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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  • You need several days to see all of what this living museum has to offer. You can enjoy listening to and interacting with superb character interpreters. There are many special programs to enjoy. Take ...  more »
  • The architectural harmony of the diversity of structures, the quiet of the absence of auto traffic, the general atmosphere of serenity make colonial Williamsburg a place like no other. It is a place o...  more »
  • People with children should travel to Williamsburg because it is a way to make our children understand the blessing we have in America because these people that settled here made our life in America t...  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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