SOURCE: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

July 14, 2011 11:36 ET

Colonial Williamsburg's Summer Season Offers Families Adventure, Mystery and Fun

New Website and Brochure Give Families a Great Way to Plan a Summer Visit

WILLIAMSBURG, VA--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - This summer, Colonial Williamsburg's new hotel and program offerings will engage and entertain the entire family.

Programming
Starting tomorrow, kids can play RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros, an alternate reality game giving players the opportunity to solve clues online and a mystery onsite. Families will decipher codes and uncover information from Historic Area interpreters and in hidden places to save the revolution. The game is free with a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. More information can be found at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/revquest.

Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area is Live After 5 each evening, with a robust schedule of nightly programs from storytelling and music to dance and walking tours. During Cresset Lightings each night, families will witness bursts of activity with entertainment and interpreters.

Throughout July and August, enjoy Friday evenings on the Palace Green with A Salute to the Nation, an inspiring presentation presenting the ideals of America, featuring music, a short fireworks display and a march down Duke of Gloucester Street by Colonial Williamsburg's Fifes & Drums.

During Revolutionary City, the Historic Area transforms into a live street theater. This summer junior actor/interpreters perform in two new scenes, giving families a chance to see kids acting in one of Colonial Williamsburg's most popular programs while learning of the issues youth faced during the Revolution.

Official Colonial Williamsburg Hotels
Families staying at the Williamsburg Lodge, the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites and the Governor's Inn can join in on FunZone activities:

  • Themed Pool Parties. Participate in a Beach Bash with water volleyball and fetch the penny, and enjoy beach music at the Williamsburg Woodlands pool.
  • Miniature Golf and Lawn Games. Play outdoor games on the lawn.
  • Table Games. Learn to play table games from the 18th century.
  • Craft Time. Create a scrapbook page displaying favorite photos from the visit.
  • Golf Clinics. Take advantage of three golf clinics, including two at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club and one right at the Woodlands.

Hotel Packages

  • Summer Stories Package - Starting at $99 per person per night, includes nightly accommodations at the Williamsburg Lodge, daily breakfast, Colonial Williamsburg length-of-stay admission and $100 activities card.
  • Summer Bounce Package - From $263 per night for a family of four, enjoy three-in-one admission to Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and Art Museums, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, as well as nightly accommodations at the Williamsburg Woodlands.

Admission options

  • Multi-day Ticket. Offers three consecutive days to explore all the Historic Area sites, museums and a wide range of programs and tours.
  • Williamsburg Bounce Ticket. Seven days and three sites: Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area and Museums, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Bounce between the attractions with no limitations.
  • Annual Pass. Experience year-round programs, seasonal discounts and access to guided tours.

Buy online and save up to 20 percent on admission tickets.

Historic Jamestowne
Discover America's birthplace at Historic Jamestowne. Visit the first permanent English settlement and speak with archaeologists. Weekly programming highlights the first legislative assembly, the first Africans at Jamestown, and more. Learn the story of Jamestown through objects found at The Natalie P. and Alan M. Vorhees Archaearium.

  • Meet an Archaeologist. Join an archaeologist on a tour of the rediscovered 1607 James Fort. Free with Historic Jamestowne admission. 11 a.m., Monday-Friday.
  • In the Trenches Tour. Learn about the discovery and excavation of the 1607 James Fort. $30 per person, includes one-day pass to Historic Jamestowne. 10 a.m., first and third Mondays.
  • Curator's Artifact Tour. Learn what happens to artifacts recovered from the 1607 fort excavations. $20 per person. A separate Historic Jamestowne admission ticket must be purchased before the tour. 3 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation, and presentation of 18th-century Williamsburg, VA. Guests are invited to be part of the story as they enjoy: educational and entertaining programming in the Historic Area and at the Art Museums; the WILLIAMSBURG brand and shopping experience; The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg; the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club; fine dining; and the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels. www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Missy Farren & Associates, Ltd
    (212) 528-1691
    Amelie Bruzat
    abruzat@mfaltd.com