Here in New York, kids learn all about the original 13 colonies and the Revolutionary War in the 4th grade. My son Alex has really enjoyed this area of study, and was particularly fascinated by Thomas Jefferson this year. So when Spring Break rolled around, and we were brainstorming destinations- I came upon the idea of heading down to Williamsburg and spending a few days- enough time to immerse ourselves in what the historic city has to offer, plus some additional time to play in a nearby indoor waterpark! What a perfect getaway!
So if you are considering planning a family vacation that gives you a chance to learn a little about our nation’s history while also enjoying some fun activities as a family- here are 8 Things to Do in Williamsburg VA with Kids!
Before You Go….
There are a few things that helped us in terms of advance planning before our trip- that I thought I would pass along to you! Go online and check out all of the possible events and tours on Colonial Williamsburg Visitor’s Center website. You can even look over the Visitor’s Guides for the days you will be there (you can preview it ahead of time here). I suggest buying your tickets online in advance (you’ll have to pick them up at the Visitor’s Center, but the pick up lines are much shorter than the purchase lines!). I also suggest making reservations for lunch and dinner if you plan to dine in the colonial city (see my notes on this below!)
If you stay at a hotel nearby (we spent one night at the Comfort Suites Bypass hotel which has rooms that can accommodate our large family!), arrive early and park at the Visitor’s Center. From there you can take a shuttle bus over to the historic city (which is great if you are traveling with young children) or even take the path and walk over (which is what we did)….