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Exciting July Activities in Williamsburg

July is the perfect time of year to bring the whole family for an exciting visit to Williamsburg, Virginia! If you’re staying at King’s Creek Plantation, you’ll be right in the middle of all the action, whether you’re a fan of the outdoors, a history buff or a social butterfly.

Awesome Osprey Hike at the York River State Park
July 8, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

We’ve talked about York River State Park before – it’s the perfect way to interact with nature if you appreciate a good canoeing session or wild animal sighting. On July 8, join the park’s ranger-guided hike through its gorgeous estuaries and learn all about the Osprey’s fascinating role in the local ecosystem. The stats of this majestic bird of prey are sure to impress you, and you’ll have a chance to witness first-hand how it feeds, nests and soars.

Fossil Frenzy Hike
July – September, 4 – 6 p.m.

The Historic Triangle is even more historic than you thought! Long before colonists set foot in Williamsburg, hundreds of marine creatures lived and died here, leaving behind their fossils for us to discover 6,000 years later. Discover traces of whales, porpoises, sharks, scallops, clams and snails at York River Sate Park on a two-mile hike to a fossil beach! Bring deep pockets, because if you find a fossil on the hike, it’s yours to keep and bring home! This hike is free, but be sure to call ahead to reserve your spot!

Busting Myths
Tuesdays through July 25, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is home to multiple gallery spaces with fascinating exhibits under one roof, including the Hennage Auditorium. In your regular admission, the Hennage Auditorium hosts “Busting Myths”—a special 45-minute tour that exposes the unusual facts and debunks the myths of the 18th century. 

Photography Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
July through August
Whether you’re a master of the iPhone camera or you’re a professional photographer, come to The Gallery at York Hall and enjoy a beautiful summer photography exhibit. While you’re there, shop the beautiful art, jewelry and pottery on display!

Sunset Serenade Weekly Live Music
Fridays through September
After a busy week of canoeing, hiking and museum hopping, bring the crew to Chowning’s Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg for Sunset Serenades. This live outdoor music event happens every Friday and features the very best local folk, Americana, blues and bluegrass bands for miles around! 

Next to Normal – Williamsburg Players
Every Friday – Sunday, 8 – 10:30 p.m.

Does your weekend need a dose of Broadway? Come see Next to Normal, a musical that not only made the NY Times, LA Times and Rolling Stone Magazine list of this year’s best shows, but also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and was the triple Tony Award winning musical in 2009. This American rock musical explores contemporary issues of family and mental health. Next To Normal is presented in proud support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Williamsburg. Following Sunday matinees, there will be a post-show “talk back” hosted by mental health professionals.

Few places in the world provide such a diverse range of pursuits as Williamsburg, Virginia. From history, music and the arts to invigorating outdoor activities, you’ll always feel enriched by what the Historic Triangle has to offer.

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