Experience Family Fun in Greater Williamsburg

Family fun is not just a theme, it’s a way of life in Williamsburg. The Greater Williamsburg area boasts a wide variety of activities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy some quality time together.

Thrill seekers will love the excitement of a rollercoaster or zip line adventure. While parents will delight as their children take part in educational fun at one of the local living history museums. Once the kids are tuckered out, enjoy some adult time at one of the nearby breweries, wineries and distilleries. There’s no shortage of experiences to have, no matter your budget, when you visit Williamsburg. 

Historic Sites
Go back to a simpler time, where the modern hustle and bustle of everyday life melts away. Colonial Williamsburg is a must-do for any visitor coming to the area. Men, women and children dressed in colonial attire roam the streets as you explore your way through this 18th-century restored city. These colonists, shopkeepers, blacksmiths and farmers look forward to sharing their lifestyles and stories with you and your family, and they are always looking for a helping hand from the younger guests! 

Relaxing and educational experiences abound in the Greater Williamsburg area. Explore nearby historical attractions such as the Jamestown Settlement where kids can climb into a sailor’s bunk, steer with a whipstaff or simply wander through one of the three recreated ships that brought the first English colonists to Virginia in 1607. Expand your child’s knowledge of Pocahontas and her fellow tribe members as you and your family stroll through the Powhatan Indian Village and interact with historical interpreters demonstrating how they would survive on a daily basis. 

If you enjoy live performances, soothing jazz, plays or featured films, then make your way over to Merchants Square. Here you will find inspiring performances as well as special events and thought-provoking movies. With a theatre hosting special events throughout the year, there is always a chance to witness creativity right before your eyes.

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Amusement Parks and Attractions
Williamsburg is filled to the brim with fun and exciting activities for both adults and kids. Set aside a day for thrills at Busch Gardens, where you will find some of the most exciting coasters in the world as well as an entire area with rides, entertainment and dining designed specifically for kids. Or spend a day at Kings Dominion, northwest of Greater Williamsburg, which also offers fun adventures—including rides, attractions, shows and more—for the whole family. 

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Spend an afternoon at Go Ape Treetop Adventure, the area’s only treetop adventure that no chimp will soon forget! This easy and safe course built for all ages allows you and your child to explore the treetops of Freedom Park using zip lines, obstacles and Tarzan swings. Those who participate will have the chance to live daringly—while treading lightly—and witness one of the most beautiful places in Virginia from a bird’s-eye view.

Perhaps you would like to race your way to fun at Williamsburg’s only go-kart course. Grab the kids and get into gear at Go-Karts Plus, where children can be the ones behind the wheel for the day. Here you will find all types of go-karts waiting to be ridden on a wide variety of fun and unique tracks. Be ready to burn some rubber!  

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If you are looking for a more low-key family-friendly activity, consider Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, a pirate-themed miniature golf course full of captivating scenery including ships, waterfalls, caves and more!

Rainy Day Activities
Raining outside? Don’t fret! If your day is spoiled by bad weather, there are just as many fun, indoor activities in Williamsburg as there are outdoor activities. 

Experience the unbelievable at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! This popular attraction is best known for its Odditorium, featuring a collection of weird oddities from around the world—such as shrunken heads and a two-headed parrot. Don’t stop there, Ripley’s also has amazing add-ons. See movies come to life at the 4D Theater or sneak and crawl through a web of lasers at the Impossible LaseRace.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not ®

For more futuristic fun, head to the Williamsburg Premium Outlets and experience New World VR. The cutting-edge virtual reality technology is perfect for all ages. Play over 100 games, including sports, dance party, fantasy and more.

Challenge yourself, family and friends in a real-life adventure game at one of Williamsburg’s escape rooms. Players are racing against the clock to escape a locked room filled with hidden clues, codes and challenging puzzles. Operation Escape offers three fun, interactive escape rooms: Once Upon a Time, The Other Side and Gold Rush. Room Escape Williamsburg provides four exciting room options, including: Experiment 1215, Return from Wonderland, Time Siege: The Battle of Yorktown and Bank Heist 2. Colonial Escape Room has four different themed rooms, including: Cyber Punk’d, Chesapeake Bay Butcher, Massacre and Blackbeard’s Cabin.

Reach new heights by booking a flight at iFLY Va Beach for an indoor skydiving experience. No experience is necessary for participants to free fall in the cushion of air generated by iFLY’s wind tunnels. iFLY instructors help make flying safe and fun, and this activity is sure to be a thrill family members will remember.

Let your kids flex their creative muscles at Paint on Pottery. Even if you are first-timers or don’t think you’re very “artsy,” painting your own pottery is a great way to have fun and explore creative possibilities. Plus, your kids will love leaving with their very own pottery creation to keep as a sweet memory of their time in Williamsburg.

Providing a relaxing experience, this is the perfect cap to a fun-filled vacation. Recline in a comfortable chair, please your ears with peaceful music and breathe in air saturated with beneficial minerals. A therapeutic session at the Williamsburg Salt Spa will leave you feeling naturally rejuvenated and healthy without the use of medication. Or, indulge in a facial or mani-pedi at one of the many area spas. You won’t want to miss out on the therapeutic, beautifying and healing experiences these locations offer.

