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21 Best Things to Do with Kids in Williamsburg VA in 2020

Make childhood boredom history...in historic Williamsburg! Here are our top picks for fun family activities, with something fun for every interest and age.

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      1. Great Wolf Lodge
      2. Colonial Williamsburg
      3. Go Karts Plus
      4. Duke of Gloucester Street
      5. Freedom Park
      6. Williamsburg Premium Outlets
      7. The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
      8. The Historic Kimball Theatre
      9. Fox Wire Farm
      10. Historic Jamestowne
      11. Go Ape Tree Top Adventures
      12. Yorktown Battlefield
      13. Public Hospital Museum
      14. James City County Marina
      15. Segway Tours
      16. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum & 4D Theater
      17. Virginia Beach
      18. Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
      19. Virginia Living Museum
      20. York River
      21. Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour
      Get your family ready for some time travel, a ghost tour and more!

      1. Great Wolf Lodge

      A little girl goes down a water slide at the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge

      Sick of running around? Our indoor water park resort in Williamsburg features a 4-story, 12-level tree fort, a gigantic indoor wave pool, eight water slides, including 3 tube slides, three kiddie slides and two body slides. Also, we have a zero-depth entry children’s pool, indoor pool, two oversized hot tubs, and an endless lazy river. Staying elsewhere? That’s OK! Day passes are available. Simply buy your pass online and pick it up at the front desk.

      2. Colonial Williamsburg

      Performers act out what life was like during Revolutionary times at the Colonial Williamsburg
      Source: Colonial Williamsburg

      Let’s start with the obvious -- Colonial Williamsburg, a historic district and living-history museum where actors in period costume depict daily Colonial life, is an absolute must-see. Because there are so many things to do, it can be overwhelming, and that’s why we appreciate the suggested interest-based itineraries on their site, ranging from “family fun” to “fashionista” and “first-timers.” Some Colonial Williamsburg standouts includes its decorative art museums, historic dining options and ox wagon rides.

      3. Go Karts Plus

      Riders enjoy an amusement park ride at the Go-Kart Plus in Williamsburg, VA
      Source: Go-Kart Plus

      Annnnd, the not so obvious: It’s a far cry from the historical reenactments of Colonial Williamsburg, but it sure is a fun thing to do with kids. Let them race in NASCAR-like cars, play miniature golf, try blaster boats, take aim in the shooting gallery, and pan for gemstones and fossils. Whew!

      4. Duke of Gloucester Street

      A view of the historic Duke of Gloucester Street located in Williamsburg, VA
      Source: Flickr

      Back to the historical stuff! Williamsburg is a great walking city. Grab the kids and take a stroll through one of the town's most famous areas. Named after a certain member of the British nobility, Duke of Gloucester Street is packed with 18-century architecture, from the Wren Building to the Capitol. After President Franklin Roosevelt visited the area back in 1934, he dubbed it "the most historic avenue in all of America."

      5. Freedom Park

      Father and son hold hands and walk through Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA
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      If your kids are sick of museums and go-karts, declare freedom! Freedom Park, that is. Ride 20 miles of bike trails, take a hike, or check out the butterfly haven of the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.

      6. Williamsburg Premium Outlets

      Shopping bags filled with gifts
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      A lot of things can go wrong on vacation. Luggage gets lost, clothes get stained, unpredictable opportunities for which you did not pack for may arise. And sure, some folks just like to shop. Head to the Williamsburg Premium Outlets to stock up on shoes, sunglasses, clothes and more. Pull up the official site once there – it lists all the different sales going on.

      7. The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry

      The Powhatan at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
      Source: Daily Press

      Why? Well, for starters it's free and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. And it's a special way to see more of the colonial area and see the real Jamestown the way settlers saw it! (Also, locals say it’s a great way to beat traffic going into Williamsburg.)

      8. The Historical Kimball Theatre

      Dancers on stage at theHistoric Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg, VA
      Source: W&M

      If you want to take in some entertainment when in town, look no further than the historic Kimball Theatre. Originally opened back in 1933, the venue is home to stage productions, musical performances, speakers and more. There's a 410-seat theater with a stage for live productions and a 35-seat screening room to enjoy. The best part? It's conveniently located in the center of the city, by Merchant's Square.

      9. Fox Wire Farm

      The Fox Wire Farm in Williamsburg is home to over 100 Huacaya alpacas
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      Fox Wire Farm is located just outside Williamsburg. There, you can enjoy over 200 acres of farmland, pastureland, woods and creeks. It's also home to 100 Huacaya alpacas. And that’s not all. There's also a "guard llama," three miniature donkeys, one miniature horse, four full-sized horses, four Jersey steer, four Nigerian Dwarf goats, nine barn carts and tons of chickens, ducks and pigs running around. Talk about a full house!

