Quality Inn At Kingsmill - Busch Gardens Area
480 McLaws Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 220-1100
Fax: (757) 564-0386
Slide, splash and swim to your heart's content at this great water park with acres of rides for children and families. Shoot down the Jet Scream, four twisting and turning flumes that send you 415 feet at 25 mph into the pool. Take a break at the Aqua X-treme, the park's high-dive and gymnastics show. Or, perhaps, float down the Aquazoid, the world's largest special effects raft ride that travels through dark tunnels and water curtains with laser images and eerie sound effects. Opening hours vary seasonally - check the website for more details.
More than just a road, the Colonial National Historic Parkway connects Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown in a 23-mile stretch of road. From the York River to the James River, the whole road was constructed to allow motorists appreciate the natural beauty of the area and evoke the sensation of going back in time to the colonial era. The Colonial Parkway is not merely a means of travel, but truly an attraction in itself.
Once the capital of Colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg has been restored into a living history museum so that visitors may see it as it was in the 1700s. For the better part of the 18th Century, the city was the center of most civilized life in the colony of Virginia. Today, visitors can watch glassblowers, blacksmiths and other artisans producing goods by authentic, tried-and-true colonial methods just as they did back then. Or perhaps participate in a re-enactment of a trial at the courthouse. The period homes, stores and other buildings are full of interesting things to do and see. There are even costume rentals and historic accommodations so you can fully immerse yourself in American history.
The second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States (the first is Harvard), The College of William and Mary is a first-rate learning institution. A small college nestled in Williamsburg, it has educated three former presidents. Current enrollment is around 6000 undergraduate students. Set on a beautiful campus and filled with history, The College of William and Mary is perfect for visiting, or even attending!
If you're looking for a good restaurant but you're feeling undecided, Prince George Street is a good place to make up your mind. The street is well-known for the amount of restaurants and eateries on it. There have been special measures to control traffic and make arrangements for parking on the street as finding parking can be difficult.
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church is housed in a classically built brick building, very much in keeping with the colonial architectural styles of surrounding buildings. Its weekly services are on Saturdays and Sundays (the second Sunday service is broadcast on local radio) along with other events throughout the year. Check their website for details and service times.
Located on the Old Campus of the College of William & Mary, the Sunken Gardens is an expansive stretch of grass that is extremely popular with students who come here to study, socialize and play. Raptors have been known to nest nearby and it's a wonderful place to check out local student life, or relax and have a picnic.
The Colonial National Historical Park is made up of some of the most important battlefields in the nation's history and memorials to famous war heroes and figures. This park includes Historic Jamestown, Yorktown Battlefield, Colonial Parkway and the Cape Henry Memorial. This vast park lets you travel back to 17th Century colonization and the American Revolutionary War. There is a bevy of family and kid activities including guided tours by extremely knowledgeable historians that will even dress the part of a 17th-century pilgrim, or you can travel by car through the beautiful Colonial Parkway and stop along the way to check out all the sites. Visitor centers and museum shops are located throughout the park so you will never get lost trekking back through history.
Well known as an important development for the urban planning, the Hilton Village is a beautiful English style village that is a great place to visit. This village features some excellent beauties designed in the Jacobean, Dutch colonial and Colonial Revival styles of architecture and was all originally built during the 1918 and 1921. This site is also added to the National Register of Historic Places.
New Town is a 365-acre complex that manages to be a residential area, shopping mecca and entertainment center in one. It was designed to have everything one could need in an accessible space, making it a great place to eat out, or go on a shopping spree. There's a Barnes and Noble, Ann Taylor Loft, Footlocker - and a seemingly endless list of restaurants, activities and professional services. Be prepared to lose a day in New Town - there's a plethora of things to do, see and eat.
This lovely brick church, named after an English Benedictine monk, is considered one of Williamsburg's architectural triumphs. It can seat up to 1500 people, all of which have unobstructed views of the altar. The church hosts many events throughout the year, alongside its Sunday services - it is worth visiting for the serenity of the 43-acre grounds and the stunning pipe organ, which took over two years to complete.
Built by Colonel William Harwood, Jr., signer of the Virginia Resolves, this home has experienced the ordeal of three wars. The home was visited by Generals George Washington, Thomas Nelson, Jr. and George B. McClellan and the Revolutionary War brought 3,000 militia to its fresh water spring. The War of 1812 saw its use as a training ground, while the Civil War found this property serving as a Confederate captain's home and a hospital for both sides.