When Is The Best Time to Visit Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia?

Colonial Williamsburg

With my work at Mondoro, we have worked with Colonial Williamsburg for some of their home decor licensee programs. I have always found Colonial Williamsburg a wonderful place to visit and learn more about America and colonial Virginia’s history.

Autumn and spring are wonderful times to visit Colonial Williamsburg. October is an excellent month to visit as many trees are turning color. April and May are also very nice as the flowers are starting to bloom. If you cannot visit Colonial Williamsburg in the fall or spring, June is also a good choice. Williamsburg is a historical site worth visiting, as it is the world’s largest outdoor living museum.

A Street View of Colonial Williamsburg
A Street View of Colonial Williamsburg

Best Time to Visit Williamsburg, VA – Our Picks

One of the best times to visit Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, is in the fall. September, October, and November, on average, have six days of rain per month. This means you have a pretty good chance that the weather will be nice and pleasant. During this time of year, the humidity tends to be slightly higher (75 to 75% humidity), but Williamsburg’s humidity average is always between 73 to 78% humidity.

During September, October, and November, the average temperature range for those three months are a high of 81˚F – 63˚ F (27˚C – 17˚C) and a low of 61˚ F – 39˚ F (15˚C – 4˚C). Of course, in early November, the temperature will be more pleasant than at the end of November.

One of the best things about the fall is that the fall leaves, especially in October, will be changing colors. So this will give you the added beauty of Colonial Williamsburg. The fall color leaves peak is usually between October 12-28, but this will change each year based on the Farmers Almanac.

If you cannot travel to Colonial Williamsburg in the fall, then another season to consider would be in the springtime, especially during April and May. During this time, the weather is usually pleasant. Compared to the fall, you have a higher chance of rain and usually higher humidity in the spring. But during the springtime, the flowers should be blooming, which makes Colonial Williamsburg very beautiful.

For those traveling to Williamsburg with school-age children, traveling in the fall or spring may not be possible, so you may need to travel in the summer months. In July, you have the highest chance of rain for any month of the year. But if you do not mind, some warm rain and hotter weather, these months may also be a great time for you to travel to Williamsburg.

May, June, and July do give you the longest average hours of daylight per day out of any month of the year. This extra daylight will give you extra time to walk around and see some of the city during the daytime hours.

In the winter, Williamsburg does get near freezing, so that you may get stuck in some snow flurries. Some snow may stay on the ground, or other snow will turn into a muddy slush.

No matter what time of year you travel to Williamsburg, you need to dress like a Virginian. Any person living in Virginian will tell you that the weather can frequently change. Virginia, especially Williamsburg, can experience multiple seasons in one day, so it is best to dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Below is a chart that will show you the average Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures for each month, plus average days per month of rain, the average humidity, and average sunlight for the Williamsburg area:

Month˚F Avg High/Low˚C Avg High/LowRain/Snow Fall
Per Month
Avg Humidity
Per Month
Avg Sunlight
Per Day
Jan 48˚/28˚9˚/-2˚ 8 days75%9.9 hours
Feb52˚/30˚11˚/ -1˚7 daya 75%10.9 hours
Mar61˚/37˚16˚/3˚8 days75%12 hours
Apr72˚/46˚22˚/8˚7 days74%13.2 hours
May79˚/55˚26˚/13˚8 days 77%14.2 hours
Jun86˚/64˚30˚/18˚7 days 74%14.7 hours
Jul88˚/68˚31˚/20˚9 days73%14.4 hours
Aug88˚/66˚31˚/19˚8 days75%13.5 hours
Sep81˚/61˚27˚/16˚6 days76%12.4 hours
Oct72˚/50˚22˚/10˚6 days76%11.2 hours
Nov63˚/39˚17˚/4˚6 days75%10.2 hours
Dec54˚/32˚12˚/0˚7 days 78%9.6 hours
Weather Averages Per Month – Williamsburg, VA

Is Williamsburg, Va Worth Visiting?

Colonial Williamsburg is definitely worth visiting, especially if you want to understand American colonial history. Colonial Williamsburg is a great city for history buffs, children and, and families. To find out more about visiting Colonial Williamsburg and all the city offers, you can find out more by clicking here.

Williamsburg is important to America’s history as it was once the colonial capital of Virginia. Today, Colonial Williamsburg shows us into the lives of 18th century America as no other place does.

View of the Capital At Night, Colonial Williamsburg
View of the Capital At Night, Colonial

Williamsburg was founded as the capital of the Virginia colony in 1699. It was also one of America’s first planned cities, so that is why you will see that it is laid out in a straight and orderly fashion.

Williamsburg also became a center for learning with the College of William and Mary founded in 1693. The first hospital was established in America for the care and treatment of mental illness in Williamsburg in 1773. General George Washington assembled his continental army in Williamsburg in 1781

When you visit Colonial Williamsburg, you will walk into 18th-century life in America. Everything from reenactments to the pivotal events in our history will take place to show you a bit about many of the early Americans and their way of life.

Throughout Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll discover everything about the citizens’ daily lives, notable politicians, and figures; you’ll hear stories about Native Americans and African-Americans also during this time period. You may even find Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry walking about the streets so that you can have a conversation with them about America’s independence.

Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum. Colonial Williamsburg covers over 300 acres where you can witness some of the tradespeople doing their work as they did it in the 18th Century. I have a friend whose husband was Colonial Williamsburg’s gunsmiths; he was an amazing craftsman. Because of craftsmen like him, we can learn and live the story of 18th Century America.

Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days every year. Most of the historical and trade sites are open from 9 AM to 5 PM. There are even some evening programs.

If you do happen to go to Colonial Williamsburg and the weather is not very good, then you can explore The Art Museum of Colonial Williamsburg or take a tour of the Governor’s Palace or the Capital. All of these sites have indoor activities.

To walk around Colonial Williamsburg and view the buildings from the outside or go into some taverns, restaurants, or shops, you do not need a ticket. But to go into any of the other buildings, you will need to purchase a ticket.

Some Old Baskets in a Garden at Colonial Williamsburg
Some Old Baskets in a Garden at Colonial Williamsburg

Some of my favorite sites at Colonial Williamsburg are the Governor’s Palace, the Court, and the Capital. There is so much you will learn by going into these buildings. That is why buying a ticket to see all Colonial Williamsburg offers is worth the expense.

The main historic area of Colonial Williamsburg is a mile long and half a mile wide. It is delightful to walk through the streets, stopping at places of interest.

Another delightful thing to do is to go on a carriage or a wagon ride. You will need to buy a ticket to ride a carriage or wagon; it is a fun way to see some of Colonial Williamsburg how the 18th Century inhabitants saw it.

Colonial Williamsburg is a wonderful historic town to explore. This Colonial Williamsburg living history museum really gives you an insight into 18th century America and how the inhabitants of the city lived during that time.

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Anita L Hummel

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