President’s Day Weekend 2022 -Things to Do in Williamsburg
Got kids who are out of school this President’s Day. Here are a bunch of fun things to do including a family roadtrip for those adventurous families!
1. Presidents Weekend events at Colonial Williamsburg!
This year, take advantage of the long weekend to visit the place where it all began. Before they were presidents, Virginians George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were shaped by their experiences in Williamsburg. Meet them and discover the roles that each played in Virginia’s colonial capital and how that prepared them to be Commanders in Chief. Also meet Martha Washington the first First Lady of our Nation. You can see all these special programs with your Good Neighbor Pass, day tickets or annual pass! See special Presidents’ Weekend programs here.
Cabin Fever Carnival, Jigsaw Puzzle Competition and Slime – events this President’s Day weekend through the Library
❄️Winter Carnival – Friday, February 18, 2022 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter weather got you down? It’s a perfect time for a carnival! Join us for an after-hours family party at the library, with homemade mini-golf, a Candyland cakewalk, crafts, and a magic show with Jonathan Austin….Learn more
🧩Jigsaw Puzzle Competition and Puzzle Swap – Saturday February 19th – 1 pm – 4 pm
Event will be held on Feb 19th from 1 pm – 4 pm, created by the Williamsburg Regional Library, this event will be held at the Stryker Center 412 N. Boundary St, Williamsburg. Come and test your jigsaw puzzle skills in a competition for prizes and glory! And while at this even bring your puzzles you have already done to swap out! Learn more and Register
⛹️♀️Mad Science presents Slime Time! – Sat February 19th – workshops: 10:30 am. & 12 pm
Learn about the science of polymers and create ooey-gooey slime. In this workshop, varied concoctions of slime will stir up in scientific style, and the properties of slime will be tested in a team-spirited Slime Olympics. This event is to be held at Abram Frink Jr. Community Center 8901 Pocahontas Trail Williamsburg. Learn more and Register
Begin your visit at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, where an orientation film, museum exhibits, and bookstore are available. Explore the fields, earthworks, and historic buildings where American independence was won. Driving tours of the battlefield include siege lines and encampment areas. Ranger-led tours of the battlefield and historic town leave from the visitor center daily, and Junior Ranger Programs are available for younger visitors. Administered by the National Park Service as part of Colonial National Historical Park. There is an admission fee to enter the Yorktown Battlefield.
Other points of interest are included with a National Park Service Admission ticket. Please note these sites are open seasonally as volunteers are available.
- Cornwallis’ Cave – While legend places Cornwallis’ headquarters here, he was actually located in a bunker near Tobacco Road.
- Moore House – Site of negotiations that led to the British surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781
- Nelson House – Restored mansion of Thomas Nelson Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia, and commander of the Virginia Militia during the Siege of Yorktown.
- Poor Potter Archaeological Site – Described as a “poor potter” by Royal Governor William Gooch in 1732, William Rogers actually operated a large-scale pottery in Yorktown from 1720 to 1745 in violation of English trade laws.
- Yorktown Victory Monument – Commissioned by the Continental Congress in 1781 to commemorate the great victory at Yorktown, this monument was constructed between 1881 and 1884.
Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 757.898.2410
Many of the museum exhibits are also available, while COVID-19 modified operations restrict access to some tight spaces in the exhibit area.
The park grounds and tour roads are open seven days a week and close each day at sunset.
The Moore House, Nelson House, and Poor Potter structures remain closed; however, the grounds of each structure remain open for visitation.
The Visitor Center Gift Shop is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. Back Yard Adventures – at the Virginia Living Museum! This exhibit opens February 5th so President’s Day weekend is a great time to come down and see it. Step into a garden, complete with gnomes, ants and a giant spider that will engage visitors with science and technology and enable them to continue discovering in the future! Featuring: Garden Golf, Night Vision, Augmented Reality Garden Bed, Nectar Collector, Paver Puzzle, Food Web Pond, The Garden Shed, Critter Calls and more! Details
3. Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens – Love this event! Busch Gardens hosting a Mardi Gras event in January & February! This President’s Day weekend they are open on Monday too (since it is a holiday). So grab the kids and celebrate Mardi Gras!
4. President’s Homes Tour for the Family: It is the perfect weekend for a road trip and this one includes spots right here in the Burg as well as ones just a short drive away. Visit President’s Homes in our area (there are quite a few). Check out this great trip guide by local writer Brandy Centolanza: All the President’s Tours