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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
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.

Reserve Williamsburg Customer Reviews

24 Reviews sorted by:
Todd Stone
Collinsville, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens"
August, 2016 NEW
Had an awesome time, I have been going here for many years. Glad to get discount tickets.

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Richard W.
La Junta, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A Beautiful and and Fun Theme Park"
August, 2016 NEW
Loved the European country themes around the park! Food was even good (had lunch in New France and dinner in Germany) - enough on the platters that two can share so it isn't even too expensive. Great rollercoasters - Verbolten was our family's favorite. Even on Sunday, lines were never all that long.
Tip: Great deal to buy the REFILLABLE FOR FREE drink cups. Definitely get your money's worth over the course of the whole day and night!

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Richard Simms
Lancaster, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun and Learn in Williamsburg"
August, 2016 NEW
We have never been to Williamsburg Busch Gardens or Water Country. I am 68 and my husband is 81 years old. We are adopted 2 of our grandchildren and we are trying to give them a great childhood experience. We rented electric scooters and scooted all over the park while the walked. We rode on some of the rides as a family and had a ball at Busch Gardens. Water Country was the best we rented 4 chairs an umbrella and we sat at the wave pool and had lunch (all you can eat) from 11:30am - 1:00pm. The food and drinks was great. We walked to other water slides and there was plenty of places to sit in the shade and watch the kids or ride the waves. We visited Ripley's Believe it or Not and we toured the History of Williamsburg Va. The kids had fun and they learned so much during this vacation. We did not do everything that we wanted to do so we are definitely making plans to visit the area again. This proves that no matte4r how old you are in age you can still have fun with the younger generation. They are learning from us and we are learning from them.
Tip: Check the internet for discounts tickets and no matter how old or young you are their is something fun and educational for everyone .

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Marie Mayes
spout spring, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"trip with grandkids"
August, 2016 NEW
I had not been to the Williamsburg Busch Gardens in over 10 years - kids all grown. My grandson begged me to go with them, so I finally agreed - thought I had gotten too old to do all that walking. Wrong, I had a great time! Grandkids were 12 and 3. We went on a Sunday and although it was right before school started back - it was not too crowded but plenty hot! So glad I made the trip and will probably do it again before getting too old!
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that will dry fast!

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Reserve Williamsburg Customer
Blacksburg, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"thrill thrill thrill!!!"
August, 2016 NEW
It is great for family to relax and have fun. Busch Gardens have a lot of rollercosters for big kids and a lot small projects for little kids. The shows are also good for people who just want to relax with music and stories. The pets show, the gray wolf and owls, the dance, etc. are very interesting and impressive. We have been traveling to Williamsburg every summer for years. It is great to catch the ticket sales for a fun season. Besides Busch Gardens and Water Country USA these big theme parks, the downtown Williamsburg is also attractive for tourists.
Tip: Before you go, first check the weather, 2nd book the tickets earlier online to get a sale price

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Audra Robertson
Duncansville, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Vacation"
August, 2016 NEW
The kids had a great time and was thankful that I was able to get a discount on the tickets

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Jeffrey McCann
Rock Cave, WV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good Time"
August, 2016 NEW
We only spent a partial day at the park, but it was a fun day. My children, and my girlfriend's child all really enjoyed riding the rides, playing on the maze/obstacle course they have set up for the kids, playing in the water at the bottom of the maze/obstacle course. This was my 4th time at this park, and I have really enjoyed it every time. They have some great roller coasters, but this trip was focused more for the kids then for us. The lines for the kid rides were short so they were able to ride multiple rides in a short amount of time.
Tip: On a good day you can cover about the entire park in a day, but I recomend spending 2 days so you can take your time and enjoy everything without being rushed. In the heat of the day take time to watch one of the inside shows so you can get off your feet and cool off a bit in the air conditioning.

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Susan Shuback
Bethesda, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
July, 2016
Great day at Busch Gardens. It was hot, but there we a number of "water rides" to keep us cool. I think my boys went on every roller coaster!! The lines we pretty good, and the food in Germany was outstanding. Wish I had time to sample some beer too, but the roller coasters were calling.
Tip: buy tickets on line. Saves you stopping to purchase at the gate. Just handed paper tickets at the entrance. It was easy!

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Bert Augmon
Hampton, CT
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"1st trip with my loves"
July, 2016
All I can say is plan to open and close the park!!
Tip: Take the train ride and the prepaid wrist bands are excellent

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Sandy B.
Sykesville, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful time!"
July, 2016
I took my 3 kids, ages 17-12, to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA last week and we had a wonderful time. We went on a Tuesday and a Wednesday, so neither of the parks were very crowded. That was a bonus. Both parks were so clean and really beautiful with lots of lovely landscaping. The rides were fun and had a lot to offer for both lovers and non-lovers of roller coasters. The water park had a lot of water slides that held a group of 4, so we got to ride together, and that was a lot of fun.
Tip: I would go during the week, if you can. Food is on the expensive side.

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Chanda R.
Ramona, CA
1 Review
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"Great 4th of July Adventure"
July, 2016
We were traveling from CA and decided to spend the holiday at Busch Gardens. It was a blast! My husband and I and two 18 yr old boys, there was something for all of us to enjoy! I love the way the park is designed and how you visit different countries along the way. The rides had a great variety. We ended the holiday with a good fireworks display! Absolute bonus was finding the discounted tickets on Reserve Williamsburg. Very easy and quick purchase.
Tip: Lockers are available throughout the park and you can rent for $5.00 for the day. Locations are changeable at each big ride location so your stuff can stay close to you.

