Williamsburg and Hampton Roads

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  • 1. Busch Gardens

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Voted the world's most beautiful theme park for 26 consecutive years and counting, Busch Gardens features more than 50 rides and attractions...Read More

  • 2. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum


    This collection, within the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, showcases American "decorative usefulware"—toys, furniture, weather vanes...Read More

  • 3. Bruton Parish Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The lovely brick Episcopal Bruton Parish Church has served continuously as a house of worship since it was built in 1715. One of its 20th-century...Read More

  • 4. Capitol

    Notable Building

    Williamsburg was important because it was the location of the Capitol. It was here that the prerevolutionary House of Burgesses (dominated by...Read More

  • 5. Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    This is the logical first stop at Colonial Williamsburg. Here you can park free; buy tickets; see a 35-minute introductory movie, Williamsburg...Read More

  • 6. Courthouse

    Government Building

    The original Courthouse of 1770 was used by municipal and county courts until 1932. Civil and minor criminal matters and cases involving slaves...Read More

  • 7. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum


    This museum adds another cultural dimension that goes well beyond Colonial history. Grouped by medium are English and American furniture, textiles...Read More

  • 8. Duke of Gloucester Street


    The spine of Colonial Williamsburg's restored area is the broad 1-mile-long Duke of Gloucester Street. Some Saturdays at noon–2:30 pm, the Fifes...Read More

  • 9. Everard House

    Historic Home

    Built in 1717 by John Brush, a gunsmith, and later owned by Thomas Everard, who was twice mayor of Williamsburg, this wood-frame house contains...Read More

  • 10. George Wythe House

    Historic Home

    This home was the residence of Thomas Jefferson's law professor; Wythe was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. General Washington...Read More

  • 11. Governor's Palace

    Historic Home

    His Majesty's Governor Alexander Spotswood built the original Governor's Palace in 1720, and seven British viceroys, the last of them Lord Dunmore...Read More

  • 12. James Anderson's Blacksmith Shop

    Historic District/Site

    At James Anderson's Blacksmith Shop, smiths forge the nails, tools, and other iron hardware used in construction throughout the town. The shop...Read More

  • 13. Magazine

    Military Sight

    The original Magazine (1715), an octagonal brick warehouse, was used for storing arms and ammunition—at one time 60,000 pounds of gunpowder...Read More

  • 14. Market Square


    An open green between Queen and Palace Streets along Duke of Gloucester, Market Square was the site where cattle, seafood, dairy products, fruit...Read More

  • 15. Palace Green


    The handsome Palace Green runs north from Duke of Gloucester Street up the center of Palace Street, with the Governor's Palace at the far end...Read More

  • 16. Peyton Randolph House

    Historic Home

    This was the home of a prominent colonist and revolutionary who served as attorney general under the British, then as Speaker of the House of...Read More

  • 17. Public Hospital


    A reconstruction of a 1773 insane asylum, the Public Hospital provides an informative, shocking look at the treatment of the mentally ill in...Read More

  • 18. Raleigh Tavern

    Historic District/Site

    This gathering place was the scene of prerevolutionary revels and rallies that were often joined by Washington, Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and...Read More

  • 19. Water Country USA

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    The nearly 45 acres of pools, children's play areas, lazy rivers, and water rides have a colorful 1950s and surf theme. Blast down Rock 'n'...Read More

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  • 20. Wetherburn's Tavern

    Historic District/Site

    Beginning in 1743 Wetherburn's Tavern offered refreshment, entertainment, and lodging and may be the most accurately furnished building in Colonial...Read More

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