What are the best things to do with kids in Williamsburg?

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Your kids will never have a dull moment in Williamsburg, Va., a historic destination offering plenty of educational activities with a fun spin.
 
While your visit likely will begin in the city’s historic center, Williamsburg is home to much more than just cobblestone streets and colonial-era architecture. Kids will love ambling through the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum, a 9,000-square-foot space housing more than 350 remarkable exhibits and artifacts in 11 thematic galleries. Admission and a show at the 4D auditorium costs $19.99 for kids ages 5 to 12 and $22.99 for adults.
 
Busch Gardens Williamsburg features 383 acres of thrilling roller coaster rides, lively Broadway-style performances, animal shows and delicious international cuisine. It’s easy to see why this is one of our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ recommended respites from Williamsburg’s colonial attractions.
 
If you’re in Williamsburg during the summer, beat the heat by pairing a visit to Busch Gardens Williamsburg with a trip to nearby Water Country USA, the largest water park in Virginia. Here, kids can splash around on more than 30 fun-filled water rides while you kick back and relax at a shady private cabana. For families with very small children, keep in mind that some of the rides do have minimum height requirements.

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