Econo Lodge Historic Area
442 Parkway Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 229-7564
Fax: (757) 229-0916
Once the capital of Colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg has been restored into a living history museum so that visitors may see it as it was in the 1700s. For the better part of the 18th Century, the city was the center of most civilized life in the colony of Virginia. Today, visitors can watch glassblowers, blacksmiths and other artisans producing goods by authentic, tried-and-true colonial methods just as they did back then. Or perhaps participate in a re-enactment of a trial at the courthouse. The period homes, stores and other buildings are full of interesting things to do and see. There are even costume rentals and historic accommodations so you can fully immerse yourself in American history.
Rising to revolution, the Continental Army led by General Washington encamped at Yorktown. This re-creation is just a short distance from the original site of the battle that won the American Revolution in 1781. Re-enactors at Yorktown demonstrate musket drills, colonial cooking and grim war-time medical practices. At a model 18th-century farm, you can help weed the garden, spin flax into thread and watch costumed interpreters cook in a colonial kitchen adjacent to the farmhouse. In the galleries, children can play in 18th-century clothes and participate in activities like making woodblock rubbings. Artifacts, including those from an excavated British ship, complete this comprehensive view of military life during the American Revolution. Just one of the many sights that make up the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown).
Centrally located on campus of the College of William and Mary. The Zable Stadium is one of the college's major sports facilities. The William and Mary Tribe football team train and play their home games here. The University also uses the stadium for its track and field events. This stadium was built in honor of Walter J. Zable, a former university board member, and was opened in 1935 with a capacity of 12,259 seats. The Cary Field is located close by.
Located in the premises of the College of William and Mary. The William And Mary Hall is used by the College for athletics and other sports activities. The very famous Kaplan Arena is also housed in the William And Mary Hall. The halls has sports council offices, a meeting room and a medical room. It also has an area specially designated for gymnastics.
Visit Kaplan Arena anytime of the year and it will be filled with passionate sports fans. Buy a ticket and elbow your way through the crowds with cola and popcorns and cheer your favorite basketball or volleyball team. See the spectators rise in unison as the Cavaliers break into the opponent area and shoot the ball through the basket. Tribe is another hot favorite here; seeing both the teams in action is all fun and excitement. Check the website for details of fixtures.
More than just a road, the Colonial National Historic Parkway connects Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown in a 23-mile stretch of road. From the York River to the James River, the whole road was constructed to allow motorists appreciate the natural beauty of the area and evoke the sensation of going back in time to the colonial era. The Colonial Parkway is not merely a means of travel, but truly an attraction in itself.
Slide, splash and swim to your heart's content at this great water park with acres of rides for children and families. Shoot down the Jet Scream, four twisting and turning flumes that send you 415 feet at 25 mph into the pool. Take a break at the Aqua X-treme, the park's high-dive and gymnastics show. Or, perhaps, float down the Aquazoid, the world's largest special effects raft ride that travels through dark tunnels and water curtains with laser images and eerie sound effects. Opening hours vary seasonally - check the website for more details.
A recreation of one of the earliest European settlements in the Americas, the Jamestown Settlement consists of replicas of boats, buildings, and villages. This museum features galleries and videos about life as it was then and it manages to make history engaging for both adults and kids. Climb aboard the three boats which are replicas of those used to sail from England. Explore the Powhatan village to learn about the Native Americans of the area, and see the colonists' fort. Best of all, actors replicate the every day lives of the colonists wearing period costumes, doing chores, and acting just like the colonists of the day. A truly fun way to learn about history!
As the name suggests, this Go-Kart track offers more than just racing and bumper cars; choose from the Figure Eight Track, Euro Track or Rookie Track. For those less inclined to drive, there is the Blaster Boats, Kiddie Roller Coaster, Video Arcade or the Waterfall Miniature Golf course. Tickets are reasonably priced, but be sure to watch for coupons that are frequently in local fliers and publications. Check the website for opening hours as these vary seasonally.
The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is a historic green space which is home to over 2000 trees and other flora. The property also consists of an herb garden, butterfly garden and wildflower meadow. It is open year round to visitors from dawn to dusk.
Colonial Heritage is a collection of beautifully designed homes centered around a golf community. It is designed for over-55s and has a host of specially-designed and chosen facilities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, lots of walking and biking trails and a multi-facility clubhouse. Situated conveniently close to Williamsburg and the rest of the Historic Triangle, Colonial Heritage has a lot to offer active individuals.
A short distance from Williamsburg's town life lies the tranquil natural beauty of York River State Park. The congregation of saltwater and freshwater is responsible for the unique ecosystem and biodiversity found around the park; it's a popular destination for nature lovers. Excellent fishing, boating and hiking opportunities make this park a favorite among locals and visitors. The park is for day use only and has no overnight camping facilities. Parking and boat launch fees are applicable.