Things to See & Do

You won’t believe how many amazing attractions are in greater williamsburg

There’s a reason this area is known as the Historic Triangle. Lessons from grade school or tidbits from television documentaries will come back to you as you explore your way around Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. With four centuries of history dating back to the 17th century, this region contains an incredible amount of significant events.

Start your journey where it all began, in Historic Jamestowne where you can discover a whole world of uncovered history. Saturated with attractions to see and activities to do, Colonial Williamsburg is like walking back in time. The battlefield in Yorktown where allied American and French troops won the American Revolution in 1781 awaits your visit! At the new American Revolution Museum, you can discover the story of the Revolutionary Period through hands-on experiences, re-created encampments, exhibits and more.

Although the Historic Triangle is full of fun educational opportunities, there are numerous activities to do around Williamsburg that go beyond uncovering history. For all those thrill seekers, several amusement parks are just a short distance away. There’s also tons of outdoor excitement—from ziplining to biking and hiking.

Some of the most leisurely vacations are without an itinerary but simply go with the flow allowing for more opportunities to discover new things. Perhaps you’re interested in spending a day shopping and snagging all the best deals or discovering the fabulous local arts and culture scene. You will find a wide variety of specialty shops, unique boutiques and large shopping malls throughout the area offering anything and everything you are seeking.

If you’ve got food on your mind, partake in a delicious dish at one of the many unique restaurants in the area. Seafood dishes are as bountiful as the sea and a variety of international cuisine to satisfy your cravings. For the confection junkie, Williamsburg is home to the finest cupcakeries, candy shops, ice cream joints and bakeries where you will find freshly drizzled, dipped and frosted sweets.

No matter how you spend your time in the Historic Triangle and beyond, chances are you will never want to leave!

American Revolution Museum

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells anew the story of the nation’s founding

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, formerly the Yorktown Victory Center, tells anew the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond.

Personal stories of citizens and soldiers caught up in the American Revolution unfold in the introductory film, “Liberty Fever,” setting the stage for experiences in expansive exhibition galleries. A truly national perspective comes to life in exhibit settings featuring nearly 500 period artifacts, interactive displays and games, and immersive environments. “The Siege of Yorktown” film transports visitors into the action of America’s 1781 victory shown on a 180-degree screen with dramatic special effects. Visitors can witness artillery demonstrations and drill with wooden muskets at a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm based on a real-life 18th-century family.

Film and Exhibits Dazzle and Inform
In the museum theater, “Liberty Fever” introduces visitors to the world of Revolutionary America. The award-winning film is narrated by an early 19th-century storyteller who has traveled the country gathering stories about the American Revolution and shares his accounts using a moving panorama presentation of the time period.

The permanent exhibition galleries engage visitors in the tumult, drama and promise of the Revolution through period artifacts and immersive environments, dioramas, interactive exhibits and short films. Among the 500 artifacts on exhibit are a Declaration of Independence broadside dating to July 1776; a June 1776 Philadelphia printing of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, one of the inspirations for the U.S. Declaration of Independence; a coronation portrait of King George III from the studio of Allan Ramsay; one of the two earliest known portraits done from life of an African who had been enslaved in the 13 original colonies; and an extremely rare early southern American long rifle.

Visitors Interact With Historical Interpreters in Outdoor Settings
The living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm continue as an integral part of the museum experience, and newly expanded and reconstructed interpretive areas will debut this spring to support the new gallery storylines and expand capacity for visitor-participatory demonstrations. The encampment, which represents a portion of an American regiment and includes tents for soldiers and officers as well as surgeon’s and quartermaster’s quarters, allows visitors to join costumed historical interpreters on a drill field and in an artillery demonstration area with tiered seating that from the outside looks like a redoubt.

Situated just beyond the encampment, the farm features a larger house, kitchen and tobacco barn and a new building representing quarters for enslaved people, along with crop fields, corncrib and kitchen garden. A specific 18th-century York County family serves as a frame of reference for historical interpretation.

The museum’s special exhibition, “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War for Independence,” opening June 10, 2018, through January 5, 2019, examines American, French and British artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution through interactive elements and artifact displays. A series of artillery presentations, special programs and musical performances accompany the special exhibition. Special events and programs include “Liberty Celebration” in July, “Yorktown Victory Celebration” in October, “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia” in November and “Christmastide in Virginia” in December.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located at 200 Water Street and is open 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. daily, and until 6 p.m. from June 15 through August 15. You should allow three to four hours for your visit. 2018 admission is $15 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are admitted free.

A value-priced combination ticket is available with Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. Call 888-593-4682 toll free or 757-253-4838 for more information, or visit