When planning your escape to Kingsmill Resort, experience the history, beauty and excitement the Williamsburg area has to offer. Step back in time and relive the days of Colonial Virginia, feel the rush of adrenaline on thrilling roller coasters and explore a variety of shops and boutiques. Enjoy diverse entertainment from exciting amusement parks to living American history that lays out before your very eyes. Guests visiting Kingsmill can enjoy complimentary shuttle service to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Colonial Williamsburg. And be sure to check out our event calendar for Kingsmill and local events!
Situated three miles east of historic Williamsburg, Va. is Busch Gardens, an action-packed European adventure theme park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology. The European countries of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy serve as the setting for Busch Gardens’ 100 acres of fun-filled world exploration. Busch Gardens offers a wide variety of culinary experiences, world-class shopping, and exciting live shows. The park is also home to more than 50 rides and attractions, including KIDsiderate areas designed especially for the park’s youngest guests.
Guests can dive into summertime fun at Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park. The park offers fun for the entire family with a 1950s and 60s surf theme, new resort-style amenities and more than 30 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions including Vanish Point ℠, the park’s newest drop slide. The park includes 43 acres of refreshing pools, children’s play areas and lazy rivers, offering hours of fun in the summer sun. Water Country USA now features resort-style amenities to help guests make the most of their day and swim lessons and classes to take their water experience to the next level.
History comes to life in Colonial Williamsburg through thousands of archaeologists, researchers, historians, historical interpreters—and even you. Become part of “The Revolutionary City” adventure and witness the collapse of the royal government and join the debate over the Declaration of Independence. As part of your CW ticket, be sure to experience RevQuest, and see the Revolutionary City through the eyes of an undercover agent!
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are two living history museums that engage visitors in nearly two centuries of our nation’s history – from the founding of America’s first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In 2007, Jamestown Settlement celebrated its 400th anniversary with several permanent exhibits, a new introductory film and revitalized living-history areas. Together, they resented the story of 17th-century Virginia and its Powhatan Indian, English and western central African cultural origins.
Williamsburg New Town is 365 acres of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, offices and homes. In New Town you’ll find an extensive outdoor shopping mall, fine restaurants and quick eating, a 12-screen movie theater, banks and financial services, salons and gyms.
High Street is a beautiful mixed-use urban village, located in the middle of the city of Williamsburg. The Shops at High Street are distinguished by their refined Georgian architecture. With over 200,000 sq. ft. of retail space, a wide variety of eateries and restaurants complement an assortment of upscale merchants. All of this anchored by Movie Tavern, an 8-screen, 1,000 seat cinema café showing first run movies.
Challenge your family to swing from the trees, navigate aerial obstacles and zip across the sky in Freedom Park. Go Ape’s expert instructors will guide you through a two to three hour outdoor adventure, aiming for a “tree-mendous” guest experience every time.
Whether you want to get a jump on your holiday shopping or just find the best values for your family, you can save 25 – 65% every day at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. This collection of 135 swoon-worthy stores includes Coach, DKNY, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and more.
Williamsburg Winery: The largest winery in Virginia, the Williamsburg Winery offers tours and tastings of its award-winning wines, a vineyard on its 300 acres and two excellent dining venues, the Gabriel Archer Tavern and Café Provençal. The winery offers a Tour and Tasting with Dinner Experience that includes a tasting of seven vintages plus a three-course dinner at Café Provençal.
The Colonial Wine Trail: The Colonial Wine Trail features four of Virginia’s best wineries, including the Williamsburg Winery, and all within a one-hour drive of Williamsburg. No matter where you start or finish your wine trail adventure, you are sure to enjoy great wines, great food and lots of fun along the way.
Alewerks Brewing Company: Williamsburg’s first microbrewery, Alewerks is a direct-fired brick-clad Peter Austin brew house. It offers brewery tours and tastings in its tap house and outdoor terrace, where 10 beers are on tap and a cask ale is served weekly. It makes small batches of beers like a mesquite-smoked brown ale and a Belgian-style dubbel as well as seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice.
The Virginia Beer Company: The Virginia Beer Co. is a new craft brewery, taproom and beer garden that opened in the spring of 2016. Virginia Beer focuses on a small, high-quality core lineup and rotating limited-edition beers using a custom-designed pump system. Its location offers an indoor tasting room as well as an outdoor beer garden including a weekly featured food truck.
Brass Cannon Brewing Co.: The Brass Cannon Brewing Co will offer kegs, growlers and draft selections in a brand new tasting room just down the street from AleWerks. In addition to its five brews, it offers four rotating seasonal selections. *Brass Cannon is in the process of moving to a brand-new and greatly expanded location. Anticipated re-opening is summer, 2016.
Silver Hand Meadery: The area’s first meadery opened in early 2016 to offer this ancient honey-based fermented drink, entirely produced on the premises. The Silver Hand Meadery offers tastings and light-food pairings with the mead production completely visible to patrons.
Copper Fox Distillery: Copper Fox is opening a new facility in Williamsburg this summer to feature a new line of spirits. It currently produces handcrafted whiskey from scratch, including the first applewood-aged whiskey in the world. Copper Fox focuses “on the flavoring of the malt using the some of selected smoldering fruitwoods and hand-cut toasted fruitwood that add a range of natural flavors in the maturation process.”
Williamsburg Distillery: This craft micro-distillery offers “American Heritage” spirits using 18th-century recipes and techniques: bourbon and gin using Virginia grains, and rum using organic, non-GMO grade-A molasses – just as they would have been made in the early 1700s. Its Williamsburg Bourbon is the only bourbon in the world made with Indian corn. The distillery will be part living-history museum.
For those who love history, yearn for romance, or have dreamed of experiencing a true sailing adventure, your ship has just come in! Join the Schooner Alliance (105 foot gaff-rigged schooner) and Schooner Serenity (65′ traditional schooner) and step back into history. The Alliance sails 3 times daily from Riverwalk Landing Pier in historic Yorktown from April to November.
While you’re enjoying Colonial Williamsburg, head to Merchants Square for their Summer Breeze concerts. The free open-air concerts showcases the area’s popular top-40, R&B, and military bands.
Beat the heat or have a rainy day adventure at one of the largest maritime museums in the world! Located just 20 minutes from Williamsburg in Newport News, The Mariners’ Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in the priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. The Museum includes the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War Ironclad’s iconic gun turret, and is located within a 550-acre park with a 5-mile hiking trail. See for yourself why the Museum is rated #1 in Newport News attractions, and designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum.
As a unique event on vacation or here at home, you can enjoy an ideal getaway with your own private party of up to six people on a leisurely 3-hour cruise along the historic York River. Modern 32-foot Hunter sloop offers a comfortable cockpit, catbird seats, cooler of ice, and restroom. Cruises embark twice a day from Yorktown and Gloucester Point.
The salt therapy breathing treatment for the entire family. After 45-minute session in its soothing, therapeutic environment, not only will you be breathing more clearly, you’ll feel as relaxed as if you’ve spent the day at the seaside. Add a float tank session or a massage for a full relaxation experience.