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Our trip to Williamsburg in August -- would love feedback!

Our trip to Williamsburg in August -- would love feedback!

Old May 17th, 2006, 08:13 AM
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We stop at Williamsburg every year on our way south in August with my 2 sons who are now 13 and 16.

First, the kids will have a limited tolerence for touring the colonial area in the wicked heat. It's oppresive.

I would absolutely put Water Country on my list, maybe you can even go twice, I'm pretty sure the rates discount substantially after 3:00 pm. I'd get out VERY early in the am to do the outdoor touring of the historical sights then pack it in by noon, get some lunch, cool off and head to Water country or a pool.

You can go back to Colonial Williamsburg after dinner just to walk around when it's cooler.

BTW, while I like the idea of sleeping in the Colonial houses, we've always stayed at the Woodlands, which now has nice big family suites and a big pool. They may not be historic, but they're very comfortable, close to the pool, have refrigeratora and microwaves, are close to the air-contioned Visitors center, have mini-golf and include a continental breakfast which makes for a quick getaway in the morning. I think in your situation they might be a better alternative.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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MFNYC, Your 15 year old will LOVE Water country, lots of great scary water rides. Actually, I kind of like it myself......
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Old May 17th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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We have just booked a package deal called America's 400th anniversary package which includes
-accomodations for 3 nights in Governor's inn with continental breakfast
-Historic triangle ticket(for Yorktown,Jamestown and Wiliamsburg)
We pay a total of 339,30 $ for us two in September.Paul
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Old May 17th, 2006, 08:56 AM
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You won't find the heat and humidity any worse than what you have experienced in Bucks Co. We just usually have it for a longer period of time. Nobody can say for sure what the weather will be like in VA. We have had cool, rainy weather in July and Aug.
Some hints:
Arrive at Busch Gardens at 9:30 and go directly to the roller coasters. Go to the shows during the busier time of day. If it rains or storms, and go on the rides afterwards. The place clears out.
Water Country is better in the late afternoon and evening.
If you walk the streets of Colonial Williamsburg in the early morning or evening, you will be transported back to the colonial time. It is charming. I think Colonial Williamsburg is going through a resurgence for interesting programs. The Revolutionary City is getting great reviews.
I would stay off property rather than stay at the Governors Inn. It is distant from CW and looks no better than a Days Inn. You should be able to get a better rate somewhere else and still get the attraction package.
The only traffic in Williamsburg is on the hotel stretch of Richmond Rd. and into Busch Gardens at 10 am. The brewery tour has been closed for quite a few years.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 09:00 AM
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We took our kids to W'burg when they were 7 and 9 and all enjoyed it. I think it's a great family destination and I didn't think it was that much different than the place I visited several times as a kid (my mom is a W'burg junkie!).

When we went, we split our time at BG up (they had a deal where you could go back a second day if you arrived after a certain time). It made the trip less onerous for the kids (and us!).

They didn't do that Felicity tour when we went but our daughter LOVED renting a costume at the Visitors Center gift shop and wearing it for the day. She still bugs me about the fact that she never got to ride in a horse and carriage (they sell out early in the day, be forewarned).

Have fun!
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Old May 18th, 2006, 11:14 AM
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Martinan, thanks for your detailed descriptions on your report about your CW trip! I was already thinking about the Cape May ferry, and even staying somewhere en route for an overnight before reaching our final destination. Anyone have a suggestion that could put us at Jamestown within an hour or so the next morning?
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Old May 19th, 2006, 05:52 AM
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I live in Williamsburg. Do a night tour of Colonial Williamsburg. You feel like you went back in time, because you can't see all the modern things you can during the day.

Here's a tip for lunch in Merchant's Square:

Eat at the Cheese Shop, but don't go inside. Go in and get a menu, go back outside and call your order in via your cell phone. Then, pick it up at the walk-up window. The sandwiches are great, but the crowds waiting inside for sandwiches can get really irritating. And if you your kids are driving you crazy, go downstairs to the winery part of the Cheese Shop, buy a bottle and have them uncork it for you right there. You can drink it at their tables outside if you can get one.

Now I think I may have to go the cheese shop for lunch today.

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Old May 19th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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Old May 31st, 2006, 05:19 PM
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I live in Arkansas and I can tell that the heat and humidity in Williamsburg in August isn't any worse. We've been taking vacations in Williamsburg since my daughter was 7 years old, (she's 14 now) and she loves it, as we do. I guess the heat doesn't bother us because of our wonderfully hot summers here, but we don't let that stop us. We've visited in the middle of March and found it be to very chilly and rainy. For August, just wear lots of sunblock, a hat and carry water with you. A tour at night, as AmyF says, is a perfect way to tour in the cooler part of the day and get a different view of the streets.
It is worth spending the extra money and staying in one of the historic houses, or historic hotel. On our last stay, we tired the Inn and it was fabulous, expensive, but worth it. Wherever you stay, you'll enjoy it. I would suggest Kings Arms for a tavern dinner and, as suggested, make your dinner reservations as soon as you have made a decision. They tend to fill up fast. Don't miss Bill Barker who portrays Thomas Jefferson. He is priceless and well worth the trip. Everyone else has given you great advise on what to do. When you get there, grab a copy of the CW newspaper and plan out your day. It may be a little daunting deciding what to do but ask at your hotel and they are always helpful.
As for your memories--leave them at home. You know you can't ever recapture your past memories. Things have changed, but contrary to one poster's opinion, I believe it has changed for the better. More people travel now than ever before so, logically, you will have crowds. Nevertheless, you will be enlightened by the programs if you allow yourself to be emersed the history, which happens to be YOUR history, if you are an American. New programs are being introduced even now. If you merely walk the street, you will miss them. But if you put out the effort to seek out the programs and ask, ask, ask questions, you will certainly come away with a sense of what this country was founded on. All actors, interperters, guides, etc., are more than happy to explain and get you involved.
Cherish your old memories. This is the time to make new memories with your children. Go and have Fun!!!
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 07:50 PM
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Wow, thanks for all the comments. We have made our plans (now staying 4 nights) and your comments are a great affirmation. I will make the Kings Arms reservations tomorrow!
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