My daughter and I have visited Williamsburg, VA for Thanksgiving week every year since 2017 and despite going so frequently, we never tire of it. While we love exploring Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, there are so many other things to do in Williamsburg that it’s impossible to get bored. Make sure you set aside a day during your own visit to do some of our favorite things.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
One of our favorites is Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This Ripley’s location is huge with over 9,000 square feet of exhibits that include shrunken heads, a two headed-calf, a vampire kit, and more insanely odd things than you can imagine! There is also a 4D theater and a mini golf course. You will find ample parking and many restaurants in the immediate area if you work up an appetite.
Army Transportation Museum
Another favorite is the Army Transportation Museum on the Fort Eustis military base (about 20 minutes south of Williamsburg). The U.S. Army needs transportation to carry out its mission. Thismuseum is dedicated to the troops who provided the tactical movement of our soldiers … and it is fascinating! You will discover things about our troop movements that you never knew. There are exhibits that visitors can touch and climb into to experience the equipment first-hand. Admission to the Museum is by donation. The museum offers pre-scheduled guided tours for groups; contact the museum directly. This museum is on an active military base, so please double-check the website for the requirements for entering the base.
We also love to try escape rooms wherever we visit.An escape room is an interactive puzzle that a team of people have to solve within a set period of time (usually 60 minutes)so that your team can “escape” from whatever danger is imminent. If you like puzzles, you will LOVE an escape room!Williamsburg has several escape rooms to choose from. My daughter wanted to try a pirate-themed room, so we chose “Escape to Neverland” at Operation Escape in Bulifants (15 minutes north of Williamsburg). The room was a good challenge, but we did beat the puzzle and “escape the room” in time.
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA
Two seasonal favoritesareBusch Gardens and Water Country USA. Busch Gardens has rides, shows, animal encounters, restaurants, and shopping. Water Country USA offers water slides for adventure, pools for swimming, and lazy rivers for relaxing (the best part of the day!).
What adventures have you found near Williamsburg, VA?