Colonial WilliamsburgWhere the idea of america comes to life for citizens of all ages
With 10 restaurants, 45 holes of golf, eight tennis courts, swimming pools, a full-service spa, bicycle rental and walking trails, Colonial Williamsburg offers experiences for every age, taste and budget. Guests enjoy exploring Colonial Williamsburg's Revolutionary City and meeting the residents as they transform themselves from subjects of a distant king to citizens of a new republic. The art museums of Colonial Williamsburg surprise guests with an expansive collection that include decorative and folk arts, including “Lock, Stock and Barrel,” an outstanding display of military and civilian weapons exploring muzzle-loading firearms, ignition systems and the evolution of the standing British infantry musket before 1800. “Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo” is an exhibition of jewelry made during the depression from fragments of stones, pieces of plastic and car batteries—all include the thunderbird motif. Guests of all ages will want to meet Colonial Williamsburg’s new canine mascot, Liberty, a Briard dog who can be seen walking and greeting guests on Duke of Gloucester Street and visiting Colonial Williamsburg hotels.
The Revolutionary City
Guests can immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of the Revolutionary City and experience what it was like to be a resident of a city on the verge of war—or in the midst of it—while exploring the government buildings, shops, homes, gardens, historic trades and taverns in the colonial capital. Townspeople, tradesmen, shopkeepers, political figures, women and slaves share their hopes, struggles and fears in these uncertain pre-war times. The challenges of daily life are set against the backdrop of revolution, an angry mob storming the Governor’s Palace and news of the Declaration of Independence arriving. Buzzing with political discussion and dispute, the city comes alive. Back again this year is “Dig! Kids, Dirt & Discovery,” a program that allows kids to conduct a real archaeological dig under the direction of Colonial Williamsburg archaeologists. The program begins the day after Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day.
Engagement and Hands-on Experiences
More than 20 guided and self-guided tours offered daily are included in a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. The tours provide an in-depth look at the homes and gardens of Williamsburg’s 18th-century residents, offer the perspective of a museum curator and provide an overview of all the Revolutionary City offers. Children enjoy marching with the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg, learning how to hold their weapon as newly enlisted members of the militia, helping with daily household chores, playing games colonial children enjoyed or creating their own folk art to take home. Guests can discover what goes on behind the scenes at the Rockefeller library, object conservation and educational outreach facilities to provide guests an authentic experience and tour the costume shop, where each item of clothing worn by actor interpreters in the Revolutionary City are sewn by hand. Guests can learn about the archaeological finds that informed the rebuilding of the Public Armoury. There are a variety of daily activities to customize and complement each visit. From a romantic carriage ride to an in-depth look at art exhibits, guests can discover unique and unforgettable Colonial Williamsburg experiences. After the sun goes down, dining, music, dancing, games, shows and ghostly tales abound and are worth a visit well into the evening. Five iconic buildings in the Historic Area are now lit, revealing their architectural beauty while adding light, and offer an enhanced guest experience. Adult costume rentals are now available at the Visitor Center and the Market House near the Magazine.
More information on ticketing and events is available online at colonialwilliamsburg.com or by calling 1-855-296-6627.