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Complete Itinerary for Family Friendly Vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia

Updated on January 13, 2017

Williamsburg, Virginia: A Brief Overview

Williamburg is a city full of history and family friendly activities. There are plenty of hotel accommodations, restaurants and activities to plan a fun filled itinerary guaranteed to please the whole family.

Founded in 1699 Williamsburg, Virginia was the capital of the Virginia Colony and named for King William III of England. As it grew, it became the center of society, religion and politics in the colonies. Home of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg was a city that was home to many scholars such as Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler. In 1780 the capital was moved to Richmond where it remains today. Williamsburg continued to flourish, but in a more quiet manner. Today it is the center for the preservation of colonial life and a frequented tourist attraction.

Williamsburg VA:
Williamsburg, VA, USA

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Attractions at a Glance

  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Busch Gardens
  • Jamestowne
  • Governor's Palace
  • Bassett Hall
  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum
  • Bruton parish Episcopalian Church

There are many more activities, but these are some of the most popular

Attractions to Visit, Sites to See

  • Colonial Williamsburg: experience and become a part of the Revolutionary City, learn about the hardships of war, visit the art museums, stay at a historic hotel, eat local cuisine and explore the city at your leisure
  • Jamestowne: visit the first settlement in the United States, see current archaeological digs, experience daily life during the time with living history programs, eat at the historic cafe and visit the famous James Fort
  • Busch Gardens: European themed adventure park with rides, beautiful scenery, wide variety of cuisine, live stage shows, shopping and so much more
  • Governor's Palace: see how the governor lived in this historically accurate refurbished home with complete restoration and guided tours
  • Bassett Hall: smaller scale than the Governor's Palace, but just as historically accurate home of Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller Jr complete with 18th century furnishings and well guided tours
  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum: see historic objects restored and on display from toys to paintings to furniture from the 19th century
  • Bruton Parish Episcopalian Church: One of the oldest churches in the area, this historic site was the spiritual guide for people such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

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Attractions Maps

Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA:
Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA:
Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

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Colonial Williamsburg VA:
Colonial Williamsburg, Palace Green Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

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Bassett Hall Williamsburg VA:
Bassett Hall, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

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Governor's Palace Williamsburg VA:
Governor's Palace, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

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Jamestowne VA:
Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

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Lodging at a Glance

  • Williamsburg Inn
  • Holiday Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Providence Inn

Find a Bed to Lay Your Head

  • Williamsburg Inn: Located in Colonial Williamsburg, this luxurious inn is elegance and comfort at its finest.You have many choices such as relaxing in the spa, spending quiet time in your beautifully furnished room with your loved one and a movie, eat at the Inn Restaurant or spend some time pampering yourself in the exquisite bath in your room. Furnishings are 19 century reproductions and the rooms styled in the elegance of the era. There are five rooms from which to choose: the Inn Superior, the Inn Deluxe, the Inn Luxury, the Inn Junior suite and the Inn Resort Suite. It is on the more expensive side per night, but if its elegance, comfort and refinement you are searching for look no further!
  • Providence Inn: Featuring beautiful luxerious king size suites the Providence Inn boasts beautiful gardens and other activities for their guests. They provide a shuttle service for anywhere within the Revolutionary city, a pool, tennis courts, meeting rooms, golf course, driving range, fitness center and much more. Still on the more expensive side, but cheaper than the Inn. Also located in Colonial Williamsburg
  • Holiday Inn: There are several locations all conveniently situated within Williamsburg depending on the areas you will frequent. Very reasonably priced with large rooms that are clean and feel almost brand new and a very courteous helpful staff.
  • Days Inn: On a smaller and less expensive scale, the Days Inn fits the bill! Friendly helpful staff will assist you with your needs. Recently renovated the rooms are well maintained as is the rest of the hotel. Many of the reviews of traveler's are that it is "the best kept secret in Williamsburg"
  • Hampton Inn and Suites: Right in the same price range as the Days Inn and Holiday Inn, the Hampton Inn and Suites is well kept and clean. It has not been renovated so the d├ęcor is on the smaller, older side but very well maintained. There is a breakfast area and a large pool for guests' use as well.

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Dining at a Glance

  • The Fat Canary
  • Guiseppe's Italian Restaurant
  • Food for Thought
  • Huzzah! BBQ Grille
  • Squire's Grille
  • Pigs in a Kilt
  • Grogan's Pub
  • Grogan's Grille
  • Cafe Lulu
  • Trapper's Smokehouse
  • Ristorante della Plazza
  • Oktoberfest

Pick a Place to Feast

  • The Fat Canary: If you are in the mood for finer cuisine the Fat Canary is a great place to try. Rated one of the best restaurants in Virginia, the Fat Canary has a wonderful selection of both food and wine from which to choose. As the food is on the finer side, the prices do match. However, for the quality of food, the prices are quite reasonable.
  • Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant: For Italian food look no further than Giuseppe's! Fantastic food at great prices for both lunch and dinner. There are an abundance of appetizers and entrees from which to choose, all of which are beautifully prepared.
  • Food for Thought: For a more varied menu give Food for Thought a try. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu carries a wide variety of options and does have many options for seniors, kids and gluten free. Good prices and friendly staff make this not only a pleasant dining experience, but a relaxing family friendly environment.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Upon visiting Colonial Williamsburg, there is no need to even leave for meals. There are plenty of choices from five different taverns to a BBQ Grille to Cafes. The best for kids (assuming you don't mind them getting their hands a little dirty) would be Huzzah! BBQ Grille. Here your children can make their own pizza and enjoy food they are more familiar with such as chicken tenders and cheeseburgers. Of course there are many options for adults as well like ribs and salmon. Great prices in a great atmosphere, you can't go wrong!
  • Busch Gardens: There is something for everyone during your visit to Busch Gardens. First choose a European food genre. Choices from Italy, England, Ireland etc, then choose a restaurant. From England, the Squire's Grille is a good dining choice for the family. Scotland offers an extremely fun filled casual atmosphere at Pigs in a Kilt. If it is snacks and beverages you seek, stop in at Grogan's Pub but if you are interested in a full Irish meal, go to the much frequented Grogan's Grill. In France, visit Cafe Lulu or Trapper's Smokehouse. For great food and fun head to Germany's Oktoberfest. Here there are many options from sit in dining to grab and go snacks. For a food and entertainment head over to Italy at Ristorante della Plazza for a show with your meal as well as a selection for children.

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      11 months ago

      Thanks for all the great tips! Would you suggest driving or flying there?


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