Colonial Williamsburg is a wonderful place to take the family on a truly unique holiday. Stay in the historic area in one of the Colonail Williamsburg hotels--I recommonded the Williamsburg Inn and the Williamsburg Lodge when it opens back up. The Woodlands is great for families, too. We just returned from a stay at the Inn and had a wonderful time. The rooms are spacious and great and the hotel staff went out of their way to help us with reservations to programs and carriage rides. Even though the weather was a little rainy and cool, we enjoyed walking the streets and visiting the Capitol, Governor's Palace, and all the crafts being made there. You certainly have to purchase the complete ticket. I have read of so many people not buying the ticket and feeling that they didn't see anything. It is a little pricey but well worth the experience. The Taverns are a must for dinner-- Campbell's and Kings Arms are my favorite and don't forget to grab lunch at Shields or the Cheese Shop in Merchant Square. I have visited Colonial Williamsburg in every season and find that there seem to be crowds all year. But don't let the crowds keep you enjoying your stay. Walk leisurely around and talk to the costumed people. They love to answer questions. We've made bricks at the brickyard, watched the printer printer a newspaper, the book binder work on a book, heard Thomas Jefferson talk about independence and Patrick Henry expound on the merits of revolution. You can't miss the Drum and Fife march and get a carriage ride. We've enjoyed the evening programs and late night strolls along the darkened streets and lantern lit tours. There is so much to do and see and experinece!