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“What a wonderful area to walk and explore”

Colonial National Historical Park
Ranked #7 of 16 things to do in Yorktown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: An area of southeast Virginia where the following major historical sites/towns are linked by a 23-mile road: Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.
Reviewed June 27, 2017

We really enjoyed our visit, a step back in time. Carriage ride, open market, shops and history galore.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed June 13, 2017

First a tip: If you visit Yorktown know that if you visit Jamestowne you can get half off your entrance fee to Jamestowne. I was here on a Sunday in June and I think that's a regular deal, nothing special going on. But check for sure cause it'll save ya some bucks. Yorktown is basically a self-guided driving tour of the various battlefields and camp sights. It's interesting for historians but others might get a little bored because you're essentially just looking at empty fields. Jamestowne is more along with what you expect at a historical sight. There are remnants of the town. Archeological dig sights. Some recreations. Very interesting to walk around and you get more a sense of the history as opposed to the fields at Yorktown. Driving the fields of Yorktown took me 2-3 hours and wandering Jamestowne including the Island drive was another 2-3 hours. Either way they're both worth checking out. But essential if you are into history.

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Steve H
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

We walked the old town then wandered down to the water and the beach. Quaint little town with so much history.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Kim S
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Reviewed April 30, 2017

Colonial williamsburg is currently a two-headed site. Part of it is no-cost to visitors, and there is a charge for specific sites.
For historical interested, do your homework prior to purchasing you tickets. These "admission only" spots bring oral interpretations from paid staffs.
Still, there is enough free things to see that warrant a two, or three day visit. Walk the villages and shoppes before indulging the priced locations.
Adjacent to William and Mary university campus which is worth hiking.

Local attractions including performing arts is a great way to enrich your vacation. Some research prior to travel may be a good idea.

Upon arrival check local attraction lists which may include historical reenactments and taking in music, particularity during the summer months.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank donpipes
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Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

This park is actually made up of three locales: Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Jamestown is the ruins of the historic settlement, while Yorktown is the lovely town and notable battlefield. Colonial Williamsburg is by far the most famous and is worth a day all on its own.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank jehenson81
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