One of America’s favorite family destinations, the Greater Williamsburg region includes Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, offering a unique juxtaposition of contemporary and historical experiences for all ages. Visitors can choose from hands-on interactive attractions, scenic outdoor adventures and sophisticated arts and culture experiences, making Greater Williamsburg a top choice among travelers.
Major Attractions: http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/attractions/
is an action-packed, European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of fun-filled exploration.
College of William & Mary
The second oldest university in the United States, and a cutting edge research university, the College of William & Mary are situated on 1,200 acres in historic downtown Williamsburg.
Colonial Williamsburg interprets Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg, Va., as a 21st-century center for history and citizenship with more than 400 restored or reconstructed original buildings, museums and educational programs.
Site of America’s first permanent English settlement, Historic Jamestowne continues to make history as an active archaeological dig site, offering a tour with the archaeologist or behind-the-scenes tours in the lab with the curator.
Traces America’s colonial beginnings through expansive gallery exhibits and film, and historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of the three ships that sailed to Virginia in 1607, the colonial fort and a Powhatan Indian village.
Water Country USA®
Virginia’s largest water park offering live entertainment, water rides and attractions all with a retro surf theme.
The National Park Service welcomes visitors to explore interpreted trails and sites from the last major battle of the American Revolution.
Yorktown Victory Center
The American Revolution is chronicled through exhibits, films and re-created military encampment and Revolution-era farm. The site will become the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016, with new exhibition galleries and expanded outdoor living-history areas.
Williamsburg Tasting Trail
The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance and area partners developed a tasting trail to showcase the outstanding local breweries, distilleries, winery and meadery that are bringing a new set of visitors to our region. Our country’s first settlers believed that alcohol served many great purposes from healing the body to giving energy to the weak and elderly. Follow the Williamsburg Tasting Trail and visit our local craft beverage venues and experience true dedication to craftsmanship, hands-on approach and high production standards. From award-winning wine and micro-brewed beer to ancient mead and distilled spirits, experience the best of delicious hand-crafted beverages. Indulge your curiosity by trying something new; relax with friends with a refreshing glass full of your favorite beverage or pick of a bottle (or two) to bring home. It will taste great … we’re just not 100% certain about the abilities to heal the sick!
Arts & Culture
Anchored by the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, Greater Williamsburg is home to a wide range of arts and culture experiences.
Fast becoming one of the nation’s top golf destinations, Williamsburg boasts of more than a dozen courses designed by some of the game’s most notable architects. Popular courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rees Jones, Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange and Tom Clark include: the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Kingsmill Resort and Williamsburg National. The mild climate allows play nearly year round.
The region’s waterfront location and scenic trails, creeks and rivers make Williamsburg an ideal spot for outdoor recreation offering a variety of ways to enjoy the area by kayak, scenic boat cruise, bike or on foot. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Go Ape’s first treetop adventure course offers zip lines and obstacles for all ages and abilities among Williamsburg’s scenic forests. Boating enthusiasts can set sail off the shore with Schooner Alliance by sailing along the York River. With over 25 bike routes, biking in Williamsburg offers an opportunity to visit historic sites, parks while viewing picturesque farmland and waterfront views.
For additional information about the region, please go to www.VisitWilliamsburg.com