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Williamsburg Area Features

What's New?

When it comes to staying “in the know,” Colonial Guide does the work for you. New events, attractions and businesses are always coming to the Greater Williamsburg region. We’ll share the hottest news for 2018 so you can make the most of your visit to the area.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

One of the most awaited attractions in the Historic Triangle recently opened in 2017 to great acclaim. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown displays this pivotal chapter of our nation’s history in dramatic demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and 4D theaters. Statues of famous revolutionaries are poised around the building, and preserved articles from the 1700s are plentiful throughout. This museum caters to both the historian who seeks to further develop their knowledge of this era and the school-aged child who is just beginning to explore the story of America’s independence. Outdoors, colonial life can be witnessed in the re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and a Revolution-era Yorktown farm. Stick around for the cannon demonstration. It’s a blast!

Battle for Eire at Busch Gardens

Virtual reality is coming to Busch Gardens in 2018 in a tumultuous way… The new Battle for Eire ride takes you on an epic journey through the mystical lands of Ireland—the Otherworld. You’ll meet a few key characters including Addie, the last fairy guardian and her dragon friend, Ollie. Together, you’ll experience soaring around castles and over land on a quest to save the magical land from enemies. With the help of the VR headsets and the flight simulator, the engaging storyline will come to life and riders will experience and feel every aspect of the saga. This is the first virtual reality ride of its kind in North America and on it, potential heroes can help recover the heart of Ireland and protect the magic that exists on the island. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been named the “World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park” for the 27th consecutive year by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. This new ride just adds to the park’s appeal!

Colonial Williamsburg Museums

It was recently announced that the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will be getting a major overhaul. Located in the Public Hospital of 1773, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum have received the green light for a $40 million expansion. Work began in 2017 and though the project will not be complete for a few more years, the museums will continue to be open to visitors who wish to see the impressive galleries filled with antique furnishings and an astonishing collection of American folk art.

New Exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum of Art

In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums opened at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art earlier this year. In the 1600s, the Italian artist Caravaggio showcased his paintings that eventually inspired a new class of artists called “Dutch Caravaggisti.” He was famous for his chiaroscuro technique, which employs strong contrasts between shadows and light to create dramatic effects in paintings. Among the famous masters whose art reflected Caravaggio’s work are Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, and Hendrick ter Brugghen. A unique collection of masterpieces by these and other artists will be on display until May 13. This is your opportunity to see some of the best works of art from the collections of museums in the southern United States, under one roof.

Extending a Warm Welcome

Every year the Historic Triangle sees the rise of new stores and businesses. Many of these may be of interest to you! Please join us in welcoming these businesses to the area:

  • Skrimp Shack: Strange spelling but awesome food. Since its recent opening, this restaurant has been very popular!
  • Old City Barbecue: Serving locally procured, succulent, slow-roasted meats with delicious sides.
  • Billsburg Brewery and Amber Ox Public House: These two breweries debuted in 2017. Visit to find out what’s on tap!
  • Backyard Birder: Offering supplies and feed for our feathered friends.
  • And look for the opening of ΚΕΦΙ (Kefi, meaning "fun") in 2018! We expect delicious cuisine from this Greek restaurant!
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