Yorktown Victory Center Museum

Visiting the Yorktown Victory Center Museum Near Williamsburg, Virginia

Every year, people from all over the country visit the Williamsburg area in Virginia on vacation. While the area is home to a number of world class theme parks and other attractions, the biggest draws are the sites of historical significance that are found here. If you are staying in or near Colonial Wiliiamsburg and looking to make the most of your time here by visiting all of the most important historic locations, you will definitely want to make time in your vacation itinerary to visit Yorktown.

Yorktown’s Victory Center is one of the best museums and educational centers in the country for finding out more about the lead up to the American Revolution, and the effect the events of the war had on real men, women and children. The victory Center features a number of well presented indoor exhibitions, explaining about things like the Declaration of Independence and what it meant to real local people at the time, as well as the ships involved in the war that used the York river.

For history buffs, this museum is a must see, however it is also accessible enough that it will be interesting to all of the family. In addition to the indoor displays there are also outdoor recreation scenes where you can explore a farm and a soldier’s camp. There are also daily live displays of weapons, where you can see a cannon fired, among other fascinating artillery.

The Yorktown Victory Center is open all year round, with the exception of the major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year), and is open from 9-5 or 6pm if you visit in July and August. Admission costs $9.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids, except for children under 6 years old who can enter for free. You can find out more about the Victory Center by visiting their official website at http://www.historyisfun.org/ or by calling 888-593-4682 or 757-253-4838.

Williamsburg Winery

Visit the Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia is best known as a tourist destination for its historical sites and some of the great, educational recreations of revolutionary life you can see in places like Yorktown and Jamestown. It is also a well equipped family fun destination, with fantastic parks and resorts like Busch Gardens to give all the family lots of opportunities to enjoy thrilling rides and take part in exciting activities. What many visitors to the region don’t realize, however, is that Williamsburg also produces some world class, award winning wines.

At the Williamsburg Winery, you can indulge in fine food to accompany the local wine, take a tour of the winery complete with tastings of some of their best vintage wines, or even stay at their luxurious Wedmore Place lodgings. There are two different tour options available, a $10 tour for the more casual enthusiast who wants to see where the wine is grown and made and taste some of their produce, and a more extensive $35 tour experience where you will also get to taste some of the reserve wine collection with a specially selected cheese board. The $35 tour has to be booked in advance at least 24 hours before you want to attend, and has very limited availability. You can call to arrange it on 757-229-0999 ext 129. The $10 tour is easier to get on and available every day. If you want the basic tour and tasting with lunch included at the site’s beautiful tavern, then you can buy this as a package for $30.

In addition to taking the tour, you can also shop at the fine wine shop on site at the winery where you can buy all of the wines you’ll sample on the tour, so if you discover one you really love, it is easy to take a case home with you!

The wine tours, because of the alcohol consumption involved, are only suitable for adults. For more information about the Williamsburg Winery, their lodgings, and their award winning wines, take a look at their official website on http://williamsburgwinery.com.

Williamsburg Botanical Gardens

Visiting Freedom Park and the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia

Freedom Park is a recreational park that also has a rich and storied history. It was the site of a battle called the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary in the Revolutionary War, as well as an 18th century cemetery, and prior to this is was a settlement in the 17th century, which is currently being studied by archaeologists investigating the area’s history. In the 19th century, it became on of America’s first free black settlements, and you can see three cabins from this period that have been lovingly recreated

The park can be explored on foot or by bicycle, and there are hiking trails through the forest covering around two miles as well as twenty full miles of specially made mountain bike paths. Cyclists are not allowed to use these in certain weather conditions because this can cause the trails themselves to deteriorate, so if you are planning a cycling day out in Freedom Park and you aren’t sure about the weather, you can find out if cycling is available in the park calling 757-259-4022.

In addition to the historical sites and the vast forest with its easy to explore trails, you can also check out the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens at Freedom Park. These lush gardens are carefully maintained to create a beautiful and fascinating environment with over 800 species of  plant life.

Finally, there is also a visitor’s center and meeting complex called the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. This has displays of many of the archeological recoveries from the Freedom Park site, as well as maps and an interactive digital tour of the park area. It is also available to be booked for events and conferences.

The park is open daily from 7am until the sun goes down. The Freedom Park Interpretive Center is open from 10-5 on weekdays and 9-5 on weekends.

Colonial Williamsburg

At the heart of the city of Williamsburg, Virginia is Colonial Williamsburg, a fantastic recreation of the 18th century Virginia capital. There is loads to see and do in Colonial Williamsburg, from museums and reenactment performances through to great shops and restaurants, as well as an excellent golf club and spa. There are also six official hotels that you can stay in while you enjoy your vacation here.

In colonial Williamsburg, as much as possible is done to give you the feeling of stepping back in time to the 18th century, while still offering you all of the amenities of a modern resort. This means you can enjoy period food and music in a tavern favored by George Washington, or get involved in an interactive live spy game where you role play someone in revolutionary times trying to work out who you can trust and who is a spy for the other side by completing code breaking puzzles and quests. You can also buy traditional crafts and merchandise, and take a variety of different guided and self guided tours of the city and the museums.

To see everything in Colonial Williamsburg and gain access to all of the museums, as well as the tours, you need to buy an admission ticket. These vary in price depending on how many days you want to be able to access the resort for. A ticket for three consecutive days, which will allow you to enjoy all of the things there are to discover, will cost $49.95 for an adult or $24.95 for a child aged over 6. You can get a discount on these ticket prices by buying them online, so it is advisable to get your admission tickets from the official Colonial Williamsburg site at http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/tickets/ticket-options/. A single day admission ticket will cost $41.95 for an adult or $20.95 for a child with no online discount currently offered, so it really is very good value to get the three day ticket if you have enough time to spend in the area.

You can also get tickets that grant you admission to Colonial Williamsburg as well as other attractions, for example you can get a ticket for $140 for adults and $115 for children that grants access to Colonial Williamsburg and also Busch Gardens and Water Country USA (seasonal). Check the website for the best option to suit you and your group, or call (757) 229-1000. There is also a lot of information about Colonial Williamsburg on the history foundation website at http://www.history.org/