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Summer Activities at Colonial Williamsburg

Here are some of the summer activities you can take part in when you visit Colonial Williamsburg.

Spend Your Summer at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is an authentic living history museum that offers plenty to do for all ages and interests. The massive Historic Area is free to explore, but you can experience even more when you purchase a ticket to Colonial Williamsburg.

Summer time is the perfect time of year to enjoy all of the activities and attractions at Colonial Williamsburg. In addition to some of your favorites, the summer also brings special seasonal events.

Summer Activities at Colonial Williamsburg

Here are some of the summer activities you can take part in when you visit Colonial Williamsburg.

Children’s Summer Activities

Colonial Williamsburg has several activities designed specifically for children. Let them take a tour of the Governor’s Palace and Capitol. These educational and interactive tours will give kids insight into life and politics during the 18th century.

Colonial Williamsburg also offers the Dig! Kids, Dirt & Discovery program where they can work like archaeologists uncovering historic artifacts. Patriots at Play is a program that allows children to live just like an 18th century child.

Looking for a full day of kid-friendly activities in Colonial Williamsburg? Sign your child up for the D.O.G. Street Explorers Camp. This summer camp is perfect for young history enthusiasts and adventures ages 11–13. Kids will love the interactive historic science, technology, engineering, art and math programs.

Resolved: An American Experiment

A special summertime interactive program, Resolved: An American Experiment lets ticket holders act out events during the 5th Virginia Convention in 1776. Alongside Colonial Williamsburg historical interpreters, you’ll get to become a member of Parliament, a Burgess or maybe even Patrick Henry himself.

Outdoor and Seasonal Attractions

There are a few historic sites and trades that are open seasonally. For example, the McKenzie Apothecary, a small concession shop that sells drinks and light refreshments, is only open seasonally.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Indian Delegation explores the culture and traditions of the Native people during the 18th century. Watch as the historical interpreters participate in the outdoor trades of that time.

During the summer, brickmakers mold and dry thousands of bricks that are used around the Historic Area. Head to the Brickyard to watch this process and even give them a hand yourself.

Celebrate Independence Day

Where better than to celebrate the birth of this nation than Colonial Williamsburg? On July 4, Colonial Williamsburg will have a number of events and activities to celebrate Independence Day. Both free and ticketed, these include hands-on activities, performances, fireworks and much more.

Click here to read about Fourth of July events at Colonial Williamsburg.