A multitude of attractions await the entire family in Williamsburg, Virginia, which is home to Colonial Williamsburg, the restored 18th-century capital of colonial Virginia and the largest living history museum in the United States. Colonial Williamsburg lies within Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown Settlement, site of the first permanent English-speaking colony in North America, and Historic Yorktown, site of the last major battle of the American Revolution. A 23-mile roadway called the Colonial Parkway connects Jamestown to Williamsburg to Yorktown, while providing spectacular views of the James and York rivers.
The Williamsburg area also boasts fun-filled theme parks such as Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, championship golf, fine dining and more than 150 factory and designer outlet stores, as well as abundant accommodation choices that range from luxurious resorts and full-service hotels to budget motels and charming bed & breakfast inns.
Don’t miss the opportunity to tour the beautiful campus of The College of William and Mary (founded in 1693), which is considered one of the best small public universities in the United States. It is also the second oldest college in the country after Harvard. Four U.S. presidents attended William & Mary: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler. The College of William and Mary also boasts the Wren Building, the nation's oldest academic building in continuous use. In addition, Phi Beta Kappa and the first collegiate law school were both established here in 1776 and 1779, respectively. William & Mary is also home to the Muscarelle Museum of Art, which features approximately 3,600 paintings, sculptures and works on paper.
The city of Williamsburg was established in 1699 when the Virginia capital was moved here from Jamestown.