23 Unforgettable Romantic Things to Do in Williamsburg for Couples

January 7, 2022

The center of American Colonial history may not seem a likely locale for romance. An abundance of outdoor beauty, charming cobblestone streets, world-class living museums, and theme parks make Williamsburg a truly tranquil couple’s retreat.

Indulge in modern romantic attractions such as golfing, shopping, and dining in Williamsburg. While also making time for the Colonial Capital's rich past.

History-loving partners will cherish the opportunity to dive into the American Revolution. Meanwhile, thrill-seekers will find pleasure in sneaking off for an afternoon of excitement at Busch Gardens.

Whatever you've planned for your romantic rendezvous, from wine tours to mysterious after-dark ghost affairs. Williamsburg was undoubtedly built for lovers.

Romantic Williamsburg Hotels

Of course, nothing sets up a weekend or week of romance faster than some five-star lodgings. Lavish luxury and comfort await when you book any of our premier options for Williamsburg Hotels

Splash around at the indoor and outdoor pools at the stately, spacious Historic Powhatan Resort. Or, embrace full-service amenities and historic district convenience at the Wyndham Garden Williamsburg Busch Gardens Area.

Wherever you and your colonial cutie choose to rest your heads, reserve your accommodations with confidence.

Most Romantic Restaurants

Worried you'll be forced to sustain yourself on meat pies and porridge? Never fear, as dining in the Colonial Capital has come a long way since the 17th century. Therefore, prime your tastebuds for some delectable dinners as you enjoy any of our favorite romantic Williamsburg haunts:

Close up photo of the bar at Le Yaca Restaurant with black seats and lights behind the wine glasses in the cabinet on the wall in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Le Yaca Restaurant via Facebook

Le Yaca

Say oui to a night of sumptuous french fare at the painstakingly lovely Le Yaca. White tablecloths, ambient lighting, and a whole lot of butter come together to make dining at Le Yaca an affair to remember. Splurge on the 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings and enjoy lobster tail, diver sea scallops, and beef tenderloin au Poivre.

Fat Canary

The award-winning Fat Canary continues to blow us away with its sensational menu and stellar wine. First, start with the crispy Rappahannock oysters garnished with sweet onion, tomato, and green chile. Then, enjoy the tender free-range guinea fowl served with parmesan gnocchi. 

Casa Pearl

Casa Pearl may not reside in the fanciest of digs, but how often can you say you've eaten at a former gas station? This tremendously hip oyster and taco eatery is our go-to for the freshest oysters and ceviche. Not to mention their legendary fish tacos and casa margarita.

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Most Instagrammable Spots

Instagram husbands, wives, and partners relax! We've taken the guesswork out of compiling Williamsburg's scenic spots to bring you the most romantic couples' vacation pics yet:

  • Governors Palace - pose like the royalty we know you are while in front of this historic residence. Featuring a vast lawn, stunning gardens, and a hedge maze.
  • Historic Buildings on Duke of Gloucester Street - quaint taverns and cobblestone streets provide some fabulous backdrops here.
  • Crim Dell Bridge - romance is in the air at this iconic bridge located at the William & Mary Campus. Rumor is that if you kiss your partner while crossing the bridge, you'll be lovers for life. 
  • Riverwalk Landing - stunning waterfront views of York River and a bevy of trendy shops, restaurants, and cafes make Riverwalk a great place to snap some pics. 
Couple walking on the Riverwalk Landing with their gear for a picnic in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Visit Williamsburg via Facebook

Best Picnic Spots

Fawn over your fair lady (or man) with a truly special picnic at one of Williamsburg's most romantic spots. For an afternoon or evening of true couple's bliss, pack up that blanket, your favorite cheese and crackers, and head to:

  • Bicentennial Park
  • Waller Mill Park
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park

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Historic & Sightseeing Tours

America's Historic Triangle Pass

History can be hot! Feel the temperature rise as you and your history-obsessed honey spend up to a week exploring the renowned Historic Triangle. 

With America's Historic Triangle Pass, you can set your sights on all of the Williamsburg hotspots for one low admission. 

