Planning a trip to Williamsburg to visit the College of William and Mary can be fun for your family. Williamsburg–with its rich history, nearby theme parks, and quaint downtown area–covers all the bases and will create a memorable visit beyond the college tours.
Far from the dusty pages of a history book, students love seeing history in action at Colonial Williamsburg. They can participate in workshops in a hands-on way, seeing up-close how carpenters, metalworkers, printmakers, and various other craftspeople (there are over 20 trades practiced daily) created their wares hundreds of years ago.
They can also ask questions and interact with these experts, making it a unique and engaging experience. And everyone in the family will love exploring the sprawling colonial district, with its special seasonal events, multiple museums, and historical sights.
Just six miles away from downtown Williamsburg, the epic rollercoasters and waterslides of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA will be a thrill for your family’s teens (and adults!). The legendary coasters, one of which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, have multiple inversions and drops of over 200 feet. And it’s not just rollercoasters, as the park also includes Water Country USA, the largest waterpark in Virginia.
There are several other attractions for those in the family who want a more laidback experience, like a Rhine Riverboat cruise through the park and daily performances on various stages in the park’s different zones. Also, check their calendar for special events, like the Summer Nights Series, which includes evening fireworks shows throughout the summer season.
Fife and Drum Inn is in the center of town, 1 block from the heart of the historic William and Mary campus, and is right down the block from a couple of ice cream shops, where your family can take a stroll and grab a delicious treat. And just two doors down, you’ll find Retro’s Good Eats, a local favorite and sure to please your whole family’s taste buds with its appealing mix of classic burgers, sandwiches, fries, and old-fashioned soda floats.
At our bed and breakfast in Williamsburg, the Restoration Suite and the Yorktown Room include two beds perfect for families with students visiting the area. Restoration Suite also has two rooms with a dividing door, so everyone can have their own space and privacy.
Book your stay, while visiting the College of William and Mary and enjoy a memorable visit.