Born and raised in Virginia, Kimberly is currently the Guest Services Manager at Williamsburg Resort. Having started at the resort in 2013, she’s an expert in the area and can offer the best suggestions for travelers who want activities to do beyond the traditional historic sites and theme parks. She enjoys the great outdoors and is always on the hunt for fun, unique ways to spend time with her friends and family, like relaxing at the pool or having fun at local parks.
When you think of things to do in Williamsburg, what comes to your mind? Most people will answer this with historical sites, such as Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown, and others may even say Busch Gardens.
All of these are amazing adventures to have when visiting the area, but there is much more to Williamsburg, Virginia, that many may never see. Not because they’re less desirable than our main attractions, but simply because they’re not as well known.
That’s why I’m going to provide you with some of the best activities Williamsburg has to offer, besides the historical sites.
My name is Kim, and I grew up in Williamsburg, so I’ve been in the area for quite a while. I’m the Guest Services Manager at Williamsburg Resort, so it’s kinda my job to make sure you have a great time while you’re visiting us.
That said, if you’re looking for things to do in Williamsburg outside the Colonial areas and theme parks, here are my top suggestions!
1. Waller Mill Park
Photo courtesy of Williamsburg Parks & Recreation. Installation by VATC
One of my personal favorite spots in Williamsburg is Waller Mill Park. It’s situated on about 2,700 acres.
There’s plenty for everyone to do at the park; there are numerous walking trails, playgrounds, sports fields. You can also rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat to hang out on the reservoir.
Waller Mill Park is a great place to spend the day. I personally enjoy renting a paddleboat and just hanging out on the water — it’s so peaceful.
2. Freedom Park
Photo courtesy of Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Freedom Park is a beautiful area that encompasses 600 acres. It has walking and biking trails, as well as The Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
You’ll also find the attraction, Go Ape, there. It’s a treetop adventure course with a zip line, so taking the kids here would be an awesome family activity.
3. Sweethaven Lavender of Williamsburg
Photo courtesy of Sweethaven Lavender farm of Williamsburg
Sweethaven is a 130-acre lavender farm that’s open to the public. You can visit and even pick your own lavender.
Sweethaven also offers lavender ice cream, custard, baked goods and skincare products, and it even has an option for a picnic lunch!
It’s open select days from May to July, and you do need to reserve a timeslot at the moment.
4. Williamsburg Winery
Photo courtesy of Williamsburg Winery
The Williamsburg Winery is a beautiful place to visit regardless of the time of year. Sprawling vineyards, cobblestone roads and a restaurant with delicious food all pair well with the wine tasting and tours that are available.
It’s perfect for a date day to relax, enjoy a tasting and eat lunch or dinner at its locally inspired restaurant.
5. Colonial Parkway
Colonial Parkway runs between Jamestown Visitor Center and Yorktown, two popular historical sites in the area.
The Parkway is a gorgeous drive along a cobblestone road. There are numerous pull-off areas for historical landmarks, as well as miniature beaches along the river.
Pro tip: Remember to pack a picnic lunch, spread out at one of the beaches along the road and enjoy the breathtaking views.
6. James River Ferry
Beside Jamestown Settlement is the James River Ferry, which takes you from Williamsburg over to Surry for free. You drive onto the ferry, and you can ditch your car and go up to the observation deck.
Once in Surry, check out Surry Seafood Company for a delicious lunch.
7. Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex (WISC)
Nothing is worse than a rainy day that ruins all your plans, but thankfully we have the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex (WISC).
Inside the WISC is a place called The Zone that offers laser tag, laser mazes, an indoor playground, climbing walls and even an arcade!
It’s a great family-friendly activity in Williamsburg that gives kids the opportunity to have fun while being active on vacation.
8. Williamsburg Farmers Market
Williamsburg Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from April through December. There’s usually 40+ vendors and something for everyone to enjoy, like local fruits, cheeses, honey, breads, pastries and more.
The best part of the Williamsburg Farmers Market is they don’t allow resells, so every vendor you visit is the person who grew or made your product.
As you can see, Williamsburg has a lot to offer. If you’re planning a visit and need somewhere to stay in the area, Williamsburg Resort is the perfect home base for an exciting vacation.
We’re located off the beaten path as well, but are still close to everything in the area. Not to mention, what other resort do you know of that has a bowling alley onsite?
It’s the perfect home away from home for you and the best place to stay for all these fun things to do in Williamsburg. We look forward to seeing you on your next adventure!
All information is subject to change. This article is a curated guide and is neither sponsored nor considered an official endorsement. Please be sure to check information directly with any/all tours, guides or companies for the most up-to-date and direct details.
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