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing like kicking back with a great brew or a glass of wine. There are several wineries and breweries, both in and nearby Williamsburg, offering Virginia-made libations with a distinct and delicious taste. Sample tastings of various wines and brews and make some tasty memories. Pair your favorite drink with a delicious meal at one of the bars or restaurants open late in the area. Having a laid-back night out never hurt anybody! Whether you prefer your vacation tempo slow, medium or fast, enjoy your time here at your pace.  

The Williamsburg Winery
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Family Fun Activities and Attractions in Williamsburg

As one of the most popular cities to visit in the state of Virginia, Williamsburg is the perfect getaway for a small vacation with big attractions. No matter what time of year it is, families from all over continually find that Williamsburg is a unique vacation destination with a variety of activities to choose from, whether you are looking for fun, adventurous, educational—or all three! Show your children what Williamsburg is all about by partaking in the area’s exciting activities and attractions for both the young and young at heart.

Historical and Educational Fun

It wouldn’t be a proper Williamsburg vacation if you didn’t hit the streets of Colonial Williamsburg where you will instantly feel as if you have taken a step back in time. Men, women and children dressed in colonial attire roam the streets as you explore your way through this 18th-century restored city.

Colonial Williamsburg’s colonists, shopkeepers, blacksmiths and farmers look forward to sharing their lifestyles and stories with you and your family and are always looking for a helping hand from the young guests! Visit the authentic James Anderson Blacksmith Shop where guests of all ages will witness the workings of a genuine blacksmith shop firsthand—from the heat and noise to the dirt and dust.

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Explore areas nearby Colonial Williamsburg such as the Jamestown Settlement where kids can climb into a sailor’s bunk, steer with a whipstaff, or simply wander through one of the three re-created ships that brought the first English colonists to Virginia in 1607. Expand your child’s knowledge of Pocahontas and her fellow tribe members as you and your family stroll through the Powhatan Indian Village and interact with historical interpreters demonstrating how they would survive on a daily basis. With five different Kids’ Museum Guides to choose from, your child is sure to have a fun and educational experience at the Jamestown Settlement.

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Be sure to explore these unique and once-in-a-lifetime destinations where history unfolds right before your eyes!

Thrilling Adventure

If you are looking for more outdoor entertainment your child will love, there are plenty of other activities in and around Williamsburg. Set aside a day for thrills at the local amusement park where you will find the tallest and fastest dive coaster in the world as well as an entire area with rides, entertainment and dining designed specifically for kids.

Spend an afternoon at the area’s only treetop adventure that no chimp will soon forget! Go Ape’s easy and safe course built for all ages allows you and your child to explore the treetops of Freedom Park using zip lines, obstacles and Tarzan swings. Those who participate will have the chance to live daringly—while treading lightly—and witness one of the most beautiful places in Virginia from a bird’s-eye view.

Perhaps you would like to race your way to fun at Williamsburg’s only go-kart course. Grab the kids and get into gear at Go-Karts Plus where the kids can be the ones behind the wheel for the day. Here you will find all types of go-karts waiting to be ridden on a wide variety of fun and unique tracks. Be ready to burn some rubber!

With all there is to see and do, Williamsburg certainly has what it takes to ensure you and your family have a fun and kid-friendly experience.

Rainy Day Activities for Children

Raining outside? Don’t fret! If your day is spoiled by bad weather, there are just as many indoor activities in Williamsburg as there are outdoor activities.

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Burn Some Energy

Want your child to have a blast while getting some exercise? Williamsburg is home to activities that offer endless opportunities for play, while challenging your child both mentally and physically in a fun and creative way. The Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex (WISC) offers a number of different programs that include a preschool before and after school, indoor soccer, gymnastics, dance, CrossFit and a gym. Let your child run wild and free at The Zone, a kid-friendly area with Redemption Games, an Indoor Playground, Clip ‘N Climb, Laser Tag and a Laser Maze. The WISC is a great way to spend the day if it’s raining outside or merely for a day of adventure!

How about letting your child step inside a real-life video game? Laser tag has always been a popular activity for kids, but Williamsburg offers laser tag on steroids! With lightweight and simple to use laser tag guns, your kids will love working as a team to complete their mission of receiving the highest score. These lasers shoot at extreme ranges, giving your child an ultimate laser tag experience you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Family-Friendly Competition

You can never go wrong with a game of bowling! The pins are positioned and waiting and you’re up next, so put on your bowling shoes and pick out your favorite color ball as you and the kids rediscover fun at the bowling alley.

Wind Down at a Local Museum

You will always find something amazing at one of the marvelous museums. Providing hours of exploring and learning, Williamsburg’s museums are home to unique features such as 350 bizarre jaw-dropping displays, up-close and personal encounters with live animals and hands-on exhibits where history and art come to life. Be sure you and the kids take advantage of a day indoors by experiencing all the amazing opportunities that prove learning can be fun!