Colonial Williamsburg 2014 Cyber Weekend Sale

One again, Colonial Williamsburg has brought back their Cyber Weekend sale. Due in part to this same sale in 2011, our family was able to visit Colonial Williamsburg for Thanksgiving for half off in 2012, and it was a great experience!

Since then, the annual sale has not been quite as promising as that introduced in 2011. The Cyber Monday sale of 2011 included daily admission tickets. Since then, the sale has only offered discounts of annual passes and hotel nights.

For 2014, the Cyber weekend sale for Colonial Williamsburg is as follows.

The sale runs November 28-December 1, 2014.

– Purchase an annual pass for $64.95 (Adults) or $32.50 (Youth (ages 6-12)) and get one free. Passes are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Available only through the website and not at onsite ticket locations. Offer is valid for adult and youth Annual Passes only. No promotional code required.

– Book one or more nights in a suite room at the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, or Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites and receive the next night, FREE!

Offer valid only by calling (855) 266-3567 and mentioning the promo code: CYBER

Stay dates must be between November 28, 2014 and March 26, 2015. Blackout dates for remainder of the year include December 5-7 and 25-27, 2014. Blackout dates for 2015 include February 13 & 14, 2015. Must book a minimum of two consecutive nights in a suite at the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge or Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites. Based on availability. Available only through the Call Center. Reference promotional code CYBER.

– You can also save 30% on your order at WILLIAMSBURGMarketplace.com from Nov 24–Dec 1 plus free shipping using offer code: E141105N.

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Free Admission to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission for now through May 11, 2014. Simply visit a ticket booth and tell them “I Am A Fan!”

Free Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Normal ticket prices are $12.95/adult and $6.50 for children ages 6-12.

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Over Half Off Colonial Williamsburg Tickets

I was excited this week when I learned that Groupon is offering discounted admission to Colonial Williamsburg (affiliate link) in Virginia. Guests can purchase a single day youth admission for $6 or an adult admission for $12. The only caveat is the tickets need to be used by March 16, 2014.

So I could just leave it at that and move on my way with the promotion of the deal. However, I wanted to elaborate on the annual attendance to Colonial Williamsburg and talk about how great it is. That is when I learned more of what is going on with our nations historic colonial capital.

Going back through the annual reports and other sources, I discovered attendance to the landmarks, as well as the finances of the organization are not as strong as one would anticipate. Even with 651,000+ paid tickets in 2013, this is on a steady decline year-over-year. Despite 1 $780 million endowment, Colonial Williamsburg appears to be having financial troubles due to lack of funds. Just yesterday it was announced the Historic Triangle Shuttle Bus Service Discontinued after being in service since 2005.

During our visit to Colonial Williamsburg for Thanksgiving in 2012, I was quite surprised to see how open and accessible the entire city was for everyone. Entrance to the historic area is free to anyone, but admission tickets are needed for access to certain buildings. So if you wanted to walk through the streets and see the reenactors, shop for historic items, or dine at the restaurants, you could do so without paying a cent to the foundation that manages the city. The only portion off limits and requiring admission is entry to the historic buildings, but only select ones.

This admission policy was quite astonishing to me, because after visiting other historic villages such as Greenfield Village and Sauder Village, they are wholly enclosed sites that require tickets to enter the property.

That being said, I see it as an obligation for all of us to support such great sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, as they tell the stories of our past in a way that everyone can understand. It is a lot easier to see how our ancestors lived by seeing it in real life versus reading it in a book. I encourage everyone to consider visiting Colonial Williamsburg and support this national treasure.

The Groupon deal for Colonial Williamsburg, mentioned above, provides an excellent opportunity to see the Living History Museum at discount.

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Resources:
2013 Colonial Williamsburg Annual Report

Wikipedia- Colonial Williamsburg