Know Before You Go: About Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s tree-lined roads and restored architecture hearken back to a time when George Washington walked the streets


Boasting one of the lowest crime rates in the state, you'll find Williamsburg as desirable now as it was more than 200 years ago. It’s also just a great place to enjoy a relaxing getaway with your family away from the stresses of the nine-to-five work week.

Weather Tips for Planning Your Trip

Pay a visit to Colonial Williamsburg as early as March to take in dazzling displays of daffodils and the sweet scent of flowering cherry trees. Summer temperatures rarely top 90 degrees in the city, but humidity can rise nearly as high, making it the perfect opportunity to head to one of several water parks throughout the area. Nighttime temperatures dip down to near freezing by early October, ushering in autumn foliage in blazing colors of yellow, orange and red. You'll find winters in the city mild, with only a few inches of snow monthly. Daytime temperatures in the high 50s make it easy to enjoy the great outdoors, and the nights hover just around freezing.

History, History, and more History!

If you’re a history buff, you'll love delving into the stories of the city's rich past. Between visits to the old courthouse, the capitol and other buildings of yesteryear, there’s so much to do and see. Let your taste buds take a trip back in time at Kings Arms Tavern or Josiah Chownin restaurants. At Tavern, enjoy mouthwatering favorites, such as chop of shoat—a colonial twist on porkchops—served by waiters decked out in tall socks, ruffled shirts and powdered wigs. You can also enjoy an attraction the revolutionaries never had the chance to—Water Country USA, known as the best water park in the country.

Business of Tourism

When you visit Williamsburg, you support its top industry—tourism. Major employers in the city include the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, as well as area restaurants, hotels and retail shops. Education is another important industry. The College of William and Mary employs more people than any other establishment in the city, and Walsingham Academy ranks among the top 15 largest employers. The city is also a significant player in the healthcare industry. Sentara Healthcare is the city's fourth-largest employer.

Getting Around Williamsburg

If you fly commercial, you'll arrive at the Williamsburg Newport News International Airport, only 19 miles south of the historic district. Getting around the city is easy—just enter the bus stop number nearest to your location on the Williamsburg Area Transit website from your smartphone. It will tell you when the next bus arrives. You can also rent a bike at the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport if you want to reduce your carbon footprint.


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