Taking a field trip from Richmond to Williamsburg, VA

A sunset falls over the York River.
Williamsburg is bordered by the York + James Rivers. | Photo via @visitwilliamsburg

Our readers wanted it, so we’re hitting the road finding fun field trips within an hour or two of Richmond.

One of the most requested cities to spotlight is to the east, the city of Williamsburg.

It takes about 55 minutes to reach the ‘Burg. The Colonial Capital is known for its history, but has many modern draws to keep you in town all day.

A shot of the main walkway in Colonial Williamsburg. It's early morning and covered in snow.
A look at Williamsburg in Winter. | Photo via @colonialwmsburg

History

Colonial Williamsburg can claim the title of World’s Largest Outdoor Living History Museum. Tickets are available for a variety of winter season fare for families, couples + first timers, but you can also walk around the grounds for free. Pro tip: The Fat Canary + The Cheese Shop are must-eats in Merchant’s Square

Outdoors

Take your car or bike along the Colonial Parkway, 23 miles of scenic roads and trails linking the Historic Triangle Williamsburg, Jamestown + Yorktown.

Family

Busch Gardens Williamsburg just started its Winter Weekends event, which will run through Sun., Jan. 23. Expect the park’s classic rides, new shows, kids activities and even a light show.

The sign for Pantheon, Busch Gardens Williamsburg's latest coaster. Fireworks are going off in the background.
Busch Gardens has a whole new coaster debuting in March 2022. | Photo via @buschgardensva

Shop

Williamsburg Premium Outlets has major brands like Adidas, Kate Spade + Gap, with some local restaurants and a food court in between. You can check out what’s coming soon at their list of stores.

Eat

If you’re looking for uniquely Williamsburg food, try some local classics like Colonial Pancake House on Page Street or Sal’s by Victor on Richmond Road.

Drink

There are nearly a dozen local craft breweries in this city. Precarious Beer Project is part of Colonial Williamsburg, and Aleworks Brewing Company has two locations, one in the outlets. For a more rustic choice, try Silver Hand Meadery.  

Stay

If you’re too tuckered out to make the drive back home, you can book a night at the Williamsburg Inn, the Historic Powhatan Resort, or even stay in a Colonial House.


Williamsburg is just the start. Tell us what our next field trip destination should be.