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
Brass Cannon Brewing–With a tasting room of beer brewed on site, Brass Cannon Brewing is a stop for any enthusiast. The beers of Brass Cannon are the result of blending modern techniques with traditional styles, mixing new and old world ingredients to create new and amazing flavors. For more information, call 757-566-0001 or visit brasscannonbrewing.com.
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. For more information, call 1-800-343-7946 or visit buschgardens.com.
The Comedy Club—The Comedy Club presents Williamsburg’s best live entertainment featuring performance artists who serve up hilarious nightlife. Their comedy events are a favorite part of Williamsburg attractions and activities. They are always one of the Top 10 Things To Do this week for evening entertainment. So, whether you’re a resident or a visitor, take a trip to the best live entertainment available in the area. Sometimes there’s also live music involved. Going out to The Comedy Club is an event on most vacation planning calendars. Vacationing families and locals comeback regularly to enjoy talent-filled and entertaining shows. Afterall, The Comedy Club is historically hysterical! For more information, call 757-286-9448 or visit comedyclubwilliamsburg.com.
Eco Paddles by Chesapeake Experience—Powhatan Creek, a tributary in the lower James River, is known for its exceptional biodiversity. This paddle begins at the James City County Marina near Jamestown and winds up the creek. With National Park Service lands on one side and small communities lining the 22 mile watershed, it is not uncommon to see bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, great egrets and beautiful fresh/brackish water marsh plants in bloom. The most impressive part of the Powhatan Creek paddle are the bald cypress trees lining the shoreline! If the tour makes it far enough, paddlers will get a chance to get up close to one of the oldest living trees in Virginia! Beauty is seen either on the morning or late afternoon/evening paddles. This is a kayak trip not to be missed by the nature lover! chesapeakeexperience.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. For more information, call 1-800-971-8271 or visit 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. For more information, call 757-564-7600 or visit gokartsplus.com.
Jamestown Discovery Boat Tours—Located at James City County Marina. Jamestown Discovery Boat Tours offer scenic and historic views from the James River. Tours are 90 minutes along the beautiful James River traveling around the historic Jamestowne Island. All tours are handicap accessible and offer a new view of the history and beauty of the river. JDBT is owned and operated by Master Captain Corey J. Fenton. Captain Fenton is a native and long-time waterman of Williamsburg, Virginia. Tours are available at varying times depending on the season. Group rates are available. Private charters, special events and fundraising groups are also available. For reservations and tickets, call 757-253-TOUR (8687) or visit jamestowndiscovery.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. For more information, call 757-253-4838 or toll-free 1-888-593-4682 or visit historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm.
Virginia Musical Museum—Come tour a collection of antique musical instruments, and memorabilia of over 25 Virginian musicians. At this museum, you can also see a piano gallery, circus and amusement park attractions. Three are a variety of antique music boxes, nickelodeons, phonographs and organs also available to see. For more information, call 757-303-5907 or visit virginiamusicalmuseum.com.
Williamsburg Dinner Theater—Enjoy this new attraction in 2015 with authentic Greek food and evening entertainment every Friday night. This is located at 5351 Richmond Rd. inside the Quality Inn & Suites. williamsburgdinnertheatre.com
Williamsburg Winery—Virgina’s largest winery with an annual production of some 60,000 cases. Tours and wine tastings are available. For more information, call 757-229-0999 or visit williamsburgwinery.com.