Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the world, a recreation of its namesake city during the days leading up to the American Revolution in the late 18th century. A walk along The Duke of Gloucester Street, the city’s main drag, will take you past many stores, taverns, trade shops and homes belonging to the city’s upper class. Colonial Williamsburg also boasts a military storage magazine, civic buildings, a magnificent Governor’s Palace and well, being 18th Century Virginia, a working plantation complete with slaves. The entire 100-acre site is beautifully authentic with 88 recreated and original structures, dusty dirt roads, giant shade trees, red brick sidewalks, elegant horse driven carriages, (not to mention not so elegant piles of manure) and fluttering British flags, creating an entirely transporting experience not soon to be forgotten.
But Colonial Williamsburg isn’t all muskets and tri-corner hats, the entire historic area is surrounded by an amenity-packed resort with several choices of modern lodging from the casual to the seriously swanky, relaxed and fine dining options, a top-notch golf course, a well-appointed spa and plenty of activities for the kids, creating a perfect family destination--no matter what century your family wants to enjoy.