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Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens BlvdWilliamsburg, VA 23187
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Overview

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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Williamsburg Travel Experts
  • The theme park features 9 villages featured around 6 different European countries.
  • Features several thrill rides and more than 40 kid-friendly rides.
  • Parking is available for $15 per car.
  • Known for extraordinary shows, events, culinary experiences, and shopping.
  • Measure your height at the check station located in the Guest Information & Reservation Center in England.

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Savannah Rhame

While at Busch Gardens, I loved strolling through Lorikeet Glen. The rainbow lorikeets really seemed to like me, or maybe it was just the nectar! To get the full experience like I did make sure to purchase a cup of nectar at the entrance to Lorikeet Glen.

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Description

from Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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. Opening day is March 25th.

2017 EVENTS
  • Howl-O-Scream® (Sept. 22 - Oct. 29th, select days)
  • The Count's Spooktacular (Oct.7 - Oct. 29th, Sat. & Sun. 10AM-5PM) For children 3-9 years old
  • Christmas Town (Nov 24 - Jan 1st, 2018)


    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.

    InvadR - New wooden coaster coming April 2017. Hold on to your Viking helmet and feel the wind in your beard on the park’s first-ever wooden coaster. Fly over InvadR’s nine air-time hills, including a 74-foot plunge that reaches speeds of almost 50 miles per hour. Blaze through the tunnels and let the world hear your battle cry as you race through the high-banked turns. Grab your family and run for the hills aboard InvadR.

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

    Parking fees:
    • $15 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers
    • $20 - 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

    25 Reviews
    Joe Morgan
    Bristol, CT
    1 Review
    Verified Traveler
    "My wife and daughters first time and they cant wait to come back next year!"
    August, 2016
    Growing up my family always went to Virginia Beach for summer vacation and we always went to Busch Gardens. I always loved the day during our vacation we drove over to Williamsburg to spend the day at the park. It was alwasy my favorite day. I love Busch Garden more then any other theme park out there. So this year I decided to bring my wife and 3 year old daughter down to Virginia Beach from Connecticut and share my experiences with them. To sum it up they had a blast and were so happy this was our summer vacation this year and we have already decided next year we will be back. My daughter only being 3 can't ride many rides but the ones that she could she had a blast and since it was like 105 degrees out she never wanted to leave the Sesame Street water park. lol. Busch Gardens has done a great job adding rides for kids that are younger, cause lets face it we as parents arent going to skip trips because we have a toddler. I remember as a child there wasnt many rides for my sisters to go on but over the last 15 years since I was last there you guys have made outstanding improvements to make sure everyones entire family has fun while at Busch Gardens. Only complaint I have is I think its a little ridiculous to charge a 3 year $67 to get into the park. Maybe for like a 5 year old and up but a 3 year old I feel theres just not that much to justify $67. Halfway through the park she was exhausted and napped frequently. Besides that I have nothing negative to say. We will be back next year and we already decided we will be going to Busch Gardens 2 days out of our vacation. Thats how much we loved it.
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    Tip: If its in the dead of summer puts lots of sunscreen on and drinks lots of water!

