The Nelson Place tourism precinct offers, many catering for al fresco dining and some with views of Melbourne's city skyline through the masts of bobbing boats on the foreshore. Also located on Nelson Place is a diverse range of arts, crafts, and other specialty shops.
Around the corner from Nelson Place, there is a local retail sector operating on Ferguson Street and Douglas Parade. Ferguson Street has a mix of restaurants, cafes, two hotels and a range of retail shops. This mix of small retail businesses extends around the corner into Douglas Parade.
The Williamstown Festival, held each year in March/April, is the major Community Festival for the Western Region of Melbourne. A number of history tours operate regularly around Williamstown, visiting historic sites, abandoned morgues, cemeteries and hidden laneways.
A maritime museum is located on board the World War II minesweeping corvette HMAS Castlemaine, which is tied up at Gem Pier adjacent to Commonwealth Reserve.
Williamstown Little Theatre is one of the leading non-professional theatre companies in Melbourne.
The Williamstown Sailing Club, Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Hobson's Bay Yacht Club, and Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, are all located on Nelson Place.
Williamstown CYMS Football Club is the senior amateur football club of Williamstown. There's also a Juniors Football Club, Imperial Cricket Club, the Magic Basketball Club, Cannons Basketball Club both field many junior teams in the Altona Bay Basketball Association. Williamstown is also home to a local soccer club, Williamstown SC and Lacrosse Club.
The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail runs through Williamstown and is a very popular trail with recreational users. A section of the trail is used by the Hobsons Bay Running Club for their monthly handicap. Scouts Australia has a Sea Scout and a Scout group in Williamstown.