In addition to being Virginia’s Colonial Capital, there are many reasons Williamsburg was named one of the Top 15 Cities in the US by Travel & Leisure. Food & drink, shopping, history and natural beauty are just a few.

As part of the Historic Triangle that includes Jamestown and Yorktown, Williamsburg is surrounded by history. Even the centerpieces of Williamsburg are two historic landmarks - Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary. The historic village and college campus give the town of Williamsburg a feel like no other.

Situated among the York and James Rivers and Chesapeake Bay, Williamsburg offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water and explore the natural beauty of the area. James City County and Williamsburg have several parks with scenic water views, trails, bike paths, and water access, so you have many options for enjoying the great outdoors. See a complete listing of nearby parks in James City County and Williamsburg.

Being surrounded by the natural beauty of farmland and water also means you’re surrounded by great food. A growing farm-to-table and sea-to-table movement is unmistakable in the menus of area restaurants that feature food grown and raised in the lands and waters of the area. The same is true if you’re looking for something interesting to drink. You can explore wineries and craft brewing that includes beer, hard cider, and even mead. Check out the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail and the Coastal Virginia Beer Trail:

If retail therapy is your thing, you’ll be sure to find something of interest at the many specialty stores in New Town, Merchants Square, or Williamsburg Premium Outlets, the largest outlet mall in Virginia.

In addition to all the cultural and recreational activities for all ages, there is a unique hometown feel to Williamsburg that is perfect for families. With many housing options to choose from—apartments, condominiums and single-family homes, in both traditional settings and planned communities—you’re sure to find a place you can call home.

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) serve the 11,000 students of Williamsburg and James City County in nine elementary, three middle and three high schools.

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