Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Colonial Williamsburg is an open-air assemblage of buildings populated with historical reenactors whose job it is to explain and demonstrate aspects of daily life in the past. The reenactors (or interpreters) work, dress and talk as they would have in colonial times.
Tips for Families
Streets can be difficult to navigate with a stroller and some buildings require you to carry your baby inside.
Address: 101A Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am - 5 pm
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Holly Springs, North Carolina
- Visited: March 2013
- Submitted: Mar 4, 2013
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Big Kids (6-8) and Tweens (9-12)
History for the Curious MindFlag review
Our family of four (mom, dad, dd8 and dd11) visited for a weekend in March 2013. We stayed in a suite at the Williamsburg Lodge (Queen bedroom, pull out queen sofa in living room). The Lodge was lovely - great service and nicely appointed rooms. The free breakfast was the best I ever had at a hotel. We also enjoyed the Friday Seafood Buffet with fresh crab legs and scallops cooked to order. Colonial Williamsburg offers a glimpse of our country just before the Revolution. If you are curious about the trades (blacksmith, gunsmith, weaving, shoemaking etc) or about our country's founding this is an enjoyable destination. The workers here are knowledgeable and you can learn a great deal if you ask lots of questions. We learned about lockmaking at the blacksmith and about medicines of the day at the Apothecary. We watched paint being mixed at the Wheelwright and cloth being woven at the Weavers. We love the atmosphere - peaceful and quiet except for the Fife & Drum parade each day and the occasional cannon fire. This was our 3rd trip with our children and the always ask to return.
Tips for Families
Expect to be a participant - if you wait to be wowed or entertained - you will probably be bored. Ask questions! Our kids have learned to ask the tradespeople. Eat at a Tavern and enjoy the music of the era for entertainment. We enjoyed "Dance, our Dearest Diversion" at the Capitol and our youngest got to dance a country dance with the actors. The Williamsburg Lodge has an indoor pool and an outdoor pool but they are across the street. There are changing rooms.
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Really takes you back to the 18th century...
I went during Christmas time. Colonial Williamsburg is absolutely excellent. While I had visited before, I'd never been at Christmas. They had a band playing Christmas music, and had multiple Christmas specials. We went into the courthouse, the q...
An underrated National Treasure
The folks at Colonial Williamsburg are amazing in their historical diligence and vivid recreations of life in 1774/5, just as the Revolutionary War starts brewing. Unfortunately, they are not great marketers. Their own maps and guide are not very user friendly, nor do they stress the importance of buying the admission ticket. (and helping Colonial Williamsburg stay in business) Without it, you are going to a movie with no sound! I graduated from William & Mary, but this was the first visit for my children. We filled 2 days, and stiil didn't do everything there was to do. My 6 year old son loved wearing his tri-cornered hat and talking with the townspeople. My 9 year old daughter and I paid extra to go to Lad...
Great Experiance, but not what we expected
Everyone has raved about Williamsburg at Christmastime. My husband and I came to visit as our Christmas time event. First, it is reccommended that you park at the visitor center and ride the shuttle over. Parking near Colonial Williamsburg is limited and about a $1.00 an hour. If the weather is nice, you can take the beautiful path into Colonial Williamsburg, it's about a five minute walk. You go over a bridge that takes you ''back in time'' to the late 1700's. First off, we greatly enjoyed our visit to Colonial Williamsburg, but this is not a Christmas time event. Yes, the homes are decorated with wreaths on the outside of the homes as a part of a contest of the best decorated homes contest. But that is the...