the British Army, bringing an end to the American Revolutionary War and with it, independence to the United States. The Yorktown Battle remains one of the most famous and important battles fought on American soil, and the site now sits in the Colonial National Historic Park, where visitors get a glimpse into the last major battle of the war.Over 3 million people visit the sites here every year, and two of the most prominent pieces of the battlefield are the 1724 Nelson House, where British General Cornwallis resided, and the nearby Moore House, where negotiations for British surrender took place.More

Governor's Palace

For many travelers, the highlight of a trip to historic Williamsburg is a tour of the ornate Governor’s Palace, which served as the official residence of the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia. Construction on the Governor’s Palace began in 1706, and although updates and remodeling continued for decades, official construction concluded in 1722. Thomas Jefferson was the last governor to live in the palace.The 30-minute guided tour of the site takes visitors back to the early 18th century. Docents lead the tour dressed in period-era clothing through the palace's three floors, each spanning over 3,300 square feet, an extensive cellar and numerous outbuildings. The main house burned down in 1781 but has since been restored to much of its former grandeur.More

Bruton Parish Episcopal Church

Located in Colonial Williamsburg, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church is a National Historic Landmark. Visit to view the well-preserved example of colonial religious architecture and perhaps take in a concert at the active church. First built in 1674, the current structure dates back to 1715.More

Water Country USA

Americana of the 50s and 60s lives on at Water Country USA, the largest water park in the Mid-Atlantic region. Music from the time period complements rides and live shows, including more than 15 water slides. Dare devils live for the high-thrill ride Vanish Point, on which the ground falls out from under riders as they fly down the 75-foot, nearly vertical water slide. For those who prefer to chill out, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Island fits the bill, with a large pool encompassed by a lazy river. The newest attraction, Colossal Curl, features funnels, twists and seconds of complete weightlessness.Water Country USA makes the Mid-Atlantic summer heat and humidity bearable, with rides and attractions to keep the entire family cool. Live shows, including the dive show “Aquabatics” take place daily in the summer. Water Country USA and Busch Gardens Williamsburg are sister theme-parks and are located only three miles from one another.More

Public Hospital of 1773

See the country’s first hospital devoted to the care of the mentally ill, and learn about the treatment of mental illness in early American history at the Public Hospital of 1773. The building is located in the Colonial Williamsburg living history area, and features exhibition cells, galleries, and artifacts.The hospital was first founded in 1773 and reopened as a museum in 1985. There are six exhibition cells on the first floor of the east wing, set up to show the types of treatments used over the years. Additional galleries and artifacts illustrate the history of the hospital and the practices of 18th and 19th century medicine. Guided tours offer additional insights.Entrance to the Public Hospital of 1773 is included as part of your Colonial Williamsburg ticket.Guided tours are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9am and last for about an hour. The topics and displays of the museum may not be suitable for young children. The museum is wheelchair accessible.The museum is located south of Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg. The shuttle bus stops just outside. There’s also an underground concourse that leads to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.The Public Hospital Museum is open daily from morning until evening. Since it’s open later than many of the other attractions on the Colonial Williamsburg tour, it makes sense to save the museum for the end of the circuit.It's easy to visit the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, which includes the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, as it's located in the same building as the Public Hospital of 1773. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s holdings include more than 70,000 antiques and works of art, 15,000 architectural elements, and 20 million archaeological artifacts, including clothing, instruments, toys, furniture, and paintings.More
Jamestown Glasshouse

Jamestown Glasshouse

Discover the art of glassblowing, as it was done centuries ago, at the Jamestown Glasshouse. Part of the Colonial National Historic Park, Jamestown Glasshouse is a recreation of a colonial-era glasshouse, complete with costumed artisans and interpreters who create glass products by hand, using traditional tools and techniques.More
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Recent reviews from experiences in Williamsburg

Fun and comprehensive way...
kevin_o, Sep 2022
Williamsburg Ghosts, Witches and Pirates Tour
Fun and comprehensive way to visit colonial Williamsburg!!!
Perfect evening in Williamsburg
Caroline_F, Jul 2021
Williamsburg Ghosts, Witches and Pirates Tour
Not too much walking but got to see amazing sights all around Williamsburg!
Thanksgiving day visit
93rubyvette, Dec 2019
Colonial Williamsburg Admission
A great place to visit and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at one the taverns in Colonial Williamsburg.
The Williamsburg, Yorktown and...
Clyde Y, Mar 2018
Colonial Williamsburg Admission
The opportunity to view a film prior to visiting the exhibits gives people a good idea about what they will see and ideas about what they will look for.
We purchased the 7 day admission...
Barbara D, Apr 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Admission
It allows you the freedom to go anywhere except for a few special attractions like shooting a musket, which is 119 and not worth it.
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Is Colonial Williamsburg worth visiting?

Yes, Colonial Williamsburg is worth visiting. The world’s largest living history museum, it welcomes roughly half a million visitors yearly and is staffed by costumed volunteers who help bring the past to life. Home to dozens of 18th-century landmarks, it’s a popular destination for families and history buffs.

Can you walk around Colonial Williamsburg for free?

Yes, Colonial Williamsburg is free to enter, although you need to purchase paid tickets to visit any of the historical buildings or shops. A variety of tickets and visiting packages are available, from single-day tickets up to multi-day passes; it’s even possible to stay overnight at its on-site hotels.

What is Williamsburg, VA known for?

Colonial Williamsburg is famous for being the world’s largest living history museum. Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia colony from 1699-1780, and the town transports visitors back to the 18th century, thanks to its many historic landmarks, interactive experiences, exhibitions, and costumed guides.

How do I spend a day in Williamsburg?

One day offers an introduction to Colonial Williamsburg. Begin in the historic area, where you can interact with costumed guides, watch demonstrations and performances, and soak up the 18th-century ambiance. Afterward, visit one of the two on-site art museums, go shopping, eat out, and finish with an evening ghost tour.

What does Williamsburg, Virginia have to offer?

Colonial Williamsburg has much to offer. Its historic area features dozens of 18th-century landmarks, costumed guides, performances, and more. It’s also worth visiting its two art museums (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum), as well as its shops, restaurants, and arboretum.

How long does it take to see everything at Colonial Williamsburg?

While one day is enough to offer a good introduction to Colonial Williamsburg, it’s worth spending at least two days to make the most of the park’s historic area, its two art museums, and its shops and restaurants —not to mention to stay overnight in one of its historic hotels.


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