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    Barry Overby
    Martinsville, VA
    1 Review
    Verified Traveler
    "Busch Gardens"
    August, 2016
    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
    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.
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    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
    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.
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    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
    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!
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    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
    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.
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    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
    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
    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.
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    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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    MRB5357
    Gulf Shores, Alabama
    "Fun for all"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed October 19, 2017 NEW
    Unlike other parks, you do not need worry about your head being beaten by the roller coasters. The park is immaculate. There is plenty to do for all ages. We will be back.
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    DEGhia
    Hartly
    "Decked Out For Halloween"
    TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
    Reviewed October 19, 2017 NEW
    Visited using a Fall Bounce ticket. Park was geared up for "HallowScream" which you should research carefully if you are bringing children or you are not a fan of "horror". I was not in the park for the "transition" so I cannot comment on evening events. Park beautifully decorated with Halloween/fall decorations. Very clean. It was a rainy/drizzly day so crowds were low with very little waiting for rides. MANY people heading into park at 5:30 PM so that may not have been the case that Friday evening. Food, the usual expensive but just OK variety. I visit almost every year, I enjoy the family atmosphere, beautiful landscaping and usually nice fall weather.
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    savannalilly
    Baltimore, Maryland
    "Is probably great for middle school and up, not so much for younger kids..."
    TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
    Reviewed October 18, 2017 NEW
    We went to Busch Gardens in October, which happened to coincide with HallowScream events. We figured it would be fine for our 4th grader since we weren't planning on taking her into the haunted houses (she's a little more cautious than our 12 year old). And we explained there would be people in scary costumes walking around. We didn't realize quite how interactive the actors would be. They were decked out in full costumes with blood and make-up. They were constantly jumping out of dark corners and screaming in your face. You really had no idea where they would be hiding. One of the scary clowns would jump and growl at you and throw party poppers at your feet. There were guys running around with chainsaws chasing you down the walk ways. The whole park was what you would expect from a haunted house. Needless to say, my 9 year old was not amused! I spent the entire evening trying to predict where someone might be hiding and moving her behind me whenever the people started running at us or walking up and screaming in our faces. That being said, my 12 year old was fine except for the people chasing us with chainsaws. And the park really does get creepy. It's so dark you can barely see where you are going on the walkways, and they have tons of fog and great atmosphere. Also, the actors were super respectful if you were able to get their attention. My husband would just shake his head or wave them off when they would head towards our kids, and they would be like "no problem" and slink back into their little hiding places. Another problem if you have younger kids is the park gets packed with young adults in the evening and there is a lot of drinking and partying. Also, except for one or two shows that all ended by 5:00pm, they are all rated as having graphic content. As far as the rides... Again they are great for older kids and those who already know they like high adrenaline roller coasters. But if your kid is a newbie at roller coasters, this is not the place to start. I have not been to an amusement park since I had my oldest child (12 years), but it seems to me that these roller coasters were insane! My husband and oldest girl loved it. My younger daughter rode on Invader, verbolten (or something like that) and then finally Apollo's Chariot. She did not enjoy them, but she toughed it out. Unfortunately, unlike a lot of other parks I have been to (Kings Dominion, Hershey Park, etc.) there are no coasters that have less than the highest adrenaline rating, which I didn't think to look at until later. And other than roller coasters and scary haunted house fun, there wasn't much else for younger kids to do. Lots of stuff was closed and the shows were all adult content. So I would recommend this park for older kids and any mini adrenaline junkies. But not a great time for younger kids, or those who are less daring.
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    travelingmama121
    Lynchburg, Virginia
    "HallowScream!"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed October 17, 2017 NEW
    Busch Gardens is a beautiful and well thought out theme park. The whole park is transformed for the month of October into a gigantic land of pumpkins, ghouls, zombies and all things spooky. The Halloween themed shows are top notch with the “Fiends” one a favorite. We could have easily seen this at least twice! There are 6 haunted houses and we thought “Frostbite” was one of the better ones out of the 3 we made it to. The food is very expensive as it always is at a theme park and quite frankly not that great. The day we attended there was a misty rain all day but we bought ponchos there for $9 each and kept going. After paying so much to get in, one just doesn’t give up because of rain! At this point we think we’d even like to make it to ChristmasTown! Sounds like a winter wonderland!
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    TipperNC
    Charlotte, NC
    "Fun amusement park but the Halloween stuff was not for us"
    TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
    Reviewed October 17, 2017 NEW
    My family and I enjoyed our day at Busch Gardens, but the night, not so much. We went on an October Friday, which meant the park didn’t open until noon and at 6pm it became “haunted” for Halloween. We arrived before opening and were glad we did - gates opened early, at around 11:30am, and we were able to ride Loch Ness Monster three times in a row with no wait. At noon the whole park opened and we rode several of the big ticket rides with minimal waits up until around 4pm when the park started to get crowded. The roller coasters here are truly world class - Apollo’s Chariot was definitely my favorite. I’m much too old to ride as many of the coasters as I did but it was fun. Ride Alpengeist at your own peril. My neck is still stiff two weeks later. Unfortunately, all of the water rides were closed even though it was 85 degrees out, and several other attractions were refitted as haunted houses. As we had a kid with us we couldn’t really attend the adult themed shows or participate in the numerous haunted house attractions. And Busch Gardens seems to have gone with gore and blood rather than campy Halloween fun which is really unfortunate. It really was not fun at night having to continually worry about some idiot jumping out from behind a trash can to scream in your face. The orange lights and fog were cool though - really a great ambiance. But in my opinion it was ruined by the silly and unnecessary attempts to scare people. Some people obviously enjoy this shtick though, because the park got crazy crowded after 7pm and cars were still flooding into the parking lot when we left around 9pm. My other criticism is that, since the water rides were closed and the shows were all gored and tarted up, there wasn’t much in the way of middle of the road attractions suitable for kids. If you have a 10-12 year old that doesn’t like scary coasters and has outgrown kiddie rides there’s nothing for them to do here, except maybe bumper cars and a couple of swing type rides. Too bad. Luckily our son loves the roller coasters but others might not be so lucky. On the positive side, the food and drinks situation here is very good. We bought the deluxe meal package and struggled to eat all the food it provided. Do not miss sundaes at Josephine’s if you get the meal deal - yum!!! - and it only counts as a “snack”! We had bbq at Trappers and pizza and stir fry (and build your own cannolis!!!) at Marco Polo (which we got to-go and brought back to our hotel) and it was all very good, a notch above standard amusement park fare. And the all you can drink fountain soda cup was handy - there are places to refill all over the place so you never have to walk far to refill. And if you prefer alcoholic drinks those are never to far away either. All in all we enjoyed Busch Gardens but wish we had gone other than at Halloween time. It’s a world class park that overdoes the gore and scare factors at Halloween and they also close the water rides for the season too soon. But the food is good and the park is pretty so go and have fun! I recommend the “bounce” ticket if you’re visiting from out of town - it gives you 7 days entrance to Busch Gardens plus their water park plus Colonial Williamsburg plus free parking. A pretty good deal.
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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?
    $15 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks or campers
    $20 - 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 6:00 pm for select fall dates, the park changes into a seriously scary place and may not be suitable for young children. We do not allow costumes in the park.

    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 for an additional. Pets are not allowed inside the park. 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.

    What if it rains?
    Busch Gardens remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected.  Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.