As a child, my family loved going on vacations close to home as we really enjoyed what the East Coast had to offer. I have very fond memories from my childhood when my mom and dad took us to fun and unique places to explore. One place I remember quite well is Williamsburg, Virginia. I was about 12 years old and remember loving each adventure with my family. I returned to Williamsburg with my husband just before having kids and had another memorable experience. I swore I would come back one day with my boys!
My boys are now 5 and 8, the perfect ages to explore all that Greater Williamsburg has to offer. There are amazing hands-on learning adventures for kids (and adults). Whether you enjoy thrill rides, waterparks, museums or the outdoors, there is something for you in Williamsburg.
As part of a Momtrends event in NYC, I had the opportunity to speak with a representative from Visit Williamsburg. I was so excited to learn about the wonderful experiences available for all ages. So much has changed since I was a kid, and I am even more excited than before to bring my boys for a visit. At the event, I was able to sift through activities and put together an inspiration board for my dream Williamsburg vacation. I was amazed at the variety of adventures that are available. There are so many ways to find your fun in this iconic town!
4 Ways to Find Your Fun in Williamsburg, Virginia
Hands-On Learning Fun
At Mommy University, we love learning through experiences especially hands-on learning adventures like those offered throughout Greater Williamsburg. When on vacation, we love visiting museums, immersing ourselves in the culture and learning more about the world we live in. Greater Williamsburg offers so many opportunities for families to explore, play and learn. Here are some learning experiences the entire family will LOVE:
- Candle Making in Colonial Williamsburg
- Archaeological Digs in Historic Jamestowne
- Tour a Re-Created Powhatan Indian Village
- Explore the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
- Visit the Yorktown Battlefield
- Watch a Fifes and Drum March
There are so many opportunities to explore living history in Greater Williamsburg. To learn about more adventures, visit the Visit Williamsburg website.
Thrills and Chills
Do you have a thrill seeker in your family? Well, Williamsburg has just what you need. Busch Gardens offers heart-pounding roller coasters and attractions. Don’t worry, they have family friendly rides as well. If water rides are what you love, then make sure you check out Water Country USA. This unique waterpark offers over 40 water rides and attractions for all ages. Families can have even more waterpark fun when they stay at Great Wolf Lodge that offers an exciting 6700-square foot indoor waterpark in addition to an outdoor pool and arcade. If it’s chills you seek, then check out one of Williamsburg ghost tours like Colonial Hauntings Tour and The Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tours.
Get outside and explore all that Williamsburg has to offer! There are so many fun outdoor adventures for the entire family. In addition to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA mentioned above, visitors can also enjoy paddleboarding on the York River, biking through Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy a Segway tour through Historic Yorktown and climb to new heights with Go Ape Zip Line and Tree Top Adventures. Families can also spend the day at the Jamestown Beach for some fun in the sun. Greater Williamsburg is also the home to some of the most amazing golf courses and beautiful parks.
Relax and Unwind
After all those exciting (and exhausting) adventures above, take some time to relax and unwind. Whether it is at a spa or with a glass of wine, Williamsburg has just what you need. There is the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and Williamsburg Salt Spa for some much-needed pampering or even the Scoops Kids Spa at Great Wolf Lodge for a fun mommy/daughter day. If sipping on a nice drink is how you like to unwind then you have to check out the Williamsburg Tasting Trail. Guests can sip on wine from The Williamsburg Winery, enjoy craft beer at various breweries or tour a distillery to try spirits such as whisky, rum and gin. A really unique adventure, however, is visiting the Silver Hand Meadery where they make wine from honey!
As you can see there is so much to see, do and explore in Greater Williamsburg, Virginia. To learn more and plan your next family adventure, please visit VisitWilliamsburg.com.