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.

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.

2018 Events
FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL: May 25 - July 1 on Fri, Sat & Sun
Enjoy special dishes & beverages from different kiosks around the park.
BIER FEST: Aug 17 - Sept 3 on Fri, Sat & Sun
Toast to the end of summer with a variety of craft beer.
THE COUNT'S SPOOKTACULAR: Oct 6 - 28th on Sat & Sun
Enjoy kid-friendly Halloween fun.

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

60 Reviews
Marvette Hodge
Hopewell, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Had a Blast!"
May, 2018 NEW
I really enjoyed my trip to Bush Gardens. Me and my children spent the day up in the area for a band competition. Nice weather, good food, family rides, couldn't ask for anything more ??
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Tim Anschuetz
Portland, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens"
May, 2018 NEW
Absolutely love Colonial Williamsburg in the living history. The Martha Washington reenactments are amazing. Wyndham Resorts are very beautiful and close to everything. Had a great time and a very nice place.
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Tip: Busch Gardens is very expensive and the express pass is probably worth the extra money.

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Leslie Stout
North chesterfield, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch gardens"
May, 2018 NEW
I ordered my tickets the morning we went. And we didn't have a problem. I will say I had to call reserve direct just to put a push to get our tickets faster, it takes about 90 min to get your tickets but that wasn't a problem. The Park was fun we enjoyed it. And actually plan to buy season passes. Will be going back.
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Linda Hagar
Sumter, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great fun at Busch Gardens Williamsburg"
April, 2018 NEW
Our group had a great time at Busch Gardens on opening day. The landscaping and grounds were beautiful clean and neat. The shows were entertaining and well done. Food was delicious and several in our party enjoyed the roller coasters. Lines were manageable.
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Tip: Motorized carts are available at guest services for those who have difficulty walking the hilly grounds.

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Tracy Hall
Dexter, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch gardens family fun"
April, 2018 NEW
This was an amazing day filled with laughter and fun. Busch gardens was a wind place to visit.
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Tip: Buy the meal plan, use the refillable drink, enjoy the beautiful grounds and all there is to see!

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Elizabeth Worley
Browns Summit, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Garden tickets"
April, 2018 NEW
It was easy and less expensive than buying the tickets at the gate.
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Tip: Busch Gardens is now only open on weekends.

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Jin Chang
Edgewater , NJ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good service and easy to enter"
April, 2018
Great and thanks
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Reserve Williamsburg Customer
washington, DC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Not all that"
April, 2018
Im not sure if its because i went to Disney and universal the previous week but i didnt found it all that fun i felt the prices for things was fair but there was not many people there
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Tip: Not great

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Stacey S
Verona, VA
"Clean family fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
We stopped in on our way home and had a blast. We have visited before but came by so my daughter could ride some coasters she was not tall enough to ride before. Lines were relatively short today and special thanks to BG for the special pricing breaks for First Responders. I would not have made this quick stop otherwise. Parking is $20...I think that is about $10 too high. We had an overall great time...I would like to see the staff of the Apollo's Chariot get retrained on how to accommodate people with special needs. We witnessed two ladies that were visually impaired get verbal instructions only and not assisted to their seats. I was genuinely concerned for their safety as no staff member helped them and they could have easily gotten injured or worse. The train rides around the park assisted us greatly in riding all 7 major coasters...we will return and thanks again for showing appreciation to Vets and First Responders!
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Njm2085
Davenport, Iowa
"Great times and great rides"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
We went to Busch Gardens in Mid May of 2018 and it was great. Not only was there hardly any wait for any and all of the rides but they offer so much to do there. We were able to do all of the coasters which were amazing and hit a few of the water rides although one was closed down. Sure prices are a bit expensive for food and drink but you have to come to expect that at any amusement park. The only ride I wouldn't really recommend unless you have young one is that new VR ride. Wasn't really worth the wait and kids were beating the crap out of the equipment. My helmet didn't work properly and gave me double vision the whole time. But, overall Busch Gardens is great and definitely worth checking out whether it be with family, friends, or loved ones
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Mel V
Arlington, Tennessee
"Busch Gardens 2018"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
I’m almost 49 and it took me 4-days to recover from a sore neck and back!! All the roller coasters were incredible. If you have vertigo problems, don’t ride the VR ride: Heart of Irie? Forgot the name. But, all the coasters you have to ride: LochNess, Apollo’s Chariot and The Griffon at least. There are more but those you have to ride. The lines were relatively short in mid-May. Lots of middle school groups came at this time, no big deal.
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Kristen W
"Buyer Beware: Food and Wine Festival 2018"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
I never write reviews for anything, however, I feel obligated to let other consumers know about how misleading the food and wine festival is. Long story short, it is not worth it to buy the deluxe sampler. You are better off buying what you want at different kiosk. The pamphlet they provide specifies that you can order beer or wine from different vendors and that it is included in the sampler package. However, you cannot get beer at certain locations with the sampler package. You will have to pay the cost for that drink and it is not included. I did not have any problems with the food. However, I do have a problem with the drinks. We spent 45 minutes trying to locate the beer for Germany only to find out it was not included. When I contacted customer service they told me to talk to the guest services representative at the park. After a 50 minute conversation, they gave me a free coke and said they will do a better job next year. It is a waste of time and not worth it. Save yourself the time, convience, and money. I hope this helps.
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jmwarner2018
Chesapeake, Virginia
"A HUGE Jab in the Back to Pass Holders!!!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
My family and I have been season pass holders for as long as I can remember! Being locals our annual membership has allowed us to offer a nice entertainment option to our large family of 10 for many years. This week two of my sons are graduating high school and we've had family and friends coming in from out of town. We had shared with our guests that we were going to be able to treat them to a fun time at the park. After all, we're Platinum Pass holders and we're each entitled to a certain number of free guest passes each year, right? WRONG!! We arrived at the park today with our guests only to find out that our Platinum benefits have been stripped away! Not only did we drive an hour to the park with a group of 14 people today but then we suffered the disappointment and embarrassment of not being able to take them to the park as we had promised. I understand that companies change their policies but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it!!! I, along with all the other pass holders, should have been given notice at the end of last years season of what our benefits would be beginning with the 2018 season. NOT now when I've been paying you all winter only to show up in the spring and realize that we no longer have what we believe to have been paying for!!!! Disappointed doesn't begin to describe how I feel right now as I wait on hold to speak to a representative and the automated system tells me that my anticipated wait time is 52 minutes! Guessing I'm not the only one upset! Bad form Blackstone, bad form!!!
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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.