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Colonial Williamsburg - Where to park?/Fun things for kids..

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Colonial Williamsburg - Where to park?/Fun things for kids..

Hi - Our family of four (parents/two kids 8 & 11) will be taking a day trip up to Colonial Williamsburg from OBX. Is it correct to first arrive at the visitor center? We purchased our tickets thru Groupon. Can we park at the visitor center while we visit? Is there a cost for parking? Can you take a trolly/bus around the area, or do you walk to all of the CW sites? Our kids are history buffs. Can you recommend some CW sites/activities that kids usually like? Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Colonial Williamsburg - Where to park?/Fun things for kids..

You will need to turn in your groupon tickets for attraction passes at the visitor center,

where parking is free and you can either walk or catch a free bus to any number of stops throughout the colonial city.

Enjoy your visit~

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2. Re: Colonial Williamsburg - Where to park?/Fun things for kids..

Yes, it is recommended that you park at the Visitors Center, where the ample parking is at no charge. After you've redeemed your groupon, you may wish to watch the film in the VC, "Story of a Patriot. It's a 37-minute orientation movie produced in the late 1950's that's still worth watching unless you're very short on time. There are shuttles departing from the Visitors Center that circle the perimeter of the Historic Area/Revolutionary City. If you're coming this summer, there are programs and activities for the kids, including the popular game, RevQuest, activities such as games and chores at the at the Benjamin Powell House, making bricks at the brickyard, etc.

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The Visitors Center is the only place where there is free, all day parking. The historic area is just a short walk or bus ride away. Since you will be here only one day you may want to bypass the movie and some of the peripheral activities designed for those who are here for a longer time. A short orientation film (8 min) shows continuously at the VC to give you some basic info before starting your visit. Try to be at the VC by 8:45 - 9:00 a.m. to get an early start on your day; buildings close at 5:00 p.m. but stores and gift shops stay open later so you can save those until later.. Museums are open until 7:00 p.m. You may check a listing of daily activities that are included in your pass by going to the CW website before your arrival so to choose some things you want to partake of while here. You do not want to miss a Founding Father audience or many of the Rev City programs. Zoey mentioned some great activities for your children.

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4. Re: Colonial Williamsburg - Where to park?/Fun things for kids..

Be sure to visit the brickyard, palace, weaver and wig maker. The Wythe house, silver smith, blacksmith, gunsmith and tin shop may also be interesting. If you walk from the visitor center, you will walk back through time along the bridge and have the opportunity to visit Great Hopes Plantation and see how the middling folk lived before going into the historic town.

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My kids always like the jail.

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