Family fun is in large supply in Williamsburg, Virginia! Located approximately 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., Williamsburg boasts two major theme parks (Busch Gardens and Water Country USA) and a world of historical attractions. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that it has become a family hot-spot!
With over twenty rides, loads of shows and attractions, a variety of dining options and impeccably kept grounds, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a veritable paradise for travelling families! Divided into multiple European-themed sections, Busch Gardens features a variety of attractions from cultural experiences and animal encounters, to seasonal shows and rides for children of all ages! Their newest addition, "Sesame Street: Forest of Fun" features family-friendly rides, playgrounds and even a 4-D Sesame Street movie! Also, each year from late November through New Year's Eve, Busch Gardens transforms the park for its annual Christmas Town Celebration; featuring special holiday shows, attractions, and rides! Opening hours and offerings vary seasonally, so be sure to check the website for details!
If you're looking for a water park adventure during the warmer weather months, Water Country USA is nothing short of a watery fantasy land! From May to early September, slide, splash and swim at this great water park featuring acres of rides for children and families. Shoot down any number of adrenaline-rush-inducing slides, relax at the Aquabatics high-dive and gymnastics show, splash and play in your choice of three water play stations designed for younger children, or just float around in the lazy river. There's something for everyone! Again, opening hours vary seasonally, so check the website for more details.
For a glimpse of colonial America, don't miss downtown Colonial Williamsburg. Offering a variety of family-oriented programs year-round, the historical district features a tour with many stops designed especially to appeal to families with young children; from the Wig Maker's Shop to the Blacksmith, you'll be treated to numerous demonstrations and programs by actors bedecked in colonial garb! History truly springs to life in Williamsburg, in ways that get little minds working! Check out their Family Fun Itinerary for some great ideas and must-see attractions!
Williamsburg is within easy driving distance from most mid-Atlantic states, and can be reached via air or rail for families travelling from more remote locations. The area also features a variety of lodging options, from Bed and Breakfasts to hotels and motels - there's something for every budget and comfort need! Discover Williamsburg - a charming, timeless, fun-filled family vacation spot!
- Destination Mom