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July 6, 2012

Just in Time for Summer Family Fun, Colonial Williamsburg Offers Savings on “Bring A Friend” Tickets

Beginning July 9, Colonial Williamsburg Annual Pass, Collegiate Pass and Good Neighbor Pass members can save on a “Bring a Friend” ticket. For 50 percent off the price of a Single Day ticket, guests have access to all museums and exhibition sites.

The “Bring a Friend” ticket offer is exclusive to Colonial Williamsburg pass members and is available until Aug. 31. The regular price of a single day ticket is $39.95 for adults and $20.95 for youth. “Bring a Friend” tickets are valid for one day and may be purchased at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center.

“This special ticket offer invites families to explore the Revolutionary City,” said Skip Ferebee, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of admission sales and consumer development. “Guests can experience programs only offered to families during the summer months. Families with kids will really enjoy playing our new alternate reality game, ‘RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn.’ The whole family can play together, learn and maybe even save the Revolution.”

New this summer is “Entertainments at the Raleigh,” which starts with a rousing Fife and Drum performance and parade to the Raleigh Tavern. There, lit cressets illuminate an outdoor stage with live entertainment for ticketed guests. Inside the tavern, guests experience a sample of programs and choose from that evening’s performances that may include “Grand Medley of Entertainments,” “Pirates Amongst Us” and “African American Music.” Ticketed guests receive a 10 percent discount on the evening program of their choice and pass members receive 25 percent off.

Ticketed guests also can choose from the Children’s Orientation Walk, a daily 30-minute walking tour that points out all the family-friendly things to do in the Revolutionary City; “The Apprentice,” a tour that takes young guests on a visit to three trade shops; and “The Apprentice Goes to the Farm,” a program that offers young guests an opportunity to experience life on farm.

The Benjamin Powell House, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s 88 original buildings, hosts programs for younger guests including “Hands on History,” an opportunity for young guests to try out various chores, toys and games; “Read Me a Story,” where a costumed interpreter reads one of Colonial Williamsburg popular children’s stories; and “Mother Goose’s Riddles and Rhymes Tour,” which explores Benjamin Powell’s property using nursery rhymes and artifacts.

Colonial Williamsburg Annual Pass, Collegiate Pass and Good Neighbor Pass members enjoy benefits including:

  • Unlimited access to the Revolutionary City sites including 18 trade shops;
  • “RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn,” this summer’s new alternate reality game;
  • The Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg award-winning interactive street drama;
  • Tours of the Governor’s Palace, Capitol, R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse and Great Hopes Plantation;
  • The new Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury site that reflects the complexity and urgency of mounting a war effort against the world’s most powerful 18th-century nation;
  • Special garden tours just for Annual and Good Neighbor Pass members including “Gardens of Gentility,” which reveals how gardens reflected status and wealthy in the 18th century; and “Through the Garden Gate,” which focuses on how historic gardens in the Revolutionary City were created;
  • Access to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the home of the Foundation's renowned collections of more than 60,000 treasures dating from 1600 through 1830, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum that houses one of the finest collections of American folk art and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller;
  • Special programs such as “Bits and Bridles,” with a tour of the stables and introduction of the rare breeds program; “Behind the Scenes Tour at Bruton Heights,” which explores the Foundation’s educational outreach, library and object conservation facilities; and “Rubbish, Treasures and Colonial Life,” which showcases archaeological objects and the research being done by the Foundation’s archaeological staff;
  • 25 percent off tickets for most evening programs, tours and carriage rides;
  • Seasonal discounts on admission tickets for friends and family; and
  • 10 percent off Busch Gardens and Water Country USA single-day tickets (excluding Christmas Town).

    This offer is not available for online purchase. Pass members must present an active pass when making a purchase. There is a limit of 20 per household. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY, visit the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, 101-A Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, or online at

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Revolutionary City. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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