Travel by Train: Williamsburg and Virginia Beach


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Take a trip to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach for the best of both worlds - a historic experience and beach vacation. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the U.S. This beautifully restored 18th-century town features costumed actors who re-create the American Revolution. Tickets are required to enter and provide access to historic sites, museums and programs.

Visit the Jamestown Settlement to experience America's 17th-century Colonial beginnings and board replicas of the three ships that brought American's first permanent English colonists to Virginia. Interact with costumed Native Americans in the Powhatan Village through live demonstrations of cooking and tool-making. In James Fort, watch tradespeople show off their skills.

Take a Tavern Ghost Walk to learn about ghosts who still haunt Colonial Williamsburg's taverns and historic buildings. This early-evening activity is suitable for all ages.

A European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm, Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers 100 acres of family fun. Roller coasters and gentle rides for the little ones make this a fun destination for the entire family.

Beat the heat at Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic's largest water park, where a 1950-'60s surf theme entertains all ages. Get wet on water slides, falls and water cannons.

Need more soaking? Virginia Beach offers beautiful beaches, a lively boardwalk, a historic lighthouse and outdoor activities. Hike or bike around First Landing State Park to discover cypress swamps and nesting grounds for a variety of birds.

For more ideas, go to visitvirginiabeach.com and visitwilliamsburg.com.


Why take the train? Passengers on Amtrak trains heading to Williamsburg have an added bonus with a layover in Richmond, Va. Take a 15-minute taxi ride to Maymont Park. Explore a beautifully preserved 100-acre park with a Victorian mansion, formal gardens, Children's Farm and Nature Center with trams and carriage rides. There is a snack bar at the Nature Center and ice cream man past the Fox habitat toward the Japanese Garden. When you arrive in Williamsburg, the train station is perfectly located just a few steps from Colonial Williamsburg hotels.

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