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Splash with the Grandkids at a Waterpark, in Williamsburg! Water Country USA for the whole family!

Hot summer days and busy grandchildren are a great reason to take them to Water Country USA and splash into summer fun!

Hubba Hubba Highway, Rolf Kramer, Real Estate Agent

You may not want to brave the new Colossal Curl (riders ride rafts, from a  height of 552 feet, through a funnel!), but there is nothing new about heading for the water when the heat is on and summer heat makes us simmer.  Water Country USA is a man-made water-play invention and allows us to cool off in the dead of summer. You can splash and soak, when the heat is on. Dive into the wave pool. Slide down a slide. Or simply watch the toddlers play in one of the play areas. Water Country USA is a part of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Theme Park family, so there is plenty of expertise behind every attraction.
Cow-a-Bunga Water Country USA, Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent
If your grandchildren are younger – stick to the Kidsiderate” attractions:
  • Kritter Korral — an animal-themed play area, complete with fountains, slides, and splash zones
  • H2O UFO — has fire hoses, tubes, waterfalls and fountains for water play
  • Cowabunga — has a raft ride suitable for littles and a boat to climb on as well as a couple of slides
If you and the older kids need more of an adrenaline rush, check out the “splashtacular” Colossal Curl through a series of loops and funnels that is the length of two football fields. Riders board clover-shaped rafts and are swirled through a funnel feature to a wave element that lifts them high above the park. Or grab a life jacket and float around the Hubba Hubba Highway. If the Hubba Hubba Highway moves too quickly, grab an inner tube and float on the lazy river in Rock and Roll Island, to your heart’s content. The 700-foot Rambling River travels at a slow pace perfect for lounging.
Colossal Curl Water Country USA, Rolf Kramer, Real Estate Agent
If your grandchildren are teens, there is plenty of excitement for them. Visit this link for a description of each one – but with 10 slide attractions, 3 kid’s areas and 2 rivers to float on – and don’t forget that fun, fun Wave Pool, you’ll have a full-packed day. And you’ll be the hero.
If the day you visit is a super-busy holiday, consider upgrading your experience with the Quick Queue option.
Classes are also available:
  • Red Cross babysitting
  • Red Cross junior life-guarding certification

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Beat the Heat of Summer, in Williamsburg!

Summer’s heating up, in Williamsburg – even as we are winding down to August. If you’re looking for ways to cool down and still have a great time with family and friends, here are a few suggestions.

— River —

York River, Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent

There may be nothing better than a cool dip in a small river – and we’ve got two big ones!  Think day-long floats, canoeing, boating, fishing, and kayaking.

— Water Park —

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark, Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent

There is a few splash pads at our amusement parks for the children (and the adults who like to get splashed — I am one of them!) And lots of slides and lazy rivers

— Museums —

What do museums have? Consistent temperature. Museums are a little warmer than subterranean 50-something-degrees, and they’re beautiful, creative places to chill out … and maybe learn something new.

— Pool —

There isn’t a community that I sell in that doesn’t have a community pool. Some of them are works of  art and the perfect place to meet the neighbors and chill out!

Why does Barbara love Love LOVE the house that Rolf Kramer helped her find, at Colonial Heritage?

The resort-like pool at Colonial Heritage is a pool party, waiting to happen.

Fords Colony Pool, Rolf Kramer Real Estate

Fords Colony Pool

Patriots Colony pool, Rolk Kramer Real Estate Agent

Patriots Colony pool

Kingsmill Lazy River, Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent

The Lazy River at the Kingsmill Resort (as part of Kingsmill on the James community)

Where do you like to cool off during the summer?

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Frogs – beautiful and poisonous frogs!

If you’ve never thought of frogs as beautiful, the Virginia Living Museum exhibit will change your mind! Explore TOAD-ally cool creatures and get eyeball to eyeball with live frogs from around the world! Virginia Living Museum usually displays only Virginia specific animals – but this exhibit is special. Right here in Newport News, see over 70 live frogs.

Part of the exhibit is the Planetarium’s Noisy Neighbors: A Frog Story showing in the Abbitt Planetarium. Besides the cool movie, the grandkids will be able to see (and hear – you can create a chorus when you push buttons to activate recorded frog calls) frogs from across the globe, hear their croaks, yaps, chirps, whoops, snores and whistles, all housed in detailed habitats with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls. Your grandchildren will be thrilled with all the interactive games (an especially graphic one is a video game that has you dissect a frog! a real favorite). They’ll learn cool frog names like:

  • Mexican Dumpy Frogs
  • Waxy Monkey Frogs
  • Vietnamese Mossy Frogs
  • Fire-bellied Toads
  • Poison Dart Frog

 

Things to do with grandkids - Rolf Kramer, Real Estate, Licenced in Virginia

Green Poison Dart frog

 

There is a Museum Membership just for grandparents that I like to recommend. It is $120 a year but it includes admission for up to 6 guests (each time you visit) and also includes the Planetarium (usually an extra charge). Typical museum admission $17 adults, $13 children

Virginia Living Museum http://thevlm.org is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, Virginia 757-595-1900

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Wander off the Beaten Path of Williamsburg – and get outside!

