Step into the past and see how America began at Colonial Williamsburg, an educational and exciting destination for the entire family.
On a Williamsburg vacation, you can visit some of the many structures from the colonial period reconstructed on their original sites. Authentic colonial homes, a town jail (with authentic stocks), taverns, and shops are among the buildings you can view here. Want to take on a more active role? You can. "The Revolutionary City" is a daily, two-hour event where you can play a role in the shaping of a new America.
Just down the road you'll find the Jamestown Settlement, where the all aspects of life and culture of America's first permanent colonists - and the Powhatan Indians they encountered - is explored. Yorktown completes "America's Historic Triangle," and offers guided tours of the battlefield where General Cornwallis was forced to surrender to General Washington and his combined American and French forces.
But history isn't the only attraction on a Williamsburg getaway. Nearby Busch Gardens offers modern thrill rides for the whole family. Plus, Virginia Beach is only about an hour's drive away.
The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg. Stop in for hand-cooked Virginia peanuts or a genuine Smithfield ham at this must-stop specialty shop. Gift baskets are available for every occasion.
Aromas Coffee and Cafe (Williamsburg). Williamsburg's only Old World coffeehouse serves up more than just a fine cup of java. Stop in for a full breakfast, lunch, or light dinner on your way to or from the historic sites.
Busch Gardens Europe (Williamsburg). Named the "World's Best Theme Park" in the 2006 Theme Park Insider Awards, this fun-filled destination includes dozens of exciting rides and attractions. The latest: Griffon, the world's tallest floorless dive coaster.
Williamsburg-area golf courses. Many of the game's most respected architects (Robert Trent Jones, Arnold Palmer, Nicklaus Design) have carved incredible courses into Virginia's scenic hills and woodlands, helping the Williamsburg area become one of America's emerging golf destinations.
Jamestown Settlement. Immerse yourself in 17th century Virginia culture, brought to life through extensive galleries and outdoor "living history" areas.
Bassett Hall (Williamsburg). Built between 1753 and 1766, this two-story farmhouse once was the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. The property underwent an extensive renovation from 2000 to 2002. Like most other buildings, sites, and trade shops in Colonial Williamsburg, Bassett Hall is open most days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All things Yorktown. See Cornwallis' Cave, the Yorktown Victory Monument, the York County Historical Museum, and so much more, in the place where the British surrendered to American and French troops.
Merchants Square (Williamsburg). Beautifully presented, this 18th century style retail village features more than 40 shops and restaurants.
Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Shop for souvenirs, enjoy fine dining, catch a performance - or watch the ships roll in.