Things To Do Nearby

Things to do nearby

From roller coasters to horse-drawn carriages, local craft breweries to colonial pubs, days out on the golf course to nights out at star-studded concerts, a vacation to Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg puts you at the center of it all in Coastal Virginia. Take a look below for suggestions on crowd-pleasing, family-friendly attractions, as well as unforgettable things to do for adults. There are so many local favorites, attractions and interesting places to go that you’ll want to turn any weekend getaway into something more.



OUTDOOR RECREATION & ACTIVITIES

Water Country USA cabanas

Dive into more thrilling water fun at Water Country USA ®—Virginia’s largest water park, located right here in Williamsburg only three miles from Busch Gardens.

Choose from an abundance of biking routes and outdoor activities including the new Virginia Capital Bike Trail.

Paddle out on Virginia’s most picturesque rivers and waterways for boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

Explore Coastal Virginia with all the biking, kayaking, swimming, surfing, walking, attractions and sunning of Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach
 

Lace up your boots for everything from an easy stroll to a challenging trek on one of the area’s many hiking trails for some free family fun.

Biking

Hit the greens at some of the country’s best golf courses.

Water Country USA water playground
Paddleboard

Reach new heights at a zipline and ropes course adventure park—great for families and friends alike.

Virginia Beach

Take your pick of the area’s best parks for outdoor activities, including family-friendly playgrounds and expansive preserves full of natural wonder.

FOOD & SPIRITS

Dining

Refuel after shopping or a walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg at one of the many delicious and family-friendly restaurants and taverns.

Tap into Williamsburg’s expansive winery and craft brewery scene. It’s a local favorite.

Start your day at one of Richmond Road’s numerous pancake houses before an exciting day of adventure with the family at Busch Gardens.

Inhale the intoxicating smoked pork at local BBQ dining favorites.

ARTS & LOCAL FAVORITES

Wander through the impressive museums and galleries of Williamsburg.

Galleries

Satisfy your art craving at more than 30 art galleries that specialize in folk art and fine art.

Art on the River
Williamsburg Symphony

Stop into some of Williamsburg’s best live music venues.

Live music

Visit a local Farmers Market where you will find local, fresh seasonal food and farm products.

SHOPPING

Go shopping in the boutique-lined streets of Colonial Williamsburg and Merchant’s Square.

Browse home decor, outdoor living, kitchen essentials and unique finds at the Williamsburg Pottery.

Snag deals on brand name designers, electronics, cooking and more at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets.

Please all your senses with attractions at the Yankee Candle Flagship Store.

Shopping

RELAXATION

Indulge yourself after a day of exciting rides and adventure with a relaxing spa day — either on the river or in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.

Treat yourself to a spa after a day at the parks

Finish your Busch Gardens vacation with a visit to one of more than a dozen golf courses nearby.

Golfing in Williamsburg

History

Walk in the footsteps of our nation’s founders in
Colonial Williamsburg. Don’t forget to stop in a historic tavern for a pint after a full day of historical reenactments, candle making, cannonball forging, walking tours and carriage rides.

Colonial Williamsburg: Games
Colonial Williamsburg: Fifes and Drums

See what life was like for Pocahontas and other early Americans in nearby Historic Jamestowne, where you’ll find archeological artifacts, a breathtaking riverfront and more. Jamestown Settlement offers reenactments and additional storytelling near the site of the original colony.

 

Visit the beaches and battlegrounds of the historic area of Yorktown, with its 18th-century architecture and the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Jamestowne Settlement

Take a walking tour through the stately and historic Route 5 plantations, home to some of America’s most wealthy and prominent colonial families.

18th-century history

Images courtesy of Virginia Beach CVB, Visit Williamsburg and York County Tourism