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    Getting around

    by bugalugs Updated Jan 17, 2004

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    map

    Favorite thing: To enable you to find the things you want to see in Colonial Williamsburg you need to pick up a Visitor's Guide with a detailed map, either from a tourist information office in the area or from the Visitor's Centre at Colonial Williamsburg.

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    Visitor's Centre

    by bugalugs Written Jan 17, 2004

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    Bronze Map

    Favorite thing: Before we visited The Colonial part of Williamsburg I had thought that it was only accessible by paying, however this is not so. Anyone can walk round this Colonial town, day or night and see all the lovely buildings. But should you wish to enter some of the buildings then you have to purchase a pass at the Visitor's Centre which is open 365 days per year, however opening hours are shorter during winter months.

    In the buildings for which you have to have a ticket you will see exhibits and how it was like for people living on Colonial times all dressed in the clothes of the period.

    This photo is taken outside the visitors centre showing a bronze map of the area. The Visitors Centre is off Colonial Parkway, directions to the centre all well signposted.

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    Visitors Centre

    by bugalugs Updated Jan 17, 2004

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    Information Plaque

    Favorite thing: An adult ticket for a day pass costs $39, $19.50 for a child between 6 - 14 years. Dont forget that if you are not really bothered about entering the buildings or dont have enough time then you can just walk round the town.

    This includes the use of the shuttle bus which takes you from the Visitor's Centre into the Colonial part. You can however, walk across a bridge from the Visitor's Centre which leads along a path through a park area and takes approximately 10 minutes.

    If you pay for your day pass you can watch a film at the Visitor's Centre on Colonial Williamsburg.

    Restrooms, wheelchair hire, phones, water fountains and cold drinks are all available here.

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    The Secretary's Office

    by bugalugs Updated Jan 17, 2004

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    Secretary's office

    Favorite thing: Situated adjacent to the Capitol Building is the Secretary's office, which was constructed with a lot of forethought because of the fires that had destroyed the Capitol Building. It was here that all important documents were stored. However these were all transferred to Richmond when it became the capital.

    Next door is another building where you can purchase tickets to tour Colonial Williamsburg.

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    The Glissade

    by b1bob Written Mar 5, 2003

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    The Glissade coaster

    Fondest memory: The Glissade doesn't look like much of a roller coaster, but it sure enough was impressive to this 10-year old boy on a 31 July 1979 visit to Busch Gardens. When I came back in May, 2000, I didn't see it. I guess they had to make way for the Alpengeist.

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    Walking back through time

    by shdw100 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Williamsburg is the open air feeling that you get walking around, seeing people in revolutionary type dress, and feeling like you just walked back in time. There are so many places to explore and things to do and shop for that you definately need 1-2 days to take it all in. Williamsburg has definately done a great job at making you feel like a part of history, as well as a wonderful job in maintaining and restoring old buildings and preserving a way of life.

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    acemj taking a pint of ale at Shields Tavern

    by b1bob Written Oct 14, 2002

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    Fondest memory: For those of y'all who have seen acemj's Boston, MA page, this snap may seem familiar. Mark and I went to Colonial Williamsburg on Sunday, 13 October 2002. Like always, we bought our tickets at the Visitor's Centre, hopped aboard a shuttle bus, and went to the historic area. Different from the usual programme, we stopped first at the Governor's Palace. After the tour of the inside we tried the maze (we're not still lost), and we took snaps around the grounds. Next, we had our photos taken in pillory. We went to the usual must see of the Capitol which is patterned after the British House of Commons. Mark was especially interested in the College of William & Mary, so we took a brief tour there. On our way back down Duke of Gloucester Street, we went shopping at the College Shop and found various whatnots. Last, we took a great lunch at Shields Tavern (see the restaurant tip).

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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    by b1bob Written Oct 18, 2002

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    Entrance to Hastings: Busch Gardens 8/8/75

    Fondest memory: In 1975, Busch Gardens opened its theme park near its Williamsburg brewery, which used to give tours. The nickname for Busch Gardens Williamsburg was (and is) The Old Country. There are various sections of the park that copy the architecture and style of certain European countries like England, France, and Germany. Since its opening, they have added Italy in 1980 and were working on Ireland when I was there last in May, 2000.

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    Which ticket to buy?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    MY  GOVERNOR'S  KEY  TICKET

    Favorite thing: There are a few ticket plans for the Colonial Williamsburg (check it here).

    Each ticket include:
    - admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area,
    - viewing of the movie short Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot in the Visitor Center,
    - free parking at the Visitor Center and use of Colonial Williamsburg shuttle buses.

    Instead of The Colonial Sampler Tickets which was the cheapest option ($33.00 each), we bought The Governor's Key-To-The-City Passes (valid for 3 days) for $45.00 each because they included a few adds, especially the admission to the Capitol and to the Governor’s Palace (guided tours there).

    It's my recommendation. We got the tickets and, like the other visitors, we fixed them to our clothes during the visit.


    Vacation packages
    If you are going to stay in one of the Colonial Williamsburg accommodations (expensive!) and dine or visit historic towns of Jamestown and Yorktown (the Historic Triangle) check the up-to-date offer of the vacation packages here.

