There are entertaining options for everyone in and around James City County. Three local movie theaters, a bowling center, and community theater performances are just the tip of the iceberg.
In James City County
Busch Gardens Williamsburg—With dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, shows, a wide variety of authentic foods, shops, and a magical children’s area, Busch Gardens is the place for family fun. Each October, Howl-O-Scream features bone-chilling scare zones, frightening shows, and gruesome creatures that lurk around the park. In December, Christmas Town features holiday traditions, dazzling shows, and millions of twinkling lights. 1-800-343-7946. buschgardens.com
Eco-Discovery Park—A true eco-tourism destination. The park is designed to promote adventure and recreation in a manner that appreciates the natural world. Current amenities include canoe and kayak rentals, with available guided tours; bike rentals and marina. Additional planned features include a nature trail system, exhibit areas and amphitheatre.ecodiscoverypark.org
Go Ape –Take one lush, green forest and a healthy dose of breathtaking scenery; blend with a smattering of treetop high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire) and wind-in-your-face zip lines; finished off with a mega dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan and you end up with a spectacular outdoor adventure experience for the whole family.goape.com
Go-Karts Plus—This family fun center features four go-kart tracks, miniature golf, bumper boats, kiddieland, bumper cars, midway games, a snack bar, an arcade, and more. (757) 564-7600. gokartsplus.com
Jamestown Settlement and Island—America’s first permanent English settlement. The story of the people who founded Jamestown and of the Virginia Indians they encountered is told through film, gallery exhibits and living history. Outdoors, visitors can board replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, explore life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village. historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm
Williamsburg Winery—Virgina’s largest winery with an annual production of some 60,000 cases. Tours and wine tastings are available. (757) 229-0999. williamsburgwinery.com