Family Resorts in Williamsburg

by Mary Freeman

Originally called Middle Plantation in 1532 and receiving a royal charter in 1722, Williamsburg is one of the oldest cities in Virginia. Attractions such as Colonial Williamsburg, a living museum of 18th-century American life, appeal to history buffs of all ages. Those looking for more action will find it on the roller coasters at the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park. Family-oriented hotels in the area offer activities for young and old, including golf, horseback riding and water play.

Kingsmill Resort

Once a large for-profit plantation, the Kingsmill Resort features 425 guest rooms, three golf courses, a tennis center and a marina. Straddling the hotel is Wareham's Pond, where guests may fish and canoe. Suites come with one, two and three bedrooms decorated in soft, creamy tones, and range in size from 375 to 1,500 square feet. The resort features three designer, 18-hole golf courses, as well as 15 tennis courts. Kids ages 5 to 12 can participate in Kid’s Kamp, a children's program involving water games, swimming, arts and crafts, and arcade games.

Parkside Williamsburg Resort

The Parkside Williamsburg Resort sports a Caribbean Colonial style of architecture, an aesthetic that runs throughout the resort. Each of the one-, two- , three- and four-bedroom suites comes with a full kitchen, fireplace, and washer and dryer. The hotel has a pool and a long lazy river for floating. Guests also have access to the man-made lake alongside the resort, where they can fish and go for boat rides.

Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg

The Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg is decked out in rustic appointments, from large bear statues guarding the entrance to cabin-themed suites. Most of the guest rooms are large enough for a large family, and several especially cater to children. The KidCabin Suite, for example, features a "log cabin" kids room with bunk beds and a TV. Adjoining the residential block of the hotel are several kid-friendly facilities, including Fort Mackinzie, a multilevel treehouse water park, complete with tall water slides and games, as well as a gaming and Internet arcade called gr8_Space.

Wedmore Place

Set amid 300 acres of lush, green fields is Wedmore Place, a 28-room boutique luxury hotel. Each suite has its own color palette, from scarlet red to cobalt blue, and features a wood-burning fireplace. The hotel has a large swimming pool and fine dining poolside. The Wedmore's signature spa offers body treatments, from wraps and pedicures to aroma therapy and hot stone massages. Nearby attractions include two theme parks, golf courses, shopping centers and horseback riding.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.