wmsburg4Williamsburg, Virginia, the home of the College of William and Mary, the second oldest university in the country.  The city of Williamsburg is one of the most pictureque and interesting cities in the United States. It is also has a special place in my heart in that is my brother’s alma mater and for you Daily Show fans, the host of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart is also an alum.

Recently, Williamsburg added two new tours that offer visitors a look behind what makes the destination unique.

Historic Jamestowne Curator’s Artifact Tour

This 90-minute guided tour traces the trail of the artifacts from their point of discovery to the museum. Visitors will witness archaeologists unearth items that have not seen the light of day in 400 years. An exclusive behind-the-scenes visit of the archaeological laboratory and vault features a rare look at an artifact collection that most of which will never go on public display. Curator’s Artifact Tours are conducted at 3:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from April through October.

Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center
wmsburg3Colonial Williamsburg is America’s largest living history museum where visitors can step back in time to 18th century colonial life. The Costume Design Center offers a distinctive view on how the era is magically recreated through its behind-the-scenes tours. Visitors will be able to meet staff members, explore the building where most of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area costumes are designed and participate in programs that reveal how they are able to reproduce the unique historic costumes. The center has dressed the Historic staff for more than 75 years. Tours will be held at 3:30 p.m. through June 10.

Of course, when you have visit all the great areas of Williamsburg, take a break and head to Busch Gardens Europe

Busch Gardens
offers dozens of thrilling rides, nine main stage shows, authentic foods and shops, and a magical children’s area. Thrill seekers can join “Behind the Screams,” an exclusive look at the inner workings of the parks most popular roller coasters. New tours for 2010 will also feature an up-close visit with Busch Gardens’ world-famous wolves and the trainers who care for them.


For additional information on activities and events in Greater Williamsburg visit www.visitwilliamsburg.com.