The sites listed below are the places that are most commonly requested to visit in Williamsburg. There is so much to see and do, we couldn't possibly list them all so if your group has other sites in mind, just let us know. We'd love to customize a trip for you! Feel free to reach out by giving us a call or by filling out the online contact form.
Take a trip back in time to life during the time period of the American Revolution. After all, our country’s values and beliefs were founded in Colonial Williamsburg. Over 300 acres of land and buildings have been restored to the way they were 200 years ago, and even the people here dress as they did in 18th century Williamsburg. Their conversations about the time period, as if it were happening today, will give your group the true feeling that they are in the 18th century.
Candlelight Walking Tour
Enjoy a candlelight walk through the historic 18th century town that shows the true life of the original citizens of Williamsburg. Observe many 200-year old artifacts, and the talent of the ancient tradesmen. To add a little suspense to the tour, your group will here many of the ghost stories that were talked about by the townspeople. Between the setting of the old town, and the wonderful narration, your group is sure to think twice about what year it is.
The Governor’s Palace and the Capitol
This beautiful palace built for the Governor of Williamsburg to reside in was finished in 1772. Along with its breathtaking beauty, it was also the biggest mansion in America at the time it was built. Between the size of the palace and the beautiful gardens, 25 slaves and servants were needed for its normal upkeep. The palace was renovated many times over the years and even has furnishings that replicate its original 18th century furniture.
The Tall Ships
Venture into the smooth waters of Hampton Roads’ historical harbor and rich maritime heritage. Sail majestically by giant merchant and navy ships, tugs, fishermen, yachts, and all the wonders of Williamsburg’s bustling waters. Lend a hand at the sails, take a try at the helm, roam the spacious decks, or relax, as the Captain points out the highlights all around your group. There’s even Live Entertainment available during certain cruises!
American Revolution Museum
Here your group can view galleries that are so real they will feel as if they were a soldier in the American Revolution. Watch a film that places them in a Continental Army encampment. Then they can go outdoors to see a recreated encampment of the Continental Army where your group will see and hear what the soldiers did during the Revolutionary War. They can also learn about life in the late 18th century by visiting the recreation of a farm from that time period.
What is Nauticus? It is the national maritime center, and it is located in the Norfolk downtown waterfront. Nauticus is a science and technology center that stretches for 12,000 square feet. Along with that, it is the home of the battleship Wisconsin. A visit to this center is a wonderful way for your students to learn about the splendid world of science. Nauticus offers many exhibits as well as a tour of the battleship Wisconsin.
Jump back in time to the year 1607. You can relive the time when 104 Englishmen floated ashore to start building the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown. The Jamestown Settlement has recreated colonial forts, Indian villages, and the three ships that brought the settlers to Virginia. Your group can view films, chronicles, and indoor galleries that tell gripping stories about early Jamestown, and the Indians of Virginia.
Virginia Air & Space Center
Visit Hampton , VA , the birthplace of America ’s space program. Here you can tour the Virginia Air & Space Center, and also the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center. You can do everything from launch a rocket, to pilot a space shuttle. Along with that, you can see many historic planes, the Apollo 12 Command Capsule, a meteorite from Mars, and even a rock from the moon. You can also watch a film at the IMAX Theater.
Spirit of Norfolk
When you take a Spirit lunch or dinner cruise, you get an entirely different type of entertainment. This beautiful cruise liner has outdoor strolling decks, climate controlled interior decks, dance floors, outdoor patio seating, and much more. Let your students relax to great food, music, and magnificent views of the Delaware River.