Here's all you need to know to get Colonial Williamsburg Virginia discount admission tickets. (If you really want to do things on the cheap, scroll down and I'll tell you how to see much of the Historic Area for free...and how you can eat in Williamsburg for less!)
Plus, scroll down for military, senior deals, and winter Admission Deals!
Let's start with the basic admission info...
Visit Colonial Williamsburg between the beginning of January and mid-March and you may save 30% off the regular admission.
This year, their "Winter Season Special" allows you to visit all the usual sites for only $24.95 for adults and $12.50 for youth.
Want to visit multiple consecutive days? Their Multi-Day Pass is just $28.95 for adults and $14.50 for youth. (Be sure to order them ahead of time online to get this price; buy them at the ticket office and you'll pay $3 more!)
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 Tickets
Adults - $41.95 / Youths Ages 6-17 - $20.95 (prices are for Jan-March)
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.
Multi-day ticket (3 days of unlimited visits)
Adults - $49.95 / Youths Ages 6-17 - $24.95 (prices are for Jan-March) (Buy your tickets online and you'll save $4 per adult ticket and $2 per child ticket.)
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: $11.95 Adults; $5.95 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/
Even with the admission discounts I'll discuss below, the Historic Area isn't cheap. But you CAN see much of it for free.
And if you want to skip the pricey tourist spots, here's how you can eat well for less at Williamsburg.
Discounts on Colonial Williamsburg Virginia tickets come and go throughout the year, so it's hard to keep track of the latest deal. Below are past and current deals, but for the latest updates, be sure to subscribe to my VA Beach Blog Daily Deals.
Last year they offered military members and first responders--police and fire and rescue members-- an annual pass for the price of a single-day ticket. No word yet on whether they will offer it again this year.
However, 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.
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. They have yet to offer that deal again this year, but I'll post it if they do. Currently, the "Local Guest" single-day ticket price is no different from that for out of town guests. However, look below for their "Good Neighbor" discount.
Bring a Friend Deal
A few years ago, 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 visit from April to May 31st, Colonial Williamsburg offered residents of Hampton, Newport when 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.
Homeschoolers- March 15-16 and Sept. 6-21
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. Here's the link for more info.
(See the "Winter Deals" above for details)
Combo tickets for Colonial Williamsburg Virginia may not always be a good deal.
For example, I priced the America's Historic Triangle ticket, which at $83.50 for adults and $37.75 for youth includes admission to Colonial Williamsburg Virginia, Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center.
I 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 7 days.
So here's a pro of this ticket option:
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!
And here's the con:
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.
Good Deal: Get a Bounce Ticket in the Summer
Priced at $140 for adults and $115 for youth, the Bounce Ticket is a great deal in the summer (especially if you buy it online, which saves you $20 off each ticket). Good for 7 consecutive days, this ticket gives you admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and (during operating hours May through the start of September), Water Country USA. You'll also get free parking at all three sites.