We took the kids on a camping adventure / educational journey into the past. Our trip was to Historic Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. They loved it!
First of all this was one of our first long overnight trips with everyone, 2 adults and 6 kids. It was surprisingly so easy! It was a very enjoyable experience, minimal fussing and overall just a great time as a family. My husband had a great Father’s Day and it was nice to get away from our regular day to day.
Our first night, Friday, we checked in under our reservation and set up camp at the Williamsburg KOA . Once we had everything set up it was time for dinner and the only way to eat was starting a fire. So the kids and my hubby went into the woods to chop a log (with the handsaw he brought) and the kids collected sticks and tinder (pine needles). Once the fire was started hubby did an excellent job with hotdogs over an open flame and pan cooking hamburgers. The kids thought it was so neat to cook over the fire.
On our first morning ate jelly and sausage biscuits at our campsite. Then we headed off to Colonial Williamsburg and after a slight stall on our plans (hubby had to make a pitstop at Auto Zone to buy a thermostat to put on the van, afterwards we were good to go the remainder of the trip) we got to the Visitor Center and walked over to Colonial Williamsburg.
The kids were so intrigued by the horse and buggy, the palace, the old houses and storefronts. They even thought how they dressed was different and neat.
They had fun checking out the stocks and couldn’t imagine having to stay like that as punishment.
Our next stop was to drive down the Colonial Parkway and check out the beaches on the York River. The warnings of jellyfish and stinging Nettles kept them from wanting to go in the water, but they enjoyed the beautiful views. We were really amazed at how bike friendly this area is. There were literally bike trails for miles on end. We even drove through Yorktown to look at the old houses. There were a lot of water access along the parkway that would be great for fishing and at Yorktown Beach there is a really nice sandy beach area with a designated swimming area that was really packed but looked nice. The kids voted against parking a bit away (because the other parking was not free) and walking there so we didn’t get to really walk on any of the beaches.
We headed back to the camp and spent the rest of the day exploring the amenities such as the pool, walking trails and the pillow jump. The kids had a blast and once we were done we started dinner on the fire once again eating hamburgers.
And soon after it was our second night and we did showers before bed.
Our second morning we ate breakfast. Packed up and cleaned up camp. We loaded up the van and checked out. After that we headed down the Colonial Parkway towards Yorktown to visit the Victory Center.
We stopped and made sandwiches on a parking spot of the parkway before headed to Jamestown Settlement. Then we got there and explored the settlement.
After we got out of the settlement I took pictures of my 5 born in VA in front of the Virginia plaque and I took a picture of my husband’s daughter born in NC in front of the North Carolina plaque.
I got magnets on our trip and 3 souvenir pennies (I collect both when I travel) and I took the older girls in with me to the gift shop and bought the girls each one thing. The other kids didn’t mind because they didn’t know and I didn’t feel like there was anything in the gift shop that would be compatible with them (I didn’t want something to break as soon as they got their hands on it) Arora got a pretty pink pair of dreamcatcher earrings and Mallory got a snowglobe.
It was a great trip and afterwards we quizzed the kids on what they learned. Then we asked them what their favorite part of the trip was. It varied for each child.
Mallory’s favorite thing was camping and the pool.
Arora’s favorite thing was Jamestown and the pool.
Zaiden’s favorite thing was camping and the pillow jump.
Kyran’s favorite thing was cooking on fire and camping.
Felicity’s favorite thing was campsite and pool.
Porter’s favorite thing was campsite and bubbles.
Sincerely adorable responses. I love the time we spent together and it is just one of many to come!