It’s been a year since the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. To lessen the risk of transmission, we were forced to stay indoors and limit our social interactions. But now that a significant time has passed and vaccinations are underway, is it safe to go out?
Depending on the R number (or the number of people one infected person can spread the virus to), which fluctuates and varies from state to state, it’s difficult to pin a hard date. Right now, it’s best to err on the side of caution. To avoid getting cabin fever, here are several virtual tours that showcase some of Virginia’s best attractions and things to do in Williamsburg, VA.
Popularly known as the residence and resting place of America’s first president, George Washington, Mount Vernon maintains a robust digital presence to continue educating people. Virtual tours of the grounds are available.
Students, teachers, and parents can also access the Washington Library’s digital resources to continue learning at home. Mount Vernon’s YouTube channel is regularly updated with plenty of topics from politics to history.
As the most significant 18th-century outdoor living museum in the country, Colonial Williamsburg stays true to its mission of providing immersive experiences to its visitors. Visit the museum’s “Explore from Home” page to access a multitude of resources:
- Virtual tours of the Governor’s Palace, the Capitol, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
- Virtual art museum scavenger hunt that your kids will surely enjoy
- A closer look at architectural preservation
- YouTube videos for teachers and students
Committed to sharing an inclusive history of Virginia to future generations, the museum offers various online and digital activities.
- Share a memory or story of your experience during the pandemic
- Watch and listen “Banner Lectures,” where distinguished speakers touching on essential topics about the Commonwealth’s history on Facebook or YouTube
- If you want to find out if your favorite movies are historically accurate, join the museum’s “Movie Mythbusting”
You can now learn more about the United States Marine Corps history from anywhere in the world. The virtual tour offers a 360-degree panoramic tour of its galleries and opportunities for distance learning.
A lover of art but not ready to leave home just yet? Chrysler’s #MuseumFromHome virtual experience allows you to browse its 50 galleries, internationally recognized glass collection, and over 30,000 objects. You and your kids will also enjoy their family-friendly DIY activities.
Do you miss going to the theater? Barter Theatre offers Barter on Demand, where you can watch their favorite theatre shows as much as you want for only $15, valid up to two weeks after purchase. Teachers and educators can also share the excitement with their class through the Barter Player.
Are you missing the adrenaline rush of amusement parks? While Kings Dominion is still closed, they have plenty of virtual activities you can enjoy while staying at home:
- A POV rollercoaster ride available on YouTube
- Design your own park and create your own amusement park or ride using items you can find in your household – the only limit is your imagination
- Downloadable and printable coloring activity sheets and word search challenges
This handy tool regularly posts about upcoming virtual events you can join, such as virtual classes and tastings featuring the best places to eat and bars in Williamsburg, VA. The platform also displays music venues streaming live music, among many other digital activities.
Enjoy a virtual walking tour and explore the picturesque historic district of Fincastle, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 50 stops are complete with photos and descriptions so you can learn more about the place.
Bask in greenery and take part in the botanical garden’s various online classes (anything green-colored is good for your mental health, too). All of their online programs via Zoom can accommodate any skill level!
- Gardening and garden design
- Vegetable gardening in Central Virginia series
- Floral design
- Focus on inner wellness and take their “Yoga from the Garden” classes
- Botanical illustration
- Children’s Garden Educator Tarneshia Evans will entertain your kids with her favorite stories via Facebook live. “Virtual Storytime in the Garden” takes place every other Friday at 10 a.m.
If you’re still not keen on going out, they also offer a virtual garden tour of The Conservatory.
You can still have fun in Williamsburg, VA
Are you looking for more things to do in Williamsburg, VA while staying safe? Check out our blog! We regularly post handy guides and resources to help you have safe fun during the pandemic.
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