Williamsburg Travel Guide

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Williamsburg Things to Do

  • Busch Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amusement park with rides, shows, and shops. The roller coasters are top notch, in this order: Griffon, Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Loch Ness Monster. My tips for making the most of your experience are: Get to the parking area about 20 min before the park opens. This gives the best chance to ride one (and only one, don't waste time running to...

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  • Governor's Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I've been to the Governor's Palace twice - once in 1962-63 when we lived in Norfolk, and again after my dad died in 1973. These photos are all from 1963 The first photo shows the Palace through the gate which is guarded by a stone unicorn on one side and a stone lion on the other. You need to have a ticket to tour the Governor's Palace and they are...

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  • Colonial

    Because we have horses, we know that a blacksmith makes all kinds of objects out of iron. The person who shoes horses is a Farrier which is a kind of blacksmith. The blacksmith James Anderson was appointed public armourer in 1776 by the General Assembly of the newly independent Commonwealth of Virginia. Anderson began to enlarge his small,...

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Williamsburg Restaurants

  • Washington's Favorite

    We ate here in 1963, but I do not remember what we had.Menu items feature crab, shrimp, fish, and scallops and other more unusual dishes that come straight from colonial cookbooks. It is reported to have been a favorite place for Washington to have seafood.Mrs. Campbell’s Tavern is decorated with pewter candlesticks, brass sconces, and framed...

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  • Bakery and Meeting Place

    Raleigh Tavern was first established in 1717 and named for Sir Walter Raleigh, In 1771, the Burgesses met in the Apollo Room after the Royal Governor disbanded the legislature. Phi Beta Kappa was founded here in 1776. The original building was destroyed by fire in 1859 as so many buildings were. The rebuilt Raleigh Tavern dedicated in 1932. It was...

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  • Ice Cream~

    We immediately searched out a nice cool place and what better spot is a ice cream shop. We were able to cool off, relax, and enjoy some delightful ice cream. They have a restroom in here too.Lots of variety of ice creams, milk shakes, malts, sundaes and frozen yogurt. Daily 10AM-10PM.

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Williamsburg Nightlife

  • Ghosts of Williamsburg candlelight...

    A crowd is led by lantern candle light down the streets of historic Colonial Williamsburg and on the site of the 2nd oldest University in the United States - William and Mary. For only $10 you get an hour long tour covering various subjects of folklore and haunted history in the area that eventually leads you to the graveyard. Based on the book The...

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  • The Only Cool Place in Williamsburg

    The Green Leafe has amazing food, atmosphere and beer selection! It is a nonsmoking establishment until 10pm everyday, and they have daily specials for lunch and dinner! There are 30 beers on draft, with a new seasonal beer premiering every Friday, over 150 microbrews in bottle, and great bartenders! Green Leafe is great for dinner with the family,...

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  • Nighttime Serenades

    Of all the times I have shown my friends through the governor's palace at Colonial Williamsburg, there has never been live entertainment. Matt, Urszula, and I lucked into a rendition by this fellow in the picture who was playing an instrument akin to a cello or a bass violin. Back in the day, if you were invited to the governor's palace for a...

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Williamsburg Transportation

  • Kingdom of pedestrians

    At the end of my visit to Colonial Williamsburg we were waiting approx. 20 min. at Merchants Square shuttle bus stop. There is a pedastrian crossing (xing) there and some folks crossed a street outside the crossing. Slow-moving cars always stopped to give the way to them even when they have to wait a few minutes. It's nothing unique in the Southern...

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  • How to get here

    You don’t have to have a car to get here, though it helps. We drove of course as we were on a driving tour of Virginia at the time, and if you do the same you need to exit I-64 midway between Richmond and Norfolk(exit 238) and look for signs to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center. Once you’ve parked and purchased your entry ticket (see below)...

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  • Shuttle bus

    Shuttle buses to the Historic Area leave from the loading platform on the lower level of the Visitor Center. Shuttle buses run around the perimeter of the Historic Area, and offer return transportation to the Visitor Center. All you need to do is show your ticket to the driver on boarding.

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Williamsburg Shopping

  • Food and Drink~

    This little shop is only seasonal. It is a small counter-service concession offering drinks and light refreshments. My sister treated us to some really huge delicous chocolate and oatmeal cookies and some much needed water.

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  • Golden Ball~

    Colonial Williamsburg’s silversmiths have been hard at work hammering, sculpting, and plying brass, pewter, and sterling silver to give you fashionable one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Choose from earrings, pendants, charms, precious gemstone rings, and more. Hand-engraving is available.Hours of Operation:Mon.:10 a.m.–5 p.m.Tues.:10 a.m.–5...

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  • Bring Your Imagination to Life

    Browse through wonderful reproduction of toys, games, kids in period clothing and more. Please see the wonderful pieces of jewelry and hand-woven straw hats too.Hours of Operation:Mon.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.Tues.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.Wed.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.Thurs.:10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.Sat.: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.Sun.:10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Williamsburg Local Customs

  • Fireplace for heating and Kitchens

    Because many buildings burned down and because of the heat from fires, usually the kitchens were in a separate building. When you visit be sure to go down in the cellar which originally had 11 wine bins. You need a ticket to tour (cheaper if bought on line). The line forms at the front of the building if you have not bought your ticket and made...

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  • Fishing

    The early settlers spent much time fishing, in the rich coastal waters and rivers nearby. They also harvested huge numbers of oysters and other shellfish. Here, the technique for drying fish is demonstrated.

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  • Tobacco

    Tobacco was the first lucrative cash crop in North America. The Jamestown settlers acquired a taste for it from the local Indians. But the type they smoked was too bitter. So a new kind was imported from the Carribean islands. The farmers learned to grow it, and it thrived in the rich soil and temperate climate. The King banned the weed from his...

