06
Apr

Williamsburg, Virginia: How To Get There, Where To Stay & What To Do

If you’ve decided to take your family to Williamsburg, Virginia this summer, now is the time to start planning, so that you’re not scrambling at the last minute. Below you’ll find suggestions on getting there, where to stay and what to do. Remember, the key to a successful family holiday is planning ahead of time, so that you can relax and enjoy yourself when you get there.

Flying

The closest international airport to Williamsburg is the Richmond International Airport. Air Canada is the only Canadian airline that flies into Richmond. It is also serviced by most major airlines in the U.S. Williamsburg is approximately 40 minutes from the Richmond airport. Car rentals are readily available, in addition to limousines and taxis. Other international airports close by are Norfolk International Airport and Newport-News Williamsburg Airport.

Driving

What could be more fun than a summer road trip? Pack the kids in the car for a memorable trip through the Eastern United States. Williamsburg, Va is approximately a 12 hour drive from Toronto, Kingston and Ottawa. Mapquest is your friend! Take some time to be prepared by following this handy checklist for family road trips. Don’t forget to download the Colonial Williamsburg app on your phone so you can familiarize yourself before you get there. Also, keep the kids amused by downloading Hotch Potch, a game from the 18th century, gone high tech on your iPod or iPad.

Train

A most civilized way to travel, Amtrak services the Williamsburg Transportation Center with connections made through Washington D.C.

Where to Stay

The Williamsburg Inn is an Historic Hotel of America. Originally built as a home away from home for the Rockefeller’s, it is now a stately and elegant resort.

Another historic hotel of America, The Williamsburg Lodge is steps away from the action. Rooms are large and great for families.

The Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites is the perfect place for kids to burn off some of that extra energy they have at the mini-golf course, playing volleyball, shuffleboard or ping-pong or cooling off in the outdoor pool. Situated right beside the Visitor’s Centre and offering shuttle service into Williamsburg, it’s considered a family “hot spot”.

Probably the most charming option available, Colonial Houses immerses you in the 18th century experience completely. Homes are either original or reconstructed 18th century homes, situated right in Colonial Williamsburg with decor from the period. You may not want to leave.

What to Do

There’s enough to do in the Historic Triangle to keep you hopping for a week and still leave you wanting more. Here’s some suggestions that cover the history and the fun in and around Williamsburg.

  • If you’re looking for fun things to do with kids in Colonial Williamsburg, there’s eight great things right here.
  • Mom, if you need a little break there’s something for you too! The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg will rejuvenate you so you can keep up with your kids.
  • Finally, this summer kids can enjoy taking part of Rev Quest, a game that helps kids unlock clues to save the Revolution. Agents must know their history. Stealth learning Mom, gotta love it.

This trip is sponsored locally by your best trip ever destination – Williamsburg, Virginia. Discover fun for the whole family and book your vacation now at www.visitwilliamsburg.com

Candace Derickx

Candace Derickx writes about food, family and travel on her site Life in Pleasantville and has been a staff editor at ChildMode since 2011. Follow her on Twitter @candace_dx and join in the conversation on her Facebook page, Life in Pleasantville.

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