Known best for its historic Colonial Williamsburg, the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, offers unique tourist attractions, as well as a beautiful setting for a tranquil retirement. The area is rich in American history, but it also has modern-day attractions such as Busch Gardens and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum.
Williamsburg is located in Eastern Virginia, about 37 miles north of Norfolk, between the James and York Rivers. The city is just 30 minutes from Newport News and about one hour north of the popular Virginia Beach resort area. Further to the northwest, Williamsburg is just one hour from all the urban attractions in Richmond, the state capital.
With its inland setting on the Virginia Peninsula, Williamsburg has cool and mild winters, and hot, humid summers. Average high temperatures during the peak of summer are in the high 80s, although days can easily climb into the mid-90s. Winter are cold, but mild with average days in the high 40s or low 50s, and nights in the low 30s. The area sees some occasional snowfall, but it doesn't last long.
Tourists and locals alike can enjoy the way history comes alive in Williamsburg. The area is best known for Colonial Williamsburg, a historic town that preserves and displays life in Colonial America. History buffs will also want to visit Historic Jamestown, Historic Yorktown and the Jamestown Settlement. Just a few of the historic sites in Williamsburg include Virginia's first capitol building, the Governor's Palace, the Berkeley Plantation and the Sherwood Forest Plantation. The area is also home to the Mariners' Museum, America's National Maritime Museum.
For more modern-day excitement, try a visit to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA or the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum and theater. Oenophiles will love tours and tastings at the Williamsburg Winery, while golfers can enjoy challenging play at dozens of top golf courses, such as the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Kiskiack Golf Club or Williamsburg National. The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is also a must-see attraction for nature lovers.
Active adults who choose to live in the Williamsburg area will find several fabulous age-restricted communities with new construction and resale homes. Colonial Heritage, by Lennar, features an 18-hole championship golf course, an amenity-rich clubhouse and approximately 1,800 homes. The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is a mid-sized community with resort-style amenities and about 400 homes by multiple builders, while Ryan Homes' The Groves at New Kent is a more intimate community of just 155 single-family homes.
Whether planning a visit or a quiet retirement, Williamsburg offers a unique charm and historic setting not far from the shores of Eastern Virginia.