The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 7, & Boy age 4.
Address: 2110 Jamestown Rd Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 253-4838
Hours: 9:30am to 2:30pm on an hourly basis
Admission: Children under 6 free, children 6-12 $7.50, adults $16.00
Description: Take a trip back in time to the 17th century, and explore the very first permanent English settlement which was founded in the year 1607. This was more than a decade before the Pilgrims ended up at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Visitors will enjoy a film introducing the history of the settlement, and spend time viewing many exhibits in the gallery. You will also find replicas of the three ships from England who brought over the first settlers, a replica of the original fort , and a recreation of the Powhatan village where Pocahontas resided. There are museums, stores, and a cafe to dine at.
Our Experiences: This stop was not repetitive with Colonial Williamsburg (our family visited Colonial Williamsburg the next day), other than your children may claim it is all “history” and thus repetitive. We took a private tour of the Jamestown Settlement with a guide who engaged our kids and had them play acting during the tour. Although our guide was not really necessary, he was really good, especially with the kids, and they did get more out of this experience because he educated them about what we were seeing and explained everything to the kids. It took about two and a half to three hours for us to finish the tour, and it was worth it.
Address: 176 Water Country Pkwy, Williamsburg, Va. 23185
Phone: (757) 229-9300
Hours: varies, usually 10am to 10pm
Admission: Starting at kids under 2 free, kids 3-9 $42, adults $49
Description: This water park has many water themed attractions that the whole family can enjoy. Water slides, lazy rivers, and many other water activities ensure many hours of fun for family members of all ages. Parking is an additional cost and is not included in the park admission fee, and this starts at $15 and depends on the vehicle type that you have.
Our Experiences: The kids loved this stop, and they had a blast cooling off in the water after a hot day. Hey, sometimes you have to bribe them to see historical sites (Jamestown Settlement). There was something for everyone to do, and even the adults had a terrific time. The kids were really excited the entire time we were here, and they highly recommend that other families with kids visit.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips