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Williamsburg Attractions

Williamsburg Attractions

Williamsburg is known for its abundance of historical attractions like Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown, and Historic Yorktown. But there are also other exciting attractions for all ages like Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. It’s what makes Williamsburg such a great place for a family vacation. So start browsing our selection of Williamsburg attractions and plan your perfect Virginia trip.

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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1 Busch Gardens Blvd • Williamsburg, VA 23187

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg VA

Busch Gardens is an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 350 acres of fun-filled exploration.
2016 EVENTS
Howl-O-Scream® (Sept. 23– Oct. 30, select days)
Christmas Town™ (Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, select days)

Take your family to a place where fun comes naturally, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Everyone will enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows and thrilling rides. The world’s most beautiful theme park has something for everyone as you venture across Europe. Soar like an eagle and howl on great coasters like Apollo’s Chariot® and Griffon®. Discover shared family fun playing with your littlest ones at Sesame Street’s Forest of Fun™. And, nowhere is the spirit of discovery more alive than on Verbolten®, the breathtaking, multisensory thrill ride through the Black Forest. It’s this naturally fun combination that helps remind us, we may live in houses, but we’re born for Busch Gardens.

Discover the wonders of Europe at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Enjoy world-class thrill rides, fun family entertainment, and naturally beautiful environments. Guest can now board the lightning-fast, multi-sensory dash through the Black Forest on the park’s newest launch coaster, Verbolten, and feel adrenaline-pulsing thrills on Mäch Tower as you drop nearly 240 feet. Here you will find family fun you can all enjoy together, including incredible show performances, up-close animal exhibits and exclusive park experiences.

There are also stage shows, culinary delights and world-class shopping experiences provide fun for the whole family.

Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town ™ in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with eight million lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the season come alive at Busch Gardens. Visit the big man in red at his North Pole workshop and capture an unforgettable memory. Keep warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. Unwrap the gift of Christmas Town this winter and celebrate the spirit of the season on select dates between Nov. 25 - Jan 2, 2017.

Parking fees:
•$18 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers
•$24 - Preferred parking ($12 for 2 Year & 1 Year Pass Members; FREE for Platinum members)

Preferred parking is subject to availability. Tour buses may park for free.

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Colonial Williamsburg

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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation • 101 Visitors Center Dr. • Williamsburg, VA 23185

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Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg VA

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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America's Historic Triangle Combo Pass

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation • 101 A Visitors Center Dr. • Williamsburg, VA 23185

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America's Historic Triangle Combo Pass in Williamsburg VA

Explore America's past while visiting Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement.

America's Historic Triangle Combo Pass provides seven consecutive days of unlimited admission to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center.

You'll be able to visit Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s largest living history museum where there are over 300 acres featuring restored and reconstructed buildings, costumed interpreters and interactive shows, as well as unique shops and museums.

The Jamestown Settlement pays homage to America’s first permanent English colony. There are recreations of the colonists’ fort, three ships and a Powhatan Indian Village that depicts life in the early 1600s.

Yorktown is the site of the final battle of the American Revolutionary War, and is home to the Yorktown Victory Center. Artifact-filled galleries and outdoor recreations showcase the life of Americans during the Revolutionary era.

Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America. Share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation; tour the reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church and original 17th-century church tower; take a walking tour with a park ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River; "meet" a 17th-century personality; and watch costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse.

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Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration

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1 Busch Gardens Blvd • Williamsburg, VA 23187

Theme Parks

Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration in Williamsburg VA

Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ celebrates the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town ™ in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with eight million lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the season come alive at Busch Gardens. Visit the big man in red at his North Pole workshop and capture an unforgettable memory. Keep warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. Unwrap the gift of Christmas Town this winter and celebrate the spirit of the season on select dates between Nov. 25 - Jan 2, 2017.

Highland Stables
The rustic Scottish countryside is the perfect setting for our stable of beautiful animals. The star-filled winter sky and smell of fresh hay will have you humming your favorite Christmas carol. Bring your family and see the Scottish blackface sheep, Border collies and Clydesdales. This hands-on Christmas Town experience will take you back to a simpler time.

Santa's Workshop
Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for your visit. Excitement will build as you peek through snow-crested windows into Santa’s study, nestled between two nearby reindeer stables. Our elf attendants greet the eager children who are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a classic Christmas photo that will forever capture the moment’s joy and wonder.

