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.

Water Country USA splash areas


   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.

   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.

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

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

   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


   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.

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

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

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



   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.

Golfing in Williamsburg


   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.

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

Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums


   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.

   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, timeless charm and the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

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