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Colonial Williamsburg
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Ranked #2 of 100 things to do in Williamsburg
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. Explore our art museums, unleash your kids' inner colonists, tee off a game of golf, or relax and unwind at the Spa. Stay at one of the official Colonial Williamsburg hotels, with a variety of opportunities to shop and dine, and you'll never want to leave.
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Reviewed April 17, 2005

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!

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Reviewed March 21, 2005

You can't beat Colonial Williamsburg for colonial atmosphere. It's an entire TOWN restored to colonial times. It's a unique experience, and one that anyone with an interest in our country's history would enjoy.

If you like Colonial Williamsburg, you'll also like Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's home) and Montpelier (James & Dolley Madison's home), both of which are near Charlottesville, VA.

Montpelier is currently undergoing a major restoration project to bring it back to the way it was when the Madisons lived there. This history detective project is fascinating in itself, and they offer special "hard-hat" tours to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at this amazing undertaking.

For more info, check out colonialwilliamsburg, monticello, and montpelier.

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Reviewed February 12, 2005

My children(7 & 8 at the time) and I went here in October(during kids' fall break) and loved it! My friend(a resident of a nearby city) suggested we check it out since Busch Gardens was closed that day(don't know if it closes for the season or what). So, we went, didn't pay the extra for tours, and had a wonderful tour! Even without accessing the little tours along the way, the kids got a good idea of how different things were. We all loved the fife and drums show. We even followed them down the street on their march. My daughter saw the sweetest young boy in the fife and drum corp and wanted to get his photo. She was too shy to approach him but, luckily, his mom was right there and she caught his attention for the photo. I thought it was sweet. The kids loved the wood things they used to lock your feet and head into when a person got in trouble. They had never seen much like that before. We will definitely go there again if we are in the area.

9  Thank Felicia184
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Reviewed June 24, 2004

For the exorbitant price, Colonial Willimasburg was so very disappointing. For well over $30, we got to see the inside of four blase buildings. The street and gift shops (which are more numerous than actual attractions) can all be visited for free, but no one at the visitor's center will tell you that. Instead, they are too busy trying to tell you what you will miss if you don't go ahead and splurge on the more expensive tickets, which are over $50 per person! The "characters" barely acknowledged us, much less provided reenactments. At the jail, for instance, we watched an employee spend more time checking our passes than giving historical information. Our advice: walk along the street and see everything you can for free. Then, if you feel that the few buildings that require a ticket and are actually open are worth the steep price, buy your tickets then.

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Reviewed June 17, 2004

We recently went to Williamsburg,Va.(May2004),to our enjoyment we found Jamestown such an ADDED TREAT.We enjoyed the "Museum and Re-enactment Camp" quiet enjoyable.They had the SHIPS there to veiw and leisurily go through.The "Old Fort" would please old and young a-like.If ever in the neighborhood- I would "go through" this part again.
I found Williamsburg alittle hard to "master" - as to - where to go and where to park,what to see ,so on. Plus the "Tickets" was quiet costly - and we ended up not using "ALL WE PURCHASED" ,due to time restraints.Buying the Multi-day ticket will give you added time needed.Williamsburg indeed went to bed with the chickens - things closed really early(5:30p.m.),excluding several Shows,a Ghost Run and Diners that stayed open late.So getting up early is also the KEY .Yet all and all "our visit to Williamsburg was really nice, the weather was GREAT!"
VIRIGINIA IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STATE ! Everyone should go there atleast once in their life-time !Indeed it is full of beautiful woods ,beaches and RICH in HISTORY and the people are full of Charm !

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