Tourism & Shopping in Williamsburg

Things to do at Night

When class is done, why not go do something fun with your new friends from APSI. 

Williamsburg Ghost tour:

Colonial Ghosts, a Williamsburg ghost tour, is Ranked as one of the Top 10 Ghost Tours in America!

If you want to experience a genuine ghost tour with real hauntings commonly experienced on tours, and not “orbs” on cameras, embark on a night you’ll never forget. Join Colonial Ghosts on the nightly walk through haunted Williamsburg, VA with licensed tour guides!

These stories are based on research, eyewitness haunting interviews, and a ghost story book connected to factual and historic events. Tours walk through the historic Colonial area of Williamsburg. Add the extended ghost tour for a bonus ghost tour through the College of William and Mary, the nation's second oldest College.

To purchase tickets and for more information, please go to https://colonialghosts.com/

Summer Nights:

Busch Gardens becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights. Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

 

The adventures of infamous pirates come to life at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Putt your way through the world of 18th century buccaneers as you wind through mountain caves, over footbridges and beneath cascading waterfalls. Test your skills on two award-winning 18-hole courses. Swashbuckling fun for the whole family! Come out and join us today!

Prices:

  • Captain's Course: Adults $9.50, Children* $8.95
  • Blackbeard's Challenge: Adults $9.50, Children* $8.95
  • 36-Hole Adventure: Adults $15.95, Children* $14.95

*Children: Age 4 to 12 (ages 3 and under play free)

For more information, please go to https://www.piratescove.net/locations/virginia/williamsburg/


 Tourism

Williamsburg is also great place to bring the family and stay for the weekend. The area has many attractions, historical sites, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Colonial Williamsburg:

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in an 18th-century city. Explore historic buildings and wander through gardens. Engage our nation's founders and gain a new perspective on our American story. This year Colonial Williamsburg unveils new programming at sites including the Geddy, Wythe, and Randolph houses and Anderson's Blacksmith Shop and Public Armory. Guests of all ages can meet the nation's founders, enjoy period stories, and even try their hands at historic trades and games, with a focus on fun for young revolutionaries.

 Merchants Square: 

Located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area in the heart of downtown Williamsburg, Merchants Square is an 18th century style retail village with over 40 shops and restaurants. Visitors and local residents alike regularly experience the Square’s unique shopping, dining and special events in a setting of unrivaled beauty. Performing Arts. Situated adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, Merchants Square is a cluster of 42 fine shops and restaurants in an unrivaled setting. Merchants Square annually hosts the Summer Breeze Concert Series on Wednesdays in July and August and strolling holiday musicians throughout December.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not:

Over 350 Exhibits and More! Robert Ripley was called "the modern Marco Polo" because of his lifelong obsession with travel. During his career, Ripley visited 198 countries, traveling a distance of 19 complete trips around the world. An artist, reporter, explorer and collector, Ripley was as unusual as the artifacts he gathered. See things you can't see anywhere else -- including an 8 foot tall Transformer, a 1,000 pound Millennium Falcon, a real shrunken head and hundreds more!  Other highlights include: Two different 4D Shows: 3D films shown on a 50' HD screen, complete with real wind, water, snow and other surprises! Virginia's only Impossible Laser Race: Race against the clock as you navigate a web of lasers! 150 flavors of candy in our candy shop! Truth is stranger than fiction!  It's all amazing!  EVERYTHING IS REAL!

Water Country USA:

Get your pulse racing as you take on our mega-slides or kick up your feet and relax as you float along our lazy river. There's tons of fun for your little ones, too, with themed play areas, child-sized water slides and shallow pools. Are you ready to experience Virginia's first water coaster? Blast up hills, zoom down steep drops and rush around heart-stopping turns. Cutback Water Coaster is now open.

Whether you're on summer break or a family vacation, there are tons of things to do at Virginia's largest water park. With twists and turns and epic drops, our water slides make it the best place to cool off this summer. Enjoy the luxury of a reserved lounger or cabana, the sweet taste of a frozen beverage or the relaxation of our lazy river. We bring the beach vibe and resort-like atmosphere to you all in one place.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

Whether it's feeling a rush aboard one of the park's thrilling coasters, enjoying an award-winning show or making memories that will last a lifetime at one of our KIDsiderate® attractions, there's something to experience for everyone. 

Admission rates: https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/tickets/theme-park-tickets/

Go Karts Plus!

If it's fun it's at GO-KARTS PLUS, eight acres of family fun, featuring four exciting go-kart tracks! Strap yourself into our Super Stockarts for a race around a high-banked oval track in karts that look just like your favorite NASCARs! Be the captain of your own Blaster Boat or sink a hole-in-one on our Gold Rush Miniature Golf Course. Plus ... Kiddie Land, Bumper Cars, The Disk'O' thrill ride, Water Wars, Python Kiddie Coaster, Gemstone Panning, a video arcade with prizes and more!


Shopping

Done learning for the day? Need some retail therapy? Williamsburg has many shopping and dining options close to William & Mary. 

Merchants Square

Located in the heart of the Colonial Williamsburg. Features various shops with items including gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing, collectibles, toys, wine and more.

New Town

Shops, restaurants, a movie theater and more! Open year-round, seven days a week. Operating hours for individual businesses vary.

Yankee Candle

More than just a candle store – a sensory experience! Features 250,000 candles and specialty items including gourmet food, Vera Bradley products, gifts and collectibles and much more!

Williamsburg Premium Outlets

Find impressive savings at Williamsburg Premium Outlets, with over 120 stores including Adidas, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, The North Face, and vineyard vines. Conveniently located off Route 199 off of Richmond Road, the outdoor shopping destination serves the nearby Virginia areas of Williamsburg and Richmond, as well as all across the southeast.  So from the entire team at Williamsburg Premium Outlets, we hope that you visit us soon!