Colonial Williamsburg, VA: Living History

Colonial Williamsburg is the perfect place to encounter Early American living history! Step back in time as you immerse yourself in colonial life. Why just read about history when you can experience it for yourself?!

Williamsburg served as home base for our late September 2019 trip to Virginia that included Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown, along with a day trip to Washington, DC. You can find an overview of the trip in my post, A Homeschool Mom’s Dream Trip! Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown, VA + Washington, D.C. This post will focus specifically on Williamsburg, VA.

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Keep in mind that we went on this trip before we started blogging, so we weren’t focusing on making sure we had just the right photos or keeping track of all the details that our followers might want to know about. However, it was one of the most memorable trips we’ve taken, so I hope our family snapshots and the story of our adventure will inspire you to visit Colonial Williamsburg, VA, too.

We spent two days in Colonial Williamsburg and the downtown area, but we really wished we had at least one more day there. There were several things we didn’t get to see, either because it wasn’t available that day, we had been enjoying another activity while it was going on, or we just weren’t there at the right time of day. If you have a multi-day pass, like the Historic Triangle Pass, then you can go back as many times as you want during a 7-day period. We did have the pass, but we were splitting our time between Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, and Washington, DC, and we needed to add some downtime in there as well. You might think that quiet time wouldn’t be as necessary once your kids are teenagers, but people still get cranky when they’re tired (this applies to husbands too!). For our family, a day of rest goes a long way in making our time on the go more fun for everyone!

Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center

Colonial Williamsburg, VA

We started our first day in Williamsburg at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center where we parked for free. From there, you can either take a shuttle into Colonial Williamsburg, or you can go on a scenic walk to get there. We chose to walk the path for our first time, so we could see as much of the beautiful area as possible. Along the way, we toured the Great Hopes Plantation and stopped for some photo ops beside a gorgeous bridge.