Colonial Williamsburg

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P. O. Box 1776 Williamsburg, VA

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Fortunately for my family, July in the historic triangle leads to a drought. Although it is unbearably hot, you can camp without rain. The hotels are overpriced, so we chose camping at the Wiliiamsburg KOA. We had nice showers and a pool for the evening. That was nice. I wish I had more time at Colonial Williamsburg. We scheduled ourselves to do Jamestown the first day, Williamsburg the second, and Yorktown the third day. My kids and I had studied all three areas with the web and some library books, so we were already versed in alot of the history. My kids hate standing and reading every plaque, so this was a great idea. We felt like we already knew things, so we could spend time enjoying the actual site, that we had already learned about. Jamestown and Yorktown are actually four attractions rather than two. We spent our first day on Jamestown. The National park service runs the original site. It is very affordable! You can see ruins of buildings, an archeological dig, and a nice air conditioned museum full of artifacts. That ticket will get you into the Yorktown battlefield, too, so don't lose it! We had a picnic lunch and went on to the Jamestown Settlement. This one is a little more expensive, but again, save your ticket, because this one gets you the Yorktown Victory Center. I think we enjoyed that day the most. The next day we went to Williamsburg. After paying a huge price to see the buildings and the Governor's Palace we were lead to begin the Theatrical performance called Revolutionary City. You follow a crowd from one building to another to see various short plays about specific events in history here at Williamsburg. This went form 9:00 to noon. Although I loved the plays, I felt like a chump for spending my money. The whole Revolutionary City performance was outdoors and it was clear alot of people were wandering in to see without paying anything. That meant I had less time to see the buildings I had paid to see. Live and learn! The buildings close up at 5:00 except for the Public Hospitol which is connected to the art museums. That stays open until 7:00, so do that one last! We were too tired and hot to do so, but I would recommend taking in dinner at that point and doing one of the evening performances. I wish I had spend at least one more day at Williamsburg, maybe two. Again, July was too hot. Try fall or early spring. The third day was for Yorktown. We did the park service's battlefield, which took no time at all, because it was too hot to walk around much. They have a driving tour, but save it for evening (they can't close that!) Then after a picnic lunch, we did the Yorktown Victory center. It was almost too big to get through. Remember, we had already paid for these at Jamestown, so very convenient. We loved the actors showing us the encampment and the artillery demonstrations. Sadly, we ran short of time for the farm, but it looked fun, too. There is apiece of dtreet at Yorktown that is closed to motor traffic. This had historical buildings you could go inside. We really enjoyed that. Yorktown itself is a very charming little town. People were picnicking and going for a swim on the tiny beaches. I wanted to live there! Overall, I would spend a whole week on the Historic Triangle. Three days just wasn't enough. Spend your money on the good stuff. Don't waste it on hotels and over priced food. Go camping for cheap and eat picnics!

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★★★★☆

Fortunately for my family, July in the historic triangle leads to a drought. Although it is unbearably hot, you can camp without rain. The hotels are overpriced, so we chose camping at the Wiliiamsburg KOA. We had nice showers and a pool for the evening. That was nice. I wish I had more time at Colonial Williamsburg. We scheduled ourselves to do Jamestown the first day, Williamsburg the second, and Yorktown the third day. My kids and I had studied all three areas with the web and some library books, so we were already versed in alot of the history. My kids hate standing and reading every plaque, so this was a great idea. We felt like we already knew things, so we could spend time enjoying the actual site, that we had already learned about. Jamestown and Yorktown are actually four attractions rather than two. We spent our first day on Jamestown. The National park service runs the original site. It is very affordable! You can see ruins of buildings, an archeological dig, and a nice air conditioned museum full of artifacts. That ticket will get you into the Yorktown battlefield, too, so don't lose it! We had a picnic lunch and went on to the Jamestown Settlement. This one is a little more expensive, but again, save your ticket, because this one gets you the Yorktown Victory Center. I think we enjoyed that day the most. The next day we went to Williamsburg. After paying a huge price to see the buildings and the Governor's Palace we were lead to begin the Theatrical performance called Revolutionary City. You follow a crowd from one building to another to see various short plays about specific events in history here at Williamsburg. This went form 9:00 to noon. Although I loved the plays, I felt like a chump for spending my money. The whole Revolutionary City performance was outdoors and it was clear alot of people were wandering in to see without paying anything. That meant I had less time to see the buildings I had paid to see. Live and learn! The buildings close up at 5:00 except for the Public Hospitol which is connected to the art museums. That stays open until 7:00, so do that one last! We were too tired and hot to do so, but I would recommend taking in dinner at that point and doing one of the evening performances. I wish I had spend at least one more day at Williamsburg, maybe two. Again, July was too hot. Try fall or early spring. The third day was for Yorktown. We did the park service's battlefield, which took no time at all, because it was too hot to walk around much. They have a driving tour, but save it for evening (they can't close that!) Then after a picnic lunch, we did the Yorktown Victory center. It was almost too big to get through. Remember, we had already paid for these at Jamestown, so very convenient. We loved the actors showing us the encampment and the artillery demonstrations. Sadly, we ran short of time for the farm, but it looked fun, too. There is apiece of dtreet at Yorktown that is closed to motor traffic. This had historical buildings you could go inside. We really enjoyed that. Yorktown itself is a very charming little town. People were picnicking and going for a swim on the tiny beaches. I wanted to live there! Overall, I would spend a whole week on the Historic Triangle. Three days just wasn't enough. Spend your money on the good stuff. Don't waste it on hotels and over priced food. Go camping for cheap and eat picnics!

