Colonial Williamsburg

We stopped at Colonial Williamsburg to break up a travel day on our way up to New York from Orlando for my summer institute.


Colonial Williamsburg is one of the largest living-history museums in the U.S. It’s such a fun place to explore for the day (or more!) with its tree-lined avenues, carefully restored houses, and fantastic actors in period costume. Each day they recreate daily life as the American Revolution is raging through the colonies.

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In addition to walking around and popping into shops there are also special programs about slavery, street-side debates, life of colonial women, meet famous Revolutionaries like Thomas Jefferson, play some children’s games, and etc.

If we had the full day we would have done the $50 day pass but since we only had the afternoon, Will and I did the Sampler Pass for $25 dollars. And there are plenty of other options for multi-day passes to spend longer in the city.

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Some other great living museums include Plimouth Plantation in Massachusetts, Jamestown Settlement and the Frontier Culture Museum, both in Virginia.


Information on Colonial Virginia appeared in National Geographic’s Journey’s of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips.

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