Things to Do in Williamsburg with Kids

If you are looking for a vacation that combines adventure and a sense of history and culture, a great place to start is the Greater Williamsburg area. My family spent several days exploring all the area has to offer, and we were able to create a family vacation filled with laughs, cheers and lasting memories.

Greater Williamsburg is known for many things; the main attraction being Colonial Williamsburg. And yes, we did spend some time walking through living history. However, there’s more to this vacation than the opportunity to learn about its history: Activities include amusement parks, zip lining, amazing food, Segway tours and more! And that's only what we were able to fill into our schedule. 

Looking for some great family vacation recommendations? Here's a look at our itinerary, including everything you need to replicate a fantastic adventure. 

Arriving in Virginia

As soon as you land in Richmond International Airport, you can head straight to the Alamo Rent a Car kiosk and pick up your much-needed vehicle. I couldn't imagine what our trip would have felt like without our rental car. Hopping in and out as we pleased and exploring beyond the boundaries of our hotel perimeter is what made the trip even more special. A quick drive into town (around 50 minutes or so) and we set up our home base and began our quest for knowledge and thrill-seeking. 

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Colonial Williamsburg

Your first stop should be a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. After all, this area offers both history and a whole lot of fun. It gives you the opportunity to step back into time, remove yourself from anything that needs Wi-Fi and enables your family to truly comprehend what it would feel like to live in a time other than our own. Look out for stagecoach tours, hands-on experiences, walking tours and more. You can find the address to Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area here. If you are driving to Colonial Williamsburg, you will find a conveniently located garage just a few blocks away at Prince George Street Parking Garage where you can leave your car for the full day. This will cost you around $3. What a great deal!

Where to Stay – Woodlands Hotel & Suites

Want to be in the center of it all? Consider Woodlands Hotel & Suites. Start your day off with a continental breakfast and enjoy their exclusive access to the best that Colonial Williamsburg has to offer. Complimentary transportation is provided to the perimeter of the Historic Area and you should absolutely take advantage of it! 

Go Kart Plus

When you need to let off a little steam, jump into a go-kart and race your loved ones around a few laps of the course. A day at Go Kart Plus promises a ton of fun! Teens and tweens will all find something to do at this location, including miniature golf and a few larger rides (some with height restrictions). Did I mention gemstone panning? How about the kiddie coaster? This place truly has something for all ages. 

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

We had the chance to visit Busch Gardens while on our Greater Williamsburg vacation and I was thrilled about that. I remember visiting as a young child with my mother, and it was such a treat to head back with my family. There's something special about this amusement park. It's quite beautiful, and part of the appeal is being able to walk through the different countries: The music changes, the food and drink changes, the souvenirs change. So much fun! Enjoy sausage in Germany, tea in England, a crepe in France and a plate of pasta in Festa Italia. You can literally eat your way around the world. Don’t forget to explore the shops in each section because all the items change as you walk through every neighborhood.

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Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum that your children will never forget. In fact, it was one of my favorite stops during our Greater Williamsburg trip. In addition to an indoor structure, which includes museum-like exhibits and a show that you can sit down to watch, there were also several outdoor exhibitions to explore. I have to admit that, for me, this was the highlight of our vacation!   

Yorktown

If you are looking for a more leisurely stroll through history, then check out Yorktown. You can wind in and out of shops and learn a little bit about this beautiful country in between purchases. You don't need to sign up for any particular tour. This is more of a "tour at your own pace" kind of vibe. 

But if you are looking for some sightseeing gear, head over to Patriot Tours and Provisions. We were able to rent a few bikes, but there are plenty of options up for grabs if bikes aren’t your thing. Perhaps you’re more interested in Segways? By Segway, bike, single and tandem kayaks, or stand up paddleboards, make your way all throughout Yorktown. Patriot Tours and Provisions offers a wide variety of options for families looking to explore.

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Go Ape

After satisfying our historic curiosities, Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure was the outdoor escape my family was looking for. Offering a variety of hands-on experiences, Go Ape! is an outdoor adventure company that focuses on Tree Top Adventures, Forest Segways, Tree Top Junior Adventures and Zip Trekking Adventures. It was absolute adventure perfection!

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Where to Eat

Blue Talon

Blue Talon served us such an incredible breakfast, I am still thinking about it weeks later. Part diner, part café, part old world feel, this unique culinary destination transported us over the pond and right in the middle of a Parisian square, while still keeping us grounded in Southern flavor.  

Shorty's Diner

Shorty's breakfast is an absolute must! Fun fact: the building used to be a Pizza Hut, and they kept some of the old nostalgia sprinkled throughout. Look out for old doorknobs and things like that. The breakfast was stick-to-your-ribs good! Full blown southern fare. The sweet tea was so delicious and the decor brought your right back to the 50’s, including a dancing Elvis statue that greets every guest as they walk through the door. I also want to note that they had the friendliest staff that we came across during our entire trip.

Amber Ox

Fried chicken, ham, a great kids’ menu, and a wonderful atmosphere; this restaurant was just what the vacation doctor ordered. Do not miss out on their biscuits. 

Second Street

We had another great night out at Second Street in Greater Williamsburg, an American bistro known for big plates and delectable dishes. We overindulged here and I am not upset about it! Do not skip out on the dessert.

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I hope these destinations start you off on the right foot and get you thinking about booking your next trip to Virginia. Our Alamo rental car helped take us to every destination with ease, and because we opted for a car, we were able to do more while on our vacation. I certainly hope you enjoy your next trip to Virginia!


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Vera Sweeney

Vera Sweeney – mom, blogger, social media influencer, and New York resident – is the founder of Lady and the Blog. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest style, travel, and parenting trends.