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Visit Colonial Williamsburg

Updated on December 11, 2012

American History In Action

This guide provides a preview of what you'll see and experience when you visit Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Prepare for your trip with recommended resources, tips for an enjoyable visit and plenty of pictures to get you started.

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More about Colonial Williamsburg

Get the kids ready...

Williamsburg is a great place for a family vacation. Help your kids enjoy their visit to Colonial Williamsburg with a little preparation. Reading stories and doing their own research will familiarize them with the history behind Williamsburg.

They'll probably come up with their own list of top things to see and do during your stay. That's great! It means they're interested and excited.

They could even dress up in colonial costumes for their visit!

A Colonial Town: Williamsburg (Historic Communities)
A Colonial Town: Williamsburg (Historic Communities)

An introduction to the town and its history written for elementary school age kids.

If You Lived In Williamsburg in Colonial Days
If You Lived In Williamsburg in Colonial Days

A story of life growing up in Colonial Williamsburg.


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Tips for a successful visit.

  • Be Prepared to Walk - There is a lot to see in Colonial Williamsburg, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Try to plan out your route in advance to minimize backtracking.
  • Dress for the Weather - Williamsburg's climate is typically mild but can get hot and humid in the summer. Check the latest forecast on WeatherBug.
  • Research Special Offers - The official CW hotels usually offer package rates that include the exhibit admissions. Check their official site for details.
  • Make Dinner Reservations Early - Reservations fill up quickly for the on site restaurants.
  • Take At Least One Guided Walking Tour - They're very informative, fun and give you a deeper understanding of colonial life. The guides are knowledgeable and able to answer any questions.

Colonial Williamsburg Photo Credits

Except where otherwise noted, all Colonial Williamsburg photos are used under Creative Commons from their respective owners. Owner info can be found by clicking on the photo to view their Flickr page.

American History In Action

Colonial Fife & Drum Corps on Palace Lawn copyright and used by permission of Mac33.

Ok, it's not like signing the Declaration of Independence, but please share your thoughts on Colonial Williamsburg. What advice would you give someone planning their first trip to Williamsburg?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Had a great time at Colonial Williamsburg, enjoyed the pumpkin soup. Thanks for the lens.

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      FamilyVacationDestinations 7 years ago

      We always like combining a trip to Colonial Williamsburg with a Busch Gardens visit.

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      slotowngal 8 years ago

      Great lens! Our family loves Colonial Williamsburg and visits twice a year on average. We always stay at The Woodlands now because of its convenience and amenities. This year we are taking the whole family for a true Williamsburg Christmas! We can't wait...

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      DougP LM 9 years ago

      I was there a few years ago, those photos really bring back fond memories.

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      CCGAL 9 years ago

      I visited Colonial Williamsburg back in the 80's, and found it to be absolutely fascinating! I would very much like to visit again. Nice lens!