Williamsburg with Teens: A Perfect Family Day

Williamsburg with Teens: A Family Vacation
Williamsburg with Teens: A Family Vacation

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Although most family vacations in Williamsburg, Va., focus on a visit to Colonial Williamsburg and exploration of its impressive recreation of colonial life, there are many other places for your family to explore, including some teen favorites such as Busch Gardens Amusement Park. So, extend your trip to Williamsburg with teens at least another day, and everyone will be happy. Colonial Williamsburg is an absolute must-see, though, so that's where we'll start.

Each year, approximately one million visitors travel to Colonial Williamsburg, the jewel of the Historic Triangle (which also includes nearby Yorktown and Jamestown), to enjoy its impressive interpretation of a colonial town. As tourists of all ages wander the streets and drink in the atmosphere of this "living museum," costumed re-enactors dazzle even skeptical vacationing teenagers with stories.

A "British" loyalist, for instance, overhearing you tell your teens about George Washington, will declare George a traitor. Your children will get an opportunity to understand history as it was happening at that time. Today, it is clear that George Washington is a hero to Americans, but to an English loyalist living in Williamsburg at that time, he was an upstart rebel turncoat.

Any Williamsburg vacation with teens should include at least two days, and your first day should be dedicated to enjoying all that Colonial Williamsburg has to offer. Create a teen-friendly itinerary that allows your kids to select from the many events, attractions and restaurant offerings. Williamsburg is a safe family vacation place, so teens can wander the shops and streets at their own pace.

Colonial Williamsburg offers packages that include multi-day admissions to the amusement parks, lodging at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, daily breakfast, admission to Colonial Williamsburg's historic areas and museums, and complementary transportation to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Colonial Williamsburg
101A Visitor Center Dr.
(757) 229-1000

On day two in the Historic Triangle, you may want to spice up things for your vacationing teens. This is actually quite easy with the popular amusement park, Busch Gardens, and a water park featuring more than 30 rides and attractions, Water Country USA located nearby.

Here are some tips for what to wear or have in your car if you decide to bounce between the amusement parks: bathing suits, towels, suntan lotion, bug spray, changes of clothes and sandals (better not to wear shoes and socks if you plan on doing the water rides at Water Country USA, or if you go on Busch Gardens' Roman Rapids or Escape from Pompeii, as you will end up walking around for a long time in squishy, water-soaked socks).

A great itinerary breaks up day two into three equally entertaining segments:


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