I'll even tell you how you can eat well for less at Williamsburg?
Let's start with the basic dmission info...
Scroll down military and first responder deals!
Visit Colonial Williamsburg between the beginning of January and mid-March and you'll save 30% off the regular admission.
Their "Winter Season Special" allows you to visit all the usual sites for only $22.95 for adults and $11.50 for youth .
Dressing up at the Benjamin Powell House at Colonial
Want to visit two consecutive days? Their Two-Day Pass is just $29.95 for adults. Winter two-day youth tickets are only $14.95. (Save $3 per ticket if you order them ahead of time online.)
Is the Winter Season Special worth it? You'll definitely need to bundle up some days (although it's not unheard of to get 70 degree days this time of year). Some of the minor buildings may be closed, but all the major buildings will be open. Crowds? None.
Regular Season Single-Day Ticket (mid-March-Dec)
(Look below for Jan-March Admission prices...)
Adults - $39.95 / Youths Ages 6-17 - $20.95Buy tickets online and get $3 off each ticket!
INCLUDES: single-day admission to most Historic Area sites, including the Capitol, and most exhibition buildings except for Governor’s Palace, Colonial Explorer Activities, Revolutionary City productions, Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and Bassett Hall. Add-ons include: Governor's Palace - $9 & Audio Tour - $6
Multi-Day Ticket (April-Dec)
Adults - $47.95 / Youths Ages 6-17 - $24.95
Buy tickets online and get $4 off each ticket!
INCLUDES: Two consecutive days of admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, including the Governor’s Palace, Capitol, Great Hopes Plantation, and authentic 18th-century exhibition sites. Excludes Colonial Explorer Activities, The Revolutionary City, and Bassett Hall. Add on: Audio Tour - $6
Adults - $59.95 / Youths Ages 6-17 - $30.50
INCLUDES: Daily admission to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area exhibitions and the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg for up to a full year, Colonial Explorer Activities, The Revolutionary City, 25 percent discount on evening Colonial Performances tickets. Add ons: Governor's Palace - $9; Audio Tour - $6.
Petting the horses at Colonial Williamsburg during Homeschoolers Day in March.
Colonial Williamsburg Museums
Colonial Williamsburg has three museums: DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and Bassett Hall. All three are included in the Multi-Day Ticket, Good Neighbor pass (see below) and Annual Pass.
If you want to go to the museums alone, here are the prices:
Single-day Pass: $9.95 Adults; $4.95 Youths Annual Pass: $19.95 Adults; $9.95 Youths
You can buy these tickets at the museums or at the main ticket office.
Here's important contact information:
Colonial Williamsburg Virginia phone number: 1-800-HISTORY
Colonial Williamsburg Virginia website: http://www.history.org/
Military Discount & First Responders Discounts
Now through June 10, military members and first responders--police and fire and rescue members-- an annual pass for the price of a single-day ticket. Click here for more info.
Active-duty military and their dependents always get 10% off at the gate. Or, stop by your MWR/ITT office to get a special Military One Day Plus Pass. Last year for a limited time, they offered military members a deal where they could buy an annual pass for the same price as a single day ticket.
Seniors & Virginia Resident Discount
Seniors always get 10% off admission. But last year, between Labor Day and the end of the year, seniors got unlimited admission to the Historic Area for just $37.95. No word yet on whether they'll offer that deal again this year.
Visiting the printmaker shop at Colonial Williamsburg.
Bring a Friend Deal
In 2012, residents of James City, York, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg could bring a friend for free during April if you bought an annual pass. I'll keep you posted if they offer it again this year.
Local Resident Deal
Want to pay for a single day at Colonial Williamsburg and visit all year for no extra charge? Last year, you could from April to May 31st, Colonial Williamsburg offered residents of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Poquoson, and and James City and York counties the chance to visit both the Historic area and their art museums of Colonial Williamsburg for one full year for the price of a single-day ticket.
So you could save almost $20 on an adult annual pass, and over $10 on a kids' annual pass. Not bad for just happening to live nearby! Again, keep checking back or subscribe to my VA Beach Blog Daily Deals to see if they offer it again.
Good Neighbor Pass
Through the "Good Neighbor" Card program, Williamsburg area residents can visit for just $10 per adult per year.
This program is available to residents of the City of Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County.
Youth 17 can join for free, as can employees of the local "jurisdictions," and students, faculty and staff at the College of William and Mary.
Good Neighbor Card benefits:
To get or renew a Good Neighbor Card, go to the Colonial Williamsburg Virginia Visitor Center. Bring a valid Virginia driver’s license and a current utility bill (e.g., heating/AC, phone) as proof that you occupy a local residence.
Students can prove their status with a student ID card, report card, class assignment letter, or a curriculum approval letter for home-schooled students.
Educator/Museum Professional Discounts
Show your ID at the ticket window and get a discount - not available online.
Winter Homeschooler Event - Feb 16-21
Tickets are $9.50 adults and $7.50 for kids when you preregister. What a deal! This amazing price gets you into everything, including the Governor's Palace and the Capital Building-- plus gives you access to special interactive activities.
And if you miss that date, they'll offer a Fall Homeschooler Event - Sept. 7-22.
Visit During the Winter (see top of page for details)
Combo tickets for Colonial Williamsburg Virginia may not always be a good deal.
For example, we priced the America's Historic Triangle ticket, which includes admission to Colonial Williamsburg Virginia, Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center.
We couldn't see how it really saved any money over buying separate tickets, so we called the web site! (Anything for you, right?)
Here's what they said at the ticket office: "The America's Historic Triangle ticket isn't so much for a cost savings-- it's more for flexibility, so you can go wherever you like whenever you like." Further clarification, please?
At some of the sites, an individual ticket is only good for the day of purchase. So if you are planning on seeing all the sights, but make some last minute changes to your itinerary, the America's Historic Triangle can make things a bit easier, since it's good for 5 days (buy it through a Williamsburg hotel, and you can get it good for 7 days at the same price).
Loved visiting the Wigmaker's shop at Colonial Williamsburg Virginia? Want to go back a second day? No problem, if you have the Historic Triangle ticket. Bought a regular Colonial Williamsburg ticket (or even the Jamestown Settlement/Yorktown Victory Center combo ticket) and want to go back a second day? You'll have to pay again!
On the other hand, if you don't make it to one or more of the Historic Triangle sites, you'll definitely lose money. So make sure you really do plan to see them all before you buy one of these "mega" combo tickets.
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