Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg

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Step back in time to the days of the Founding Fathers and the Revolutionary War at Colonial Williamsburg. The interactive, living-history museum--which covers 122 hectares (301 acres)--is actually a network of restored Colonial structures manned by costumed, in-character employees. Ride in a rented horse-drawn carriage down the cobblestone streets past the Governor's Palace and Capitol Building. Walk through Merchants Square, an 18th-century marketplace dotted with original storefronts. Take part in America’s fight for independence during a reenactment of the storming of the Governor's Palace or the march to victory at Yorktown. You can even participate in a trial. Purchase the combined Historic Triangle ticket for discounted entries to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Williamsburg holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Colonial Williamsburg and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • As always, the place to see all of the best historic sites is with the Colonial Williamsburg pass. Everything is done to period, as best as possible. Even the Capitol building has an original piece fr...  more »
  • This was a great time of year to visit due to cooler weather, fall leaves and less crowded. We had a splendid time. Able to get into all of the exhibits without waiting. There were more exhibits than ...  more »
  • My better half was skeptical -thought it would be like disneyland. I was skeptical. Would it really be as good as I remember it when I went as a kid? Well it won us both over. The people make history ...  more »
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  • There's a small, stagecoach in the middle where there were actors portraying and reciting Christmas Carol (during Christmas time festivities). They may have other, seasonal shows just checkout the stagecoach (that looks like a prop).

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Williamsburg offers lodgings for every taste, including four-star resorts, quaint inns, and budget-friendly hotels. Accommodations in the city's historical district provide easy access to all of the area's major attractions, but they also charge much higher prices than equally comfortable guesthouses in some of the outlying neighborhoods. For a genuine Virginian experience, consider pitching a tent or renting a cottage in one of the area's popular campgrounds, which offer shuttle services to the city's major attractions and provide free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fenced-in areas for pets.
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