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Colonial Williamsburg is a learning experience disguised as a lot of fun. There are events throughout the day that happened on a certain day in history. The costumed guides are always ready to explain what is happening. While we were there we decided to have lunch at the Tavern and wound up going back that evening for colonial music and games. It was probably one of the best vacations we had in a long time.

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Colonial Williamsburg is a learning experience disguised as a lot of fun. There are events throughout the day that happened on a certain day in history. The costumed guides are always ready to explain what is happening. While we were there we decided to have lunch at the Tavern and wound up going back that evening for colonial music and games. It was probably one of the best vacations we had in a long time.

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I absolutely love going to Colonial Williamsburg. There is always something different going on. I love that there is a drum and fife corps, I love the history of it, and I love the people who live like it was the 18th century. I especially love being there during the holidays with all the decorations, and the festive atmosphere. It's also nicer weather, and no so crowded.

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I absolutely love going to Colonial Williamsburg. There is always something different going on. I love that there is a drum and fife corps, I love the history of it, and I love the people who live like it was the 18th century. I especially love being there during the holidays with all the decorations, and the festive atmosphere. It's also nicer weather, and no so crowded.

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After returning from Colonial Williamsburg, I feel compelled to write this review, not for everybody, but for those who require the use of a wheelchair, like myself. Although I appreciate the authenticity of the buildings and the era they are replicating, I felt like my time there was a complete waste. We spent an entire Sunday there, followed by Monday morning. Although there were buildings that were considered accessible, it was impossble for us to get to them because of non-paved walkways. At 2 points on Sunday we were faced with a serious problem when the one wheel of my chair popped off the rim. Fortunately, my husband was able to "strong-arm" it back on, however we could not push our luck that we would be as fortunate a thrid time. It happened once on the gravel path and once on the brick path. We wandered the grounds, looking at the outside of buildings for hours on end. It was frustrating enough though we kept pushing on because we were sure there was going to be something we could go inside and enjoy. But alas, there was nothing. Nothing on Sunday and nothing on Monnday. And to top it all off, my husband and I each paid $30 to do, in a sense, nothing more than an unpaying visitor could do. We were assured before arriving that there would be very few limitations for disabled visitors, when in fact, there was less than "a few" things for disabled visitors to be able to do at all. I would not recommend, to a person who relies on a wheelchair, spending one dime on visiting this attraction. If you want to visit, take a tour down the "avenues". Even if pay, you will not be able to do much more than that.

PROS: Pretty Setting
CONS: Totally Wheelchair UNfriendly

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★★☆☆☆

After returning from Colonial Williamsburg, I feel compelled to write this review, not for everybody, but for those who require the use of a wheelchair, like myself. Although I appreciate the authenticity of the buildings and the era they are replicating, I felt like my time there was a complete waste. We spent an entire Sunday there, followed by Monday morning. Although there were buildings that were considered accessible, it was impossble for us to get to them because of non-paved walkways. At 2 points on Sunday we were faced with a serious problem when the one wheel of my chair popped off the rim. Fortunately, my husband was able to "strong-arm" it back on, however we could not push our luck that we would be as fortunate a thrid time. It happened once on the gravel path and once on the brick path. We wandered the grounds, looking at the outside of buildings for hours on end. It was frustrating enough though we kept pushing on because we were sure there was going to be something we could go inside and enjoy. But alas, there was nothing. Nothing on Sunday and nothing on Monnday. And to top it all off, my husband and I each paid $30 to do, in a sense, nothing more than an unpaying visitor could do. We were assured before arriving that there would be very few limitations for disabled visitors, when in fact, there was less than "a few" things for disabled visitors to be able to do at all. I would not recommend, to a person who relies on a wheelchair, spending one dime on visiting this attraction. If you want to visit, take a tour down the "avenues". Even if pay, you will not be able to do much more than that.

PROS: Pretty Setting
CONS: Totally Wheelchair UNfriendly

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