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Williamsburg: Haunted Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates Tour

1. Williamsburg: Haunted Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates Tour

Hear the stories of the ghosts who inhabit the town of Williamsburg. Follow your ghostly guide down eerie streets and experience 13 haunted locations on this tour of the most haunted places in town. Discover the 17 spirits of the Peyton Randolph House, known as the most haunted place in Virginia. Learn what happened in the oak panel bedroom and hear what is waiting for you in your jail cell. Learn about the Wagon of Death, the gallows, and what happened to Lucy Ludwell, George Wythe, Ida Jones, and many more. Learn the outcome of the witch trials here and what happened to Williamsburg's most famous witch. Guests often see and hear strange, unexplainable sights and sounds, so you will not want to attend without a camera in hand.

Williamsburg: Colonial Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

2. Williamsburg: Colonial Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Embark on the ultimate, bone-chilling, haunted, and historical adventure of either 60 or 90 minutes through the ghostly streets of Colonial Williamsburg to experience up to 12 of the most haunted locations in town. After meeting your experienced and licensed tour guides, learn about the centuries-old history of one of the nation's oldest colonies and hear obscure and fascinating tales of eyewitness accounts that occurred at all of the haunted locations.  Follow the amazing storytellers as they bring you deeper through the eerily-lit colonial streets to Bruton Parish Church, over 350 years old, surrounded on all sides by a spooky cemetery. Continue on your journey to sites of grizzly bloodshed which took place in the streets of Williamsburg during the Battle of Williamsburg, and walk on the haunted ground where piles of hapless soldiers' lay buried — right beneath your feet. Stand in the shadow of the Peyton Randolph House, Williamsburg's most haunted house, and hear the tragic stories of how over two dozen deaths, as well as mass graves of Native Americans, have made the building into the town’s most infamous mansion. Walk up to the courthouse where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud in 1776, and stand where George Washington planned the battle of Yorktown that ultimately won the revolutionary war. After more haunted sightings, head back to the meeting point, having gained insights into the paranormal and historical sides of Williamsburg.

From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

3. From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the estate of George and Martha Washington. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historical landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend 3 full hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

Spirit of Norfolk Buffet Dinner Cruise

4. Spirit of Norfolk Buffet Dinner Cruise

Let us show you how your evening will unfold: Welcome Aboard - You’re in for a special evening the moment you are escorted to your candlelit table. Order drinks, then feel free to explore the ship while our crew casts off for three fabulous hours on the Elizabeth River. Your waiter will invite you to the attended Grande Dinner Buffet. Everything is freshly prepared. Take as little or as much as you like. Savor your culinary selections over perfectly-paced dinner music and a never-ending view of Norfolk’s breathtaking skyline. See the cruises route and relax over coffee and dessert.   Listen to relaxing background music, providing the backdrop for your dinner experience. Stroll under the stars as you take your drinks topside and relax on the largest outdoor patio deck in the city.  Sample Dinner Menu: Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes & Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Braised Beef Short Ribs Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display *Menu subject to change. Please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

5. Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

Avoid the traffic and see Washington, D.C., from the Potomac River. Once you arrive at the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, simply hop on to the boat, sit back, and relax on this 45-minute cruise to Georgetown, one of the district's most historic and fashionable neighborhoods. Make the most of your day and choose either a one-way cruise and return to Old Town Alexandria on your own, or choose a convenient round-trip cruise with 2 hours to explore Georgetown. In either case, you will be able to visit Georgetown's historic streets and alleyways, quaint cafes, and high-end boutiques, making the most of your trip to Washington, D.C.

National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

6. National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

Admire Maryland and Virginia’s historic sites from a unique perspective on a two-person catamaran boat, also known as a Craigcat, journeying down the Potomac River. You will be guided down the Potomac River by a guide in their own boat and will guide you by radio. Your journey will see you navigating down the river at speeds of up to 25-miles per hour. Meet at the boat pier at National Harbor, be fitted with a life jacket, and complete a 20-minute training session to receive your 10-day boat license waiver before taking the journey down the river. Travel down the Potomac River and stop at different points-of-interest including, National Harbor, Jones Point Lighthouse, Mount Vernon, Fort Washington, and Little Hunting Creek. The Potomac River is home to a mixture of wildlife, so along the way, you might see Bald Eagles, Osprey, and different types of fish.

