Williamsburg

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This historic town is filled with scenic hiking and biking trails, but is best known as the home of Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living museum in America.

At Williamsburg, see history recreated at a 301 acre (121 hectare) village with historically furnished buildings and costumed interpreters. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living history museum in America. Step back in time at this fully operational 18th-century city. Trace the historic footsteps of people such as first president George Washington, military strategist Benedict Arnold and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.

Visit the Colonial Williamsburg Resort to shop for gifts or souvenirs, including reproduction flatware and furniture from the 18th century. Enjoy a round of golf on the resort’s course or relax with a pampering treatment at the spa.

For couples seeking a romantic excursion or families looking to rest their legs, take a leisurely tour by horse-drawn carriage. Sit back and relax while learning about the Revolutionary City from a Colonial Williamsburg “citizen” who will serve as your guide.

There is an admission fee to enter Colonial Williamsburg, which is open 365 days a year. Some features within the village, such as the guided tours, are included with your admission ticket.

While many visit Williamsburg to learn about the past, you’ll find many other attractions and activities as well.

There are dozens of hiking trails in and around the city. Visit Freedom Park and hike through the 600-acre (243-hectare) preserve passing through historic sites, forests, creeks and open green space. For a more challenging workout, head to the 52-mile (84-kilometer) paved Virginia Capital Trail. Walk, jog or cycle this scenic path across the Virginia landscape.

Just outside the city is Busch Gardens, a theme park with thrill rides, animal exhibits and shows. Ride the roller coasters, which include Griffon, with its 205-foot (62-meter), 90-degree free fall. View the mysterious gray wolf at the Wolf Valley exhibit and see exotic animals at Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve.

Williamsburg Area Transport (WAT) runs trolley and bus services that stop at the city’s attractions, including Busch Gardens. There is a shuttle bus service in the Colonial Williamsburg village.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
3 out of 5
7135 Pocahontas Trl, Williamsburg, VA
The price is AU$105 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Situated in Williamsburg, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Carter's Grove Plantation & Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,015 reviews)
"Close to Busch Gardens and the staff was super friendly!"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
3601 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA
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The price is AU$113 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in the historical district, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of College of William and Mary, Governor's Palace and Jamestown Settlement. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,148 reviews)
"The property was beautiful!"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg-Historic Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg-Historic Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
515 Bypass Rd, Williamsburg, VA
The price is AU$121 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Colonial Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg Visitor ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (965 reviews)
"Relaxing clean and not stuffy"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2022

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg-Historic Gateway, an IHG Hotel
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Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony
Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony
3.5 out of 5
101 Saint Andrews Dr, Williamsburg, VA
The price is AU$108 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
This family-friendly Williamsburg aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park. Williamsburg Premium ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (998 reviews)
"I loved the villa as it felt like home away from home. With COVID still raging, we were able to stay in comfortably and prepare and share our meals. Very comforting and relaxing!"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony
Homewood Suites by Hilton Williamsburg
Homewood Suites by Hilton Williamsburg
3 out of 5
601 Bypass Rd, Williamsburg, VA
The price is AU$133 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Colonial Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (735 reviews)
"I enjoyed the indoor swimming pool for the children. It was very warm in there during this season. I also enjoyed my stay, the room was clean and spacious for the family."

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Williamsburg
Anvil Campground
Anvil Campground
2.5 out of 5
5243 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, VA
The price is AU$127 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.
This family-friendly Williamsburg cabin is located in the historical district, 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, and within 12 mi (20 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (22 reviews)
"The staff are very welcoming and super friendly. Everything was ready upon our arrival. The cabin was extremely clean and cozy. The bathhouse/restroom facilities were clean and heated. The surrounding area was nice and included an arcade and playground to occupy little ones. This campground is extremely ..."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Anvil Campground
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