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Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens BlvdWilliamsburg, VA 23187  
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A 383-acre family-friendly attraction, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg, VA, features nine villages centered around six European countries for guests to adventure through. The iconic theme park features exhilarating roller coasters, exciting live entertainment, up-close animal encounters, children’s rides and stunning architecture, as well as fun European-style dining and shopping venues.

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Busch Gardens is an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 350 acres of fun-filled exploration.
2016 EVENTS
KIDsiderate® Concert Series (April 23 & 30, May 7 & 14)
Glory at the Gardens Weekend (May 7 & 8)
Busch Gardens® Food and Wine Festival (May 27 – June 26, select days)
Busch Gardens Bier Fest (Sept. 2 – 18, select days)
Howl-O-Scream® (Sept. 23– Oct. 30, select days)
Christmas Town™ (Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, select days)

Take your family to a place where fun comes naturally, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Everyone will enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows and thrilling rides. The world’s most beautiful theme park has something for everyone as you venture across Europe. Soar like an eagle and howl on great coasters like Apollo’s Chariot® and Griffon®. Discover shared family fun playing with your littlest ones at Sesame Street’s Forest of Fun™. And, nowhere is the spirit of discovery more alive than on Verbolten®, the breathtaking, multisensory thrill ride through the Black Forest. It’s this naturally fun combination that helps remind us, we may live in houses, but we’re born for Busch Gardens.

Discover the wonders of Europe at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Enjoy world-class thrill rides, fun family entertainment, and naturally beautiful environments. Guest can now board the lightning-fast, multi-sensory dash through the Black Forest on the park’s newest launch coaster, Verbolten, and feel adrenaline-pulsing thrills on Mäch Tower as you drop nearly 240 feet. Here you will find family fun you can all enjoy together, including incredible show performances, up-close animal exhibits and exclusive park experiences.

There are also stage shows, culinary delights and world-class shopping experiences provide fun for the whole family.

Parking fees:
•$18 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers
•$24 - Preferred parking ($12 for 2 Year & 1 Year Pass Members; FREE for Platinum members)

Preferred parking is subject to availability. Tour buses may park for free.
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reserve Williamsburg Customer Reviews

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Debra Rasweiler Miller Place, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Experience"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
I had never heard of this website before so I was a little hesitant to join up. I had to call the customer service number because I could not down load the tickets to my phone (we were in a hotel) they were wonderful and everything couldn't have been easier...Try it it works !!!
Tip: plan before you go

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Tori Smith Newark, DE
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great hospitality"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
The workers there are so nice and helpful. My friend and I lost both our cell phones on a roller coaster, and a couple of the workers helped us out and let us use their personal cell phones for directions to our hotel.
Tip: Make sure you use the lockers before you ride any rides.

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Kara Fields Ocean City, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Experience!"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
Had an awesome day! Definitely rent a locker that can change location for your bag. And have a blast!
Tip: Be prepared to have fun and bring sunscreen!

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Kathi Mitsdarfer Williamsport, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Unbelievable!!"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
I stumbled upon this website when looking for discount Busch Gardens tickets. I was hesitant at first because if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. This was not the case. What an unbelievable savings!! We travelled with 6 people. I saved $90 off the price of admission. Thank you so much!! I will and have recommended your site to everyone I know!!

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Heather Morrison Vernal, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch gardens"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
Busch Gardens Williamsbug is worth going to, the rides are great plenty to do for all ages, very friendly people and is well organized
Tip: Plan on the humidity and dress accordingly

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Reserve Williamsburg Customer Duncansville, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Gone Downhill"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
Loved it when I was there several times previously. This time i was very disappointed. So many shows and attractions were closed or not running. Nothing but roller coasters! Not much for older adults or those who cannot ride
Tip: Check was is operating that day and what shows are available. We're sorry we didn't. A waste of a lot of money for these active 'seniors' on a fixed income!

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kevin bender cutler bay, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"BETTER THAN TAMPA"
Reviewed October, 2015
We live in Florida but originally from up north. I went to Bush Gardens Williamsburg as a child. I now have four of my own. My older two boys have gone to Williamsburg and now my twin girls. They loved it, great rides, better organized lines, nicer people working there and a better atmosphere at the park. In Tampa you get rushed around all day trying to make the rides. Very overcrowded.. Just can't stop and enjoy the park anymore. In Williamsburg the wife and I sat around if we didn't ride and let the kids have fun. No worries.

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chrisy kerby south boston, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Think plan budget works every time"
Reviewed July, 2015
This vacation through reserve williamsburg was simple and easy no major problems both park and hotel were booked The only problem we had was the printed tickets for Bush gardens it seems when we got to the park the attendent had a hard time finding our tickets this took quite a while but eventually our tickets were found other then that we had a great time
Tip: Always plan your trips If you use travel sites always print your information and carry it with you its better to be safe then sorry

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smontney0771

Bensalem, Pennsylvania

"Went for the kids, but was fun for everyone!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2016 NEW

We went with 3 kids and expected that there would be long lines. We were able to go on every attraction with virtually no line, but it was a Monday. The park was very clean, and had something for everyone!

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Samantha N

Cape May, New Jersey

"Perfect day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2016 NEW

We bought our tickets online the day before our intended visit. We had been planning our trip for weeks and had every intention of making our Busch Gardens day Thursday. We looked at the weather Wednesday night and saw that there were chances of rain throughout the day. We clearly should've check that before we got our tickets-oops! Since Thursday was our last day in Williamsburg and we had the tickets, we decided to just do the best we could and go to the park for as long as we could without the rain. We packed ourselves rain jackets and headed to the park. The impending doom of rain was a blessing. We didn't have to wait in any lines for the roller coasters or for most rides. Every employee we came in contact with was incredibly kind and helpful! The park was super clean and beautiful. Great amusement park experience for sure!

