Museums and Living History
Colonial Williamsburg Museums
Adult one day $9.95; Youth (age 6-17) one day $4.95 -- covers admission to all three museums when used on the same day.
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
This museum is home to an extensive collection of American and British antiques. See furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, firearms and textiles form the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
Colonial and Contemporary artists and craftspeople work outside the mainstream of academic art to record aspects of everyday life, making novel and effective use of the materials at hand.
A two story, 18th century frame house located on 585 acres of gardens and rolling woodlands, is a part of the story of the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg.
Of special note: The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offer a special audio tour written and recorded by teenagers for teenagers called “Teen Takes: A New Angle on Art.” Museum curators augment the teens’ insights during the hour-long tour of 17 decorative arts and folk art pieces. The audio tour devices are available daily at the museum’s front desk in the museum lobby and are free to ticketed guests.
Carriage Ride in Colonial Williamsburg
$12.50 with admission pass, $20.00 without pass
When in Williamsburg, do as the colonists would do and take a carriage ride in the Historic Area. Carriage rides are approximately 15 minutes and give you an overview of what Colonial Williamsburg has to offer and an opportunity to ask the coachman any questions about the area.
Colonial Williamsburg Evening Programs
$12 For adults, $6 for children (reservations required)
As night falls, enchanting evening programs begin in Colonial Williamsburg. Listen to the sweet sounds of music played on period instruments or take a walking tour by lantern light. Hear stories passed down through generations of free and enslaved blacks. Enjoy seeing - and learning - colonial dancing and dance steps or watch an 18th-century play. Whatever your choice, you’ll find a program unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour
A guide will lead you through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg by candlelight while sharing eerie and fun folklore of this historic colonial capital.
Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield
$10.00 (combined ticket)
Historic Jamestowne: With adult admission at $10 and ages 15 and under free, you can enjoy a wealth of activities in the 1st permanent English settlement in N. America. Start at the Visitor Center with exhibits and an immersion theatre experience. Take a walking tour with a park ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. Enjoy lunch at the Dale House with scenic views of the James River for miles. Tour the Archaearium, which tells the story of James Fort through archaeology. And don’t miss the Jamestown Glasshouse, saluting America’s first English industry of glassblowing in 1608. Today you can watch costumed craftsman create period reproductions and contemporary pieces using tools and techniques similar to those of the 17th-century.
Yorktown Battlefield & Visitor Center
Site of the decisive victory of the American Revolution.
Includes fortification and siege lines, Surrender Field and the Moore House, where negotiations for Cornwallis’ surrender took place. The National Park Service Visitor Center offers an orientation film, a museum featuring artifacts from the battle, including the original tents used by General Washington, and maps for a self-guided auto tour of the battlefield and a walking tour of the picturesque town of York. Main Street and its surrounding streets are lined with historic buildings, antique shops and galleries.
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Combined Ticket
Adult - $20 Children (6-12) - $10
Through films, galleries, exhibits and living history interpretive areas, Jamestown Settlement traces the story of the English settlers who founded Jamestown and the Virginia Indians and African Americans who helped this first permanent English settlement in North America survive and thrive in early colonial times.
The Yorktown Victory Center chronicles America’s evolution from colonial status to nationhood through film, thematic exhibits, and outdoor living history with costumed interpreters. An outdoor exhibit walkway details events that led to American colonies to declare independence from Britain.
www.historyisfun.org/, (888) 593-4682
The Muscarelle Museum of Art (at the College of William and Mary)
Regular Admission: $5.00; Special Exhibitions: Additional $5.00
Showcases the college’s permanent collection, which has grown to more than 4,000 works of art from many cultures and historical eras. The Muscarelle also regularly features special exhibitions from around the world. And you won’t want to miss the “world’s first solar painting,” which transforms the south façade of the Museum into a dramatic and innovative work of art when monumental tubes, filled with colored water, are lit from behind. The title, Sun Sonata, describes both the rhythmic pattern of colors visible at night and the function of the wall as a solar energy collection system by day.
The College of William and Mary Sir Christopher Wren Building
The Wren Building, which first underwent construction in between 1695 and 1700, is the oldest academic building in the United States still in use today. Where the first William and Mary students ate, lived, and studied - including several of our Founding Fathers -- the Wren Building continues to maintain an academic function, but also includes a crypt and chapel that houses historical Virginia figures. The building is open to the public for self-guided tours and offers free guided tours, too.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum & 4-D Theatre
This museum features eleven galleries with over 300 exhibits. Spend time in our interactive gallery solving puzzles and experiencing optical illusions. It’s a one of a kind experience for the whole family. Take part in Ripleys Ultimate Experience which includes Museum admission and 2 double features in the 4D Theatre. Adult $24.99 Children (5-12) $22.99. (If purchased online Adults $23.99 Children (5-12) $21.99. Museum and standard theatre combo ticket: Adult $22.99; Children $19.99 ($21.99 and $18.99 if purchased online).
