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The capital of the state of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg played an important role in early American politics and the Revolutionary War. Today, Williamsburg is the ultimate educational vacation destination. Often called a "living museum," Williamsburg's historic district is filled with the lovely brick and neo-classical architecture that characterized the colonial era in the United States. Architecture doesn't tell the whole story here, though. Throughout Williamsburg, actors in full period dress add to the experience by re-creating the life and times of the colonial settlers.
As you wander past centuries-old buildings, you'll see horse-drawn carriages and a band of marching men playing flutes in tri-corner hats. The fun can continue well into the evening in Colonial Williamsburg, where there are numerous restaurants that serve food from the colonial period, attended by gregarious wait staff dressed up in colonial attire. For a bit of spooky fun, attend an evening performance at the Haunted Dinner Theater or check out the family-friendly Mystery Dinner Playhouse, where Williamsburg legends come to life.
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Williamsburg is a great place to visit with kids, and a spacious vacation rental can make it easier to bring along the whole family. A luxurious villa or cozy cabin rental in the wooded areas around Williamsburg can add a little peace and quiet to your vacation, while an apartment rental near the College of William and Mary will put you close to the city's student scene.