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First Timer’s Itinerary

From Historic Trades, to tavern meals, to one-of-a-kind evening programs, these fan favorites will make for an unforgettable visit!

 

Begin your day at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center. Here, you’ll find the best free parking as well as friendly Colonial Williamsburg staff members to get you started on your adventure.

At the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, you can redeem tickets purchased online, or if you have not yet purchased a ticket, you can buy one.

Next, hop on the free Colonial Williamsburg shuttle bus. The Colonial Williamsburg shuttle buses run daily from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. and stop at each stop at least once every fifteen minutes.

This means the program is family-friendly.

Tip:

If you’ve planned ahead and know which activities you’d like to do while you’re here, you can get your free reservation tickets while you are at the Visitor Center.

Morning Activities

Take the shuttle to the Market Square stop.

Powder Magazine

Listen to stories of British and American military forces in Virginia as you explore the site where military equipment was stored.

R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse

Learn about the Stamp Act and experience the place where Williamsburg’s citizens and visitors meet to share news, do business, and debate politics. Be sure to try a taste of American Heritage hot chocolate while you’re here.

Capitol

If you’re sharing a First Timers experience with young children, you’ll want to check out Seats of Power: A Children’s Tour of the Capitol *. (You’ll need to have a free reservation ticket.) Otherwise, participate in Resolved, An American Experiment*. (This requires a free reservation ticket.)

*Seats of Power and Resolved occur several times daily. Check our calendar for event times.

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Take the shuttle to the Palace stop.

Peyton Randolph House

Home to one of America’s most prominent families. If you are touring with children, be sure to stop by Patriots at Play , located just behind the Randolph House. Here, kids will be able to participate in hands-on activities that immerse them in 18th-century life.

Governor’s Palace

Home to seven royal governors and the first two elected governors in Virginia, the Palace was meant to project British authority and wealth. Young children will enjoy the Children’s Tour of the Palace . This tour occurs multiple times daily*. (This requires a free reservation ticket.)

While at the Governor’s Palace, don’t miss the exquisite gardens!

*Children’s Tour of the Palace occurs several times daily. Check our calendar for event times.

Midday Activities

Take the shuttle to the Museums stop.

Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Explore both the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum - both are under the same roof! Here you’ll find breathtaking exhibits as well as activities for children and families. If you are interested in a guided experience, you can join the Decorative Arts Highlights Tour or the Introduction to Folk Art Tour, both of which have multiple, mid-day start times.

Museum Café

Grab a quick bite at the Café located on the main level of the Art Museum building.

Historic Tavern

Looking for an 18th-century dining experience? Visit one of our historic taverns and enjoy colonial favorites.

Or

Take the shuttle to the Capitol stop.

Capitol

If you’re sharing a First Timers experience with young children, you’ll want to check out Seats of Power: A Children’s Tour of the Capitol *. (You’ll need to have a free reservation ticket.) Otherwise, participate in Resolved, An American Experiment*. (This requires a free reservation ticket.)

Raleigh Tavern Bakery

A trip to Colonial Williamsburg isn’t complete without a stop at the bakery. Here you can grab a fresh ginger cookie, a cold cider, and even a sandwich for lunch.

Historic Tavern

Looking for an 18th-century dining experience? Visit one of our historic taverns and enjoy colonial favorites.

*Seats of Power and Resolved occur several times daily. Check our calendar for event times.

Afternoon Activities

Take the shuttle to the Palace stop.

Peyton Randolph House

Home to one of America’s most prominent families. If you are touring with children, be sure to stop by Patriots at Play , located just behind the Randolph House. Here, kids will be able to participate in hands-on activities that immerse them in 18th-century life.

Governor’s Palace

Home to seven royal governors and the first two elected governors in Virginia, the Palace was meant to project British authority and wealth. Young children will enjoy the Children’s Tour of the Palace . This tour occurs multiple times daily*. (This requires a free reservation ticket.)

While at the Governor’s Palace, don’t miss the exquisite gardens!

*Children’s Tour of the Palace occurs several times daily. Check our calendar for event times.

Or

Take the shuttle to the Market Square stop.

Powder Magazine

Listen to stories of British and American military forces in Virginia as you explore the site where military equipment was stored.

Courthouse

Experience Order in the Court*, where you can participate in a local court session. (Not intended for young children due to subject matter.)

Brickyard

Give our brickmakers a hand by taking off your shoes and stomping water into clay. You can help make what will one day be a piece of our City!

*Multiple occurrences throughout the afternoon. Check our event calendar for up to date information.

After your day of activities, you can take the shuttle bus from any stop, back to the Visitor Center. Not done exploring yet? Most locations are open until 5:00 P.M.. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open until 7:00 P.M..

Admission Ticket Selection

 

Looking for something to do in the evening? Try one of our Evening Programs. From ghost tours, to public trials, to 18th-century concerts and magic shows, there’s something for everyone! See our Evening Program schedule on the event calendar for more information about which programs are showing, and to buy tickets. Some programs are not appropriate for young children.