Enjoy unlimited entry to:

  • Colonial Williamsburg - the country's largest living history museum is home to over 300 acres of lovingly restored buildings, costumed actors, shops, and museums.
  • Historic Jamestowne - tour the famous fort or Jamestown Memorial Church, or witness the magic of craftsmen such as the costumed glassblowers at Glasshouse. 
  • Jamestown Settlement - America's first permanent English colony, recreations of the fort, ships, and even a Native American Powhatan Village reside here.
  • Yorktown Victory Center & Battlefield - site of the final battle of the Revolutionary War and a museum featuring many artifacts and authentic recreations of colonial life. 
Woman in a white shirt heating glass at the Glasshouse in Jamestown near Williamsburg , Virginia, USA

photo credit: Paul Diming Photography via Facebook

Colonial Williamsburg Tickets

Cue some charming colonial courtship when you whisk your cutie away for a day of 18th-century activities, education, and history.

Your Colonial Williamsburg Tickets grant you and your partner access to a cornucopia of one-of-a-kind attractions all themed around Colonial living in the Americas.

Meanwhile, stroll through this "Revolutionary City" hand in hand with your honey. Marvel at the costumed actors, original buildings, and priceless antiques bestowed from our forefathers. Wander in and out of artisan shops, dance a spritely jig with an 18th-century instructor, or participate in a spooky witch trial.

Besides scores of historically rich activities, entertainment, and relics. Similarly, you can also peek at contemporary attractions like art museums, a superior golf club, an award-winning spa, and a deluxe hotel. 

Then once night falls, the colonial mischief doesn't end. So soak in candlelight ghost tours, musical merriment, or dramatic theatrical reenactments. 

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Street with a horse and carriage and historical houses on it with large trees in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, USAThe best of Williamsburg walking tour

Lavish your loved one with an intimate private tour experience on the best of Williamsburg Walking Tour.

Revel in the undivided attention and focus of your magnetic guide on this 2-hour comprehensive walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg.

Take a deep dive into what life was really like in early America on this jam-packed tour which features stops at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and more.

In addition, you'll hear the fascinating behind-the-scenes narration, stories, and legends regarding the Colonial Capital expansion. As well as get up close and personal to the city's key historical landmarks

Best of all, your private tour can be completely personalized and allows for the flexibility of an uncommonly custom experience.

Ghost Tours

The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Tour

Sinister spirits and pesky poltergeists may roam the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg. But, together with your beloved, you can face these terrifying apparitions. Feisty fans of all things paranormal will flip over the 1.5-hour Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Tour

Hosted by Virginia's #1 Ghost Tour company, this seriously spooky sojourn will take you to parts of the 'Burg that most visitors wouldn't step foot in. Walk the hallowed streets of William and Mary as you hear bone-chilling candlelit tales of local legends, horror, and more. 

In addition to being a local expert, your guide is a masterful storyteller who will hold your group's attention with searing occurrences of the occult.

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Small-Group Tour: Ultimate Williamsburg Ghost Tour

Brave the creepy sites of Williamsburg with your darling on this terrifying trek through one of America's oldest cities. Your 1.5-hour Small-Group Tour: Ultimate Williamsburg Ghost Tour is the perfect foray into all things historic and haunted.

Fearlessly venture into the night as you explore this storied city's dark past and visit sites like the College of William and Mary, Merchants Square, Kimball Theater, and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. 

Many of these spooky locales have been vetted by renowned psychics and investigators as places with high levels of paranormal activity. But, try to keep your cool as your spirited guide scares the living daylights out of you with ghost stories from the hallows of history on this top-rated tour. 

Group of people dressed at pirates, ghosts, and witches on the The Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates of Williamsburg Tour with a fire behind them in Williamsburg, Virginia, USAThe Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates of Williamsburg Tour

Ghosts, witches, and pirates, oh my! Grab hold of your first mate and get ready for some sneaky sorcery on the Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates of Williamsburg Tour. This is a stirring expedition through Williamsburg's cruel past. In addition, this is the only witch tour in Williamsburg. 

Prepare yourself for a pinch of black magic and a whole lot of history. Your costumed guide serenades you with stories, trivia, and legends regarding the 1600s witch trials, Blackbeard's infamous crew, and more.

Pay your respects at such eerie sites as Jones Graveyard, the Jail, and Williamsburg's darkest street. Additionally, be on the lookout for the apparition of Ida Jones as she is rumored to haunt Blackbeard's skull.

Masterfully weaving together local lore, true history, and gory details, this salacious tour is sure to capture your attention. 

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Food & Wine Tours

Romantic Williamsburg Walking Food Tour

Hungry honeys unite! Spend a delicious day sampling your way through Williamsburg's burgeoning culinary scene on the Williamsburg Walking Food Tour. A thoroughly tasty way to seek out the epicurean highlights of this diverse neighborhood.

Moreover, this 3-hour tour allows you and your boo to trade bites of everything from gourmet mac and cheese to handmade pizza and a craft beer flight.