      10. Historic Jamestowne

      An exhibit actor at Historic Jamestown
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      Why read about the past when you can experience it for yourself? Historic Jamestowne gives families the opportunity to see history unfold right in front of their eyes! The cultural heritage site features live demonstrations of what life was like when the settlers first landed. Explore the real history of Pocahontas, discover artifacts used during colonial times and search for the founders on your own family tree. The kids can even uncover their own buried treasure while there! A typical visit lasts anywhere from 2 to 3 hours but you're free the spend the day uncovering the town's rich history.

      11. Go Ape Tree Top Adventures

      A woman balancing on a high-ropes course
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      Located just one hour outside of Williamsburg, this outdoor adventure park will send you flying through the treetops. Literally. Their adventure experiences include dangling obstetrical, Tarzan swings, zip lines and more! The kids are bound to love this one.

      12. Yorktown Battlefield

      A cannon overlooks an empty battlefield
      Source: National Park Service

      Welcome to one of the most important sites in American Revolutionary history! The Yorktown Battlefield is best known for having hosted Siege of Yorktown, the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. It may not have been such a fun place to hang out at back in 1781, what with all the active canons and all, but fast-forward 200+ years and you'll find it's actually a pretty nice spot to hang around. The park features trolley rides, historical films, museum exhibits and tons of other attractions. It also contains some incredible natural resources, like wetlands, shorelines, forests fields and more.

      13. Public Hospital Museum

      An actor playing the role of a patient at the Public Hospital Museum at Colonial Williamsburg
      Source: Colonial Williamsburg

      If you're easily spooked, feel free to skip to the next suggestion on our list. If you appreciate haunting tales that tingle the spine, keep reading! As mentioned, there are a lot of things to do at the Colonial Williamsburg Museum, but we feel some of its attractions deserve their own special shout-out. The Public Hospital Museum allows visitors to explore the first building in North America exclusively dedicated to the treatment of the mentally ill. Though, the institution soon became known as "part jail, part infirmary." Learn more all about the backwards methods doctors used to treat patients throughout the

      14. James City County Marina

      A partially sunny view of the James City County Marina in Williamsburg
      Source: Visit Wililamsburg

      Why spend all your time on land when there's over 80 miles of water to explore! The James City County Marina is just a short drive from Williamsburg and provides access to the Chickahominy River. Visitors can rent kayaks, take a boat tour, go fishing and more.

      15. Segway Tours

      Visitors embarking on a Segway tour
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      Exploring a new place on foot can be a lot of fun, until it's not. Skip the blistered feet and swollen ankles and get yourself a pair of wheels. Head into neighboring Yorktown and enjoy a two-hour guided Segway tour of the town! You'll be taken around the waterfront area, the bluffs overlooking the river and historic village along Main Street! We will note that the minimum age for riders is 14. If you have little kids running around, you may want to leave them with a sitter for this excursion.

      16. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum & 4D Theater


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      Kids like weird stuff, right? Well, at least some of them do. If your pack gravitates towards that kind of thing then you'll have to check out the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum and 4D theater. After all, it's the only place in Williamsburg where you'll find shrunken heads, two-headed critters, vampire killing kits and more! When you're done getting your minds blown head over to the theater and give your body a treat. The 4D effects include blasts of air, water mists and other exciting sensory experiences. What's not to love about that?

      17. Virginia Beach


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      Of course, we can't forget about Virginia's sprawling coastline. How do you think the settlers got here? Virginia Beach is just about an hour and a half away from Williamsburg. Walk the boardwalk, playing the sand, enjoy the street performers, outdoor cafes and other attractions scattered around the surrounding area! There's a lot of history to take in when visiting Virginia, so it's important to schedule some chill-time. Where better to do that but the beach!

      18. Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

      A woman photographs her child interacting with a performer at the Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum
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      The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers so many ways to learn about and immerse yourself in history – from hands-on learning (grinding corn, digging out a canoe or trying on armor) to 3D movies (spoiler alert: the seats move and you can feel the cannons firing). There is something for everyone – and way too much to mention here. Set aside a whole day for this one!

      19. Virginia Living Museum

      A deer in the woods as the Virginia Living Museum
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      Virginia may be for lovers, but the Living Museum is for animal lovers and dinosaur enthusiasts! It’s home to more than 250 species of animals found in Virginia, and it’s a sanctuary for orphaned, non-releasable or injured animals. Outdoors, they have the Dinosaur Discovery Trail with 16 life-like dinosaurs, paleo camp, dig pits & dinosaur fossils.

      20. York River

      The beautiful Taskinas Creek of the York River

      The York River opens up to an amazing state park that contains more than 25 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. There are also fresh and saltwater fishing spots, boat rentals, picnic shelters and more! The visitor center displays make navigating your way around easy. It's the perfect way to punctuate all that educational stuff Williamsburg has to offer. Grab the kids and explore one of the area's most celebrated natural attractions.

      21. Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour

      Old tombstones in a cemetery surrounded by leaves
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      Seek out the spirit world on this family-friendly tour, based on the book The Ghosts of Williamsburg by L.B. Taylor, offered nightly at 8 p.m. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Colonial Williamsburg while hearing eerie stories and spooky folklore from local guides.