Sunday, October 23, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown: Homeschool Days

We recently returned from Virginia's Historic Triangle which includes Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. I have to say that it was one of the best field trips/family vacations we've ever taken. It was fun, affordable, educational, and I highly recommend it!

Before I dive into the details of our trip, I'd like to use this post to give you some information and links that will help you to plan a trip of your own.


Planning your visit during a Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experience Week gives you an extremely deep discount off regular admission there. Here's a quick comparison of regular admission with the prices we paid for the Fall 2011 Experience.

  • Homeschooler Experience 1-Day Ticket: Adult - $7.50/Child - $5.50                                         Regular Admission for same ticket: Adult - $37.95/Child - $18.95                                                      
  • Homeschooler Experience 5-Day Ticket: Adult - $15.50/Child - $13.50                                    Regular Admission for 3-Day ticket: Adult - $41.95/Child - $18.95    
  • All of the above prices are advance purchase, and children 5 and under are free.
  • Add-on programs for homeschoolers are also available at $5.00 per person (all ages).                                                We attended one of these called "Life of A Soldier", and it was well worth the price.

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center also offer Homeschool Programs at huge discounts with dates that typically overlap Colonial Williamsburg's Homeschooler Experience. We enjoyed our visits to these locations just as much as we did Colonial Williamsburg.

The Spring 2012 dates for all three locations are as follows:
  • Colonial Williamsburg: February 11-26
  • Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center: February 18-26

You can visit the following links for more information:
  • Historic Jamestowne - This is the original site of Jamestown, owned and operated by the National Park Service, and has no affiliation with Jamestown Settlement. I strongly suggest visiting both sites if you are able. You can visit Historic Jamestown for free by simply filling out an Entrance Fee Waiver Request - scroll down to "Homeschool Groups" for more information.
  • Yorktown National Battlefield - This is the actual site of the famous siege and battle and, like Historic Jamestowne, is a National Park. There is no affiliation between this site and Yorktown Victory Center. I strongly suggest visiting both sites if you are able. Again, free admission is offered to homeschoolers who fill out an Entrance Fee Waiver.

I'll soon be writing separate posts about each location we visited, so stay tuned!

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! We are talking about a family trip there next year and this is just the post I needed! Do you have any recs on where to stay (hotels, etc?) Thanks again!

    Julie

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  2. Julie,
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad the post was helpful. We stayed at the Hampton Inn on Capitol Landing Rd. and it was about a 5 minute drive (if even that) to the historic area of Williamsburg. It had an indoor pool, which we used each night, and a wonderful full breakfast. I felt the price was reasonable. There are many hotels and restaurants in the area. Feel free to email me, and I can give you a few more suggestions. :)
    It's a great family trip, and I highly recommend visiting during the homeschool experience dates.

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  3. Thanks for prices! U did excellent photos, great work!!!

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  4. I wish I had seen this before we went:)
    Great place!!

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  5. What a fun field trip! Love it! Of course, I'm a history nut so I would love it :P

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  6. we went to Williamsburg in May, 2010 and then to Jamestown and Yorktown in May,2011. I agree they were the best field trip/vacation times we've had! Wish we could have gone together. And in 2012, we WILL find a way to get together again. We would love to see you guys!

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