Slide into your vacation with a stay at one of these superb hotels and B&Bs, within a flume’s reach of Virginia’s wildest water park.
Pack a swimsuit, grab the sunscreen, and get ready to watch your skin wrinkle: Water Country USA has the most waterslides and lazy rivers in the state. Only a paddle away from historic Williamsburg, Water Country floats fun to families of all ages. Children’s play areas keep your little guppies safe, while raft rides will thrill the older fish. Swim over to after buoying your vacation at these hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.
If Water Country USA is not enough to satisfy your inner thrill-seeker, let DoubleTree by Hilton double the fun with a trip to Busch Gardens. The hotel will shuttle you straight to the park, so you can focus on working up the nerve to take on the Griffin, the Alpengeist, and spooky Verbolten. Enjoy a morning egg or pastries at the Harvest Grille, but be warned – the Loch Ness Monster coaster is a stomach-flipper.
The Fife and Drum Inn is your starting point for exploring Virginia’s Historic Triangle. Neighboring the College of William & Mary, this B&B in Colonial Williamsburg offers cookies, tea and lemonade around the clock, refueling you between runs to-and-from Jamestown, Yorktown and the many historic sites outside your room. We suggest booking the Restoration Suite; you’re going to need the queen four-poster to rest and recharge.
You could get closer to the lines at Water Country and Busch Gardens, but you are only 15 minutes away by car. And besides, what you gain here – as well as a complimentary breakfast and indoor and outdoor pools – is everything else central Williamsburg has to offer. Once you’ve had your fill of the two theme parks, head north up Bypass Road for bowling, breweries, and miniature golf with swashbuckling pirates.
Bring a boatload of your nearest and dearest to Water Country USA with the family-friendly Club Wyndham Kingsgate. Their three-bedroom suites sleep 10, and have their own private bathrooms. What about getting some time to yourself, we hear you ask? Don’t worry, the gang will barely be in the suite until nightfall. The games room, hot tub, bar, fitness center, miniature golf course and other amenities will give them dozens of reasons to leave you peacefully napping in your room.
Worried a rainy day will ruin your trip to Water Country or Busch Gardens? It won’t if Hampton Inn & Suites has anything to say about it. A few hours at their indoor pool after a free breakfast will leave the kids just as pruny as the water parks. Get them dry and surprise them with a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, just up the road. Who knows? Maybe they’ll be so thankful that they’ll let you shop the Williamsburg Premium Outlets without too much of a fuss.
Completed Water Country? Slip and slide into Westgate Historic Williamsburg Resort for more outdoor excitement. Catch as many Z’s as you can in your Colonial King Suite; you’ll need them for a day of musket firing, axe throwing and horseshoe tossing. Prefer something more modern? A volleyball court and a children’s playground will keep you and your family busy.
Step out of the water and into the past at Williamsburg Lodge. Your stay includes discounted tickets to the attractions of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as access to treatments at the spa and tee times at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Did we mention that childcare services can be arranged as well? Sounds like a perfect excuse to immerse yourself in the past, by spending a few hours at the historic taverns – purely educational, of course.
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