1 - 2 Hours
One Per Person
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Colonial Williamsburg Quiz Tour for all ages
Turn back the clock at Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the country! Here, you’ll explore a beautifully restored 18th-century town with reenactors who bring the experience to life. This tour dives into Williamsburg’s rich history, from its founding to the revolutionary war and the ambitious restoration efforts of the 1900s.
About the Trivia Tour
Once downloaded, your tour through Colonial Williamsburg begins at the visitor center just north of the town center. As you walk south, you’ll learn not only about the earliest residents of Williamsburg but also about the Native Americans who called this place home when the first European settlers arrived.
The first major landmark you’ll arrive at will be the Peyton Randolph House, a gorgeous home dating back to 1715. Its former owner was a key revolutionary figure, though you might not have heard about him in school!
Next, you’ll arrive at the Fife and Drum Building, where you’ll learn about the importance these simple instruments had during battles. If you’re lucky, you may also catch Colonial Williamsburg’s fife and drum band performance as they march through town!
Continuing onwards, you’ll hear about the origins of the Colonial Williamsburg museum project, including how America’s first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, bankrolled the whole thing! He was a bit of a history buff.
After that, you’ll see the Public Gaol, a grim prison that once held all manner of unsavory sorts. But would you believe it also had Blackbeard’s pirate crew while they waited to be executed?
Up next is Bassett Hall, the lavish estate where Rockefeller lived while overseeing the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. Then it’s on to the old Capitol Building, where Virginia once declared independence from Britain… four days before the Declaration of Independence was signed!
Speaking of independence, you’ll find the Raleigh Tavern next. During the 1700s, this tavern’s unassuming facade hid secret revolutionary meetings.
Next, you’ll come to the Williamsburg Magazine, an old munitions storehouse. Here, you’ll learn the dramatic tale of a standoff between British troops and Williamsburg residents on the eve of the revolution.
After that, you’ll reach the Governor’s Palace, where Virginia’s Royal Governor ruled over the people of this state… until he was forced to flee in the dead of night.
Then you’ll see two of the town’s most historic structures: the George Wythe House and the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. The former was home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence who was also a staunch abolitionist. The latter predates the town itself and is the whole reason for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg!
Finally, you’ll make your way to the historic campus of the William & Mary School, the nation’s second-oldest university. Here, you’ll find one of Williamsburg’s oldest and most impressive buildings and learn a little about the college’s controversial history. The tour concludes here.
Starting Point Address
This is how it works:
As you walk the route, you’ll be prompted with questions encouraging you to pay attention to your surroundings to find the answers. Answer correctly, and your virtual tour guide will fill you in on surprising bits of history, trivia, and tips for getting the most out of your trip.
DON’T MISS A THING
This GPS-enabled tour will guide you through all the must-see spots (and plenty of secret ones!) while the audio automatically pops up to tell you everything you need to know—just like taking a tour with a local!
Don’t just visit a new place; get to know it — and prove it with the trivia questions! These self-guided tours are chock full of surprising info and history about each location, so you can learn & remember as you explore. Are you traveling with friends or family? Challenge them to see who can answer the most trivia questions!
PLAY FOR KEEPS
Once you purchase, it’s yours forever! Come back and retake the tour, test your friends with the trivia, or split up your visit over multiple days — it’s all up to you! The self-guided tour is entirely flexible.
Fun trivia questions: Test your trivia knowledge while you tour!
Freedom of travel: No designated tour times, no crowded groups. Set your schedule and move at your own pace.
Offline usage: No data, cellular or wireless network connection is required during the tour. Download before you go, and you’re all set!
How does it work?
- Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
- Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
- To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
- The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
- Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
Preview the Tour
Origins of Colonial Williamsburg Audio Story
Turn Right footpath Audio Story
Raleigh Tavern Audio Story
PlayHouse Stage Audio Story
Typically it will take about 2 days to fully experience Colonial Williamsburg. However, you can still walk through the city in only a day if you’re okay with skipping a few attractions. But if you plan on taking Colonial Williamsburg tours, make sure that you factor in how long they take. Action Tour Guide’s self-guided tour takes about 1 to 2 hours.
Colonial Williamsburg is open every day of the year! Most of the historical sites and trades are only open from 9 to 5, but the historic city also hosts evening programs like concerts and trial recreations that go on into the night.
Williamsburg displays Colonial America year-round. Mid-to-late October is our favorite. This season averages low-70s highs. Great city walking weather! Average nighttime temperatures are 50s, cool but not cold. Season is enhanced by leaves. Peak leaf color changes annually.
Washington stayed in various rooms in Williamsburg. One of his most important visits was when he stayed at George Wythe’s House near the end of the Revolutionary War.
On average, the tour takes around 1-2 hours, but participants can explore at their own pace.
Yes, the tour is designed for kids and families, making it suitable for various age groups.
Yes, the tour is curated with child-friendly content and engagement to make the tour educational and enjoyable for kids.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on your next trip within 1 year of your purchase.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
- Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.
- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.