Clarion Hotel Historic District
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 229-4100
Fax: (757) 229-0176
Once the capital of Colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg has been restored into a living history museum so that visitors may see it as it was in the 1700s. For the better part of the 18th Century, the city was the center of most civilized life in the colony of Virginia. Today, visitors can watch glassblowers, blacksmiths and other artisans producing goods by authentic, tried-and-true colonial methods just as they did back then. Or perhaps participate in a re-enactment of a trial at the courthouse. The period homes, stores and other buildings are full of interesting things to do and see. There are even costume rentals and historic accommodations so you can fully immerse yourself in American history.
If you're looking for a good restaurant but you're feeling undecided, Prince George Street is a good place to make up your mind. The street is well-known for the amount of restaurants and eateries on it. There have been special measures to control traffic and make arrangements for parking on the street as finding parking can be difficult.
The second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States (the first is Harvard), The College of William and Mary is a first-rate learning institution. A small college nestled in Williamsburg, it has educated three former presidents. Current enrollment is around 6000 undergraduate students. Set on a beautiful campus and filled with history, The College of William and Mary is perfect for visiting, or even attending!
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church is housed in a classically built brick building, very much in keeping with the colonial architectural styles of surrounding buildings. Its weekly services are on Saturdays and Sundays (the second Sunday service is broadcast on local radio) along with other events throughout the year. Check their website for details and service times.
Located on the Old Campus of the College of William & Mary, the Sunken Gardens is an expansive stretch of grass that is extremely popular with students who come here to study, socialize and play. Raptors have been known to nest nearby and it's a wonderful place to check out local student life, or relax and have a picnic.
More than just a road, the Colonial National Historic Parkway connects Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown in a 23-mile stretch of road. From the York River to the James River, the whole road was constructed to allow motorists appreciate the natural beauty of the area and evoke the sensation of going back in time to the colonial era. The Colonial Parkway is not merely a means of travel, but truly an attraction in itself.
Slide, splash and swim to your heart's content at this great water park with acres of rides for children and families. Shoot down the Jet Scream, four twisting and turning flumes that send you 415 feet at 25 mph into the pool. Take a break at the Aqua X-treme, the park's high-dive and gymnastics show. Or, perhaps, float down the Aquazoid, the world's largest special effects raft ride that travels through dark tunnels and water curtains with laser images and eerie sound effects. Opening hours vary seasonally - check the website for more details.
New Town is a 365-acre complex that manages to be a residential area, shopping mecca and entertainment center in one. It was designed to have everything one could need in an accessible space, making it a great place to eat out, or go on a shopping spree. There's a Barnes and Noble, Ann Taylor Loft, Footlocker - and a seemingly endless list of restaurants, activities and professional services. Be prepared to lose a day in New Town - there's a plethora of things to do, see and eat.
This lovely brick church, named after an English Benedictine monk, is considered one of Williamsburg's architectural triumphs. It can seat up to 1500 people, all of which have unobstructed views of the altar. The church hosts many events throughout the year, alongside its Sunday services - it is worth visiting for the serenity of the 43-acre grounds and the stunning pipe organ, which took over two years to complete.
This brewery has been around since 2006, and uses high quality conical fermenters to create some of the most eclectic varieties of beer in Williamsburg. Popular brews include the summery Wheat Ale, and the rich Red Porter Ale, with deep hints of fruit. The tour is a bargain five dollars - you'll have the chance to learn about the history of AleWerks and best of all, receive free tastings and a specially imprinted glass. The owners also encourage guests to come in and have their own growler filled straight from the brewery's taps.
The Colonial National Historical Park is made up of some of the most important battlefields in the nation's history and memorials to famous war heroes and figures. This park includes Historic Jamestown, Yorktown Battlefield, Colonial Parkway and the Cape Henry Memorial. This vast park lets you travel back to 17th Century colonization and the American Revolutionary War. There is a bevy of family and kid activities including guided tours by extremely knowledgeable historians that will even dress the part of a 17th-century pilgrim, or you can travel by car through the beautiful Colonial Parkway and stop along the way to check out all the sites. Visitor centers and museum shops are located throughout the park so you will never get lost trekking back through history.
A recreation of one of the earliest European settlements in the Americas, the Jamestown Settlement consists of replicas of boats, buildings, and villages. This museum features galleries and videos about life as it was then and it manages to make history engaging for both adults and kids. Climb aboard the three boats which are replicas of those used to sail from England. Explore the Powhatan village to learn about the Native Americans of the area, and see the colonists' fort. Best of all, actors replicate the every day lives of the colonists wearing period costumes, doing chores, and acting just like the colonists of the day. A truly fun way to learn about history!