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Colonial Williamsburg
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Ranked #1 of 103 things to do in Williamsburg
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. Explore our art museums, unleash your kids' inner colonists, tee off a game of golf, or relax and unwind at the Spa. Stay at one of the official Colonial Williamsburg hotels, with a variety of opportunities to shop and dine, and you'll never want to leave.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Went on a beautiful day at the end of March and it was wonderful. Traveled with young kids, 5 and 6. Better suited for kids 10 and up, but the kids still had fun as long as we kept moving and they got to see new things. Bring snacks as everything is overpriced. A plain old cookie for almost $2. Easy parking but be sure to buy tickets online or you will be waiting in line.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Very well preserved little town. Every single employee plays their role as a merchant/shoe maker/soldier, whoever they represent. They told us lots of interesting facts about their life in the 18th century. We saw how to make wigs, shoes, jewelry, how to shoot a gun and cook food. Highly entertaining and engaging museum. You do need more than 6 hours to see everything, so don't waste your time in restaurants and souvenir shops!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Colonial Williamsburg is a very well kept piece of history. I was impressed with the upkeep of all of the buildings and the cleanliness of the area. We did a self guided tour with a map and had a fun time exploring. We parked at the visitors center and walked over to the site, there are benches along the way if needed. There are helpful employees everywhere if you get lost or have a question.

1  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This was my first trip to Williamsburg since I was a teenager. My family loved it. the traditional tours were as expected. Informative and a great history lesson. My teenager who loves history was engaged and enjoyed the fun way to learn about history.

I give Williamsburg a 5 for its new interpretative theater. They use the theater to enable the audience to engage in history. Do not miss these special opportunities. They enable Williamsburg to deal with some of our historical practices that are difficult to discuss. Everything they present is fact based. There are 3 in particular that you should not miss. Thomas Jefferson, Resolved, An American Experiment, and Journey to Redemption. Thomas Jefferson as an older statesman is played by Bill Barker. He has been a student of Jefferson for 30 years. He presents Jefferson effectively. It is clear he has read Jefferson's work plus the work of those who Jefferson valued, Newton, Bacon and Locke. He challenges the audience subtly to think about our world from a different perspective. He reminds us why the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are written as they are. We attended two programs by Jefferson and both were educational and challenging. Resolved is a look at the Virginia 5th Congressional Congress and its significant impact on our country. The audience participates. It addresses the institution of slavery in a fact based way. It presents the issue head on as it was debated by the Virginia congress. Williamsburg should be applauded by the way it addresses this painful and horrific part of our history. Journey to Redemption directly addresses slavery. It presents it from many angles - slaves and owners and the actors who present these roles. A well done improvisational production. The actors spend time after the production talking to the audience. Again, congratulations to Williamsburg for helping the audience wrestle with this difficult historical practice.

I give Williamsburg a 4 overall because of the lack of attention to detail in the overall experience. they could benefit from a consultation with Disney World. The Visitors Center is well done but it should have characters walking around talking to visitors while they wait in line. There are 2 theaters to show an introductory film. On our arrival the one theater was not working and there was a line so we decided to wait until day 2. Well on Day 2 the second theater was not operational because the projector light bulb blew? An odd reason not to be able to show a film. So we departed never seeing the film. We waited on benches to participate in a court program. We were told those on the benches would be admitted first to the program. There were some older adults sitting on the benches as well. When the court doors opened. Everyone ran to the door. No preference was given to those sitting on the benches. I found this to be very disturbing. There is a wonderful new app that gives you the ability to see daily events and to map out your visit. Unfortunately this is not always correct. We arrived for a program that was listed on the schedule but was not going to take place. We went to the Kings arms Gardens at the end of the day which was listed as a fun place to have a drink and hear entertainment. We found out that it was not opening for several weeks but the central office did not seem to know. The Kings Arms Tavern our lunch spot one day was ok. The food could use an up grade and the place needs to be better organized. It looks messy and tired. The armory experience was poor. One guide started the program and was good. Halfway through his talk another actor arrived. They oddly switched places and the second actor did not pick up where the first one left off and he was terrible. People started leaving because he had no command of the audience. When one person asked a question he said that clearly the facts that were given by an actor at another sites where wrong and needed to be updated. A little continuing education is needed!

I would recommend a visit to Williamsburg. I hope the Colonial Williamsburg management sees this review and takes it as positive suggestions for change and updating.

1  Thank j o
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Plan on spending the few days BEFORE you go getting online to reserve anything. The free reservations fill up days in advance so you are screwed if your not booking them before you go.
We traveled from Seattle because my daughter was looking forward to the ax throwing, bits and bridles, some of the plays - ALL apparently book up BEFORE the day you go so if you plan to go and be able to do any of that it’s too late if you haven’t reserved before it. What a waste. We have only one day and got to do nothing we were really looking forward to. Wandered around the trades to see them but without being able to see what we really wanted we spent the day totally disappointed and felt it was just not worth the money and the trip (flying in and out DC for the rest of our trip for the museums - we should have just stayed in DC)

No wonder Williamsburg is fading and tickets sales dropping. They need the “reserved” activities to be more often so people can do more than just the trades and buildings if they aren’t reserving days in advance and they are “sold out” before you even get there.

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