Presidents Park – Williamsburg Virginia

2 Feb

My office, located in the Virginia Beach resort area, has one of those brochure racks you often find in touristy locations. Everyday, I walk past this rack and pay it no attention. A few weeks ago, my son was with me and became enthralled with the bright colored brochures as we waited for the elevator to arrive. One of the brochures he insisted on pulling out of the rack was the brochure for Presidents Park.

Being a fan of Presidential history, I thought it would be a good idea to take a ride up to see Presidents Park this past Saturday. I figured that since it’s the off-season, there probably won’t be any crowds and the kids can explore to their heart’s content (my son had a friend over Saturday).

Unfortunately, disappointment is the only word which comes to mind right now when I think of Presidents Park. I can’t even tell you much about it because we were discouraged from going in!

The website states that the Park is open November – March 9am until 5pm. We arrived at 2:45pm to find that the Park closed at 4pm (and opened at 10am). Even though they were still open when we arrived, the woman at the front desk advised me that it “wasn’t worth” going in for an hour. Being that the tickets were $13.75 for adults and $8.50 for kids, that would have been an expensive hour. Maybe she was having a bad day, but customer service was not this woman’s forte. She acted as if our arrival was more of an intrusion than that of an invited guest.

The hours for Sunday are incorrect as well. The park doesn’t open until noon on Sunday and closes at 4pm.

Fortunately for us, there are plenty of other things to do in Williamsburg on a brisk Saturday afternoon. The kids had a great time walking through the always-pleasant Colonial Williamsburg and Merchant’s Walk.

Maybe someday we will try again at Presidents Park….but it’s not high on the list.


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