Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WM chapter.

As a William & Mary student, Colonial Williamsburg is a great place to live. There are so many cool opportunities that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Whether you are currently a student or a visitor, here are some of the most fun things to do in Williamsburg.


1. Take a tour of the Governor’s Palace and Gardens

The Palace Green is my favorite place to study in Colonial Williamsburg because of the hustle and bustle of the colonial-era city center. The Palace itself is beautiful inside and out. You can take a tour alongside a colonial reenactor for a mini history lesson. Afterward, you must go through the maze and gardens modeled after the gardens of Versailles. 


2. Walk around the Williamsburg Inn

The Williamsburg Inn is a beautiful 5 star hotel complete with a spa and golf course. Behind the hotel, there is an amazing outdoor patio and bar. The Inn is a great place to go for a bit of sophistication and for great photo opportunities. Just don’t forget to dress appropriately according to the hotel’s dress code. 


3. Take a ghost tour

Because of its colonial history, Williamsburg is a very haunted city. A must-do would be to take a ghost tour. You can buy tickets through a variety of different companies, each offering different ghost-tour amenities. If you want to learn more about the specific stories on William & Mary’s campus, the college website even has a page about campus-specific sightings and horror stories. 


4. Eat at the Fat Canary or the Blue Talon

The Fat Canary and the Blue Talon are easily the best restaurants in Colonial Williamsburg While eating at one of the colonial taverns is a fun experience, the colonial food simply cannot compare to the amazing quality of these two restaurants. If you want a fancy celebratory dinner, you must eat here. Both restaurants tend to have many reservations, so I recommend booking well in advance. If you want a post dinner wine and cheese course, just head on over to the Cheese Shop afterward. 


5. Visit Busch Gardens

As an out of state student, I have never visited Busch Gardens myself; however, some say that Busch Gardens is the best amusement park. The park is just a short drive away from Colonial Williamsburg and is great for children and parents alike. If you need a break from all of the Colonial Williamsburg history lessons, check out Busch Gardens for a fun time. 

Lilly Doninger is a member of the class of 2024 at William & Mary from Louisville, Kentucky. She hopes to major in International Relations. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, and journaling. Lilly also writes weekly for her personal blog, Ridiculous but Respectable.
Major: History/Government Other Involvements: Phi Mu social sorority, Academic Calendar Advisory Committee, Student Leadership Foundation Hobbies: creating dream fashion Pinterest boards, painting canvases, cooking and baking delicious dishes