Local Area Attractions Near Williamsburg / Busch Gardens Area KOA
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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 1700's. For their website, click here, or for a list of their special events and activities, click here.
Water Country U.S.A.
Dive into cool summertime fun at Water Country USA. The mid-Atlantic's largest water park entertains guests with spectacular water rides, restaurants and entertainment. Water Country
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 villages, and museum exhibits. For events and schedules check here. For more information visit: www.historyisfun.org
Walking Ghost Tour
Are you ready for the scariest Ghost Tour in Williamsburg? Rated in the Top 10 "Bone Chilling Haunted Tours" in the US by City Traveler! Offered nightly at 8pm. Reserve now at 757-598-1805 or check them out online here!
Picturesque streets offer quaint art galleries, antique stores, and specialty shops. Visit the museums, stroll along the scenic riverwalk, or relax on sandy Yorktown Beach. Free trolley rides around town are available. Stay into the evening for candlelight walking tours - complete with ghost stories.
Indulge in full throttle fast lane fun! Three exciting go-cart tracks: figure eight track, slick track, and super stockart track. Plus 18 hole mini-golf course, bumper boats, bumper cars, and kiddie land. Check it out here!
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum
In true Ripley's Believe It or Not! fashion, the museum in Williamsburg, Virginia houses artifacts that span almost all of human history, and even earlier in some cases. Check out the strangest place in Williamsburg.
Oleta Bus Tours from KOA to the Historic Triangle
Visit Jamestown Island, Jamestown Settlement, and the Yorktown Victory Center. Enjoy a round trip ferry ride across the James River, lunch at the Surrey House, and scenic tour on the Colonial Parkway. Price includes all admission tickets, transport, and lunch. Tours run Tuesdays 8am to 5:45pm. See their website 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.
Merchant Square is located adjacent to Historic Colonial Williamsburg. Over 30 shops offer the highest quality fashions, leather goods, gifts and souvenirs. Several of the area's finest restaurants are located here. Check out the possibilities here.
Yankee Candle Flagship Store
This very special store is one of only two in the US. The Yankee Candle in Williamsburg is filled with more than 400,000 candles in more than 200 different famous scents; you'll discover an entertaining, interactive family adventure at every turn. Come see Santa Claus every day, all year long. See their website here!
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 was established in 2006 and provides a broad range of beer offerings. They operate a direct fired brick-clad Peter Austin brew house and ferment all their beers in state-of-the-art conical fermenters.
Colonial Virginia Wine Trail
The Colonial Virginia Wine Trail features four of Virginia's best wineries. Take the scenic drive along I-64 sampling wines from the Williamsburg Winery, Saude Creek Vineyards, New Kent Winery, and James River Cellars. You're sure to enjoy great wines, great food, and lots of fun along the way.
Saude Creek Vineyards
An award winning winery in the natural, private, and historically rich lands along the Pamunkey River which offers relaxation, Southern hospitality, and, of course, excellent wine. Visit their website.
New Kent Winery
A beautiful, unique winery steeped in the region's history. As you enter our picturesque winery, you'll immediately take note that this is a special, one-of-a-kind place like no other winery in Virginia. No wonder it's in demand as a unique setting for special occasions and reserved events. Check out their website.
James River Cellars Winery
A family owned and operated winery offering award winning wine produced from Virginia grown grapes. Stop by for a hilltop 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. See them online!
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.
Beautiful Berkeley Plantation is the site of the first official Thanksgiving in 1619, as well as birthplace of Benjamin Harrison, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and President William Henry Harrison. Explore the plantation now.
Audio tours of the 18th Century house that Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. adapted for their Williamsburg home in the 1930's. Reservations are available at the Visitor Center. See Bassett Hall here.
Sherwood Forest Plantation
Sherwood Forest Plantation was the home of 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. Check it out!
Tuckahoe Plantation was the childhood home of Thomas Jefferson. The land was settled in 1714 and the mansion was built during the era of great Virginia plantations. Original outbuildings line “Plantation Street” making Tuckahoe one of the most complete 18th century plantation layouts in North America. And they have a website!
If your interest is in touring museums, you can spend a day or two touring the many great museums in the Hampton Roads area. Check out the ones listed below or inquire at the front desk for more information about area attractions.
The Mariner's Museum
Follow in the wake of the heroes of the Age of Exploration. Glimpse priceless artifacts from the wreck of the USS Monitor. Imagine the frozen horror of the night the 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 wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve, and planetarium. Visitors encounter more habitats, wildlife, and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia. Check them out online.
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 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.
Take a stroll through history by visiting the forts/battlefields in our area: Fort Monroe, Fort Norfolk, Petersburg National Battlefield, Richmond National Battlefield, and Yorktown Battlefield.
Richmond Civil War National Battlefield Park
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.
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 while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles, and Tarzan swings. Be sure to visit their website!
Birders will find a multitude of species in this area. Many bird species can be found in abundance at York River State Park, Hog Island Wildlife Refuge, Back Bay Wildlife Management Area and Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area, and throughout Williamsburg.
The Williamsburg area offers many boating opportunities for water enthusiasts. For quiet row boating and canoeing, several local reservoirs offer rental boats. Visit the James River, York River and Chickahominy River for power boating and water skiing. All three rivers flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
The Williamsburg area has many fishing opportunities. Local reservoirs are home to a variety of fish. The Chickahominy River is a hot spot for largemouth bass fishing. Salt water fishing is available at piers from Yorktown to Virginia Beach. Ocean species are available by charter boat out of Virginia Beach.
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 throughout the Hampton Roads area. Check out the locations listed below or inquire at the Front Desk for more information.
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. Famous alumni include Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Tyler and four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Learn more about the college on their website.
Kings Dominion is a 400-acre theme park home to more than 200 rides, shows, and attractions. The park features one of the largest coaster collections on the East Coast, two children's areas, and WaterWorks, a 19-acre water park playground included with park admission. Check out their rides and hours here.
Virginia Motor Speedway
Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt racing facility that features four divisions of weekly racing April through September. The speedway also hosts several special events during the season. See their site here.
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 is the proud home of the largest naval base in the world. A 45-minute bus tour conducted by Navy personnel takes you past aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships, and the busy airfield. There is a charge for the tour. A picture ID is required for all adults.
Yorktown Sailing Charters
For those who love history, yearn for romance, or have dreamed of experiencing a true sailing adventure, your ship has just come in! Board the Alliance for a 2 hour sail (March-October, 3 times daily) or set sail on the Serenity for Pirate Cruises and private charters. See their info online!
Splash aboard Spirit of Norfolk for the perfect mix of dining, entertainment and views. Cruising throughout the year from the Waterside in Downtown Norfolk, Spirit offers lunch, dinner, moonlight, and holiday cruises, plus many themed cruises. Sail on over to their webpage today!