Walk off those calories as you meander your way through such foodie hotspots as the Blue Talon Bistro, Justified Bake Shop, and Green Leafe Cafe.

This fully inclusive tour is guaranteed to leave you satisfied with yummy stops and samplings at up to seven locations, including:

  • Wythe Candy Shop
  • Peanut Shop
  • Spice and Tea Exchange
  • Paul's Deli
  • College Deli
  • And Kilwins

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Close up photo of a bottle of wine with lit candles next to it and a couple kissing in the background at Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

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Williamsburg Winery via Facebook

The Williamsburg Winery

Sip, sip, hooray! Scale up the sensual with a day playing sommelier at the Williamsburg Winery. 

Marvel at the rustic beauty of this premier vineyard situated on over 50 acres of lush farmland. Inspired by the fine estates of Europe, this award-winning vineyard has been lauded by both Wine Enthusiast and USA Today.

You and your fellow wine lover can choose from a staggering number of tasting tours and flights. Thoroughly enjoying the fruity tasting notes of the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as they bloom on your tongue.

Looking for more romantic razzle-dazzle at The Williamsburg Winery? If so, reserve one of their unique packages. Enjoy a stay at the regal Wedmore Place and dining at the delectable Gabriel Archer Tavern.

Drink Williamsburg Tour

Mouthfuls of the sweetest mead, the creamiest nitro cold brew, and the most delicious local ales make for one bewitching beverage journey! Hold on to your other half as you drink the day away on an all-inclusive Drink Williamsburg Tour

Loads of liquid fun is on tap on this four-hour tour which features pre-arranged drinks and transportation to 3 locations.

Forget about figuring out designated drivers as transportation will be handled. Instead, savor great-tasting flights, craft brews, and spirits at any of the following locations*:

  • Copper Fox Distillery
  • Joker Brewing/King of Clubs
  • New Kent Winery
  • The Williamsburg Winery
  • Silver Hand Meadery
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • Brass Cannon Brewery
  • And more!

*locations subject to change and are dependent on the individual tour booked

Themeparks & Outdoor Thrills

Wide shot of a roller coaster at Busch Gardens with the sun setting behind it in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Amp up that adrenaline and reignite that romance with your enchanted when you visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The joy of screaming your head off on Verbolten or cuddling up to the giant Clydesdales never gets old.

Embrace the European charm of Busch Gardens 9 villages all inspired by different countries. Meanwhile, soak in acres of thrilling live entertainment, charming architecture, animal encounters, and heart-racing rides.

Travel to the deep waters of Scotland on the Loch Ness Monster or pretend it's Oktoberfest at the rousing Das Festhaus. Easier than jetting away to England, an adventure here is worthy of its own passport stamp!

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Lakewood Trails

Saddle up that noble steed and live out your fairytale fantasies when you set forth on a trail ride. Ride gently through the Virginian wooded countryside. Spying the private lakes and lush orchards as you trot along. 

Lakewood Trails is proud to provide traditional English style riding, just like it was done in Colonial times. So become one with your steed as you enjoy your blissful hour trail ride.   

Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome in this small-group experience. However, for even more privacy with your paramour, you can book a 'couples only ride.' This tour features a romantic picnic at the Williamsburg Stonehouse Stables farm.

Unique Experiences

Romantic Guided tour "Love Stories of Williamsburg"

Looking to get lovey-dovey with that someone special? Then kick start your voyage into the land of va-va-voom when you reserve a Guided tour, "Love Stories of Williamsburg."

Your knowledgeable guide will play cupid as they pepper you with romantic stories and historical know-how. During, you'll learn about Williamsburg's origin, her famous visitors, and most 'shipped' couples? Hint - he was our nation's first president!

Moreover, you will be armed with the best tips for a romantic dinner, a chic couples photo, and more. Making it an ideal date night or Valentine's activity. 

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With lush forests, rich colonial heritage, and, of course, heart-pounding theme parks. Williamsburg is genuinely a romantic destination for all.

Caught between the old and the modern, this former capital of Virginia is ready to be discovered by dynamic duos.

Enjoy feasting on fresh East coast oysters or witness the recreation of America's first permanent English colony. Meanwhile, gab about Blackbeard's ghost stories, there are treasures worth of activities to uncover in the Colonial Capital.

Relax, rejuvenate, and educate yourself on the romance that awaits you and your lover in Williamsburg, VA. 

What Did We Miss? What Other Romantic Things Have You Found to Do in Williamsburg?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Written By Isis Maya

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