3. Colonial Williamsburg
I first visited Williamsburg in the 4th grade. I thought for sure I’d hate the whole trip but, alas, it was one of my favorite family trips from my childhood. I laughed when my boys went through the same exact pre-vacation woes and came home talking about all the great experiences for weeks after we returned. Williamsburg might sound like a boring history lesson brought to life, but it is so, so much more!
Why we love it: Williamsburg is experiential travel at its best! Not only to you see many wonderful things as a tourist, but you also experience many wonderful things as though you’re part of the history. This is a must-do for kids before they grow up because it helps to build a real relationship with our American heritage.
What to do: Get involved! Join a tour group to experience history as directly as possible through the eyes of “Colonial historical figures”. You’re children might especially enjoy the child-led tours that give you a unique look at history through the lens of Colonial youth. Also get involved by joining the militia, learning a Colonial America trade, going on a candle-lit ghost tour, and eating delicious food from one of the various Colonial era taverns. Read more about what do to from Minitime.com.
Tips: Although there are PLENTY of activities to keep you happily busy within the Colonial Williamsburg grounds, a day visit over to Busch Gardens Williamsburg is well-worth the time! It was an instant favorite amusement park for all of us!