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16 Must Do Summer Activities at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts

Summer has arrived at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts, bringing with it long, warm days and a calendar bursting with exciting things to do! Whether you’re a history buff seeking a unique educational experience, a family looking for splashtastic fun, or a foodie with a taste for delicious dining, there’s something for everyone. So, grab your sunscreen, pack your walking shoes, and get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure!

Here’s our list of the top 16 Summer activities at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts:


Free & Open to the Public


1. Sing along or learn a new song at Merchants Square’s Summer Concert Series.

A lineup of up-and-coming artists and veteran on-stage performers are bringing their tours to Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square for this free concert series. As you explore scenic downtown Williamsburg, let the summer vibes overtake you and the music bring your group together on the first Friday of every month.


2. Cool off with a cold beverage.

As you venture through the Historic Area under the sunshine, purchase an ice-cold Chowning’s Root Beer or King’s Arms Ginger Ale at numerous locations up an down Duke of Gloucester Street!


3. Shield your face from the Sun in style!

Visit the Shops of Colonial Williamsburg and pickup a tricorn cap, a straw hat, and some Thomas Jefferson sunglasses to stay cool and look cooler in a Colonial kind of way.


4. Scream “Huzzah!” for Ice Cream.

Visit Dubois Grocer in the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg or Baskin Robbins in Merchants Square to get your fix of creamy flavors.


5. Summer Movie Nights in Merchants Square.

Outdoor movies don’t quite date back to the 18th-century, but we’re bringing back the trend this Summer in Merchants Square, with family friendly movies on the first Sunday night of each month.


6. Find a Shady Spot to Reconvene with your Group

Colonial Williamsburg is an official arboretum, so gather under the massive Compton Oak or find one of our many other shade-giving trees.


During your resort stay…


7. Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites: Fun Zone

Check your children into the daily Fun Zone programming (for Woodlands guests only). Activities include, Arts & Crafts, Group Games, Evening Entertainment (movies, magic, mini golf, & more), Karaoke, Pool Parties, and all sorts of other themed adventures!



8. Test the Waters

Relax in our well-shaded and private Tranquility Pool at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy the Activity Pool at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, or bring the kids to the outdoor pool and splash park (exclusive for Woodlands Guests).


With a ticket or reservation…


9. Tee Times at The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club

Williamsburg Golf Package

Choose an afternoon tee time at one of our championship golf courses. Enjoy special twilight rates, watch the sunset as you play, and stay out of the midday heat.


10. Services at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

Select a signature treatment at our spa, and start feeling relaxed and renewed after time in the summer heat.


11. Meet our Historic Bookbinder

Are you the type who enjoys reading a good book in the summer sunset? Come see our bookbinding shop and discuss 18th-century literature with out experts!


12. Enjoy a view as you chat and chew.

Make a lunch reservation at the Gold Course Clubhouse Grill or a dinner reservation at The Williamsburg Inn‘s Social Terrace for some of the best summer views in all of Williamsburg.


13. Step inside, where the adventure continues!

Homeschool Days

Visit one of our insightful indoor exhibitions, like the Public Hospital of 1773, The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, The Governor’s Palace, and plenty more, to catch a break from the summer heat.


14. Meet our Clothing Experts and Discuss Your Summer Wardrobe

Was there even such a thing as breathable fabric in the humid Summer days of Colonial Virginia? Come visit our Milliner, Weaver, and Tailor and find out for yourself!


15. Reserve a Tennis Court

Enjoy one of our 8, well-shaded tennis courts at The Williamsburg Inn Tennis Club, adjacent to the Griffin Hotel and the Williamsburg Inn.


16. Enjoy Outdoor Dining in the Historic Area

Settle down for a meal under the grape arbor at Chowning’s Garden Grill or dine under Shields’ Tavern Pavillion.

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