Williamsburg Journals

Historic Jamestown and Kings Dominion

A January 2007 trip to Williamsburg by Carter

Paramount Kings Dominion Photo, More Photos
Quote: Staying in a cool cabin and visiting Jamestown and Kings Dominion is a kids' dream come true!

Historic Jamestown and Kings Dominion

Overview

Baby You Can Drive My Car Photo,
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After a positive experience at the Cape Hattaras KOA turned my opinion of campgrounds around, I decided to give the one in Williamsburg a try. With 2 adorable children in tow, we stayed in a picturesque little cabin at overlooking a woodland trail, right by fabulous attractions. Everyone had a blast.

Quick Tips:

Group destination tickets for all nearby attractions, the historic triangle (Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown, Busch Gardens/Kings Dominion) are available.

Best Way To Get Around:

There are shuttles to some attractions. Most of these destinations require a lot of walking though.

Williamsburg KOA Campground

Hotel | "KOA Campground"

Williamsburg KOA Campground Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Although the idea of spending a week in one room with 2 children seemed like it might be a challenge, we had a blast. The cabin had a porch over-looking a well-kept nature trail (animals, the cute kind, not the scary kind, frequently stopped by to say hi) and we set up a little tent for the children there (there was lots of room). Activities included skits put on by the staff, tie-dye making and other fun stuff. It was a great place to come back and chill after time at area attractions. Each cabin had a fire pit so we had fun collecting wood and roasting hot dogs & marshmallows. The pool was, of course, great too (more appreciated here than at Hatteras).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Williamsburg KOA Campground
4000 Newman Road
Williamsburg 23188
(757) 565-2907

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This place was a wonderful surprise. I love tavern dining, but my confidence in a 4 & 6 year old sharing the love was not high. Here all were appeased. A gift shop provided cool distractions, from gorgous antiques to whimsical and inexpensive toys the children liked, while we waited for our table. The decor is beautiful and the food superb and very reasonably priced considering it's on par with the finest taverns in old Williamsburg.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

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

Yorktown Pub

Restaurant

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I wasn't sure this would be kid-friendly, but it really was. The view of Water Street was fun and the food was really good. My son was even brave enough to try clam strips, (which he loved). Best known for their pizza, when I saw one, (or rather smelled one), brought to a neighboring table I could see why. All of our food was fantastic, but that looked so incredible we all agreed next time we'd come here just for one of those.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Yorktown Pub
540 Water St.
Yorktown
(757) 886-99

Waterfront

Attraction

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This cute little beach has just enough room for sandcastles and other fun in the sun, plenty of parking and bath-houses and water just the right height for wading. Kids will love watching all the ships that come by, (and they make fun waves!) There's a Ben and Jerrys' along with tons of other restaurants, shops and a Mariners' Museum nearby when you're ready to cool off.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Darn we're not setting sale Photo, Jamestown, Virginia
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Not the best place to go when it's extremely hot (which we did) but still a ton of fun. Watch re-enactors make arrowheads and tan hides, blow glass, and work on replicas of the 3 ships that arrived there. Visit the church and learn about the role of religion in the first Settlement, tour the fort where John Smith met Pocahontas and more. The visitors center has a huge gift shop, a nice cafeteria and some incredible exhibits. Movies the kids will enjoy are shown there too.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

James City County: James City-Williamsburg Community Center
5301 Longhill Rd
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
(757) 259-4200

Paramount Kings Dominion Photo,
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Not far from Williamsburg is Paramounts Kings Dominion, a fabulous theme park for kids and adults. A replica of the Eiffel Tower, Nickelodian kids land, dolphin and other shows and roller coasters from vintage (the still wooden Rebel Yell) to extreme (the drop zone, a terrifying free fall), are sure to entertain (and exhaust) you for hours on end. Get a combo ticket for the water park next door when you're ready to really cool off.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Paramount Kings Dominion
16000 Theme Parkway
Doswell 23047