Family Fun! 3-Day Itinerary at Kingsmill Resort
Outdoor adventures and historical experiences await in Williamsburg, Va.Kingsmill Resort,
Theme park? Check. Kids camp? Check. River pool, water sports and living-history experiences. Check, check, check. Families will find an unlimited number of fun kid-friendly activities at Kingsmill Resort and the surrounding Greater Williamsburg area.
You and your clan can spread out in one of Kingsmill’s multi-bedroom condos or one of the new three-to-four-bedroom luxury cottages right on the James River. Either way, you’ll have all the diverse recreational activities and amenities of this sprawling AAA Four Diamond resort at your fingertips. Not to mention easy access to family-favorite Williamsburg.
We recommend pairing this sample itinerary with our Ultimate Family Fun package.
Elements 1010, Kingsmill
Start your day at with a hearty breakfast of eggs any way you like accompanied by locally produced Virginia ham, bacon or sausage; pancakes or waffles; fresh seasonal fruit; and delectable homemade pastries. The whole family will be good to go.
Lazy River Pool Complex, Kingsmill
There’s no greater kid pleaser than the River Pool with its gentle current, fun water slide, and sandy beach. There’s even a zero-entry pool perfect for the little ones.
Kids Camp, Kingsmill Tennis Club
Drop off your kids ages 5-12 at the supervised Kids Camp, where counselors keep them busy fishing, swimming, creating arts and crafts, and more. Information: 757-253-8200 or visit our Kids Activities page.
Eagles dining room, Kingsmill
Have lunch outdoors on the Eagles dining patio. Menu items include sandwiches, salads, and daily specials. Information: 757-253-3900 or visit our Eagles dining page.
Ice cream, The Mill, Kingsmill
Take an afternoon break. Treat the family to delicious homemade ice cream at The Mill! Choose from a variety of one of six flavors: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, strawberry, cookies and cream, and Meyer lemon. Visit The Mill for more information.
Water sports, Kingsmill Marina
Families with older kids can take their pick from an array of water sports on the James River at the full-service Marina, including jet skis; pontoon boat rentals; kayaks and paddleboards and fishing. Information: 757-253-3919 or visit the Kingsmill Marina page.
Game Room, Kingsmill
Kids and teens will flock to the Game Room with its ping-pong and air hockey tables and seven video machines. Just try to pull them away!
Dinner & Evening
Kids’ Night Out, Kingsmill Kids Camp, Tennis Club
Drop your kids ages 5-12 back at the Kids Camp for a Kids’ Night Out so you can have an evening off. After outdoor playtime and dinner with their counselors, the kids wind down with a movie and a snack. Information: 757-253-8200 or visit our Kids Activities page.
That leaves you free for a leisurely dinner at one of Kingsmill’s three excellent restaurants: Elements 1010, Eagles, and James Landing Grille, Williamsburg’s only riverfront dining experience with a menu of regional and sustainable seafood, such as local oysters on the half shell and grilled sea scallops.
Pancake houses, Richmond Road
Have breakfast at one of the many pancake houses that line Richmond Road in what just might be the pancake capital of the country: Astronomical Pancake House, Old Mill Pancakes & Waffles, Mama Steve’s House of Pancakes, Southern Pancake and Waffle House, National Pancake House, Hot Stacks Restaurant, Lightfoot Pancake & Steak House, IHOP, and more.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
As with all Ripley’s museums, you can see things here that you can't see anywhere else – from the multi-legged frog and the giant string ball to the stuffed albino African lion and the Marvel comic book made with ink from the ashes of its deceased writer, Mark Gruenwald. The 350 exhibits prove that truth is stranger than fiction! Information: 757-220-9220 or visit Ripley's Believe it Or Not Williamsburg.
Retro’s Good Eats
Johnny Rockets meets Five Guys Burgers and Fries at this casual eatery that won’t break the bank. Milkshakes, burgers, fries, and dogs are guaranteed to please the whole family. Information: 757-253-8816 or visit Retro's Good Eats.
Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area: The Revolutionary City
Become a part of the period leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. Meet the locals — townspeople, tradespeople, shopkeepers, political figures, women, and slaves — and learn of their hopes, struggles, and fears in those uncertain times. Explore original and restored homes, exhibition sites, trade shops, and art museums. Or go undercover in the interactive, on-site spy game RevQuest: Save the Revolution. Information: 888-293-5627 or visit ColonialWilliamsburg.com
Shields Tavern offers a step back in time and a home-style menu featuring hearty 18th-century dishes as well as classic kid pleasers such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and mac and cheese. Below stairs, the setting is relaxing and intimate with lively characters and music. Families who love ghost stories will want to experience the guided walking tour that starts in front of the tavern. Information: 855-965-7254 or visit Shields Tavern.
Tavern Ghost Walk
Learn of the ghosts who still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. This family-friendly program is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Enjoy the spirited folklore of the Revolutionary City. Tours leave from Shields Tavern. Information: 800-447-8679 or Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walks.
Explore America’s 17th-century Colonial beginnings at Jamestown Settlement’s exhibition galleries and outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and a military outpost dating to 1610. Information: 757-253-4838 or Jamestown Settlement.
Carrot Tree Kitchen
Carrot Tree Kitchen began in 1984 when Debi Helseth was challenged by a restaurant manager to produce a better carrot cake. She did – by calling her grandmother at midnight for the family recipe and shopping and baking till 3 a.m.! After building her first commercial bakery in 1990, she opened Carrot Tree Kitchen in 1995. Today, it serves soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps – in addition to yummy baked goods and signature carrot cake, of course. Information: 757-229-0957 or visit Carrot Tree Kitchens.
Afternoon and Evening
Take your family to the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park, which is inspired by classic Europe. Walk the Parisian streets of France, visit the hamlets of Scotland, and take part in the Oktoberfest celebrations of Germany. Within its 100 acres are nine villages centered on six countries. Because of the architecture and landscaping, Busch Gardens has been voted the world’s most beautiful theme park since 1990. But it’s the thrilling rides, entertaining shows, and unique animal encounters that are the stars. Have dinner in the park before you leave. Information: 800-343-7946 or visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg.