Day 1 the choice was Colonial Williamsburg. When planning the vacation, we (my sister and I) had found some different packages and broke them down, to figure out if package pricing or individual pricing was going to be better for us. I will try to remember to tell how we did each of our pricings for the day!
Colonial Williamsburg, we thought would not only be educational, but since my husband and mom are history buffs, that they would enjoy it also. We liked the idea of the hands on with the children. There being 7 kids, hands on is really the only way to go! Non touching just does not seem to happen with 7 children all 9 years and under down to age 2. So touch away we say!
Our thoughts of what was going to be happening were not exactly as it was. We thought that the kids would be more active in each of the events being taught how to make bricks and such. Maybe we just did not hit the right areas, but it was still fun to go through. The t0wn part (which was most of it) you can hit for free. It’s just the museums and tours that you are paying for. So, if your not into the museum things, you might want to just do the walking of the town, trust me, just that will take you all day!
Strollers, take strollers, to all of these places if you have little ones. Yes, some areas you are not able to get strollers into, but you will so have to carry you critters… so take those strollers! We had 2 individual and 1 double with us. Shyla would have never been able to walk the entire route! It was a lot of walking and standing. And my double stroller, while at times it would have been nice, would have been a pain in my rear! My sisters double was a side by side, and it made it nice for the kids to get in and out of quickly! So take your strollers if you have little ones!
Just a little hint!!! Use the bathrooms as you find them! My poor little ones had accidents. So if traveling with the little critters USE THEM POTTIES!!! Luckily the accidents were as we were heading back to the car, because being an unprepared mommy of 3, I did NOT pack extra clothing….. I was so sad for the critters…
After telling you about potties, I am going to tell you about drinks! They have these drink cups! Refillable drink cups! Free refills, not sure if this is every year, but for this summer, free refills all summer! So we bought some cups and filled them up all day. Most of the places have the fountain drinks, so we kept getting lemonade. However one of the shops, kind of off the beaten path had Root Beer Floats! Ohhhh so yummy on a hot day!
We had a great time, and everyone got along, my parents are each still in one piece. The kids loved spending time with the other kids. With this all being outdoors, there were times, that they could get ahead of us, to burn out some extra energy. My mom and Sean loved being able to take in the history parts!
This was a Garden area that my sister absolutely loved. We kept meaning to go back all wk, because she is wanting a Magnolia tree so bad. And we forgot to actually look for one the first time. We never made it back so she was bummed! Maybe we can find her one soon?? This area was very nice, and is where I took the picture of the kids in front of the tree! Did you see the tree? It looked fake, it was real. Not sure what kind it was, but it was soooo cool. They had them all over town.
One of the men we met while walking through town, was a local! He had recommended a restaurant for us to go to. It was back closer to our hotel. So, we went, it was a place my sister was interested in going anyways, so all that much better to be recommended. Was I impressed by it? NOPE, so we won’t go there, however I will say, that my sisters little guy, had a VERY bad stomach and had a major deal going on, so she had to take a napkin from the table back to the hotel with us. I would call it stealing, but she says she gave the employes the chance to tell her she could not take it. She offered to leave it!!!
Anyways this was a nice place to visit! We bought the tickets over the phone (you can buy online too for same price, but in person is more). We purchased the Bounce Pass (Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA for 7 days unlimited) We picked the tickets up at the window! They were very nice on the phone and in person! You are able to utilize a military discount if you wish. For us, being there for 7 days and going to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, it was better to buy the bounce tickets!
The bounce tickets online sale price good for up to 7 consecutive days! $103.60 each adult and youth $86.80 each. This saved us money, because we would not have to pay for the 3 year olds at Busch Gardens or Water Country USA. Look at the site I connected to, it will give you fantastic breakdowns. No extra discounts on the packages, but these were the best way for our families to go! Especially if you know that you want to hit places more than once! If you are not sure, just ask the associates on the phone, they were more than happy to help!