Art, Eats, and History! Plus adventure for the family all at your fingertips when you Visit Williamsburg! Williamsburg is SO much more than simply history! I’m amazed at all there is to do in Williamsburg and visiting as a family is on our bucket list. Did you know there are more than 30 art galleries in the Williamsburg area to enjoy? Visit Williamsburg for Tasty Eats, Art Galleries and History!
Art Galore in Williamsburg
You can check out the history of the town, visit the local farmer’s market, eat a savory brunch and wander into an art gallery. Something for everyone! I honestly can’t wait to take my family to Williamsburg now that my kiddos are now 8 and 10 and really getting interested in history too. Next year, I’m hoping to visit during their Arts Festival and I can’t wait to explore the yummy tasting trail too!
The 30+ art galleries in Williamsburg t rival those of big metropolitan areas yet these cultural offerings are so much easier to navigate for a family given the sweet setting of Williamsburg. I love that countless options to casually explore the arts while vacationing with the family — something for everyone!
The Williamsburg Tasting Trail
When it comes to FOOD and delicious eats on vacation, Williamsburg has tons of great options. Check out some of the fun events and details below:
· Eat (award-winning food), drink (award-winning beer, wine & spirits) and celebrate (America’s history) at the second annual Williamsburg Harvest Celebration from November 4-13, 2016. Enjoy the place that also brewed the first American beer (and are still at it) – not to mention the first documented Thanksgiving. Neat right?
· Williamsburg Tasting Trail: From award-winning wine and micro-brewed beer to ancient mead and distilled spirits, experience the best of handcrafted alcoholic beverages in Greater Williamsburg.
· More than 30 culinary food events and happenings will blanket Greater Williamsburg (Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown) over a period of two weeks, and the booming beverage scene – including #WilliamsburgTastingTrail partners offering beer, wine, distilled spirits and mead – will also join in the celebration.
Absorb the History of Greater Williamsburg
And you can’t forget the history when you think of Colonial Williamsburg – it’s just a central feature to your visit and something the kids will definitely be fascinated by. I visited Williamsburg for our 6th grade field trip — some 28 years ago — and I still remember the magic!!!!
· College of William & Mary: The second oldest university in the United States, and a cutting edge research university, the College of William & Mary is situated on 1,200 acres in historic downtown Williamsburg.
· Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial Williamsburg interprets Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg as a 21st-century center for history and citizenship with more than 400 restored or reconstructedoriginal buildings, museums and educational programs.
Countless Attractions Near Williamsburg Worth Visiting
There is SO much to do when you Visit Williamsburg. My cousin went last year for a 3 day vacation and ended up adding on an extra 3 days after their arrival as there was so many places they wanted to explore and enjoy! You can dig into America’s historical roots through the region’s renowned innovative exhibits and interactive learning.
· Historic Jamestowne: Site of America’s first permanent English settlement, Historic Jamestowne continues to make history as an active archaeological dig site, offering tours with archaeologists and NPS rangers and behind-the-scenes tours of the archaeological collections.
· Jamestown Settlement: Traces America’s colonial beginnings through expansive gallery exhibits and historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of the three ships that sailed to Virginia in 1607, the colonial fort and a Powhatan Indian village.
· Yorktown Battlefield Biking Tour: 200 Water Street Yorktown, VA 23690 (757) 253-4838; (888) 593-4682 (toll free): The seven-mile Battlefield Tour Road provides a first-hand look at where the events of the siege took place. See both the original and reconstructed earthworks and siege lines built and used by troops of both sides. The one-hour tour also can stop at the British Royal Welch Fusiliers ReDoubt, the French Memorial, Yorktown National Cemetery and the Yorktown Victory Monument erected in 1881.
· Busch Gardens®: Take your family to a place where fun comes naturally, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Everyone will enjoy the thrilling rides, captivating shows and animal encounters offered at the world’s most beautiful theme park.
· Water Country USA®: Dive into refreshing summertime fun at Water Country USA®, Virginia’s largest water park. Water Country USA features resort-style amenities and state-of-the-art water rides like Colossal Curl™ the park’s newest family thrill water attraction.
· Yorktown Battlefield: The National Park Service welcomes visitors to explore interpreted trails and sites from the last major battle of the American Revolution.
· Yorktown Victory Center: Chronicles the Revolutionary era from Colonial unrest to the emergence of the new nation through gallery exhibits and living-history Continental Army camp and farm.
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