Rides, Games and Family Fun
Go Karts Plus
Free Admission, Pay as you Ride
Gear up for fun at Williamsburg’s premier family entertainment center featuring 4 exciting go-kart tracks. Whether you’re a kid or just a kid at heart, GO-KARTS PLUS is a fabulous fun destination. Individual tickets cost $1.50, Pay $25.00 for 20 Tickets and $50.00 for 50 tickets (savings of $25.00). Check online for more saving opportunities.
http://www.gokartsplus.com/; (757) 564-7600
MagiQuest at Great Wolf Lodge
Wand - $14.99; Game - $9.99
MagiQuest, located in the beautiful Great Wolf Lodge, is the first live action adventure game of its kind at a resort. Armed with high-tech wands, MagiQuest allows you to cross into a 3-D interactive world and become the main character as your family solves magical challenges throughout the resort to gain powers (and points) and move to higher levels of the game.
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Adults $7.95 (18-holes) - $13.95 (36 Hole Adventure), Child $7.50 - 12.95 (36 Hole Adventure)
Meet the challenge and discover the fun! Putt your way through winding mountain caves, over foot bridges and under cascading waterfalls. Players of all ages and skill levels will enjoy two 18-hole, pirate-themed courses - the Captain’s Course and Blackbeard’s Challenge. Or play both and save more! . Swashbuckling fun for the entire family. Summer Hours: 10am-11pm Everyday. Call ahead for hours before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Canoe/Kayak rental $6.00/hr. Fishing (free)
Come enjoy this 140-acre outdoor facility located on the Chickahominy River. This site has an area for every member of your family. Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, boat ramp, fishing pier, camp sites, a small driving range, a pavilion, and a small store and access to the Virginia Capital Trail in December 2006. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset daily. The pool is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, weekends only until June 19.
Market Days in the Greater Williamsburg Area
A plethora of local produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, baked goods and sweets, specialty foods, seasonal plants and herbs tantalize the senses at our area’s farmers’ markets, held in the historic settings of Williamsburg and Yorktown And did we mention the live entertainment generally on hand during these Saturday morning markets? Strolling through is fun and free, but bet you can’t resist buying at least a bite of Eastern Virginia’s best!
Williamsburg Farmers’ Market in Merchants Square
8 a.m. to noon, every Saturday from May 2 - Oct. 31 (also on select Saturdays in April and fall/winter months)
Yorktown Market Days at the River
8 a.m. to noon, most Saturdays from May 30 - Aug. 29 (also on select Saturdays in Sept - Dec)
Williamsburg Premium Outlets VIP Coupon Book
Serving both the Norfolk and Richmond metro markets; Prime Outlets - Williamsburg is the premier outlet destination for savvy brand shoppers from central Virginia to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Continuously ranked as one of the top 10 shopping centers in the outlet industry, Williamsburg Premium Outlets offers more than 120 fashion-forward designer and name brand stores in a beautiful boutique environment. Williamsburg Premium Outlets became LEED-certified “green” after a recent expansion.
www.premiumoutlets.com/williamsburg; (757) 565-0702
Yankee Candle Williamsburg is one of the world’s largest candle stores. But you can also enjoy delicious treats, musical performances, candle making and more. It’s Christmas every day of the year inside Holiday Park. It’s always snowing, the ice pond is frozen, Santa’s Workshop is always bustling and the holiday shops are always full of surprises for you to uncover year round.
Wax Works: Make Wax Hands or Jar Candle ($10 and Under)
Make an impression of your hand by dipping them into different colors of wax and take home as a personal keepsake. Or create your own jar candle, choosing among multiple colors and scents.
Entertainment Round the Clock: Hickory, Dickory, and Dock
Four and a half foot tall animatronic mice - delight people of all ages with their jazz, rock and rap songs about Virginia every half hour.
Yankee Candle’s Holiday Park: Come to where it’s Christmas all year long, Santa is always nearby, and it snows every day!
Great Ways to Get Around!
Historic Triangle Shuttle
Historic Triangle shuttle provides transportation from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to both the nearby Jamestown and Yorktown sites. As you ride, enjoy the introductory audio program that describes the area’s rich natural and cultural history. Operates March 16 - November 1, 2009.
$.50 for adults; $.25 for seniors; children under 12 free with paying adult.
A fun and inexpensive way to travel, each trolley car features ornamental wooden seating, a cheerful, two-tone red and green exterior and bicycle racks. On warm days, the trolley has an open-air atmosphere. During your trip, the driver will point out historic sites.
A service of York County, the trolley provides continuous service between the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and the Yorktown Victory Center, with stops in the village at Riverwalk Landing, along the Yorktown waterfront.
* Please visit the web sites noted or call to confirm open dates and times.