Alexandria: Spirits of Old Town Walking Ghost Tour

7. Alexandria: Spirits of Old Town Walking Ghost Tour

Take a journey through historic Alexandria’s most spine-chilling haunted locations on this walking tour. Listen to tales of betrayal, murder, and magic as you wind through the shadowy streets of Old Town. Upgrade to an extended tour for even more ghost stories. Meet your guide at the meeting point, then set off on your ghostly walk, armed with a lantern. As you go, hear chilling, first-hand accounts of paranormal activity dating as far back as the 1800s. You might even capture your own evidence. Stand at the gates of the harrowing Carlyle House, where an ancient Scottish tradition has been warding off evil spirits for the last 100 years. Investigate a 19th-century murder in the Wilkes Tunnel, and gather clues about the mysterious dead stranger hanging around Gadsby’s Tavern. At the Schafer House, follow young lovers from their first meeting to their tragic deaths and beyond. Wander the same paths as George Washington, mingle with the ghosts of Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers, and gain insight into the darker side of American history. At the end of the tour, circle back to the meeting point with plenty of spooky tales to entertain friends and family. This isn’t your average tour of Old Town Alexandria: are you brave enough to step into the shadows?

Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial History Guided Walking Tour

8. Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial History Guided Walking Tour

Experience life in eighteenth-century America. In this guided walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll hear stories left out of textbooks. Learn about the founding fathers and visit the same buildings they did. Discover unexpected connections between their times and ours. Start your journey from the Capitol Building. From there, visit historical sites including the Raleigh Tavern. At the Silversmith, watch skilled craftspeople work their trade. Imagine yourself back in the 1700s. The costumes worn by the staff are true to the period and add to the atmosphere. Discover colonial-era figures beyond Washington and Jefferson. Hear your guide tell stories about the royal government and the transition to elected officials around the Governor’s Palace. Learn the poignant history of America declaring independence before returning to the Capitol Building.

Williamsburg: Epic Culinary Tour with Tastings

9. Williamsburg: Epic Culinary Tour with Tastings

Take a fun walking tour through downtown Williamsburg, visiting 9 local eateries and restaurants in a single afternoon. Taste the specialty from each place as you discover hidden facts about some of the restaurants, and get an introduction to downtown Williamsburg’s culinary scene.  Come hungry, because this tour will have you sampling cheeses, beer, peanuts, frozen yogurt, and more. See how fudge is made at Kilwins, and then get to try their famous products. Taste some of the best mac and cheese on the planet at Blue Talon Bistro.  Head to the Wythe Candy Shop to try an assortment of chocolates, and  stop at Paul's Deli for some homemade pizza. Taste spices at Spice and Tea Exchange, and visit the Justified Bakery for samples of gourmet desserts. With a wide variety of foods to try, there is something to please any palate.

Virginia Beach: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

10. Virginia Beach: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

Experience one of the most terrifying cities on the East Coast. Walkthrough this seaside town and learn of the horrific history that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Discover some of the most haunting events in history, from the legendary Blackbeard pirate and his murderous crew to the notorious witch of Pungo. Look for the long-lost souls of shipwrecked sailors that roam the waters for all eternity and uncover their sinister history. Hear horrifying tales of betrayal, murder, and heartbreak. Walk in the footsteps of the tortured spirits that still cling to their watery graves. Get a glimpse of the family that lost their lives aboard one of the earliest ships to sail across the Atlantic. Walk past the monuments and statues that decorate the boardwalk along Virginia Beach and hear a plethora of history that comes with one of the oldest colonial cities in America. Find all the hidden secrets behind each iconic monument on this spooky guided walking tour.

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What people are saying about Virginia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 405 reviews

Good experience the boat was on time In mount vernon people were very helpful and understanding to our time Fram the guide were very knowledgeable and answered all our concerns

The cruise was wonderful! On time and crew very friendly and helpful! Would do it again or recommend to anyone! Reasonably priced as well. A beautiful day! Same at Mt. Vernon.

Wonderful guide. The entire family loved this experience. Highly recommend this when you come to DC area.

Claire was wonderful! A little history along with a nice selection of restaurants, shops and food.

Super fun. Go on a sunny day, otherwise you might get cold because you will get wet.