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BigTXN

Houston, Texas

"We go for the live entertainment shows and the safe, fun atmosphere"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2016 NEW

We've seen a lot of live shows at many theme parks over the years, and... The Celtic Fyre show is the best live entertainment at any theme park we've seen. We saw it 4 times in the two days we were there. It's great! The Roll Out the Barrel show's cast exerts a lot of effort but seems missing just the "right touch" for being a better show. London Rocks has some enjoyable music and other elements, but was mostly too loud to really enjoy it. Mix It Up show was just noise, very loud noise. The More Pet Shenanagins show is worth watching and the Parrot doing math is amazing! We enjoyed the Lorikeet Glen and Eagle Ridge areas of the park.

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Jbuck826


"Fun day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2016 NEW

Spent day at Bush Garden. Everyone was friendly and polite. Lay out of park is okay. Rides, shows, and food stands in all areas. Some shady spots. Variety of rides for all different ages and levels of adventure. Thrill rides were pretty fun. Marco Polo market has good food . Elmo area looked cute, but just passed through there since my kids were too old to be interested in that area. Lockers available at each of the big rides to store stuff in For $5 you can change lockers as you move through park, just pick that option at kiosk. Went on a Friday and did not have very long waits, maybe 30 minutes for 1 or 2 of the rides. Used Bush Gardens app. It was decent. Gave show times and descriptions Also gave ride description. "Mix it Up" music show was good, and can be watched while you eat. Lots of tables near stage with Good views. Over all a fun park. A little expensive for the number of rides. Glad admission was part of the Bounce pass I purchased for my visit to Williamsburg. It was a great deal. It lets you into Bush Gardens, Water Country, and Colonial Williamsburg for 7 consecutive days and includes parking. A great deal for one price.

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Erich S


"The Fun and Wonder Never Ends"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2016 NEW

I have been going to Busch Gardens since I was a child and now as an adult I feel the same sense of wonder and joy that I felt as child. The park is exquisite. The landscaping is second to none, the attention to detail, each themed area has wonderful detail from historic advertisements to names of the shops, rides and buildings. The bridges, the panoramas, and the walk through the park takes you away. The rides are terrific. It is the best food you will ever find in an amusement park, very authentic to the areas of Europe represented. The park has not declined as I expected with the SeaWorld ownership. One thing that has changes is the selection of authentic souvenirs has become much smaller. It is a bit disappointing, especially in the Christmas section of the German shop. German tradition in Christmas is well documented and German ornaments are easily available so to see overpriced cheap Made in China ornaments was a bit disappointing. A nice touch is that as the park has grown and families have been making return visits, there is merchandise for the nostalgic rides that have been removed. A nice nod to the history. Tips: 1. Arrive before the park opens - They will allow you to park an hour before opening and you can get in to the first section before the park opens. 2. If you are trying to avoid lines than arrive before it opens and wait at the gate to Ireland. Once opened you can make a quick circle of the park and hit every major ride before the park gets crowded. 3. the park starts getting crowded around 12 and starts to disperse in the evening (5 or 6pm) in the early season. 4. July and August are extremely humid and weather can turn in a second, be prepared. Crowds are also much larger so be prepared to wait in line longer(Remember to arrive before Open. 5. if you arrive to close to park opening than the line at the gate to pay for parking can be very long and see interminable when you just want to get in the park. 6. The later you arrive the worse your parking gets and you will be forced to take a tram to your car(unless you want to walk about a mile after walking all day in the park) 7. the line for the tram at park close can be long and you will have to wait a bit of time to catch one to get to your vehicle. 8. Depending on the time if you purchase merchandise you can have it shipped to the Union Jax shop and pick it up on exit so you don't have to carry it all day. 9. rides run until park close, so if the park closes at 9pm, you can ride right to 9pm.(this is a great time to catch no lines for a ride you may have missed in the last 30 minutes) 10. Shops close throughout the park at park close, but some food stalls and all merchandise shops will be open in England for an hour after close as people file out. (so you don't have to run to package pick up to make sure you get there before park close) 11 Showtimes are on the map and are printed daily. Use it to plan your day accordingly. Park layout forces you to think strategically. (learn the park layout quickly or you may miss areas) Follow the signage. 12. Use the train and aeronaut rides(if the line is brief) to quickly move to opposite ends of the park.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Do Busch Gardens tickets expire?
Yes, they expire within the season. See view details under ticket type for exact date.

How much is parking?
$18 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks or campers
$24 - Preferred parking, subject to availability.

Is smoking allowed at Busch Gardens?
Busch Gardens is committed to a safe and friendly environment. Therefore we have provided designated smoking stations throughout the park. All indoor areas will remain smoke-free environments. Outdoor smoking stations are designated in guest areas by smoking urns, benches and "Designated Smoking Area" signs, which are situated near most restrooms. These signs are marked on the park maps.

What options are available if I want to bring my pet to the park?
Pet care is provided in the England Parking Lot. Pets are not allowed inside the park. $10 /pet for regular guests / all day, $7 for pass members. The facility is ventilated but not temperature-controlled. Pets will be offered fresh water, but it is the owner's responsibility to bring food and feed their pet. Trained service animals are welcome at Busch Gardens.

Are coolers or picnic baskets allowed inside Busch Gardens?
Picnic baskets and coolers are not allowed inside the park. (Exception: Baby food and medicine are permitted, but not in glass containers.)

Can I rent a stroller or wheelchair at Busch Gardens?
Strollers, Wheelchairs & Electric Carts are available for a nominal fee. You must be 18 years of age to rent electric carts and wheelchairs.

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