Williamsburg, New York

Take a step back in time by visiting Virginia’s charming city, Williamsburg. Once known as the state’s political and economic centre, Williamsburg is an incredibly popular place to visit on a trip through North America. Nowadays, the city is known as the ultimate centre for the interpretation and preservation of colonial American history. Museums, incredible plantations and monuments are some of the places visitors can stop by to learn more about this time. Those seeking thrilling entertainment can head to the city’s fantastic water park (the biggest in Virginia!) and theme park, while those hoping to observe a colonial dance and explore grand, colonial living can stop by the Governor’s Palace.

American Cruise Lines are one of the cruise lines that port near Williamsburg.

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7 night cruise sailing from Baltimore aboard the American Star.
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Port Location

River cruises typically dock at the Port of Yorktown. It is only a short drive to Williamsburg.

Port Facilities

There are numerous facilities located near the port. These include:

  • Restaurants

  • Hotels

  • Cafés

  • A convenience store.

How to Get Around

Once in Williamsburg, visitors can explore the historical area by foot. River cruises will typically organise transport to Williamsburg from the docks, but there are taxis available to catch as well.

Travel times from Port of Yorktown

By car/taxi:

  • It is a 20 minute journey to the heart of Williamsburg

  • It is a 19 minute journey to Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center

  • It is a 17 minute journey to Water Country USA

  • It is a 1 hour journey to Berkeley Plantation

  • It is a 19 minute journey to the Governor’s Palace.

General Information

  • Currency – Have some United States dollars (USD) in your pockets when visiting Williamsburg. Banknotes are printed in USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50 and USD$100. You will find that coins are available in denominations of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and both a silver and a gold USD$1.

  • Time Zone – Williamsburg follows Eastern Standard Time (EST), which puts the town 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Saving Time is observed from March to November, putting the town 5 hours ahead of UTC during those months.

  • Weather – Mild temperatures are common in Williamsburg and Yorktown. Summers are comfortable, with averages reaching around 21 degrees Celsius. During winter, temperatures can drop to -1 degrees Celsius.

Highlights

  • Water Country USA – If you’re planning on stopping by Williamsburg during summer, be sure to drop in to the thrilling water park, Water Country USA. At 17 hectares, it’s Virginia’s largest water park. Visitors and locals alike flock to its many pools and slides to cool off. Colossal Curl is one of the newest thrill rides in the park, which takes riders on an adrenaline pumping experience as they travel through a funnel before swishing around tubes that rise high above the park. Those needing relaxation can take a leisurely swim in Surfer’s Bay, or they can stretch out on a sun lounge.

  • Berkeley Plantation – One of the most historic plantations on the James River, Berkeley Plantation is not only beautiful but historically rich as well. The very first and official Thanksgiving was held here in 1619, and it was the birthplace of America’s 9th president, William Henry Harrison, and Benjamin Harrison. While you visit Berkeley Plantation, you will be treated to architectural wonders and incredible antiques. Breathtaking visions of the James River can be enjoyed from beautiful terraces.

  • Colonial Williamsburg – A walk through Colonial Williamsburg will show you the daily life of the citizens who lived through wartime struggles. Visitors love exploring its fantastic variety of art museums and strolling past beautiful colonial structures and pristine gardens. Budding spies will love joining the RevQuest mission, where players can act as secret agents to Governor Jefferson to help thwart Britain’s attack on Virginia. Golfing and spa dates are other great pastimes in this charming part of Williamsburg.

  • Busch Gardens – Williamsburg is home to a world of fun with its fantastic theme park, Busch Gardens. With exhilarating rollercoasters and fantastic dining and shopping options, visitors to Busch Gardens have plenty to see and do. Depending on which season you’re visiting in, you can be treated to Halloween thrills or a Christmas wonderland.

  • Governor’s Palace – See what life was like in Williamsburg right before the Revolution. As its name suggests, the Governor’s Palace was once home to 7 royal governors, as well as the Virginia’s first 2 elected governors. Visitors are treated to opulent architecture in a grand ballroom, as well as an incredible display of period swords and guns. People often enjoy running through the maze in the gardens, and those wanting to escape the bustle of town can sit back and relax. There are often events hosted in Governor’s Palace, including colonial dances.

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