Visiting Historic Colonial Williamsburg is like experiencing a 1700 blast from the past! Reliving history is an incredible way to educate yourself and the family on our nations traditions. We had the pleasure of touring the city with our extended family members last weekend. The kids enjoyed the tours just as much as the adults!! Here is a look inside of our trip with a few helpful tips to aid you in your vacation.
Parking and Tickets: The signs are not very clear but you can park for FREE at the Historic Visitors Center. There you will be able to purchase tickets as well. They provide discounted tickets for teachers and those who are handicapped. We were planning to purchase discounted military tickets because we no longer live near a MWR; but to our surprise, we got in for FREE!! So, if you are an active duty military family then you will be able to save a ton of money. From the visitors center you can catch a tram into Historic Colonial Williamsburg. We managed to ride with our double stroller so there is plenty of room for the kids.
What to do: Where do I begin? First you will want to pick up a schedule of events and prioritize what you are interested in seeing. Each shop, house, building and store has knowledgeable characters fully dressed and prepared to answer your questions. Some of the experiences are self guided and others will have a tour guide. This interaction makes learning the history very memorable and interactive. We took few a group tours together and my favorites were visiting the Govenors Mansion, and watching the rule of the courts. The kids had a blast pretending to be convicted villains.
Activities for the kids: Our kids enjoyed the tours but they really had a lot of fun with the hands on experiences. They learned how to write with a quill and ink. They Stood in the room and experienced the planning of the battle in Yorktown by President George Washington. They learned how to pack and fire a musket rifle and loved watching the blacksmith!
Where to eat: There are a number places in Historic Colonial Williamsburg to eat but we decided to leave the Historic District to find food. Saving money was our number one priority so we ventured to Merchant Square and grabbed a few burgers. There are over 40 shops and restaurants to enjoy. Be sure to check out the Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop for dessert.
Walking the town: After lunch we walked trough the Main Street in Historic Williamsburg. We enjoyed walking through the jewelry shops, quilting shops, visiting the black smith and more! My favorite part was stumbling upon the USO. If you are a military family, be sure to stop by for free hot chocolate, coffee and restrooms with changing tables.
There are so many fun things to do that I can not possibly put them all in one post. You must plan a visit to Historic Williamsburg in VA today!! It will not disappoint. Do you like history? What’s your favorite topic of American History?