Virginia's 'Kids' Corner' Has History

Two packages cater to families. The Family Fun Package to the Virginia Waterfront, a typical five-day/four-night vacation for two adults and two kids, depending on the hotel selected, includes accommodations, complimentary breakfast daily and unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, both in Williamsburg; the Virginia Marine Science Museum, Virginia Beach; Nautilus, the National Marine Science Center, Norfolk; and the Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton. Call the Vacation Store, 800-VA-TRIPS.

Lodging

The Williamsburg area has a wide variety of lodging. Within minutes of both the Historic area and Busch Gardens, Kingsmill Resort (www.kingsmill.com) 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, offers resort facilities — golf, tennis, a fitness center with indoor swimming pool, exercise facilities, racquetball and spa services — and is scenically situated along the James river. The property offers rooms, as well as one-to-three-bedroom units with complete kitchens. In summer, the property offers a supervised, half-day or full-day children's program, the Kingsmill Kampers. Call 800-832-5665.

Among the facilities located within Colonial Williamsburg are the Williamsburg Woodlands, generally the least expensive; the Williamsburg Lodge, the Williamsburg Inn and, just outside the historic area, the Governor's Inn. Call 800-HISTORY. For additional lodging, call the Williamsburg, Virginia, Hotel and Motel Association, 800-446-9244.

There are many hotels in the Virginia Beach area. The Ramada Plaza Resort, Oceanfront at 57th Street, is in the quieter north end of town and has an indoor and an outdoor pool. Call 800-365-3032. The Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, 39th and Oceanfront, has indoor and outdoor pools and children's activities in the summertime. Call 800-942-3224. For additional lodging, reservations and information, call 800-VA-BEACH.

Admissions

Colonial Williamsburg (www.history.org): The Basic admission includes one-day admission to the historic area but no access to Bassett Hall, Carter's Grove, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery. The Colonist's Pass admission is valid for two days to all historic area buildings and museums except for Bassett Hall. The Patriot's Pass permits unlimited admission to all buildings and museums for one year.

Colonial National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/colo): 757-898-3400.

Jamestown Settlement (www.nps.gov/colo): 757-229-1607.

Yorktown Victory Center: 757-887-1776. Combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement is available.

Busch Gardens (www.buschgardens.com/buschgardens/va/o): 800-4-ADVENTURE. Busch Gardens Williamsburg traditionally opens late March to mid-May on weekends, and daily during Easter week. From mid-May through Labor Day the park is open daily. After Labor Day the park is open Friday through Tuesday, through late October.

Water Country USA (www.watercountryusa.com): 800-4-ADVENTURE. Water Country USA is open daily from mid-May until Labor Day. After Labor Day the park is open on weekends through mid-September. Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton: 757-727-0900. Combination ticket with IMAX Theater also available.

Virginia Marine Science Museum www.vmsm.com: Virginia Beach: 757-437-4949.

Please note that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to change.

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