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July 12, 2011

Summer Season Offers Families Adventure, Mystery and Fun

This summer Colonial Williamsburg offers families a variety of new summer programs designed to engage and inspire in new ways. Just one of the many reasons to go online at to plan a visit.

Starting July 15, kids of all ages can play RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros, an alternative reality game that gives players the opportunity to solve clues online which, in turn, leads to solving a mystery onsite. Armed with an admission ticket, wits and a cell phone, families will decipher codes, gather clues and uncover information directly from Historic Area interpreters in order to prevent a terrible crime and save the American Revolution from catastrophe. For more information about RevQuest: Sign of Rhinoceros visit

During July and August, start the weekend Friday evenings on the Palace Green with A Salute to the Nation, a dramatic presentation of the inspiration behind the very idea of America, featuring music, a short fireworks display and a march down Duke of Gloucester Street by Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes & Drums. This is a memory-making experience that every family will want to experience.

Seven days a week, “when the lights go down, we don’t go dark!” Live After 5 offers a schedule of evening programs from Pirates Amongst Us to Tavern Ghost Walks conveniently scheduled so guests can enjoy tavern or 21st-century dining before or after a show. Also new, during the Cressets Ceremony, each night families can gather under the light of wood-fired cressets to hear music and meet interpreters as day turns into evening.


Families staying at the Williamsburg Lodge, the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites and the Governor’s Inn can join in the fun and create memories that will last forever with FunZone activities that include:

  • Themed Pool Parties. Young guests can participate in a Beach Bash with water volleyball, fetch the penny and limbo, and enjoy beach music at the Williamsburg Woodlands pool.
  • Lawn Games. Youngsters play on fun outdoor games on the lawn including hoops and sticks, graces, trap ball and volleyball.
  • Table Games. Kids can learn to play some table games from the 18th century such as Close the Box, the Game of Goose, Whist and other table games popular during colonial times.
  • Craft Time. Young guests create a scrapbook page to display their favorite photos of their trip to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and museums.
  • Golf Clinics. Families can take advantage of three golf clinics. “Mastering the Short Game” and “Fundamentals of the Golf Swing” begin at the Golden Horseshoe Gold Pro Shop. “Putt with a Pro” meets at the Woodlands Mini-Golf Course.

    Kids Join New Revolutionary City Scenes

    During Revolutionary City, the Historic Area transforms into a live dramatic street theater. Here, the events of the American Revolution play out in the stories of everyday life told by the residents of 18th century. This summer juvenile actor/interpreters perform in two new scenes, “For Love of My Country” and “Swordplay, a Lesson from the Fencing Master.”

    Our most popular admission options

  • Multi-day Ticket. This ticket offers three onsecutive days to explore all the Historic Area sites, museums and a wide range of programs and tours.
  • Williamsburg Bounce Ticket (7 Days and 3 Sites). Something for everyone—Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area and museums, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. This popular ticket allows you to pop back and forth between 18th-century and 21st-century fun. Visit as many times as you like up to seven consecutive days.
  • Annual Pass. Colonial Williamsburg has so much to offer every season of the year. Join us as a pass member and experience year-round programs, seasonal discounts and access to special topic-guided tours.

    Buy online and save up to 20 percent on admission tickets at all summer long!

    Historic Jamestowne

    Discover the birthplace of America in Historic Jamestowne. Visit the first permanent English settlement and speak with archaeologists at the excavation site. Enjoy special Saturday programming highlighting the first legislative assembly convened in English North America, as well as the first Africans at Jamestown, and the connections between Henricus and Jamestown. Learn the story of Jamestown through objects found on-site at The Natalie P. and Alan M. Vorhees Archaearium.

  • Meet an Archaeologist. After learning the story of the founding of Jamestown at the Visitor Center, join an archaeologist on a 45-minute walking tour of the rediscovered 1607 James Fort. Free with Historic Jamestowne admission. 11 a.m., Monday–Friday through Oct. 26. (No tours on Sept. 5.)
  • In the Trenches Tour. Go under the ropes with William Kelso, director of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, and learn about the discovery and excavation of the 1607 James Fort. $30 per person includes a one-day pass to Historic Jamestowne. 10 a.m., first and third Mondays through October except Sept. 5.
  • Curator’s Artifact Tour. Go behind the scenes with senior curator Bly Straube and learn what happens to the artifacts recovered from the 1607 fort excavations. Youths 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $20 per person. In addition, a separate Historic Jamestowne admission ticket must be purchased before the tour. 3 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays through October.

    To download your copy of Family Summer adventure, visit

    America’s Historic Triangle Tickets

    Enjoy the full colonial experience! Unlimited admission for five historic sites—Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center—for seven consecutive days! America’s Historic Triangle tickets available at, Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center and the Historic Jamestowne store.

    Hotel Packages

  • Summer Stories Package– Summer discoveries. Summer delights. Summer stories starting at just $99 per person per night, includes nightly accommodations at the Williamsburg Lodge, an official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel and daily breakfast including gratuity. Colonial Williamsburg length-of-stay ticket for the Historic Area and Art Museums. $100 activities card.
  • Summer Bounce Package – Three sites, one low price of just $263 per night for a family of four, the package includes nightly accommodations at the Williamsburg Woodlands, an official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel. Three-in-one tickets for general admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Valid for up to seven consecutive days.

    For all of Colonial Williamsburg’s lodging options, visit

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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