History, amusement parks, golf and shopping make the Williamsburg area a major vacation destination. Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown aren't just historic sites -- they're where our nation was born. For more high-spirited fun, go to the Busch Gardens theme park and Water Country USA. There are enough excellent golf courses in the immediate area to play a different one every day. Top your visit off with shopping at the factory outlets and the famous Williamsburg Pottery.
Now do you understand why Williamsburg is a wonderful place to visit? The variety of activities is what makes it great. Every American should see Williamsburg at least once.
From golf resorts to elegant hotels in the historic area to budget hotels, Williamsburg has a large assortment of lodgings to choose from. Our Williamsburg Virginia hotels page has the scoop. Make your reservations early, the best hotels fill up early during the busy months. If you're having trouble finding a hotel in Williamsburg, try the city of Newport News, which is adjacent to Williamsburg.
Williamsburg Virginia Attractions
Colonial Williamsburg presents the restored capital of 18th century England's largest and most important colony in the New World. This vast outdoor living-history museum, with public buildings, private homes, stores, taverns and gardens, is brought to life with tradesmen and historical interpreters in full period costume.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is an action-packed, European-themed adventure park with six "countries" of fun and excitement for the entire family. Home to top-rated roller coasters (the Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, the Big Bad Wolf, and the famous Loch Ness Monster), more than 50 rides and attractions, voted the world's "Most Beautiful Theme Park" for 19 consecutive years, ten main stage shows, a wide variety of culinary experiences and shops, and a magical children's area.
Water Country USA is the mid-Atlantic's largest water play park. It's perfect for families on hot summer days. The park features more than 30 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions set to a 1950s and '60s surf theme. It also has two shows, a surf shop, and seven places to eat.
Jamestown was America's first permanent English colony, established in 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Mass. Re-creations of the colonists' fort, three ships and a Powhatan Indian village depicts life in the early 1600s.
Yorktown is the site of the final, major battle of the American Revolutionary War and symbolic end of Colonial English America. The Yorktown Victory Center is a museum of the American Revolution that chronicles America's struggle for independence from the beginning of colonial unrest to the emergence of a free nation. Gallery exhibits provide eyewitness accounts of the revolutionary era and tell of "Yorktown's sunken fleet," ships lost during the 1781 siege of Yorktown.
Williamsburg Virginia Golf
Several Williamsburg golf courses are famous. You can play a links-style course in the morning, a mountain-style course in the afternoon, and still get nine holes in at a river course before the sun goes down. Some of the courses have been played on both the men and women's Tour. And even more have made the "TOP 10" lists in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Isn't it time you played great courses like Golden Horseshoe, Kingsmill and Williamsburg National?
Shop for bargains at the Williamsburg Outlet Mall, Prime Outlets and several more outlet shopping centers on the western side of town on Richmond Road. If you are looking for a bargain, you're bound to find it in this shoppers paradise. The famous Williamsburg Pottery is another "must see". It's a huge complex of 32 buildings on 200 acres selling all kinds of stuff!
Don't miss the fascinating shops in the Colonial Williamsburg historic area and the nearby shops at Merchants Square.
Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate
Take a look at our exclusive guide to new developments in Williamsburg Virginia real estate. As you'll see, golf course and waterfront properties in planned communities are very popular. The area is a fine place to live because of its scenic beauty, rivers, golf courses, cultural amenities, and history. Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary offer a full schedule of educational and entertaining programs for area residents.
Insiders' Guide to Williamsburg and Virginia's Historic Triangle
A comprehensive guide to attractions, restaurants and lodging in the Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown areas.