Celebrate all that America has accomplished with a special Memorial Day weekend to Williamsburg. Get the most out of your summer vacation with a visit to several of Colonial Williamsburg’s most historic sites, including the Bruton Parish Church, French Grave site and the Palace. Fresh wreaths will be hung in these areas to commemorate soldiers who gave their lives in conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War. Honor your veterans by participating in this great event. You can find Williamsburg lodging for Memorial Day weekend as well.
While you’re in the Williamsburg area, you can find all kinds of exciting attractions to keep you busy, including Busch Gardens Williamsburg, one of Virginia’s most popular theme parks! Take part in some of the festivities featuring famous world cultures like Ireland or Germany with shows, cuisine and fun rides. Kids will take their turn on zooming roller coasters like the Battering Ram, Escape from Pompeii, Roman Rapids or the Griffon. Highlighted shows include Sunny Days Celebration, This is Oktoberfest and Celtic Fyre.
Switch from land to water at Water Country USA, providing the full summer experience. Cool off on a hot day with splashing rides like Big Daddy Falls, Malibu Pipeline, Rampage or Adventure Isle. Remember, many of these rides can hold multiple people in one raft, so the more the merrier. Invite your family and friends along with swim wear for a fantastic experience in Williamsburg’s number one water park. For those that would rather relax and tan, the park also provides more than 1,500 lounge chairs within its boundaries.
This upcoming October 9-10, a large army of performers will stage the Colonial Williamsburg‘s “Prelude to Victory,” which covers the events surrounding the battle of Yorktown. You’ll be able to see the deciding conflict that would drive the Redcoats back to their home. Gather along with other onlookers as they cheer on the American rebels including General George Washington, watching as they use their muskets to demonstrate the power of their small battalion. Each soldier will be adorned in the clothes of the Revolutionary period. If you’d like to spend a couple of days there, you can stay in one of Williamsburg’s hotels for a decidedly comfortable rest.
The Prelude to Victory may spark your interest in our first president, in which case you can learn more at the President’s Park, which covers everything from Washington’s 1789 inauguration up to the current period. The park offers up to five themed tours to choose from to specialize your experience, or you may choose your own custom route. The presidents and our nation’s various eras will be shown through not only facts and narratives, but through artistic means by artists such as David Adickes. Take a moment to rest and eat at the First Ladies Tea Parlor, located nearby.
If you have kids or are looking for an interactive experience, the Virginia Living Museum can accommodate you. The attraction is home to many animals, including horseshoe crabs, bobcats, alligators and paddlefish, just to name a few. The museum is known for its touch tank, along with a 30,000 gallon aquarium and a 3/4 mile outdoor trail including river otters, red wolves and bobcats. See for yourself why this science center, aviary and botanical preserve are so well-known throughout the area.
Williamsburg is a great way to begin the cool fall season. Watch the leaves turn colors as you witness American history unfold along with many other activities.
Join the Williamsburg Virginia Symphony for an incredible night of music on September 4. The festivities start at 6 pm and go until 10 pm, after the night sky lights up with stars. The Fifes and Drums of the historic York Town, known for its perfection and musical skill, will perform for the pre-concert intro. Grab your biggest blanket and join the large crowd out on the lawn for the perfect night of fun in Williamsburg. Once your night is over, drive back to lodging of your choice in the area.
For additional sights, you can make your next stop inside the hull of a sailboat, choosing from one of the Yorktown Sailing Cruises. Onboard, the waters of the York river will calmly lap up against the sides of the vessel as you pass beautiful and historical areas like the Victory Monument, Yorktown Battlefield, and other surrounding coastal areas. Bring your camera along to take shots of these famous sights packed with facts from the past.
If you would like a more rural-type perspective, try out the Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise, which lets visitors glide along to see the Hampton Roads Harbor, Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk Naval Base, and many more highlights. On this cruise you’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide who will provide you with answers to the historic parts of Williamsburg.
This colonial area has more than enough activities to keep you busy for as long your stay permits. Keep an eye open for these great attractions in Williamsburg.