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Hi, all. I've got a conference for work in Colonial Williamsburg in a few weeks, and DH and the kiddos (aged 1 and 4) are coming with me. I have been there once when I was about 12, and had fun, but I'm not so sure about what to do with the kiddos that young. Any ideas?<br><br>
Also - BIG QUESTION - how do strollers fare in wililamsburg? I recall the cobblestone streets, but can't remember if that was throughout and there are less bumpy sidewalks or not. I'm thinking cobblestone and a double stroller don't seem to go well together.<br><br>
any suggestions/advice will be much appreciated!
 

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i used to live there, its really just Duke of Glouster (sp) street that is cobblestone but it does have sidewalks too. that street is the main street in colonial williamsburg, there are tons of restaurants around wmbg, but honestly i lived there for 3 years when i was in high school so i wasn't really on the lookout for kid friendly stuff, kwim? but there is a huge tourist, information center that i am sure would help you, they prob. have a website too! i hope you guys have a fun trip!
 

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Hi. We live in Richmond, but go to Williamsburg often. They have outlet malls where I get clothes for the kids when they are on sale. Probably not your idea of fun with 2 kids though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> But we also go down there for fun. Caleb (4 yo) LOVES the Yankee Candle Store. It is on Rt. 60 and huge. There is a Winter Wonderland where it snows every 15 minutes, and the clock has a show that plays about every 15 minutes. Santa is there, along with a toy/candy store. There's also a place inside that he can "make" his own candles. He just picks the candles and then dips it in the color he chooses.<br><br>
Caleb likes to walk around Colonial Williamsburg. I don't know how long he'd stand it, but he doesn't mind to go there.<br><br>
One thing we did a few weeks ago was go to Jamestown. It's not too far away from Williamsburg (7? miles) and walked down to the glass house. It's free. There is also a recreated Jamestown fort that you can tour, but it's $14. It may be worth it. I've taken 4th graders on a field trip there and they love it. They have actual longhouses that you can go in and show life the way the Native Americans were living it before the English came. They also have the 3 ships that you can go aboard. (you'd have to sling the lo) There's a cannon firing and blacksmith in the fort. We didn't take Caleb there, b/c I didn't want to spend the money that day, but we'll go back someday. I think he'd enjoy it. What we did do, though, was take the ferry boat across the James River. You can see the 3 ships from the ferry and when you get to the other side, just turn around and go back. Caleb LOVED the ferry. There's an observation deck that you can go up in, or you can go stand at the front or rear of the ferry. He thought it was awesome.<br><br>
There's also an awesome park somewhere, but I don't know where.<br><br>
And of course, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is there, but we've never been with Caleb. For some reason theme parks just aren't my idea of fun with a 4 and 1 yo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Oh, and strollers should be fine. Like the pp said, there are sidewalks in Williamsburg. 1 thing you might want to know though, if you don't have a pass to ride into the Colonial part, you may want to drive to the "back" and park near the shops. (It's late and I can't think of their names right now). It's seriously right through the back of the parking lot and you're there instead of having to walk and walk and walk from the visitor's center down to the 'village'.<br><br>
Have a fun trip!
 

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nak<br><br>
3 words:<br><br>
Water Country USA<br><br>
bring swim suits, and a chair, and let them frolic in the kiddie pool. Or the shallow end of the wave pool.
 

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when i was in high school, we used to go to Jamestown and watch their movies (they are shorts like 20-ish minutes) to sit in the AC, now in early 2000-2001 yuou could get in free if you lived there-they always asked me for my zipcode. the zipcode there 40324 if you are interested <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I wouldn't pay to get into CW. You can just walk around all the buildings anyway, and your LOs aren't going to be interested in going into any of the buildings. To just look, see the gardens, etc., is free. OTOH, only your DH would need a ticket anyway. There's a yee old colonial bakery that is good for a cookie break, plenty of outdoor animals, and things to see. If you want to take a horse and carriage ride book it a day ahead (I learned from hard experience and a devestated child). Good places to eat are towards William and Mary, which is also a very child-friendly campus. I think your kids are a little young for the water park, Busch Gardens, etc. Your stroller should be fine - there are non-cobblestone sidewalks!<br><br>
Have a great trip.
 

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I'm late to responding, (and new here), but maybe you haven't gone yet. We went there on vacation last year with a 1 and 3 year old. Water Country was great. Definitely worth the money. My kids even liked the lazy river thing.<br><br>
Colonial Williamsburg was ok, but it was very hot and didn't hold their attention well.
 
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