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Williamsburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Speeding Trucks!

    Ok, I am not a fan of speeding trucks and I will say that California does have them, "BUT" I will say this for California has a law that mandates that trucks are not to exceed "55" or anyone towing a trailer for that matter and there are to stay to the right or it is a "HUGE" fine. I could not get over all the Trucks speeding while traveling to...

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  • More visited than Washington, D.C.

    I visited Colonial Williamsburg on Thursday in the middle of October. There were many visitors but I can't say it was over-crowded although we had to wait in a line about 20 min. to visit the Capitol and we had to wait for the 3rd shuttle bus to come back to the parking lot. But I would expect more people on weekends and especially American long...

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  • Evangelical Preachers

    These people are a public nuisance. Unfortunately, they are all over the place. And while they generate some noise complaints, dealing with this problem is a lot like pushing down a bubble in an air mattress--it simply pops up somewhere else.These preachers rarely convert anyone; in fact, it's more than likely that they turn other people off....

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Williamsburg Tourist Traps

  • williamsburg not just for tourists

    I know that it seems touristy but a lot of what we know of the colonial times comes from the work that Colonial Williamsburg does. It is trying to give a more balanced view of the time. All the money goes back to the educational opportunities. Field Trips and virtual field trips etc. I would talk to people. Ask questions. Go to the programs at the...

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  • Gold plated drinks

    If they aren't gold plated, they should be. Drink machines like the featured one outside the Visitor's Centre and across Colonial Williamsburg charge $2 for a miserable bottle of water. I'll bet that during the summer, they keep the water in the omnipresent drinking fountains warm to make tourists, who pay $33 a pop at the very least for admission,...

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  • This is just a bit of advice....

    This is just a bit of advice. There is a ton to do in Colonial Williamsburg both day and night. I cannot emphasize this enough...Reserve things in advance. You can reserve or buy tickets for almost anything there is do in Colonial Williamsburg, and I hate to see people come and not be able to visit everything they want to. CALL *****1-800...

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Williamsburg What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Bring good shoes to walk in. Whether in Colonial Williamsburg or Busch Gardens, the difference between a good day and a great day is comfortable feet. :) There is a lot to see and do in Colonial Williamsburg and many photo opportunities so come prepared to take a lot of pictures! We have 4 of the best golf courses in Virginia here, so tee it...

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  • Weather, walking shoes... SMILE!

    For walking around the Colonial Williamsburg, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both better water-proof. Comfortable walking shoes preferrably water-resistant: like good trainers or better special walking shoes (one example: Danish Ecco are very comfortable and... expensive but worth the cost). Sun-glasses esp. in summer and...

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  • Mini Fan

    Before we travelled I kept telling myself to pack one of those mini battery operated little fans, as having been in the states at the same time the year before I knew how hot and humid it would be. Needless to say I forgot it!!!! Went into Washington before Williamsburg and they were thankfully on sale in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.Other...

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Williamsburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Williamsburg Gardens

    While strolling around, I did notice the lovely manicured grounds and gardens that are nestled everywhere. One that I enjoyed was right outside the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum on South England Street. It had this very lovely hallway of vines to walk through, and a gorgeous fountain in the front and in the back, another very inviting...

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  • yorktown

    for those interested in american history yorktown battlefield is a must see site in the williamsburg area. in 1781 the combined american and french forces under the command of general george washington and the comte de rochambeau defeated the army of british general charles cornwallis. this franco-american victory secured american independence from...

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  • jamestown

    a visit to williamsburg would not be complete with out stopping at the site of the jamestown settlement. the jamestown settlement was founded by captain john smith in 1607. jamestown was the first english settlement in america. jamestown had a small wooden fort and a number of brick buildings. in 1619 the first african slaves were brought to...

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Williamsburg Sports & Outdoors

  • Kiskiak

    From the moment you tee off on the first hole, you'll realize why Kiskiack Golf Club is so unique. The beautiful surroundings will allow you to unwind, our spectacular views will inspire you, and our challenging layout will awaken your spirit.Set along the ridge of a natural bluff, Kiskiack offers an enjoyable golf experience for players of all...

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  • Ford's Colony

    In the year 1606 King James I sent the first colonist to Virginia, and the game of golf followed soon thereafter. But it was another 300 years later before Dan Maples built a course fit for a king, right here at Ford's Colony. Now Ford's Colony boasts 54 holes of this civilized pastime. Each one, designed with a solid appreciation of all levels of...

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  • Kingsmill

    The River Course:The River Course served as a popular PGA Tour site for 22 years and is currently home to the LPGA Tour?s Michelob ULTRA Open. Television viewers are familiar with the course?s signature 17th hole ? a par 3 hole perched on the edge of the James River. In 2004, original architect Pete Dye returned to Kingsmill to oversee changes to...

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Williamsburg Favorites

  • Stocks and Pillory

    Everyone's favorite Photo Op is at the Stocks, Pillory and Whipping Post which are located outside the courthouse in Colonial Williamsburg. The Pillory had holes for a person’s head and hands. It was a worse punishment than the Stocks because the criminal had to stand. It was common for onlookers to throw rotten fruit and/or rocks at the criminal....

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  • COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

    Tommy--- Would you have them stop in at the Franklin Hotel to see the grounds or is it not worth the trip any more? I did the Eerie Ghost Tour of Richmond and loved it! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I...

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  • People listed on website

    If like me you’re fascinated by the human stories behind the big historical events, check out this website:http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/bios/biohdr2.cfm Here you’ll find biographies of many Williamsburg residents, from slaves and trades people to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

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