This Father’s Day, show Dad how much you appreciate him with a weekend-long trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. There are plenty of activities in the Williamsburg area that will accommodate any of your dad’s interests. Whether a thrill seeker who loves fast-paced, energetic roller coasters, a history buff who is interested in the days of the Civil War and the birth of America or a lover of nature who would enjoy a hands-on experience with more than 250 animal species, there’s something for all dads in Williamsburg this Father’s Day.
For the Adrenaline Junkie Dad –
If your dad is craving a little speed and adventure, there are a couple of attractions that will suit his needs. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is home to more than ten rides and coasters, including the brand new Verbolten ride. When you and your dad travel through Busch Gardens, you’ll be traveling around the world in a sense. Each of the six sections in the park is modeled after different European countries, including France and Germany. The new ride, Verbolten, is located in the Oktoberfest section and will take you on a journey through a forbidden forest, with a drop nearly 90 feet down at the end. There are also a variety of other activities in the park, besides the rides, including shows such as Celtic Fyre, Pirates 4-D and Sunny Days Celebration with the Sesame Street crew for those dads with younger kids. You can also explore all of the animal exhibits, such as the Highland Stables, where you can learn some of the herding techniques from the old Scottish traditions.
If you are looking for an exciting way to cool down from the summer heat, Water Country USA is another popular attraction you and your dad will love. Water Country USA is the largest family water park in the mid-Atlantic area, and it combines a 50’s and 60’s beach scene with more than 35 rides and slides that will get you soaked. The newest water slide at the park will make you scream with both fear and exhilaration. Step into a skybox, then take a deep breath as you prepare yourself for the inevitable – when the floor drops out from beneath you. You’ll slide, straight down, from 75 feet high. Check out all of the other thrilling slides and water rides, then settle in for an action-packed show at the Caban-A-Rama Theater. Aquabatics! is exactly what it sounds like – water acrobatics! High-dives, trapeze acts, trampoline stunts, athletic acrobatics and more all combine into one, high-action show.
For the Dad Who Loves to Tell Stories –
“Back when I was a kid, I had to walk to school uphill both ways…” If your dad’s anything like mine, you may have heard this story and many others like it before. “We had to write everything out on a typewriter,” “we listened to music on a record player,” “when we wanted to talk to our friends, we mailed them a letter…” If your dad is nostalgic for the “simpler times,” then he may be interested in a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown Settlement or any of the other attractions in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. At Colonial Williamsburg, you and your dad can take a step back in time – all the way to the 18th century. Hear the story of the birth of America, from costumed interpreters to redcoats on horseback. Traveling with younger children? They’ll love having the opportunity to dress up in the clothing of the Colonial time and “walk in the shoes” of the country’s founding fathers.
Immerse into an adventure through history at the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. The founding of the first permanent English colony, the Revolutionary War, the establishment of a brand new nation – all of this and more will be covered at these two exciting museum attractions. At Jamestown Settlement, you can hear the story of those who founded the colony and of the Virginia Indians they encountered there through the galleries and an introductory film presented at the museum. Then, at the Yorktown Victory Center, go forward in time a little and learn facts about the American Revolution your history teacher never told you. You can really show dad a “simpler time” when you visit these three great attractions.
For The Nature-Loving Dad –
For those dads who want to relax a little and get more in touch with Mother Nature this Father’s Day, there are two activities in Williamsburg that he is sure to enjoy. On the Miss Hampton II Cruises, you can experience the only tour of the Hampton Roads Harbor, the famed site of the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac. Sail past Chesapeake Bay, stop at the historic Civil War island of Fort Wool and hear an informative tale of the powerful warships at Norfolk Naval Base. All of this and more awaits you and your dad on a peaceful and scenic cruise.
Finally, at Virginia Living Museum, you can give Dad the chance to explore a native wildlife park, a science museum, an aquarium, a botanical preserve and a planetarium, all in one location. Over 250 species are presented throughout the museum’s exhibits, including Cypress Swamp, Virginia’s World of Darkness and the Appalachian Cove. This Father’s Day weekend, you can also give Dad the gift of a trout. The Virginia Living Museum is offering dads the chance to name a trout in the Mountain Cove for just $5. This money will go towards the care and feeding of his trout, and Dad will receive a special certificate. Or, for just $15, you can give him the chance to actually feed his fish.
There’s something for every dad in Williamsburg this Father’s Day. Make sure you stay nearby it all. Book a room at any of these or other hotels in the area and have the opportunity to mix and match from all the different activities, while making a comfortable and accommodating hotel your home base to your vacation. The Quality Inn At Kingsmill will put you nearby Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, while offering you an affordable and comfortable stay. Westgate Historic Williamsburg will add to your cultural experience, situating you close to Colonial Williamsburg and the Jamestown Settlement. There are a variety of other hotels that will give you the chance to make the most out of your trip to Williamsburg this year, so make sure you take the opportunity to treat your dad to the perfect Father’s Day weekend.