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Williamsburg for a BIG family of all ages

A June 2004 trip to Williamsburg by zippen3

Kings Creek Plantation Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia More Photos
Quote: The mix of Kings Creek Plantation and so much to do in Williamsburg. There is plenty to do from the young to the older parents and all within easy driving distances. This is a must see place for history buffs to the roller-coaster enthusiasts.

Williamsburg for a BIG family of all ages

Overview

The Loch Ness Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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There is so much to do in Williamsburg it is hard to pick a favorite. Memorable moments include seeing a bald eagle flying around Jamestown, riding the Loch Ness roller coaster 4 times in a row, watching the kids hold on for dear life when going down a water flume, etc...Quick Tips: I highly suggest getting a 5-for-1 park pass that you can buy at Water Country or Busch Gardens. This will pay for parking and admission to all Williamsburg historical areas as well as unlimited admission to the theme parks for 14 days (even though we stayed for 7 days). Kids get in free (6 and under) when accompanied with a adult with this pass.Best Way To Get Around: Utilize the Colonial Parkway and ...Read More

King's Creek Plantation

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Hotel

King's Creek Plantation Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The King's Creek Plantation was a wonderful place to stay. The location of this condo makes driving to any place you want to go a breeze. Water Country is This was a large family vacation with 6 adults and 2 children. The condo was a 3/2 split house with an A/B side. This created absolutely no problems with the inner doors left open. The condo could actually have had several more people with the pullout couches utilized. It had a gas fireplace and a jacuzzi tub in one bathroom. The kitchen in the B side (2BR) had all the ammenities you normally get and was large enough to allow 3 adults to easily work on meals. The A side (1BR) was a mini kitchen, but it was not used by us due to the larger k...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

King's Creek Plantation
191 Cottage Cove Lane
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
1-866-228-6796

Marino's Italian Cuisine

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Restaurant | "Marino's"

Marino's Italian Cuisine Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Our dining experience here was the only bad thing that happened on this vacation. The family was starving and it was in the late evening (9PM). This was about the first place we came to and it was chosen in haste. The service was horrid. The waiter could barely be understood due to poor English and he would always turn away when speaking (NOT GOOD FOR HARD of HEARING FATHER-IN-LAW)!!! We always had to ask for anything that we may have needed. The food was poor at best. Most of it was left at the table. Beware that they tried to charge for refills on sodas that were in 6oz glasses (first one free $1.35 after that.) I stuck to salad and my wife had a pasta dish they claimed was spaghe...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Marino's Italian Cuisine
1338 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 253-1844

Kyoto Japanese Steak House Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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This is a standard Japanese Steakhouse that can be found in any city. What set this Steak House apart was the service and the cook. The service was attentive and the cook kept us laughing during the entire meal. He even kept the kids attention well into cooking the meal. The food was very good. It was a very good experience over all. They stay open later than most restaurants in the area.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2004

Kyoto Japanese Steak House
1621 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757/220-8888

Second St Restaurant and Tavern Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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After playing all day we hurried to find a place to eat that was open past 9 PM. The Second Street Grill was located beyond the main road of restaurants. I am glad we found it.

This is a local restaurant that has a large menu and all of the food is very good. The atmosphere is similar to a Chili's or TGIFs, with a mix of college students and tourists. Our large family received excellent and attentive service. This is definitely a good place to eat at in Williamsburg.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2004

Second St Restaurant and Tavern
140 Second St
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757-220-2286

Old Chickahominy House Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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This an interesting little place to eat. It is a house that has been turned into a restaurant and antique shop. You are seated in a typical dining room of a house with multiple tables that are surrounded with old pictures. You feel like you are visiting some old cabin house in the woods somewhere. Our family of 8 was seated immediately for breakfast, and the staff was excellent. (Coffee always kept HOT.) I would recommend the blueberry pancakes and anything with the ham gravy. The locals eat here as well, and most were very talkative and understanding when the 2 y/o got cranky. See the shop after eating if you have the time. Neat little place that is not hard to find at all.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2004

Old Chickahominy House
1211 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-4689

The Trellis

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Restaurant

The Trellis Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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This is a upscale restaurant in the Colonial Williamsburg area shopping area. Many of the local business people eat here as well. You have the option of eating outside under large trees or inside. We opted for the inside during the mid-day heat, and were seated quickly even during the peak lunch hour. The inside decor is very modern and not the usual colonial dress. Service was excellent. The food was GREAT, and not the typical bill of fare you will find everywhere else. The sandwiches and salads were very fresh and well prepared. I would not recommend this place for kids, but an excellent place for couples. I would imagine this place would be very romantic at night. It was nice to get away ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2004

