Williamsburg is a town rich in history and filled with a wide range of attractions, scenic views, and mysteries that make this charming area a marvellous place to explore. When you visit the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, you can step back in time as you walk the colonial streets, enjoy a visit to one of Virginia’s wildlife museums, or have a refreshing drink at the local pub. In addition to all of the history to explore here, there is a variety of fun things to do, from go-karts to theme parks. Discover the best things to do after dinner in Williamsburg.

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    Go-Karts Plus

    Race around the track like the professionals

    • Families
    • Adventure

    Go-Karts Plus boasts 8 acres of fun-filled adventures, including 4 exciting race tracks, an arcade, a water park, a mini-golf course, and many other entertaining activities for the whole family. Strap yourself into a kart and race around the Indy Track, which features high-banked turns that let you feel like you are a professional racer. For more driving fun, you can jump into a bumper car where you can dodge, swerve, and bump fellow drivers. You can find this park just 6 miles west of Colonial Williamsburg.

    Location: 6910 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188, USA

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +1 757-564-7600

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    Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

    Putt your way through the world of 18th-century buccaneers

    • Couples
    • Families

    Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is Williamsburg’s premier miniature golf course and offers 2 courses that feature sunken ships, caves, and bridges surrounded by cascading waterfalls. The fun pirate theme even includes cannon fire blasted from the renegade buccaneer on his floating raft in the nearby lake. While you're here, you can also learn some interesting facts about Blackbeard the Pirate at the information plaques located throughout the courses. Pirate's Cove is located just a few miles west of Colonial Williamsburg.

    Location: 2001 Mooretown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +1 757-259-4600

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    Schooner Alliance

    Experience a historical sailing adventure

    • Couples
    • Families
    • History

    Step aboard the Schooner Alliance for a unique sailing tour that takes you by the spot where the country won its independence, the Yorktown Battlefield, and the Victory Monument. On this trip along the York River, guests can try their hand at sailing, enjoy a drink from the ship's galley, or just relax and enjoy the feel of the breeze. You can begin your sailing adventure on the Alliance from the Riverwalk Landing Pier in Yorktown, just a 22-minute drive east of city centre Williamsburg. Tours leave 3 times each day from April through November.

    Location: 425 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690, USA

    Phone: +1 757-639-1233

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    The Virginia Living Museum

    Explore Virginia's natural world while creating lifetime memories

    • Families

    The Virginia Living Museum is a sanctuary for more than 250 species of orphaned, non-releasable, or injured animals and connects people to nature through educational experiences that prompt conservation. The museum also has an outdoor butterfly garden with a variety of native plants that provide food for butterflies in both their adult and juvenile forms. Here, you'll see numerous nectar plants that were selected in various heights, colours, and blooming periods to allow for a larger variety of butterflies and extended observation seasons. Before you leave, you can pick up a souvenir from the store that offers unusual science and nature-related gifts. The museum is located just a half-hour drive south of Williamsburg on I-64.

    Location: 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 757-595-1900

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    DoG Street Pub

    The best of an English pub in Virginia

    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • Food

    DoG Street Pub is a gastropub that combines the laid-back impression of a watering hole with the Epicurean charm of a delicious eatery at an affordable price. Whether you like beer, wine, or cocktails, you're sure to find something new to enjoy amongst the more than 100 choices on the menu. The wide selection of beers, cocktails, and supplies are also made available to take home with you in the DoG Street Shop. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, DoG Street Pub honours the dignity and heritage of its namesake, Duke of Gloucester Street.

    Location: 401 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday 11.30 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 757-293-6478

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    Riverwalk Landing

    Enjoy the view of York River as you shop

    • Shoppers
    • Couples
    • Families
    • History
    • Photo
    • Food
    • Budget

    Riverwalk Landing boasts panoramic views of the York River and features waterfront streets lined with amazing restaurants and one-of-a-kind speciality shops sporting Colonial architecture. From Riverwalk Landing, you can enjoy a 1-mile stroll along the York River that takes you from Yorktown Battlefield to the American Revolution Museum of Yorktown. In addition to the everyday dining, shopping, and sightseeing opportunities, Riverwalk Landing hosts a variety of seasonal and holiday events throughout the year. This hidden jewel is located just under 15 minutes east of Williamsburg.

    Location: 331 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690, USA

    Phone: +1 757-890-5900

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    New Town

    Find excitement in a mixed-use urban community in Williamsburg

    • Shoppers
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Food

    New Town is a 365-acre community where people play, work, and live. You can watch the newest film on the big screen at the 12-screen cinema, take a walk through one of the many parks, or visit one of the over 170 businesses to choose from. The open-air shopping centre is located on Main Street and provides more than 300,000 square feet of shops with a refreshing modern design. This vibrant community is located in the historic triangle, which is marked by Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. To explore the area, you can park your car in one of many free parking areas and take one of the transit options that can drop you off all over the area.

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    King's Arms Tavern

    Colonial dining in the historic area

    • Couples
    • Families
    • History
    • Food

    King’s Arms Tavern offers casual dining and 18th-century American recipes featuring prime rib, pork chops, and more, all suited to 21st-century tastes. The candlelight glow, wooden floorboards, reproduction furniture, live musicians, and period-clad staff will carry you back in time to the Enlightenment days. A visit to this historic tavern is a great way to enhance your Williamsburg adventure. King’s Arms Tavern is located just a few miles south of Colonial Williamsburg. Reservations can be made by phone or online.

    Location: 416 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 4.30 pm to 7.15 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 855-240-3278

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    Ghost tours

    Explore one of the most frighteningly haunted places in the world

    • Couples
    • Families
    • History
    • Photo
    • Unusual

    Williamsburg ghost tours can take guests on a unique adventure with a ghost cruise on the James River, haunted pub crawls, or walking tours through the city and area cemeteries. Some tours even offer EMF detector rentals so that you can do some ghost-hunting of your own. If you're travelling with the family, you can easily find kid-friendly tours, so no one has to miss out on the fun. You'll have several tour companies to choose from, but they're all conveniently located with a few blocks of each other, right in the heart of city centre Williamsburg.

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    Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum and 4D Theatre

    Explore the most unusual and weird phenomenons

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Unusual

    Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum and 4D Theatre offers an exciting and bizarre family-oriented experience with over 350 attractions, including shrunken heads, an 8-foot-tall Transformer, and hands-on interactions. You won’t want to miss out on watching 3D films while getting blasted with air, misted with water, and delighting in many more sensory experiences in the 4D theatre. Before you leave, stop by the Sweets Shop, which features over 150 flavours of sweets. You will find this unique adventure located just under 3 miles west of Colonial Williamsburg.

    Location: 1735 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

    Phone: +1 757-220-9220

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