Explore the palace home of Virginia's last royal governor on this interactive visit. This tour focuses on the governor's family and their time at the Palace, and is best suited for families with young children (grades pre-K through 6). Space is limited. A free-reservation ticket is required.
Explore the Capitol during this 25-minute interactive tour aimed at young patriots. Your family will learn about and see the various seats of power in this important government building.
Don’t just learn about American history, live it during this playful and thought-provoking museum theatre experience. Join Colonial Williamsburg’s diverse troupe of actors as they interpret events leading up to and during the 5th Virginia Convention in 1776. As the story unfolds, guests will have the opportunity to become a part of the experience as a member of Parliament, a Burgess, or perhaps Patrick Henry, one of Virginia’s most prominent patriots. The ensemble will recreate the moment when Virginia said YES to independence and explore the dynamics of race, class and gender in early American history by giving voice to the disenfranchised. Join us for this unique, funny and poignant play! Limited Capacity!
Do you have a future archaeologist in the family? Work alongside some of Colonial Williamsburg's experts as we excavate the cellar of Archibald Blair's 18th century store on Duke of Gloucester Street. This 55-minute program is offered 4 times each day to Colonial Williamsburg ticket-holders (or Good Neighbor Pass holders) ages 5-16. Guests may sign up beginning at 9 a.m. (Colonial Street entrance) for any of the daily sessions. Participants must be present 15 minutes prior to their chosen session or may forfeit their space to another guest. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting.
Grab your tricorn hat and head to the Peyton Randolph Yard for Patriots at Play! This interactive program offers fun, hands-on activities that immerse children in 18th-century life. Watch as staff milk one of the Rare Breed Cattle-daily from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.
Exciting adventures await young history enthusiasts and curious adventurers alike at Colonial Williamsburg’s weekly summer day camps. Children ages 11 to 13 will explore STEAM-based activities such as gardening, archaeology, military life, soap-making, trade life, historic games and much more. All activities will engage our campers on how science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics were used in the 1700s, connecting the past to the future. Parents, we will send your child home a little dirty, a little tired, but inspired and wanting more.
Explore the diverse cultures of Native peoples striving to preserve their traditional way of life and discuss matters of trade, warfare, and diplomacy.
An elite cadre of interpreters, Nation Builders portray real historic figures associated with 18th-century Williamsburg who made significant contributions to the American story. Meet a Nation Builder during your visit who helped shape their time, and whose legacy continues to influence and inspire American ideals.
Stop in to the Raleigh Tavern Bakery for an 18th-century-inspired sweet treat or a light lunch to go. Grab a sandwich and side dish, a cold bottle of root beer, or a cup of hot cider to help fuel your next revolutionary adventure. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a soft and chewy cookie or sink your teeth into a homemade muffin or loaf of bread. During the holiday season, enjoy fresh-baked pies.
Dubois Grocer, nestled in the heart of the Historic Area, is the perfect place to stop and satisfy your mid-afternoon sweet tooth. Refillable mugs are available for purchase. Take a cookie or muffin to-go, enjoy a Mars candy bar, or quench your thirst with a cold beverage in this unique, historic shop.
To experience all that the Historic Area has to offer, including tours of original 18th-century buildings, personal interaction with townspeople, vibrant gardens, two museums, and so much more—you’ll need an admission ticket.Buy Online
Enjoy Colonial Williamsburg to the fullest with a stay at one of our six unique hotel properties. They are conveniently located within and surrounding the Historic Area, just minutes from all the action.Learn More