Are you looking for a vacation destination that will keep toddlers, teens and adults happy? There are so many fun things to do in Williamsburg, Virginia that there is something for everyone in the family. We’ve been with babies, with teens, and with grandparents and think anyone could easily enjoy a week here. Here are 10 things to do in Williamsburg that you won’t want to miss.
1. Colonial Williamsburg
Since I love history and want my kids to appreciate our history, Colonial Williamsburg tops my list of favorite things to do in Williamsburg. Step back in time to Colonial America and learn about this revolutionary city through reenactments, hands-on activities, and tours. Talk to guides dressed in period clothing and tour the Govenor’s Palace. Don’t miss the Fife and Drum Parade.
2. Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown was settled in 1607 when three ships sailed successfully from England to Virginia. As you tour Jamestown Settlement, you will learn about the voyage of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery and what life was like for the 104 men who survived the voyage as they settled amongst the Powhatan Indians. Walk through an early church, dress up in period clothing, climb on the cannons, and help carve out a canoe. My children love playing in the outdoor living history section of Jamestown Settlement.
3. Yorktown Battlefield
Complete your tour of America’s Historic Triangle, as this area is known, with a visit to Yorktown Battlefield. This National Park Service site offers ranger-led tours of the battlefield, earthworks, and historic buildings where General Washington led the American troops to victory in 1781.
4. Water Country, USA
If your kids need a break from history lessons, consider a visit to Water Country, USA. Virginia’s largest water park has 11 rides and slides, a wave pool, and plenty of water activities for younger kids. Water Country, USA is a great place to cool down in the summer.
5. Busch Gardens
After a few days of sight seeing, my kids loved the thrill of Busch Gardens amusement park. Roller coasters, shows, and plenty of rides my toddlers could enjoy made Busch Gardens a favorite family stop. When we were there for spring break, a one-day pass cost the same as a season pass, so we bought the season pass and went a few mornings during our vacation. We beat the crowds and enjoyed the park in small doses, which was perfect for our family.
6. Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is a resort with an indoor water park. If you’ve ever stayed at a Great Wolf Lodge before, you know that it’s really fun for families. If you stay here, build plenty of water park time into your itinerary. Click HERE to check rates and read reviews at Great Wolf Lodge on TripAdvisor.
7. Outlet Shopping
One of my daughters’ favorite things to do in Williamsburg was shopping at the outlet mall. Williamsburg Premium Outlets have 135 stores for those who enjoy shopping on vacation.
8. Virginia Beach
While not technically in Williamsburg, Virginia Beach is so accessible from Williamsburg that it makes a great day trip if you want to hit the beach. Virginia Beach is Virginia’s top tourist destination, so expect crowds but enjoy the boardwalk and catch some waves on the beautiful beach. We rented a surrey bike for the kids to ride with Grandma and Grandpa to explore the boardwalk. My kids still talk about that bike.
9. Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not boasts four attractions in one: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, a 4D Movie Theater, Ripley’s Impossible Laserace, and the Catfish Cove Mini-Golf. Teens will love the odd things at Ripley’s.
10. The Cheese Shop
Grab a sandwich at The Cheese Shop, a favorite of college students and tourists alike. If you have extra time, wander around the beautiful campus of the College of William and Mary. Founded in 1693, this university is the second-oldest institute of higher education in the United States.