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Tourist Season in WIlliamsburg, Virginia

Tourists effects on local businesses and people

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Roller coasters Lochness Monster, Alpengeist, and Griffin

Roller coasters Lochness Monster, Alpengeist, and Griffin

Photo by: Kelsey Huckins

Photo by: Kelsey Huckins

Roller coasters Lochness Monster, Alpengeist, and Griffin

Kelsey Huckins, Reporter

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As the busy summer tourist season rolls around in Williamsburg, a steady stream of visitors flocks to the town’s various local hotels and attractions. Special events all around the community commence throughout the summer months.

Busch Gardens and Water Country, U.S.A. are two of the largest attractions.

Water Country, U.S.A. is one of the biggest water parks in the country. With tube rides, slides, and a gigantic wave pool at the front of the park, visitors are sure to have a great time at this fun water park. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to beat the summer heat endemic to southeastern Virginia.

Busch Gardens, the “Most Beautiful Theme Park in the World,” is also guaranteed to provide a fun time for any tourist coming to visit this town. There are a total of 7 roller coasters at this park, including a new attraction which opened in Spring 2017, called “InvadR,” which is an old-school wooden coaster. If you’re not one for roller coasters, fear not; food festivals and theatrical performances will provide anyone with an incredible experience at this park.

Williamsburg is full of educational attractions too, if you’re looking to learn something or even teach your kids about the history of our great nation.

Jamestown Settlement focuses on the first colonies and the establishment of the first English settlement in the Southern colonies. With hands-on activities and interactive exhibits throughout this living history museum, it is great for history lovers of all ages.

Photo by: Kelsey Huckins
Local teenagers enjoying the nice weather downtown

Colonial Williamsburg is another great way to learn about how our country first came about. Called Middle Plantation at its inception, what is now known as Colonial Williamsburg was a vital agricultural and political center before, during, and after the American Revolution. Furthermore, it was Virginia’s capital city before that designation was transferred to Richmond after the Revolutionary War. Obviously, it is a destination steeped in tradition and history. Perhaps the most renowned attraction at this living history museum is the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps, which performs over 700 times a year at various venues and for a wide range of services, including the Fourth of July and Memorial Day. Colonial Williamsburg is a definite must-see with days worth of activities for any travelers in the area.

Of course, despite the good that tourists bring to the local economy, there are well-founded complaints from locals.

The out of state drivers are one of locals’ most frequent complaints. For the summer months, the streets of Williamsburg become more congested and frustrating to drive than usual, and Williamsburg drivers’ frustration levels can skyrocket, resulting in unsafe driving short-cuts and, sometimes, fender-benders.

Yet, despite the drawbacks of tourist season, Williamsburg is a must-see destination on the East Coast. Anyone traveling through the state of Virginia will not be disappointed by visiting this exciting city.

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