Williamsburg On Vacation

One of my favorite places to visit on vacation is the Williamsburg, Virginia area. This part of the United States is special in that you can have a fun filled and action packed history inclusive family vacation that everyone will enjoy. For history that is actually fun to learn about, there is Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Then when you feel you need to create some adventurous memories of your own, head on over to Busch Gardens and have some extreme fun. Williamsburg on vacation can accommodate both culture and fun.

Williamsburg Virginia is a beautiful suburban area that has celebrated and respected its southern heritage. The people of Virginia are friendly and polite. The landscape is lush and green. There are accommodations available from the more modest up to the more luxurious. If you go to Virginia in the summer it would be advisable that you make a reservation somewhere with a pool as it can be very hot there in July and August.

Colonial Williamsburg can be done even with the kids. It is a very family friendly place. There are no long line venues and everything is accessible with a stroller too. If you go on Saturday and Sunday you will get you more bang for your buck. Williamsburg is living history as it never closes, it is open 24 hours a day because it is not an exhibit as much as a real place. Just go to anywhere along the Duke of Gloucester Street and you will be in a fine place for any local activity. This would be the area to find one of the carriages that give little scenic tours around the area.

One fun activity to do with the younger set is a Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Tour. You see the whole 175 acres and 160 buildings from torchlight as you walk the darkened streets of old with your seasoned tour guide. There are quite a few torch lit tours and even The Tavern Ghost Tour. This is something nice to do in the evening after a nice quaint dinner. There are also the pirate legends to explore regarding Blackbeard and the hanging tree.

The Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg, V...

The Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The town of Williamsburg itself is very clean and beautiful. In the center of town is William and Mary College the 2nd oldest institution of higher learning in the United States of America. The grounds are immaculate and will lead you into the main downtown shopping area of the region. The College, the downtown, and Colonial Williamsburg are all close together and easily assessable to one another. The only “bad” thing is you need to pay for parking in the downtown area, but here is plenty of it.

Fine dining is also very available in downtown Williamsburg. Patriots can go to Christiana Campbell’s Tavern which was as, they tell it, George Washington’s favorite tavern. However, there are many others for you to choose from; Shields Tavern, Kings Arm Tavern, and Chowning’s Tavern. These places all give you 18th century dining experiences. However, when you are in Williamsburg on vacation, you also have access to has all the regular restaurant and fast food chains you are familiar with.

When you have had enough of history it is time to head off to Busch Gardens. This is a real treat and is probably one of the more interesting amusements parks around. There are some real hair-raising coasters and great shows to keep everyone happy and entertained. However, this park is also beautiful. It has been picked as the most beautiful amusement park more than a few times also. The theme here is European gardens. There are themed village squares for England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, and Italy. So there are all kinds of themed foods to try and trinkets to buy so you can always remember the good times you had while here in beautiful Williamsburg.

Tourists on horse and wagon tour of CW

Tourists on horse and wagon tour of CW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of the roller coasters at Busch Gardens are what I would call extreme and not something I would try. The Big Bad Wolf was fun though and I went on that more than a few times, unfortunately that closed in 2009. The Griffon and Loch Ness Monster however where more than I could imagine myself on. The younger set though will probably love these. I am however looking forward to The Verbolten which is a double launch roller coaster that has taken the Big Bad Wolf’s spot, and will open in the spring of 2012. This is a ride that has you start out normally and then something happens and you are verboten (forbidden) in the Black Forest on the ride of your life. That should be a wonderful new addition to the totally refurbished German Pavilion.

It is hot in Virginia so a place to cool down would be nice. The Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is an exciting indoor water park resort that would be a great place for family with young children to stay. Water Country USA is the mid-Atlantic’s largest waterpark and makes this another reason this is a great vacation destination. It is family friendly with a very cool 1960s surfer theme. There is a 670 foot long Big Daddy Falls river rafting adventure that the kids will love and of course Surfer’s Bay which is Virginian’s biggest wave pool. Sometimes there is entertainment like diving shows. There are also food concessions, shops, and areas for sunbathing.

To me Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg are a fantastic family destination spot and especially for those living on the east coast. Williamsburg on vacation is definitely a Disneyworld alternative and no one will feel disappointed or slighted. I am presently planning my third trip to Williamsburg. There is always something to do there, and they care enough to make sure they mix things up enough to make people want to come back and visit again. It is the hospitality, cleanliness, and warmth of the people that also make this a wonderful place to visit. There is no place I can think of that gives you all that the Colonial Williamsburg area can offer. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a place to vacation.

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