Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received passes to some of the places mentioned in exchange for my review. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experiences.
This past May we visited Williamsburg, Virginia as part of our family vacation. I wanted to share with you all the family fun in Williamsburg, Virginia that we found! Williamsburg is steeped in history and historical events and happenings. But even the youngest of kids will enjoy all there is to learn and discover here. There is plenty to do for free and plenty of things that cost money as well. One of the first things we did in the area was ti find a place for the kids to paint some pottery as that is family tradition we have. We discovered Paint on Pottery.
This was a nice studio and they were able to finish our plates so we could take them home by the end of the week and avoid shipping charges. The plates turned out nicely!
Afterwards we had ice cream for lunch (you can do this on vacation)! We had never been to a Bruster’s so we tried them. Everyone loved it and we were so pleased that little ones like Jack get a free cone!
Little ones get a free cone here! Hurray!
Our first full day in town took us to Jamestown.
Here we got to explore villages, boats and get some hands on experience in their colonial gardens!
The kids loved the villages! They got to try on armor…
and play Native American games (which really were fun)!
They have beautiful grounds here, so we found a table in the shade and enjoyed a picnic lunch. In the heat of the day we decided to check out the Yankee Candle Store. We got to get free samples of fudge, watch it SNOW inside and the kids got to make candles. I was pleased how affordable it was for them to do this! Under $10 for all 3 big kids to dip their own candles!
Fun making candles at the Yankee Candle store!
Another day we explored Yorktown. We loved Yorktown but were disappointed to discover that most of the main building was closed to renovation.
We explored the small camp set up outside and watched some demonstrations. The folks here were awesome at getting everyone involved and finding our natural interests. For example, I asked a few gardening questions and a lady started taking me around and explaining how they preserved food and such in those days.
Since Yorktown was small we needed something else to do so we visited an awesome park for a picnic lunch and to let the kids play.
Kidsburg is an awesome park!
Oh and another AMAZING place is Duck Donuts!
You have got to visit Duck Donuts and try them out!
They make all your donuts to order…including icing and toppings! YUM!
On our last full day we decided to go to Colonial Williamsburg.
I remembered coming here as a child and getting so much hands on experience and enjoying the costumes and everything. But…we were hugely disappointed. For our family of 6 to actually get into the real historical area it would have cost us OVER $150! So basically we got to walk the streets and go into the shops where overpriced merchandise was sold. I know many people don’t mind spending that money, and I am sure it is amazing, but we just could not afford it on this trip and it was a huge letdown for all of us. It seemed so commercialized to us. To ease the sting of this we treated the kids to a cool treat at Retro’s.
This place is small, but so neat! They have custard and a really neat menu AND there is a huge chalkboard for kids to draw on. Lots of fun!
We definitely had a lot of family fun in Williamsburg and look forward to visiting again. Where are you going on vacation this year?
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