Music aficionados will be sure to love the Virginia Musical Museum, where historic and beautiful instruments from throughout Virginia's history are on display. Visitors to the museum will learn all about the fascinating history of music in Virginia and will recognize some of the famous musicians that have come out of Virginia, including June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, and Wayne Newton. Kids will delight in watching the music boxes and nickelodeons play music, witness a talking doll, and explore the amusement park musical instruments. Whatever your age, you are sure to be fascinated by the instruments on display at the Virginia Musical Museum.
Explore sunken ships, wander past waterfalls, and look for gold - all with a golf club in hand. Pirate's Cove offers 18-holes of pirate-themed mini-golf that is sure to delight players of all ages. The course winds its way through perfectly curated pirate scenes, including a giant pirate ship that 'launches' canons overhead.
Established in 2000, The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is a gorgeous botanical garden that is home to over 2000 trees and other flora. The property consists of more than 15 species of daffodils in the bulb garden, lilac and wildflowers like rattlesnake master and blanket flower. However, the most popular area in this green cover is the butterfly garden where visitors can marvel at hundreds of butterflies. Besides the scenic beauty of the landscape, Williamsburg Botanical Garden is also known for its sustainable gardening practices like its green roof pavilion. Visitors can not only enjoy the natural scenery, but they can also participate in educational tours.
Flanked by the meandering James River, Historic Jamestown is the erstwhile site of the iconic James Fort. An expanse soaked in enriching history and culture, this is the site which marks the existence of the early English colonists who set foot in North America. Having yielded mysteries and original remains of the fort, this site is home to an archaeological museum called The Archaerium, which illustrates the beginnings of the town, its colonial history as well as its earliest industries. Set along the banks of the river, the Dale House Cafe has on offer some increasingly delectable dishes, while the Glasshouse is yet another place to soak in the town's rich history. Known to be the earliest permanent settlement of the English in America, the town shelters a troupe of notable attractions like the Tercentenary Monument, the Governor Harvey House and the deeply antiquated Jamestown Church.
In operation since 1933, Kimball Theater is an independent theater that can seat 410 people. Featuring chandeliers, warm lighting and elegant wall sconces, the theater has a cozy ambience for catching the latest event. Besides the main theater, there is also a 35-seat screening room that shows contemporary, art house films as well as films by independent filmmakers. The theater presents all kinds of programs, from question and answer sessions with iconic people to dramas and live music events. There is also a bar on-site from where patrons can buy drinks and refreshments.
Located inside the College of William & Mary, the Muscarelle Museum of Art was created after locals realized what a wealth of art the university had accumulated over the years. The exhibitions held here are dramatic and thought-provoking to say the least, while the permanent exhibition is a class apart from the others you may have seen. Abstract Impressionist lovers will delight in this art haven that has preserved its treasures magnificently. Check website for details.
Meridian Coffee House is an on-campus coffee shop at College of William & Mary. The venue is student run and also doubles up as a concert and art exhibition venue. During semester, the cafe is open from 7p to 12a daily. With a eclectic crowd and a laid-back atmosphere, this is a great place to discover local talent, new artwork, and mingle in a relaxed setting.
Located on the Old Campus of the College of William & Mary, the Sunken Garden is an expansive stretch of grass that is extremely popular with students who come here to study, socialize and play. Take a stroll with your special someone in the evenings or simply enjoy the lush greenery of the garden. The garden was designed by architect Charles Robinson in the early 19th Century and since then, it has been a major historical attraction.
The Capitol was built in 1705 and housed colonial Virginia's House of Burgesses. The brick building was destroyed in a fire in 1748 and the rebuilt Capital was the sight of several important events, including where Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech against the Stamp Act and where Thomas Jefferson debated the importance of religious freedom. In December 1779 the Virgina government moved to Richmond and the building was used for various businesses, including as a law school and as a military hospital, until it was destroyed in 1881. In 1934 the Capital was rebuilt once again, this time to look like the original Capital, and it was furnished with period decor. It is now it open for tours where you can learn about the Colony of Virgina and the American Revolution.