Polar Pathway
The smell of Christmas trees coupled with the dazzling light display of Polar Pathway will make you feel as if Christmas is here. The breathtaking waterfalls of Italy’s Escape from Pompeii® are now a cascading icy wonderland that shimmers under the moonlight. Relive and preserve this Christmas Town memory by bringing your camera for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph.

Shows
Bring holiday traditions to life with heartwarming shows and captivating performances. Come experience the Christmas past, present, and future with Scrooge No More! Also, this holiday season the stage of the Royal Palace Theatre will transform for a full-scale ice show with 'Twas That Night, combining the grace of professional figure skating with cherished Christmas music, original holiday songs and magnificent visuals. ‘Twas That Night wishes a happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™.

Rides:
A selection of rides will be open during Busch Gardens Christmas Town. A sample includes:
Grover’s Alpine Express: Join Grover on this family-friendly roller coaster, perfect for the little riders ready for their first roller coaster.
Sesame Street® Forest of Fun: This KIDsiderate play area features family-friendly rides and fun for Santa’s little helpers.
Tempesto®: Defy gravity as you roll through a complete inversion 154 feet in the air.
Verbolten®: Get ready to climb aboard Verbolten, a multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum & 4D Theater

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1735 Richmond Road • Williamsburg, VA 23185

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum & 4D Theater in Williamsburg VA

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and 4D Theater in Williamsburg offers an exciting and family oriented experience. With exhibits ranging from Bumble Bee Transformer and Iron Man to a two headed cow and genuine shrunken head, the Ripley's Museum offers a unique and bizarre experience for people of all ages. Our Museum is the only fully indoor, year round entertainment venue in Williamsburg. Inside our museum you’ll also find our Impossible Laser Race and Atomic Rush games where guests battle the clock for best times and scores to beat their friends!

In addition to the Museum and games, Ripley’s offers a 4D Theater. Guests watch our shows with 3D glasses on a 50’ HD screen, all while getting blasted with wind, water and a host of other sensory experiences.

And after your 4D experience you can check out our Candy and Souvenir
Shop!

In addition to our Museum and 4D Theater we also have our Catfish Cove
Mini Golf located next door, with 18 holes of fun! It is great family fun for all ages (This is available for an additional fee).

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Kings Dominion

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16000 Theme Park Way • Doswell, VA 23047

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Kings Dominion in Doswell VA

Now closed for the 2016 season. The park will re-open in spring 2017 and tickets will be available soon.

Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for fun! Kings Dominion is open for fall with the Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt!

New for 2016 - DELIRIUM! On this exciting new attraction, 40 riders will be strapped into their seats, facing outward on a giant ring. As their feet dangle, they begin slowly swinging back and forth while the ring starts to rotate. The ride quickly gains momentum and before they know it, riders are getting swirling views of the park.

We’ve got 400 acres packed with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Thrill-seekers will get their fix with one of the East Coast’s largest collection of breath-taking roller coasters – 13 in all -- including Intimidator 305™, which stretches 305 feet tall and screams at more than 90 miles per hour. There's also Dominator, Grizzly, Anaconda, Volcano, Drop Tower, Rebel Yell. If slower speeds are for you, the family rides like the Grand Carousel or Blue Ridge Tollway will be perfect.

Families will delight in the zany rides and activities at Planet Snoopy, based on one of the most beloved comic strip characters ever, featuring the entire PEANUTS™ gang and 18 rides designed for families to experience together spanning nearly 14-acres. Admission also includes The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt.

The Great Pumpkin Fest - September 24 - October 30th
Kings Dominion is not all scary in the fall. It's all fun and no fear. Our daytime Halloween-themed events on select Saturdays and Sundays are geared towards children and families. Your favorite rides are also open during the day in Planet Snoopy. The Great Pumpkin Fest begins September 24, 2016 and goes through October 30. Join us in Planet Snoopy from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Kids Costumes are encouraged!

Halloween Haunt - September 30 - October 30th
Halloween Haunt attractions operate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from September 30th through October 30. Monsters descend upon the park each night of Haunt at 7 p.m (between 6 & 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays). Haunt is included with park admission. Halloween Haunt is not recommended for children under age 13.

Parking is $15 per vehicle for regular parking and $20 for preferred.

Special ticketed events are not included. Sorry, no rain checks or refunds once you have entered the park and a 3 day cancellation policy on tickets.

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