Thrills and Trills in Williamsburg Virginia

The 18th century springs to life at Williamsburg in the U.S. state of Virginia. The town forms part of the Historic Triangle, which also includes the nearby colonial towns of Jamestown and Yorktown.

The names give a clue that the origin of these places harks back to the days when Virginia was a British colony. As well as having great historical significance, due to the towns playing roles in the American War of Independence, Williamsburg is also one of the most visited places in the United States.

There are many fascinating places to visit in Williamsburg, but the two most popular are Colonial Williamsburg and the garden theme park Busch Gardens. The rides at Busch gardens give you the thrills, and the Fife and Drum Band at Colonial Williamsburg give you the trills.

Colonial Williamsburg is comprised of original buildings which date from 1699 to 1780 when it was the capital of colonial Virginia, during which time it was important to the foundation of an independent United States of America.

Not all the buildings are original as some have been reconstructed, but Colonial Williamsburg is run as an 18th century town, where people work and dress as they would have in the 18th century. They even use the language of the time, which can take some adjusting to understand if you are not used to conversing in the more formal old English.

Busch Gardens actually does contain some lovely gardens, and a small zoo, but it also has its fair share of thrill rides for the more adventurous.

These rides have a European theme and include Griffon – which is the world’s tallest and first floorless dive coaster in the world. It’s also the first to incorporate two Immelmann loops (an inverse diving loop named for a WWI German fighter pilot). Curse of Darkastle sends passengers careening through a castle frozen in time. Integrating state-of-the-art ride engineering with the latest in image projection and 4-D technology. Alpengeist is named after a snow monster which was notorious for attacking French and German skiers. Thrilling adventure awaits riders who board Apollo’s Chariot. Experience the ultimate in airtime as passengers plummet 209 feet on this steel hypercoaster’s first drop. The Loch Ness Monster is a classic interlocking, double-looping roller coaster which gives guests a peek at Scotland’s most infamous serpent. “Nessie” hurls its passengers along 3,240 feet of steel track into the air, over water and through a dark cave.

Because of the diversity of attractions in and around Williamsburg it is a place that really should be experienced when you visit the States.

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