Touring Colonial Williamsburg

If you’re thinking of where to go next on vacation, and if you’re the type of traveler who is interested in history and culture, you may want to consider Colonial Williamsburg as your next travel destination. Colonial Williamsburg is a historic district and living-history museum located in the heart of the city of Williamsburg in Virginia. Here, visitors can step back in time and literally meet the people who made America—as actors dressed in period costumes depict daily life during the 18th century.

There are many different tours you can go on to experience all that Colonial Williamsburg has to offer, but for a truly unique encounter, book a tour with to learn more about the town’s dark and mysterious past.

Colonial Ghosts prides itself on being Williamsburg’s most engaging and informative ghost tour, featuring stories backed by research and interviews conducted with the help of renowned psychics and investigators. You can hear as many as 18 chilling stories on a Williamsburg ghost tour as you journey through the town and the William and Mary historic campus, with tales spanning from the Colonial era through the Civil War and the present.

Guided walking tours are held nightly at 8PM and 9PM, and are open to all ages, even young children with a sense of fun and adventure. Knowledgeable and licensed guides will guide you through underground tunnels and Suicide Hall, among other spooky locations. Tours generally last between 90 to 120 minutes and cover a distance of about 1.5 miles.

If physical labor is more your thing, you can roll up the hems of your pants and take part in making bricks with the resident brick makers. During the summer, they mold and dry thousands of bricks, and visitors are welcome to help out by stomping water into the clay with their bare feet. In the autumn, the bricks are baked in an enormous, wood-fired oven.

If you love animals, sign up for Bits and Bridles, a one-hour walking tour of the town’s modern stables and Rare Breeds Program. You’ll get a chance to interact with some of Colonial Williamsburg’s animals, as well as get a behind the scenes glimpse of their facilities and learn more about their carriages.

Of course, no visit anywhere would be complete without getting a taste of the local cuisine. Located just steps away from the Williamsburg Woodlands, Huzzah! BBQ Grille is the ideal spot for casual dining with the whole family. They serve savory smoked barbecue, delicious beef short ribs, and tender pulled pork. Kids can also make their own personalized pizza.

If you are traveling with buddies or your significant other, Colonial Williamsburg offers activities, tours and discounts for couples and friends. Stay in style at the Williamsburg Lodge, which boasts world-class restaurants and is conveniently located near the Historic Area, spa, and golf amenities. For a more adult-friendly dining option, Chowning’s Tavern serves colonial-inspired favorites and specialty beer.

As for activities, you can take part in table games at the tavern after 5PM, or enjoy a scenic (and possibly romantic!) ride through the quaint Historic Area on an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage. Wander through private garden gates to explore lush restored 18th-century gardens and learn about the archaeological and historical secrets used to re-create these leafy sanctuaries.

As you can see, there is so much to see and enjoy in Colonial Williamsburg. Rest assured that when you visit this fascinating historical town, you will never experience a dull or idle moment.

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