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. Add Colonial Williamsburg and other attractions to your Williamsburg trip itinerary using our Williamsburg vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    As a History major in college, I have always been interested in American History. This was on my bucket list for quite a while. Glad we made the trip. Learned some things never taught in school. Amazi...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    District of the city of Williamsburg dating from the 18th century, this is one museum open, where you can stroll, visit houses, craft workshops, see activities of the time (military parade, cannon fire, gardening,...). There is a small market, shops, restaurants, short enough to spend the day with children - or not - to discover how people lived in the early days of independent America. Employees are holding time. For access to all activities and get into buildings, he need a pass (about $40 for an adult), but can also walk there for free!
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  • August 14, 2017
    We spent two days here and could have gone back for another day. The staff are dedicated historians who know their history and are enthusiastic about sharing the history of our great country. Only thi...  more »
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  • April 5, 2017
    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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