[10 April 2014 Last updated at 11:50]

Places to visit in Williamsburg VA

Places to visit in Williamsburg VA
Best Places to Visit in Virginia
Whether you’re a history buff, or not, there is no doubt that you will love spending time in the historic town of Williamsburg, which is one of the top places to visit in Virginia.

Williamsburg is an amazing place to be and one of the most historic cities in the US.

Colonial Williamsburg truly boasts an amazing historic feel with people dressed in clothes of the time and speaking the lingo. As most people say when they visit Williamsburg: "...A step inside Colonial Williamsburg is truly a step back I time."

Besides exploring Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll be glad to know that there are other attractions and interesting places to visit in Williamsburg VA, which we have listed below. Hope you enjoy this post!


Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center

If you’re visiting Williamsburg for the first time, or intend solely to visit Colonial Williamsburg historic area, you’ll want to make Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center your first stop in town.

At the visitor center, you’ll be able to book tours such as horse-drawn carriage tours, plantation tours and walking tours, as well as renting your colonial costumes.

Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area

Colonial Williamsburg is, without a doubt, one of the top top tourist attractions in the US, and the reason why most people come to visit Williamsburg.

Colonial Williamsburg has the largest historic district in the US and the historic area in itself is essentially a living museum.

Colonial Williamsburg is filled with hundreds of historic sites and restored buildings such as shops, taverns and homes that you can visit and explore on foot.

You’ll also find plenty of live demonstrations and re enactments, as well as reenactors who talk and dress in period clothes. As you walk the Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area, you can’t help but feel as if you went back in time!

College of William and Mary

If you’re visiting Williamsburg for a couple of days, you may also add the College of William and Mary to your list of places to visit in Williamsburg VA.

The college is located adjacent Colonial Williamsburg historic area, and it’s another interesting place to visit as it offers free tours of the historic buildings of the campus.

Williamsburg Winery

The Williamsburg Winery is another great attraction you can enjoy in the city besides visiting Colonial Williamsburg.

The Williamsburg Winery is located nearby Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (around 15 minutes drive from Colonial Williamsburg), and offers a great opportunity to soak Virginia’s scenery and sample some of the finest wines in the state.

Williamsburg Botanical Garden

Williamsburg Botanical Garden is a nice place to take the kids if you’re looking to spend some quality time close to nature. Besides the beautiful plant and butterfly gardens, you’ll also be able to enjoy fun kids’ programs outdoors.

Williamsburg Botanical Garden is located 20 minutes northwest of Williamsburg historic area, but can be easily reached by bus from the Williamsburg Amtrak station.

Carter’s Grove Plantation

Carter’s Grove Plantation was, along Colonial Williamsburg, one of the top places to visit in Williamsburg VA hand down.

However, Carter’s Grove plantation isn't longer open to the public, which is a pity since it was certainly one of the best history tours you could do in Williamsburg.

Carter’s Grove plantation was a typical example of a colonial plantation of the day boasting a slave quarter. Not only you were able to get a tour of the plantation grounds, but also enjoy live reenactments with actors playing their respective roles.

Theme Parks

If you're looking for exciting places in Williamsburg, you’ll be glad to know that Williamsburg is home to two amusement parks - Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA.

Bush Gardens theme park, in particular, is a great attraction as it replicates landmarks and attractions from around Europe such as Ireland (Loch Ness Monster) and Italy (Escape from Pompeii).

If you’re planning to visit both amusement parks, be sure to purchase the Busch Gardens & Water Country Discovery Pass to save money!

Presidents Park

Another attraction worthy on the list of places to visit in Williamsburg VA is Presidents Park, which is located nearby Water Country USA.

Presidents Park boasts the massive statues of all US presidents and replicas of the Oval Office and Air force One plane.

Jamestown Settlement

If you’re not planning on visiting Williamsburg again, you wouldn’t want to miss a visit to Jamestown Settlement (especially since it’s just a couple of miles from Colonial Williamsburg).

Jamestown was, in fact, the first permanent settlement of English colonialists in Virginia but was relocated to Williamsburg.

Jamestown settlement is truly one of the top places to visit along the east coast of USA for history buffs, as it boasts restored ships docked at the harbor, an Indian Village and interpreters dressed in period clothes.

If you’re interested to know more about Jamestown history, you’ll also find a very interesting museum there (Historic Jamestown Museum) where you can learn more about the settlement itself and how it was formed.

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