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:
- Colonial Williamsburg: Fall 2011 Homeschool Event Calendar and Program Descriptions: There are no programs descriptions available yet for Spring 2012, but browsing this 2011 link will give you a taste of what was offered when we attended.
- 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!