The tourist destinations of Williamsburg are much more than meets the eye. Although common sites for a school field trip or family outing, many have activities aimed at adults! We’re diving into a few of our favorites in the city with adult-focused programming. There’s no shortage of things to do in Williamsburg, VA, even for adults.
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Colonial Williamsburg is probably the most well-known of the things to do in Williamsburg, but there’s more to it than what you saw on school field trips. Inside the living history park, adults can dine at one of four historic taverns: Chowning’s, Christina Campbell’s, King’s Arms, and Shields. All have diverse menus of food from the time period. Shields has European wines while Chowning’s hosts Beers in the Burg, a craft beer and live music event.
In addition to the demonstrations and events that take place every day, Colonial Williamsburg also has two art museums. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum cover the Colonial periods of art. The museums are under renovation until 2020 when they will open in an expanded space. Entry into both is included with your Colonial Williamsburg admission, so buy it before you go to experience it all.
Colonial Williamsburg Resorts
There are plenty of family-friendly accommodations in Williamsburg like Great Wolf Lodge. But you can also stay in style at the Autograph Collection properties, including one where Queen Elizabeth herself stayed. The Williamsburg Inn was built in 1937 and has luxury themed suites and the famous Rockefeller Room.
Across the street, Williamsburg Lodge (read our review) has rooms and suites with artisan furniture, free WiFi, coffee makers, and designer toiletries. Kingsmill Resort is another great alternative, a AAA Four Diamond resort with condominiums and golf courses.
Adults have other things to do in Williamsburg within these hotel properties. Across from the street from the Lodge is the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, which offers incredible treatments. The resorts are also home to one of America’s top public golf resorts at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
The European theme park at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of the top things to do in Williamsburg, but it’s not just for the kids. In addition to thrill rides and roller coasters that may not be suitable for young visitors, grown ups can enjoy annual events like the food and wine festival, Bier Fest, and Howl-O-Scream. Enjoy it all by booking your Busch Gardens Williamsburg Admission Ticket.
Food and Drink
Once you’ve had your fill of historic landmarks, enjoy Williamsburg’s food and drink related activities. You can take a themed cooking class at Colonial Williamsburg Resort, which features different dishes that you can create and then eat. If you still didn’t get your fill, join the Williamsburg Walking Food Tour.
A trip to Williamsburg Winery is a feast for the eyes and the palate. The facility has a tasting room, restaurant, and even overnight accommodations. Visit there on your own or get in a workout with the Jamestown Island Bike & Winery Tour.
Other Things to Do in Williamsburg
History buffs can rejoice that there are other landmarks than Colonial Williamsburg. A short drive away is the town of Yorktown, made famous by the surrender of General Cornwallis during the American Revolution. You can visit the battlefield and other landmarks there as well as The Watermen’s Museum.
You should also give yourself plenty of time to visit the two museums at the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum. Both have incredible exhibits on early life in the colonies. Purchase a Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum 7 Day Pass to see it all.