If you hike, kayak, bike or are just a nature enthusiast – you will find no shortage of outdoorsy things to do in and around Williamsburg. This summer make it a point to wander off the beaten path and get outdoors. Bring the bike or boat to one of these great parks:

  1. New Quarter Park is adjacent to the Colonial Parkway and close to Williamsburg, this park offers a tranquil woodland setting and the pleasures of outdoor recreation. Mountain biking, hiking/walking, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, playgrounds, picnicking and 18-hole disc golf course. Access to Queens Creek and York River.
  2. Get over to the Chickahominy Riverfront Park to enjoy 140-acres on the banks of the beautiful Chickahominy River. Camping, fishing, boating, boat ramp and fishing pier. Rent canoes, kayaks and boats with motors. Boat/RV storage available.
  3. Right down the road from the College of William & Mary, the scenic park of College Landing Park, provides a lookout tower and marsh walkway through College Creek. Enjoy the walkway, kayak/canoe launch and wildlife.
  4. Get the bike out (motor bike or bicycle) and take a leisurely drive along the scenic 23-mile Colonial Parkway that provides a physical and metaphorical link between Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Scenic driving, interpretive pull-offs, biking and fishing are available along this National Scenic Byway.
  5. Go visit the Yorktown Waterfront! Right on the York River in Historic Yorktown, this beach front offers a relaxing day for everyone and provides a variety of outdoor activities for the entire family. Whether it’s fishing, boating, picnicking or relaxing on the beach, it is perfect for families, all in a peaceful setting adjacent to Riverwalk Landing.
  6. If you are ready for a quiet, out-of-the-way day on the water, check out Little Creek Reservoir Park. This scenic park overlooks a 996-acre reservoir that’s a fisherman’s paradise. Perfect for outdoor family time in the Williamsburg area. Fishing, boating, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, jon boats and launch-your-own boat ramp. Boat rentals available.
  7. Waller Mill is a beautiful park, close to everything and a community favorite. Overlooking a 343-acre lake, the park provides a variety of outdoor activities – boating, kayaking, canoeing, pedal boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking and playgrounds. Boat rentals are available.
  8. Powhatan Creek Park is a great way to see Jamestown Island. Powhatan Creek is part of the Chesapeake Gateways Network created by the National Park Service and the Chesapeake Bay Program. Provides free access to Jamestown Island and the James River. Small boat/canoe launch with parking.

Rolf Kramer, Real Estate, Licenced in Virginia, Buyer's Agent

This summer – get outside and get off the beaten path of Williamsburg, Virginia. If you have just moved here, follow this blog for inspiration. If you are thinking of moving to Williamsburg – you’ve made it to the right blog. I specialize in helping retirees find their perfect home – that suits their interests, their lifestyle and their activity level. If you are retiring in Williamsburg – call me. Let’s talk!

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Fireworks and Star Spangled Nights, at Busch Gardens on July 4th (and through September 6)

Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday (July 3 through September. 6). This event inspires park-goers through fireworks, moving original soundscapes and unforgettable environments, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens.

On the 3rd and 4th of July, you can also experience a picnic with your fireworks by enjoying an exclusive all-you-can-eat buffet and the best seats on the park. Or one special experience that we have yet to indulge in would be the icing on the 4th of July cake: to see the Fireworks aboard the Rhine River Fireworks Cruise!

©2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

This 60-minute cruise will certainly offer a romantic and unique view of the Busch Gardens fireworks at the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park. The fireworks begin at 9:30 and the cruise check in is 8:45 pm at the Rhine River Boat docks. Purchase tickets here.

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Swinging on a Star – in Williamsburg, on the 4th of July

If you are looking for something to do, in downtown Williamsburg, on the fourth of July, check out a old-fashioned USO show, at the Hennage Auditorium in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. This patriotic 4th of July entertainment will have a World War II flair and will be similar to what the servicemen and women at USO clubs saw. The soldiers “home away from home” and “mom away from mom” provided wholesome entertainment both here and overseas. Overseas they saw such entertainers as Bob Hope and Frances Langford and in Williamsburg they saw shows like this one. The lovely Amy Stallings will be singing with the band – she is not to  be missed!

Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Local USOs and the Troops of World War II

Swinging on a Star USO show, Williamsburg

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Fourth of July in Colonial Williamsburg

What better place to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s birth than right here in the Revolutionary City? Lucky you if you already live here. If you don’t – what a great weekend to check it out and see if Williamsburg should become your forever home!

Free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, but note that the  pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m (for fireworks).

4th of July in Wiliamsburg

 

10 a.m. Salute to the States behind the Courthouse
11 a.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Courthouse steps
11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Colonial Faire at various locations including tomahawk throwing, cannons, drills, 3-legged races, quoits, and crafts (admission ticket or wristband required, see event page for details)
1:30–3 p.m. Colonial Auction at Market Square
View list of auction items
5–9 p.m. Historic Tavern dining available  (all within viewing distance) Reservations requiredSeasons Restaurant All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Buffet No reservation required

Merchants Square restaurants (all within viewing distance of the fireworks)

8:15–8:45 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform
8:45–9:15 p.m. Illuminations of Market Square and Palace Green
9:10 p.m. Salute to the Nation: A special tribute to our Armed Forces
9:20 p.m. Fireworks begin

 

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