Things To Do in Williamsburg
Historical Williamsburg is a perfect place to get in touch with your patriotic spirit. After touring the many historic buildings, get some thrills at the local amusement park.
Bruton Parish Church
Dating from 1715, the present structure is the third in a series of Anglican houses of worship that began in 1660. The north, east, and south gables are pierced by rosette windows, the north and south walls by tall arched and sashed windows. All were provided for ventilation as well as light. Today, Bruton Parish Church continues to serve an active congregation
The Capitol Building
From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political center of Virginia, where laws and justice were made and administered on behalf of all colonial Virginians. Today, visitors tour the Capitol to learn about government in colonial Virginia and the colony’s contribution to the American Revolution.
The Gaol dates from 1704 and was used to house all kinds of prisoners, from 15 henchmen of the pirate Blackbeard, caught in 1718, through runaway slaves, debtors, spies, military prisoners, deserters, and traitors. Free tours are given regularly, all day.
Governor Edward Nott persuaded the General Assembly to authorize its construction with an act passed October 23, 1705, and building began the following summer. This is one of the must-see places in old Williamsburg. It is very well-restored, with guided tours and some gorgeous gardens. One of the most impressive items here is the foyer, with a vast collection of 17th and 18th century weapons–swords, muskets, and pistols. The ballroom has an authentic harpsicord and a miniature pipe organ. Not to be missed!
Amusement park with rides, shows, and shops. The roller coasters are top notch, in this order: Griffon, Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot, Loch Ness Monster. Get to the parking area about 20 min before the park opens. This gives the best chance to ride one (and only one, don’t waste time running to the others, it just wastes time) coaster 3-4 times in a row before long lines form.
Keep your feet dry on Roman Rapids and Le Scoot. You can do this either by taking your shoes/socks off before getting on the ride or wearing sandals at the park. Damp socks in damp shoes will diminish your fun after a few hours no matter how hot it is.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Williamsburg.