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Old 02-13-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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Hello all
I am visiting William & Mary as soon as the current Ice Age is over. We missed the last guided session of the school (I am a transfer student), so it's going to be up to us to figure out what to do while there.
So my question is: What should we see or do in Williamsburg (or even at the college, for that matter) that's not especially geared toward tourists—what should we see or know that could be useful in case I do transfer?
I already know about the basics, but what can be said about Williamsburg that isn't on their tourism websites?
(For example, Sno To Go sounds exciting, and so does any out-of-the-way coffee shop. Anything weird or cool or something that I couldn't find here in Roanoke.)
Thanks!
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg
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Locals do a lot of the things that tourists do. Take a walk around the restored area of CW,( students get free passes) Visit Jamestown and Yorktown, Take a drive down the Colonial Parkway. Are you a runner ? there are many scenic places to run around the area. Do you kayak ? ( little cold right now but many great places around town) Film buff ? Take in an interesting film @ The Kimball . It shows foreign, independent, and popular films, and also hosts live performances and special events for Colonial Williamsburg and the College.
Aromas is always a favorite coffee shop, Harbour Coffee in New Town as well, Explore New Town for other interesting shops, Do you mountain bike ? lots of interesting mt bike trails at Freedom Park, York River and New Quarter Park. Visit Waller Mill Park, W&M College Bookstore ( Barnes & Noble, Pauls Delly, College Delly, Green Leafe Cafe, Cheese Shop, . Concerts at W&M, the library, CW, hopefully Amphitheater, Busch Gardens, various venues around town, Ferguson Center at CNU, and Norfolk, VA Beach, Richmond. Art on the Square and the Occasion for the Arts are outdoor arts and crafts displays held in Merchants Square on Duke of Gloucester Street. The College of William & Mary has an orchestra, chorus, and a performing arts department that stage concerts and plays throughout the year.Muscarelle Museum of Art,
Swem Library, An athletic event at W&M ( we typically go to the football and basketball games),
McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, the newly renovated Rec Center contains a large gymnasium, a new indoor soccer/hockey court, a climbing wall, racquetball and squash courts, a free-weight room and apparatus area, fitness studios for aerobic activity, personal training services, and a 25-yard, 8-lane pool. Visit Lake Matoaka and the amphitheater, Daily Grind ( student coffee house) Crim Dell, Sunken Garden, Mason School of Business,
The Williamsburg Library on Scotland Street regularly offers films, concerts, and lectures. Richmond and Tidewater are close enough to offer additional cultural opportunities.
If you haven't already done so explore the student blogs from W&M (http://www.wm.edu/blogs/studentblogs/index.php - broken link), The Flat Hat student and newspaper and The Va Informer ( unofficial student publication)
These are just a start hopefully others will add.

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Old 02-17-2010, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Arkansas
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Colonial Parkway was one of my favorite places to hang! You can run on the Parkway, swim, bike, picnic! Love it!

Yorktown is also lovely! Again, you can swim at the (small) beach, eat, drink, walk around, etc.

Since you are a student, you may be looking for more night life than what Williamsburg and Yorktown offer. Norfolk and Va Beach are the weekend places to really hang out at bars and clubs.

You just have to find your niche and trust me, with so much to do, you will find it! Good luck, I'm sure you'll love it!
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg
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A past William and Mary just produced a video poking fun at living in Williamsburg and going to W&M take a look it's hilarious. Know that although he says its boring here he loved the experience.

Watch it here

Williamsburg State of Mind" is the first single from "Time on Our Hands," the second album from Michael and James. Special Thanks to Jason and Crispen Also, thanks to the Swem Media Center. T

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Old 02-18-2010, 07:05 AM
 
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Smart Williamsburg locals visit Portsmouth! (My daughter attends W&M and brings her friends here for holidays--they've all enjoyed it and it's only 35 minutes away!)
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