Local Area Attractions
Have A Revolutionary Vacation! Bring your family to Williamsburg and make your vacation one for the history books. Discover adventure in America’s favorite family destination, where historical attractions, museums and the cultural arts combine with theme parks, restaurants and shopping. This is America’s Historic Triangle, and there’s no better place to have fun exploring our nation’s rich history. Big thrills are big fun—and you’ll find both in Williamsburg at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA!
At Colonial Williamsburg, you'll find living history in a town much as it was in the years before, during, and after the American Revolution. During your visit, meet interpreters of all ages who will help you understand life in the 1700s. For a list of their special events and activities, click here. Visit their website learn more about what you can expect during your stay in Colonial Williamsburg!
The first permanent English settlement in the New World is recreated here! Features full-size replicas of the three ships which arrived in 1607, reconstructed James Fort, Indian village and museum exhibits For events and schedules Check Here. For more information visit: www.historyisfun.org
Yorktown Victory Center & Battlefield
The American Revolution ended in Yorktown, Virginia on October 8, 1781, when the British forces surrendered. The "Yorktown Shipwreck Project" exhibit and Continental Army encampment bring history to life. Explore Yorktown online . For events Check Here.
In Yorktown, picturesque streets offer quaint art galleries, antique and specialty shops. Visit the museums with hands-on programs and exhibits. Stroll along the scenic riverwalk and relax on the sandy beach at rivers edge. Free trolley rides around town are available. To add to the charm, enjoy a sail on the York River and dont miss the candlelight walking tour - complete with tales of ghosts.
The Schooner Alliance lets you step back into history. Board the 105' Tall Ship for a 2 hour morning or afternoon sail (May-October). Sunset sails, private charters and overnight charters are also available.
Oleta Bus Tours from KOA to the Historic Triangle
One of our Most Popular Tours by Oleta in Williamsburg! Includes an exclusive visit to the "Glebe" (site of the first land cleared by Jamestown settlers), admission to Jamestown Settlement, a ferry ride (round trip) across the James River, lunch at the famous Surrey House, scenic tour down the Colonial Parkway, and admission to the Yorktown Victory Center with cannon-firing demonstration. Price includes all admission tickets, transportation by deluxe motor coach, and lunch at the Surrey House. Williamsburg Historic Triangle Tour begins at 8:00 am and ends at 5:45 pm. Check it out here!
Great Shopping in the Williamsburg Area
There is shopping for every personality. Shop all of these or choose your preference: Williamsburg Pottery Factory, Premium Outlets Center, Williamsburg Outlet Mall, Yankee Candle, Shops at Kingsmill, Merchants Square and The Williamsburg Winery.
Yankee Candle Flagship Store
This very special store is one of only two in the United States. Yankee Candle Flagship Store in Williamsburg is filled with more than 400,000 candles in more than 200 different famous Yankee scents; you'll discover an entertaining, interactive family adventure at every turn. Come to see Santa Claus every day all year long. And even though it snows in Holiday Park every 4 minutes, you wont need your snow boots. www.YankeeCandle.com 877-616-6510
Williamsburg Pottery Factory
In addition to the famed salt glazed pottery, handwork includes wood items, plaster art, custom lamps, floral arrangements, dried and silk flowers, and much more. Plan to spend the day visiting 32 buildings on 200 acres with an inventory of 70,000 items gathered from all over the world. Get a Glimpse!
For the Beer and Wine Lovers
Beer lovers would be remiss if they didn't make a stop at AleWerks while in Williamsburg. Wine lovers should consider a trip down the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail
AleWerks Brewing Company
Williamsburg AleWerks is located in the heart of the early colonies in Williamsburg, Virginia. Established in 2006 we have rolled out a broad range of beer offerings and quickly established a reputation for fine beer. They operate a direct fired brick-clad Peter Austin brew house and ferment all our beers in state-of-the-art conical fermentors.
Colonial Virginia Wine Trail
The Colonial Virginia Wine Trail features four of Virginia's best wineries all within an hour drive. No matter where you start or finish your wine trail adventure, you are sure to enjoy great wines, great food, and lots of fun along the way. Take the scenic drive along I-64 sampling wines from the Williamsburg Winery, Saude Creek Vineyards, New Kent Winery, and James River Cellars. Plan a day or weekend to visit the wineries on the Colonial Virginia Wine trail, where history and wine come together.
New Kent Winery
A beautiful, unique winery steeped in the regions history. As you enter our picturesque winery, youll immediately take note that this is a special, one-of-a-kind place like no other winery in Virginia. No wonder its in demand as a unique setting for special occasions and reserved events.
James River Cellars Winery
A family owned and operated winery offering award winning wine produced from Virginia grown grapes, James River Cellars Winery is located atop a picturesque hill in Hanover County, Virginia. Stop by for a picnic, to take in the view, do a little shopping in the Gift Shop, sample wine in the Tasting Room, or all of the above. Children and pets are welcome. Visit their website.
