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Homeschool Family Itinerary

Homeschool families, join us each spring and fall for special Homeschool Days to experience revolutionary educational opportunities. Get your special homeschool discounted admission tickets here, then in this itinerary, we’ll help you get the most out of your visit.

Get ready to experience the living, breathing 18th-century colonial capital. A mile long and half a mile wide, the Historic Area boasts historic sites, trades people practicing 18th-century techniques, rare animal breeds, and so much more. Discover our two world-class art museums with thousands of objects on display. Meet the people who bring history to life at programs and events throughout the day.

Planning ahead is key to getting the most out of your visit. We’re sharing our tips on what to do during a visit, whether you’re here for one day or two. Download our homeschool itinerary planner to pick your must-sees out and build your schedule.

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Visit Tradespeople

While some trade shops are too small to have open with current social distancing guidelines, our tradespeople are still practicing 18th-century techniques, and many have temporarily relocated to larger spaces so that you can visit them. Allow 20-30 minutes in each location to ask questions and learn from the skilled craftspeople.

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Plan Your Meals

Savor historically inspired and contemporary creative cuisine.

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Meet a Nation Builder

Time and again, our fans suggest spending time with our Nation Builders. From Thomas Jefferson to the Marquis de Lafayette, any opportunity to learn from these engaging and knowledgeable interpreters is a win.


Enjoy a leisurely ride through the Historic Area by horse-drawn carriage and surround yourself with the sights and sounds of our unique city

See a Performance

Check out a whimsical outdoor play or see what’s showing in the Hennage Auditorium at the Art Museums for great entertainment while you rest your legs.

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Entertainments at the Play House

Programs at the Art Museums

Visit the Art Museums

In addition to the world’s largest living history museum, two hidden gems await in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum features objects that are useful as well as beautiful, while you can find bold and imaginative pieces made by untrained artists at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. It’s warm indoors and with our newly expanded space, there’s plenty of room to explore our exhibitions.

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Check the Events Calendar

Have some time between scheduled tours and programs? Check the CW Planner to find out what else is open and happening during your visit. Here’s how to navigate this tool. Plus, leave time to wander and come upon unexpected experiences. Look for the Grand Union flag out front, indicating open sites that you can enter with your admission ticket.

Stay with Us!

Planning to be here a few days? Enjoy special homeschool family discounts at our official Colonial Williamsburg hotels. Located within and surrounding the Historic Area, you can’t find accommodations closer to all the action.

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Get Digital

Whether you’re looking for pre-trip research or follow-up learning experiences for your homeschoolers, we’ve curated virtual lessons for you in four engaging subjects: Popular Science, Fashion, Apprenticeship, and People of the Past. Check them out here.

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