The Trellis
403 West Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-8610

Busch Gardens

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Attraction

Busch Gardens Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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This was an excellent park for the entire family. I highly recommend buying the 5-4-1 flex pass. This allows for unlimited admission to all Williamsburg area attractions and includes parking ($8)! You can purchase these online or at the front gate. I got them at the gate without any problems. The tickets are well worth their value, because we went to either Busch Gardens or Water Country everyday for a few hours. Our condo was so close, why not? Also, if you have children five and younger they get in free as well. This saved us a small fortune with our two kids. We went the second week of June/04. I recommend this week due to low crowd numbers and the weather was just starting to heat up. Ye...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2004

Busch Gardens
One Busch Gardens Boulevard
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 343-7946

Water Country USA

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Attraction | "Water Country"

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I am not one that usually goes to water parks, but I will always remember the days at this park. My daughter still reminds us of certain rides we went on a month later. Again, we bought a 5-4-1 park pass which I highly recommend. Our condo was less than half a mile from this park, so we would usually hit the park in the afternoon when it got really hot. At this time of year the park was not busy at all, and my daughter and I almost did the entire park attractions in a hour 5-6pm (closing). The park is very clean and well maintained and with an enormous amount of helpful staff. The kids have to wear life vests, but there are plenty around the park free of charge. Lockers are also available (high...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2004

Water Country USA
176 Water Country Parkway
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 343-7946

Colonial Williamsburg

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Attraction

Colonial Williamsburg Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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We purchased a 5-4-1 ticket to get to all the major places around Williamsburg. This ticket is used to get into the tours of the houses, other than the tours you can walk around Colonial Williamsburg for free. When I mean walk I mean WALK. This place is huge and takes up a several city blocks. Not all houses are available to tour year around, but there is plenty to do regardless. I was not prepared for the size of this place. I liked it, but it was not a place to bring small kids that do not appreciate talking tours of houses. I will be back when they are older or just with my wife as a couple. It did get hot in the afternoon, and the family opted for something cooler. PROS: Neat to see ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2004

Colonial Williamsburg
134 Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 4447-679

Yorktown Battlefield

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Attraction | "Yorktown"

Yorktown  Battlefield Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The whole family went together to Yorktown early one morning (8am). The temperature and humidity would begin to make things miserable before noon, and we got there before the visitor center opened. This happened to be the best time to go. Not only was it cooler to walk around, but we had the area free to ourselves with a few locals on their morning walks. There is a large monument to the battle here, as well as older homes. There still is a Yorktown town that has a shopping area with antique and tourist shops. The shops did not open until 10am or later so we did not get a chance to go in, but window browsing was just as exciting. Plenty of rabbits for the kids to chase in the open grass ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Yorktown Battlefield
Colonial Parkway 13 miles east to Yorktown
Williamsburg, Virginia
(757) 898-2409

Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown Visitor Center

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Attraction | "Jamestown"

Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown Visitor Center Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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There are actually two parts to this area. The first is the actual settlement run by the National Park Service. There is only a Church that is left from the actual settlement. There is a monument and a ongoing dig onsite. The visitor center in this area is closed due to previous hurricane damage, and will be rebuilt in a safer area later this year. The bay has Bald Eagles to observe for bird lovers. The other area is a restored area that is excellent for learning about Indian and Colonial times. There is an Indian Village and Early American Fort to go through. The Indian Village is maintained by actual Natives that provide a wealth of information. The fort has several workers dressed up as we...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2004

Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown Visitor Center
1368 Colonial Pkwy
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-1733

Loch Ness Monster Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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This is for those who want to know what the rides are like and how the dining is at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. THEATERS: First, there are 2 4-D rides/movies. 4-D means it feels you are in the movie itself. RL Stine's Haunted Lighthouse is a 900-seat theater with specific show times. I wouldn't worry about getting in line due to large theater. Instead, grab some ice cream and let the crowd dwindle down (chances are you'll get a better seat after they push everyone over anyway). Excellent show, and you will get a little wet. The other is the Corkscrew, which the line begins in a dark cool tunnel. This is the place to be in the afternoon heat. The ride itself has moving seat. This is not fo...Read More

Rides at Water Country

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This was a great family water park. At this time of the year, the rides have few if any lines and you have no problem keeping your kids within eyesight. My 5-year-old daughter is 46" tall and could ride everything that didn't require a life vest, which were really short water tunnels with a deep ending. RIDES: BIG DADDY FALLS=My favorite family ride. This is a large raft with great twists and turns. With my father-in-law in it the raft seemed like it would tip over. Myself, wife, 2 kids, and father-in-law got in one all together. This was a blast. Later, just my daughter and I got on and we still had an awesome time. AQUAZOID=This is also a big family ride, but most of it is...Read More