About an hour and a half to two hour drive from anywhere in Richmond is Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum transports visitors back to the days of the 18th century. It’s an absolutely wonderful family day or weekend trip to see over forty exhibits and trades in action, four historic taverns, and two art museums, plus fabulous shopping and dining.
See blacksmiths creating period weaponry, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the grounds, see our nation’s founding leaders and talk with them about their contributions to our country when it first began, solve a murder mystery, and explore historic buildings. You’re learning about the creation of our country like you were actually there. It’s a magical and breathtakingly beautiful place to be with countless activities and things to discover. To fully immerse yourself in the history, you can even stay overnight at an authentic Colonial home reproduced to be true to Colonial era time period.
Each season gives tourists a different experience. In the fall, the changing of the leaves is truly a spectacular sight in Williamsburg. And the ghostly tours and their Haunting on Dog Street event with trick or treating for the kids, live music, pirates, and a haunted auction are just a few of the Halloween themed activities you can enjoy this time of year. During the holidays, the magic and simplicity of an 18th century Christmas is the draw with caroling, ice skating, and the festive spirit of the season. In the spring, lambs roam the pastures and the gardens are in full bloom. And during the summer, there are fun day camps for the kids and a bustling atmosphere with activities happening around every corner.
There’s always something different and exciting to see and learn about in Colonial Williamsburg. And if you want to get back to modern day for a bit, surrounding Colonial Williamsburg there are also fabulous restaurants, shops, outlets, wineries, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Go to colonialwilliamsburg.com to plan your visit and see all of the wonderful things there are to experience here.