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How to Spend an Afternoon at the Williamsburg Historic District

Select Registry - December 7, 2016

Known as the “Revolutionary City”, Williamsburg, Virginia, provides a peek into America’s past. This 301-acre historic area features dozens of restored and re-created buildings related to its colonial and Revolutionary War history. Inside the buildings, you’ll find world-class art museums, shops, restaurants, and taverns. Whether it’s a fun family vacation or romantic getaway, a trip to the Williamsburg historic district will be one you’ll never forget! Here are some of our favorite things to do there.

Explore The Williamsburg Historic District

Guided Tours

The Williamsburg historic district offers more than 20 guided and self-guided tourseach day. You can enter the homes of Williamsburg’s 18th-century residents, meet rare animal breeds living in the pastures, and learn some colonial tips and tricks to take home with you. Not up to strolling the city? Give your legs a rest and see the sights from a horse-drawn carriage! Visit the Colonial Williamsburg website for more information on daily tours.

Shopping & Dining

From timeless clothing and accessories to authentic reproduction furniture, the shops in Williamsburg have something for everyone. We love the Colonial Nursery where you’ll find heirloom seeds and plants, herbs, and vintage flower pots. The William Pitt Shop is another must-see and offers children’s clothing, toys, games, and books. Be sure to stop by the Prentis Store for unique items made using 18th-century tools and techniques. You’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift or souvenir! After you shop ’til you drop, gather in a historic tavern for an 18th-century-inspired meal. We recommend Christiana Campbell’s Tavern (a favorite for seafood), King’s Arms Tavern, and Chowning’s Tavern. Or, browse a more modern menu at the contemporary Regency Room or Taste Studio. The chefs in Williamsburg use only the freshest ingredients available to create dishes not found anywhere else.

Activities & Recreation

The Revolutionary City is a haven for outdoor fun, offering everything from championship golf courses to an award-winning tennis club. If visiting in the summer, take the kids to the new Splash Park where they can cool off with water cannons, slides, mini waterfalls, and more.

Special Events

A myriad of programs and events can be found in Williamsburg throughout the year. The Christmas Decorations walking tour is a wintertime favorite when the city’s picturesque buildings and streets are decked out in holiday splendor. Or, attend the annual 4th of July celebration and enjoy a salute to the 13 original states, live music, and fireworks. Check out the Williamsburg events calendar for a full list of upcoming programs.

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