If you want to learn about the buildings and the people who actually lived in them, then you'll definitely want to try and join the tours, especially if you want to enter the Governor's Palace. The tours will provide you with different information than the townspeople will provide you with.
To see what tours are available, go to the website I've listed.
You probably couldn’t find a better way to spend a day then taking the tour of Williamsburg. It’s a bit pricey at $37 for an adult and $18.50 for ages 6 to 14 but you will be able to see a number of museums, view historic area exhibits and Carter's Grove plantation, take an orientation walking tour, and getting bus transportation to and around the Historic Area. At least there’s free parking at the Visitors Center. To get a flavor of the site check out my Travelogue pictures.
The one place where someone from a non- amusement park state comes to go crazy!
I had the BEST time at busch. I spent the whole day there, it poured rain and I didnt care! I went on the rides soaking wet! Got to see the clydesdales ( I wish my photo of them turned out) the rescued bald eagles (ab's mascot) and all the exotic other birds. I took lots op pictures with them. I got to paint my own ceramic piece to give to my mother, I got to feed lorikeets, and ride roller coasters. This was the BEST DAY EVER!
The theme of this park is the different countries of europe.
Anyone familiar with the American Girls book series will remember that Felicity lived in Williamsburg. Today, in the summer, Colonial Williamsburg offers children the opportunity to learn about the town through Felicity! Guides will take the children to buildings and teach the children about life in the 1700s by relating things to events in the books! Children will learn how to bow/curtsy and will have the opportunity to play some games that Felicity played in the books, so children will not get bored from the guide talking too much. This is an excellent tour for anyone visiting Colonial Williamsburg with children, especially if they've read the American Girl books.
The townspeople (actors/actresses) are very knowledgeable about what life was like in Colonial Williamsburg back in the 1700s, when America was still a British colony. Those that are located in buildings, like the drug store, blacksmith, etc. contain special knowledge about their particular trade, as well. If you really want to learn a lot about America's past, I strongly suggest entering as many of the buildings as you can and talking to as many of the townspeople as possible! They have a wealth of knowledge, and they're extremely friendly and willing to answer questions (they can also point you in the right direction if you are looking for a particular building that you can't find)!