Plantations in and around Williamsburg
Plantations were an important aspect of life in the American South before, during, and after the Civil War. Explore the history of the region by touring one or more of the area's plantations.
Full of Civil War history, this James River plantation is an enjoyable site to relax and learn. The estate was once part of William Byrd's expansive Westover Plantation and was the site of the Battle of Evelynton Heights in 1862 during Gen. McClellan's Peninsular Campaign. Visit the website for more information .
North Bend Plantation
North Bend Plantation is the home of Sarah Harrison, William Henry Harrison's sister. It is considered the best preserved and purest expression of the academic Greek Revival Style in Charles City County, Virginia. North Bend is a spacious 6,000 square foot Virginia Historic Landmark and National Register featuring original antiques, rare books, old dolls and a rich Civil War history. North Bend Plantation
Sherwood Forest Plantation
Sherwood Forest Plantation was the home of the 10th U.S. President John Tyler from 1842 until his death in 1862. Sherwood Forest Plantation has been the continuous residence of the Tyler family since the President purchased it in 1842. Known to be the longest frame house in America, it is over 300 feet long. Sherwood Forest Plantation reflects the lifestyle of this mid-19th century Presidential family. Beautifully wooded landscape and 12 dependencies surround President Tyler's home. Check it out!
Tuckahoe Plantation is the childhood home of Thomas Jefferson. The land was first settled in 1714 and the mansion was built during the era of great plantations in Virginia. Tuckahoe was constructed in two sections, the North first in 1733 and the center hall and South end following in 1740. Original outbuildings line Plantation Street making Tuckahoe known as having one of the most complete 18th century plantation layouts in North America. Tuckahoe Plantation
If your interest is in touring museums, you can spend a day or two touring one or all of the following: The Children's Museum of Virginia, The Chrysler Museum, Museum of the Confederacy, Fort Eustis Transportation Museum, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Mattaponi Indian Museum, Hermitage Foundation Museum, Hampton University Museum, Virginia Living Museum, Mariners Museum, Virginia Air and Space Museum, Nauticus National Maritime Museum, Mary Bell Washington Museum, Virginia Marine Science Museum, Hunter House Victorian Museum, Virginia Museum of the Fine Arts, U.S. Quartermaster Museum, Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center, and War Memorial Museum of Virginia.
The Mariner's Museum
Dare to follow in the wake of the heroes of the great Age of Exploration. Glimpse priceless artifacts from the wreck of the USS Monitor, the world's most famous iron clad ship. Imagine the frozen horror of the night the great Titanic sank. Such wonders await you at The Mariner's Museum, one of the largest and finest maritime museums in the world.
Virginia Living Museum
Virginia Living Museum combines the elements of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium. Visitors to the Living Museum encounter more habitats, wildlife and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia. The exhibits showcase all of the states regions from the upland coves of the Appalachian Mountains to the salty offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and feature more than 245 different animal species. The Museum believes in hands-on education; that by experiencing science it will become memorable. Check it out!
Virginia Air and Space Center
Make the universe your playground and come face-to-face with the Apollo 12 Command Module. See a Mars meteorite, moon rock and climb aboard a WWII bomber. Fly an F/A22 Raptor and be transported to Mars! You can even pilot a space shuttle and more! Check it out!
The National Maritime Center
Located on the Norfolk waterfront, this unique, thriving campus of visitor attractions explores the economic, naval and natural power of the sea. The Center consists of Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, NOAA@Nauticus and Cruise Norfolk.
Nauticus is a spectacular maritime-themed science center featuring hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters, aquaria, digital high-definition films, and an extensive variety of educational programs. A gift shop and restaurant complement the experience.
Take a stroll through history by visiting the forts/battlefields in our area: Fort Monroe (largest stone fort ever built in the United States), Fort Norfolk (supplied ammunition for the Confederate iron clad in the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac), Petersburg National Battlefield, Richmond National Battlefield and Yorktown Battlefield.
Richmond Civil War National Battlefield Park
Richmond's story is not just the tale of one large Civil War battle, nor even one important campaign. Instead, the park's resources include a naval battle, a key industrial complex, the Confederacy's largest hospital, dozens of miles of elaborate original fortifications, and the evocative spots where determined soldiers stood paces apart and fought with rifles, reaping a staggering human cost
Whatever your interests, Williamsburg and the surrounding area have great activities for you to enjoy outside in the fresh air. Enjoy your favorite hobby or experience something new. It's all out there waiting for you!
Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course is an outdoor ropes-course experience that provides participants 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise. The course allows participants to explore Freedom Park from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles, and Tarzan swings. For more information visit their website.