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    Take a free guide

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    2002 AND 2003-2004 COLONIAL  GUIDES

    Favorite thing: These over 170-page Colonial guides, on my picture, were available free in all Virginia Welcome Centers, I visited, and in the Colonial Williamsburg's Visitor Center. Do not forget to take one. The guide is issued once a year or two. Check it, not to take the previous version. I found in 2004, the version issued in 2002.

    Well, over half of the guide includes advertisements and it doesn't include map of Colonial Williamsburg (for walking) but, anyway, it is usuful source of information on both Williamsburg and Jamestown/Yorktown (the Historic Triangle). There is information on the James River Plantations in Charles City County and historic Hampton, as well. The guide includes discount coupons for dining, shopping and activities, schematic maps of the areas covered, information on attractions and activities, dining, nightlife and shopping.

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    Check the discount coupons

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    COLOSSAL  COUPONS

    Favorite thing: The USA is discount coupon country. I was surpriced again and again during my trip when I saw numerous folks showing various discount coupons in stores, restaurants and even in the ticket offices to various museums and galleries.

    In Williamsburg, I found the discout coupons (called Colossal Coupons) in free Colonial guide. They gave various discounts (usually 10% off) for dining, activities and shopping. Well, the coupons didn't rule me but... I looked at them not to skip the occasion to save some money in a restaurant I ate or a store I was doing shopping.

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    Maps and tickets

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 31, 2004

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    OUTDOOR  MAP  AT  MERCHANTS  SQUARE

    Favorite thing: Take quite good (for walking enough) map of Colonial Williamsburg in weekly brochure: This Week available free in the Visitors Center and other Ticket & Information offices. Besides, there are maps put in right many places of the Colonial Williamsburg - this one on my picture stands at Merchants Square.

    Besides the Visitors Center there are Ticket and Information offices inside Colonial Williamsburg:
    1. at Merchants Square (daily 9.00 am - 4.00 pm): at south corner of Duke of Gloucester Street and North Henry Street, by shuttle bus stop, restrooms and public telephones there.
    2. Lumber House Ticket Office (daily 8.46 am - 8.30 pm): on south side of Duke of Gloucester Street next to Palace Green (south of the Governor's Palace).
    3. on Capitol grounds (just northwest of Capitol building; daily 9.00 am - 5.00 pm) - tickets, treasures and books there.
    4. in Williamsburg Lodge & Conference Center.
    MasterCard, VISA, Discover, Diners Club, and American Express are accepted.

    Check up-to-date schedule and hours here.

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    Ginger Bread Cakes and Cool Lemonade on a Hot Day

    by tetonski1 Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    Buy the Gingercakes at the Williamsburg.org Site!

    Favorite thing: A family favorite tradition is to visit the Raleigh Tavern Bakery, located behind the Raleigh Tavern. They serve gingerbread cakes, ham biscuits, root beer, apple cider cool lemonade and other treats.

    You can sit on the benches under a shade tree behind the Raleigh tavern on a hot day, and enjoy gingercakes that are just as delicious as they must have been for the local townsfolk over 250 years ago.

    Fondest memory: A nice break about halfway through the town walking tour.

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    The basic leaflets

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    THE  THREE  BASIC  LEAFLETS

    Favorite thing: These three leaflets, on my picture, were available exclusively at the Colonial Williamsburg's Visitor Center.

    THIS WEEK
    This is the most important leaflet as it includes the detailed map of Colonial Williamsburg with historic points of interest, museums, stores and restaurants marked. The weekly leaflet surely includes the detailed list of numerous events, day by day, including various colonial perfomances ($12.00) and walking tours.

    GUIDE TO EXHIBIT SITES AND MUSEUMS
    It gives short information on 46 points of interest and on the interpreters who help visitors to understand the various customs of 18th century's colony.

    GUIDE TO DINING AND SHOPPING
    It gives information on 55 stores and 22 restaurants which are marked on the schematic maps of the Williamsburg.

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    Williamsburg for kids

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    KIDS WITH HATS JUST BOUGHT AT TARPLEY'S STORE

    Favorite thing: I saw numerous kids both in schools groups and with parents in Colonial Williamsburg, mostly at age, say 6 - 13. A couple with a small kid joined the guided tour inside the Capitol - luckily the kid didn't cry but slept all the time.

    Although Colonial Williamsburg is mainly historical park, an attraction rather for adults and maybe some older kids (youths) but, anyway, there are some attractions for kids as well:
    1. a maze at Governor's Palace grounds,
    2. carriage tours (expensive),
    3. some stores including Tarpley's Store designated for children,
    4. some points of interest like public gaol (jail), colonial garden may attract some kids,
    5. some colonial performances especially theatre ones like Grand Medley of Entertainment at the Kimball theatre (check This week brochure for details and more).
    6. Fifes and drums march and concert of military music.

    Add here virtual Colonial Williamsbur's Kids Zone and real attractions for all kids:
    1. Busch Gardens for $49.95, large theme park 3 miles east of historic Williamsburg;
    2. Water Country USA for $35.95, the mid-Atlantic's largest family water play park 5 mi southeast of the Colonial WIlliamsburg.

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