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Colonial Williamsburg Tickets in Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
101 Visitors Center Dr.Williamsburg, VA 23185  
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With a variety of one-of-a-kind attractions themed around 18th-century living, Colonial Williamsburg features unique wartime experiences, historic taverns, theatrical experiences and one-on-one interactions with colonial-dressed townspeople. This “Revolutionary City” also features contemporary attractions like art museums, a superior golf club, an award-winning spa, deluxe hotels, and more.

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  • Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Evening programs generally begin at 7pm
  • Free Parking at the Regional Visitor Center
  • Duke of Gloucester Street is about 1 mile, wear comfortable shoes
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Experience life as it was in our nation's yesterdays. Explore the homes and buildings where men like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry inspired the fight for independence.

Scores of original buildings, hundreds of homes, shops, and public buildings are reconstructed over 301 acres - most on their original foundations. Rare animal breeds, trades, and gardens add layers of authenticity to the recreated town.

Find yourself fully in the nation's yesterdays as you dance with an 18th-century instructor, walk with curators and gardeners, take part in a witch trial, or march with the Fifes and Drums. Find these programs and many more offered daily in Colonial Williamsburg's Revolutionary City.

The distinctive collections of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are now under one roof. Linger over singular examples of American and British antiques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, then explore bold and imaginative pieces of colonial and contemporary folk art.

The Revolutionary City of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres, and includes 88 original 18th-century structures. Hundreds of houses, shops and public outbuildings are reconstructed on their original foundations. Some buildings are open to the public, while others are private residences and administrative offices. A flag at a building's entrance indicates that the site is open.

When the sun sets, Colonial Williamsburg's live entertainment continues. Whether you are interested in taking a walking ghost tour or watching an 18th Century play, you are sure to find a program that will entertain and inspire you.
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Reserve Williamsburg Customer Reviews

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Reserve Williamsburg Customer Canal Winchester, OH
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"A Day at Colonial Williamsburg"
Reviewed April, 2015
We spent a day at Williamsburg with our 9 year old grandson who is a history aficionado. The day flew by providing a lot of hands on experiences. Our grandson particularly enjoyed the courtroom scenario, as well as the Revolution in the Streets. The homemade cookies and hot chocolate at the apothecary shortly after our arrival really hit the spot and warmed the heart, as well as the body. All of the "residents" and artisans of the Village were friendly, informative and very helpful. We were especially impressed by the activity for the kids, where they could read clues and then find objects specific to locations we visited. The highlight of the day for our grandson was his participation in the review of the troops. He enjoyed marching to the fife and drums while carrying his souvenir musket. All in all, it was one of the best days we have had with him in a long time. Thanks for the memories.
Tip: Plan to eat early or late, as the eateries in the park are difficult to get into around lunch time. We had to pick up food at the bakery and eat outside in the courtyard. The food was good, though very expensive, and there was plenty of seating in the yard, but it was a cool and windy day, so not as enjoyable as a warm sunny day would have been.

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Vivian Sawyer York, PA
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"Colonial Williambsurg at Christmas"
Reviewed January, 2015
Been to Williamsburg numerous times but never on Christmas Day before. Very festive atmosphere and all of the natural decorations were very beautiful!
Tip: If you are expecting to eat at one of the taverns for Christmas Dinner, you MUST make your reservations well in advance (i would recommend at LEAST a week ahead).

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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themccullochclan

Indio, California

"Feels a Bit Like Disneyland"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2016 NEW

First the cost does. Took my breath away like Disneyland does but in the end the value is there. We enjoyed the working exhibits, the very informed guides in traditional dress and the atmosphere of the place. The guides were very knowledgable and played their roles as though it was back in the 1800's. They mingle with the visitors and acted out their roles. The election reenactment was timely and fun. Enjoyed an adult refreshment and food in a tavern from the time. An enjoyable couple of hours. We could have spent more time but unfortunately we started late.