Mountain biking trails are available at York River State Park and Waller Mill City Park. Distance biking is available at many locations nearby. Williamsburg's mild terrain is suitable for family biking trips. Biking is popular on the Colonial Parkway, a 24 mile long National Historical Park between Jamestown and Yorktown.
Birders will find a multitude of species in this area. Water fowl and shore birds can be found in abundance at York River State Park, Hog Island Wildlife Refuge, Back Bay Wildlife Management Area and Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area. The Williamsburg area is home to Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Cedar Wax Wings, Cardinals, Pileated Wood Peckers, Wild Turkeys, Bob Whites, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Blue Herons, Bitterns, Wood Ducks, Purple Martins and a variety of owls to name a few.
The Williamsburg area offers many boating opportunities for water enthusiasts. For quiet row boating and canoeing several local reservoirs offer rental boats. For power boating and water skiing the James River, York River and Chickahominy River are just a short drive away. All three rivers lead into the Chesapeake Bay.
Williamsburg area has a diverse menu of fishing opportunities. Local reservoirs are home to largemouth bass, chain pickerel, land locked striped bass, crappie, channel catfish, and a variety of pan fish. The Chickahominy River is a hot spot for largemouth bass fishing with many tournaments held there each year. Salt water fishing is available at piers from Yorktown to Virginia Beach. Ocean species are available by charter boat wreck fishing and Gulf Stream trips for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Tuna, Dolphin and Shark are available out of Virginia Beach.
There is golfing for every level. You can choose from Colonial Williamsburg, Kingsmill, Fords Colony, The Colonial Golf Course, Royal New Kent, Stonehouse, Williamsburg National Golf Club, Kiskiak (only 10 minutes away), and Newport News/Deer Run Golf Course. Most of these are challenging, 18 hole golf courses.
We have a great hiking trail here at KOA that begins at the Colonial field and takes you to the Williamsburg section. Have fun Geocaching! There are also local municipal and state parks that have hiking trails, fitness trails and nature trails. They include Waller Mill Park, and York River State Park.
Old Forge Outdoors located near Williamsburg at Providence Forge has two championship sporting clay courses and a five stand complex. Instructors are available to work with beginner and intermediate shooters.
Other points of interest
For continued enjoyment you can explore other sites and activities like Norfolk Waterside (waterfront festivals, harbor cruises and maritime history), Wharton's Wharf Harbor Tours, Jamestown Island Boating Excursion, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Jamestown Ferry, Bacons Castle (home includes furnishings based on 1711 and 1755 inventories made by the residents during those years), York River State Park, Virginia Beach Ocean Front (Virginia's premier boardwalk area), Deep Sea Fishing, Virginia Beach Aquarium (offering a six story 3-D Imax theater and a marine life petting area), Virginia Beach Pavilion, Christian Broadcasting Network (one of the nation's most modern television studios), Verizon Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Norfolk Scope, Cape Henry Light House (the oldest government-built lighthouse in America), Ocean Breeze Festival Park, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Norfolk Zoo, Hampton Waterfront, The Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Gallery, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, The Feldman Chamber Music Society (five chamber music ensembles held each year), First Landing Cross, George Washington's Birthplace National Monument, Air Power Park (one of the largest civilian-owned collections of aircraft and missiles in the United States), Carrie B. Harbor Tours (narrated tour of the Norfolk-Portsmouth Harbor), Flowerdew Hundred (one of the earliest English settlements in the New World) and Peninsula Fine Arts Center (affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts).
College of William and Mary
This is the nation's second oldest college. The Sir Christopher Wren building is the oldest academic structure in continuous use in America and the oldest building in Williamsburg. Some famous alumni include Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Tyler and four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Come visit this 300 year old college and enjoy its beautiful historic campus. Explore the campus.
Kings Dominion is a 400-acre theme park thats home to more than 200 rides, shows and attractions. The park features one of the largest coaster collections on the East Coast, including the worlds first air-launched coaster, HyperSonic XLC, two childrens areas and WaterWorks, a 19-acre water park playground thats included with park admission. Approximately 1 1/2 hour drive north from the KOA campgrounds. Check it out!
Virginia Motor Speedway
Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt racing facility that features four divisions of weekly racing April through September. We offer a family atmosphere, free parking, great concessions and some of the best racing in the country. The speedway also hosts several special events during the season. Check out our website for details.
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Virginia Beach's famous 3-mile oceanfront promenade is the place to see and be seen. Newly renovated with larger than life sculptures and landscaped park areas.
U.S. Naval Base Tours
Norfolk, Virginia, is the proud home of the largest naval base in the world. The Norfolk naval base provides seaport, airport, and squadron facilities, quality of life, and personnel management services. The 45-minute tour departs from the Naval Tour and Information Center located at 9079 Hampton Blvd, next to Gate 5. Bus tours conducted by Navy personnel ride past aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships and the busy airfield. The tour also drives by historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. There is a charge for the tour. A picture ID is required for all adults.