You don’t need a DeLorean to travel back in time! The past comes alive at the world’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg. Take your students on a trip to colonial America, to a time where there were no smart phones, computers, or TVs, and Patriots and Loyalists debated the idea of starting this new place called the United States of America.
Immerse yourself in an 18th century city. Meet the diverse people who bring the capital of the Virginia colony to life. Explore historic buildings and wander through gardens. Engage our nation’s founders and gain a new perspective on our American story.
The Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) recently ranked Williamsburg, Virginia number six in the Top 10 American Student Travel Destinations. We want you to experience firsthand why Colonial Williamsburg is one of the most popular field trip destinations. Whether you wish to cover math, science, English, or social studies on your educational field trip, our professional educators will partner with you to create a customized experience. Each experience and activity is immersive and calls on students to push beyond classroom learning to hone skills that include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and more.
Step back in time with your historical interpreter and visit the Capitol Building, where in 1776, Virginia’s patriots voted for independence and a new state constitution. Step inside the Governor’s Palace, the domestic residence of seven royal governors as well as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. Participate in hands-on activities such as bucket making, colonial games, election of burgesses, domestic chores and many more that make learning about the past fun. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a selection of trade shops, such as the blacksmiths, milliners, brick makers, and silversmiths, to watch our artisans as they create goods used and sold in the Revolutionary City.
When the sun sets, the Revolutionary City continues to bustle with activity in our many interactive evening programs. Witness mock witch trails in Cry Witch, hear chilling tales in the Ghosts Amongst Us tour, and experience African American storytelling in Papa Said, Mama Said.
Multiple dining options are available from seated, quick-serve and boxed lunch meal options to suit every taste and budget. For a meal they won’t forget, enjoy authentic 18th-century dining and entertainment at one of our four historic taverns.
At the end of an action-packed day, relax at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s onsite hotels, including our popular Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites. Its convenient location and affordable price is perfect for student groups.
Bring the classroom to life with high quality, engaging multimedia materials from Colonial Williamsburg. The free, online resource library simplifies planning and classroom instruction through age-appropriate cross-curricular materials, activities and lessons. Create your FREE account at resourcelibrary.history.org.