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schemjg

Winchester, Virginia

"May Trip 2016"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2016 NEW

I first went to Colonial Williamsburg when I was six years old and it has remained one of my favorite vacation places. My husband and I try to go here at least twice a year. Even though tickets are required for many of the buildings, one can still take in the history by just walking the street and talking to the many "employees" who are very willing to share their stories. Every time we come we learn something new. Especially enjoy hearing the "special" lectures at the Tucker House - this time we were entertained by George Washington. Also saw John King who was the candle maker and he was most entertaining. It was a delight to see kids having fun but learning "history" at the same time. There is something here for every age!

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bob p

Pottsville, Pennsylvania

"The entire stay was so inetersting, the colonial interperters do such a wonderful job."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2016 NEW

We attended a number of events through-out the city. Cry-Witch, religious freedom debates, and election debates. we also saw a torch light parade at 8:30 in the evening with 11 different Fife and Drum corps. very impressive.

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mdzaug

Forest Hills, New York

"A lot to take in"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2016 NEW

Colonial Williamsburg is a great trip for a family. Lots of activities and ways to learn about the history of our country. It can get a bit overwhelming for our kids who got sick of history but overall, a very great visit. Fascinating to learn about how much the Virginia Declaration of Rights influenced the Declaration of Independence.

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eric622

Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Colonial Williamsburg"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2016 NEW

we visited for two days in May 2016. There is so much to see and do, it's hard to list it all. The Governor's Mansion is a must; we took a carriage ride and had lunch and walked and shopped. The visitor center is excellent too

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Frequently Asked Questions about Colonial Williamsburg

What is Colonial Williamsburg?
The largest living history museum in the United States, Colonial Williamsburg is a private not-for-profit foundation that operates the restored 18th-century capital of colonial Virginia and the adjacent all-encompassing resort.

When can I visit?
Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year.

What should I make plans to see at Colonial Williamsburg?
When you arrive, start your visit at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center to pick up a free copy of “Colonial Williamsburg This Week.” This weekly program guide will show you which buildings are open and which programs offered during your visit along with a map and helpful tips.

Which buildings of Colonial Williamsburg can I enter?
Buildings with flags at their entrances are open to ticket holders. Not all colonial buildings are open to the public; some are privately occupied by employees of Colonial Williamsburg and their families, and some hold administrative offices.

How long does it take to tour the Revolutionary City?
Colonial Williamsburg offers its guests a variety of opportunites to relive the Revolutionary War period. Depending on your interests or focus, visits vary in length and activities. Guests can get a small sample of the Revolutionary City in about half a day, but plan to stay at least two or three days to enjoy the full experience. Colonial Williamsburg is filled with exciting historic sites, informative programs that are constantly changing and expanding, and family-friendly fun.

What happens during bad weather?
Some outdoor programs are presented only when weather permits. Building tours continue during inclement weather, and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open daily.

What can we do in the evening?
Evening programs include tours, plays, dances, concerts, and reenactments. Evening meals in colonial taverns are complete with strolling musicians and 18th-century fare. From romantic to kid-friendly, there’s something to do every night of your stay.

Are costumed people in character?
All costumed interpreters will be acting as residents of the Revolutionary City and will portray the period leading up to or during the Revolutionary War. Many guests enjoy dressing in 18th-century costume, and you may encounter them during your stay.

Where can I park? Is there a bus system?
Automobiles are not permitted in the Revolutionary City, but shuttle-bus service is provided. Shuttles travel between the Visitor Center and the Revolutionary City and circle the town from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Designated stops are indicated on the map in your “This Week” available at the Visitor Center. Shuttles with wheelchair lifts are available. Shuttle service is free to all ticket and pass holders.

Are there places to eat at Colonial Williamsburg? 
From historic taverns to modern sandwich shops and bistros, the Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg Resort, and Merchants Square have plenty of choices to please all tastes. Restrooms are available, and cool drinks can be purchased throughout town.

Are there places to shop?
The Colonial Williamsburg Resort and the Revolutionary City are complemented by convenient and unique shopping options. From luxe home accessories to authentic reproduction 18th-century flatware and furniture—you’ll find the perfect gift, souvenir, or accent for your home.

Is Colonial Williamsburg handicap accessible?
A limited number of folding wheelchairs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis from the Visitor Center. Ramps and wheelchair lifts are available at selected sites, but many buildings require a few steps.

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