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Cassie Smoot
Statesville, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Pleasantly surprised!!!"
July, 2016
We had not been here since we were little and boy things have gotten so much better! We came with our entire extended family 3years old to 60 years old and not one person was disappointed! The log flume and 3D rides were a huge hit and the roller coasters had us all screaming with laughter! We went in July and it was HOT to say the least, BUT Bush Gardens is full of large beautiful trees that provide so much shade and so many air conditioned buildings that no one was bothered by the heat it was great! We will be making this an annual trip!

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Debra McKrola
Longmont, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Totally loved the rollercoasters!!!"
July, 2016
We were traveling in Virginia and my 18 year old daughter wanted to go to Busch Gardens. I looked at the cost and thought...hmm kind of expensive but looks really fun. Looked online, found these coupons and was a little hesitant. Read the other reviews and went for it. We had a fantastic day! There were no lines and we rode the roller coasters 31 times (well I maxed out at 29 but she kept going). Had a blast. Would do the exact same thing again next time.
Tip: The refillable cup was great. We often had them fill it with icewater, but that was nice too. It was about 10.00 for the day. There are lockers that are reusable at different places around the park.. super convenient. Shoes that stay on versus flip flops are easier to manage. Straps on glasses/sunglasses are helpful. Staff was fun!

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Jackie Scheller
Baden, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great park!"
July, 2016
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is beautiful and is a great experience. Each land is carefully planned out in making the park goers feel like they've stepped into another country. The rides are a great thrill and there's still a lot to do for those who don't participate in the thrill rides.
Tip: The park is large and while there are maps available to use, it's easy to lose your way around the park.

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richard gemme
marshfield, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Summer fun"
July, 2016
We shared s fun day with family, the shows were terrific and the rides were exciting. Very affordable and worth the visit for the entire family.
Tip: Be prepared to be amazed

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Allen Nock
Blue Springs, MS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Rainy Memorial Day Weekend in Busch Gardens"
June, 2016
I want to start by saying how easy it was to order my tickets through Reserve Williamsburg. We arrived at Busch Gardens and walked right up to the turnstyle and entered with no issue at all. Our day began on a good note. It was sunny and the trees that fill the park provided plenty of shade. After riding the Loch Ness Monster with my son ... who tremendously enjoyed the double loops ... we headed to Ireland. Then it began to rain. We had prepared for it since a tropical storm was in the Atlantic. We knew we'd be wet, but it was Memorial Day weekend and we wanted to make the most of our trip. The park employees did their best to keep rides open and surprisingly there were only a few that were shut down. Lunch was a different story. We attempted to eat at the Fest Haus but they were not open because they were under staffed - I have to deduct points here because entertaining people both indoors and out is what Busch Gardens is in the business of doing. This was a major mistake in my mind. We stood in the rain waiting for over 45 minutes before deciding to go elsewhere. I'd think that being a holiday weekend that staffing would not have been an issue. It would have also provided a nice place for us (and many others waiting with us) to get out of the rain. Other than that hiccup, our day was very enjoyable and my family had a good time. The grounds were immaculate and the attractions provided us plenty to do even though it rained most of the day. All in all, I'd recommend BG to anyone in the Williamsburg area wanting to have a fun day with the family. There is something for everyone!
Tip: Make sure to look at the showtimes before heading to the other side of the park.

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Debra Rasweiler
Miller Place, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Experience"
June, 2016
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"
June, 2016
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!"
June, 2016
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!!"
June, 2016
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"
June, 2016
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"
June, 2016
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"
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"
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Soap G
"If You Love Rollercoasters...."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW
If you love Rollercoasters than this park is definitely for you. There are 6 awesome Rollercoasters in addition to a bunch of other rides for thrill seekers. There are also games, shows and animal exhibits. We went during the week and there were absolutely no long lines. Saturday was a different story - it seems all the locals descend on the park and take over. Nevertheless, the park was clean, safe and well organized. The only downside was the food. It seems that Busch Gardens knows they have a captive audience so they serve up low quality food at high prices. I'd suggest eating before you get to the park or pack a lunch and when you're ready to eat get your hand stamped for reentry and picnic in your car. Your stomach and wallet will thank you.
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Lacsatino
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Great time"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW
We had a great time once again. The coasters are great and there is a wide variety catering to multiple ages and thrill levels. We'll be back soon.
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Rachel S
Orlando
"Wish we had more time"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW
Only had a few hours before our flight out. Lines were long, they have a skip pass you can buy but can only be used once on certain rides so didn't buy it, will have to go back to hit the rides again
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peteez747
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Fun and Beautiful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW
This amusement park has it all. Great rides, great food, and the setting was beautiful. The night ends with fireworks over the park. It is not cheap, but it is worth it.
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Travis M
"Great trip."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW
I used to have season passes for me and my family, but we got bored after a few years of the same old thing. Came back yesterday for the first time after 3 years and was very impressed with all the new stuff and the level of caring and upkeep they put into this place. Now have passes back and looking forward to many more visits
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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 Howl-O-Scream included with my admission?
Yes, Howl-O-Scream is included with a single day admission ticket. At 6pm for select fall dates, the park changes into a seriously scary place and may not be suitable for young children.

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.