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.

Christmas Town
Family fun during the Christmas season often revolves around colorful light displays, visits with Santa Claus, great food, delicious hot chocolate and festive music. These holiday traditions come to life in splendid beauty at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™.

The annual Christmas celebration starts Nov. 24 and runs select days through Jan. 1, 2018. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever with a roomier home for Santa, an all-new show called Gift of Harmony™ and delicious new culinary offerings. Plus there are more lights than ever—more than 8 million across the park—giving Christmas Town the most lights of any holiday event in North America.

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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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terrdeter
Oakton, Virginia
"Pretty but not blown away"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
we enjoyed our trip. went on a sunday at opening- park opens at 2pm but parking lot opens at 1:30pm. at opening, my kids rode Verbolten twice without any lines. though, we should have done Invadr instead, since it later closed due to dropping temps - big disappointment, as only other big ride open. the lights and decorations were nice, but with the park so spread out, it wasn't as spectacular. the train ride was also meh, only good view of Poplar Pathway- everything else was blah forest; and with 4 stops, got cold and tedious- we should have done the sky train. we didnt do a sit down meal, food was typical amusement park and repeatious. i wished they had roasted nuts- just something different for the holidays. we saw "Perfect Harmony" in Italy- had to leave since it was more loud then fun. the highlight was "Scrooge No More", a fantastic show with neat stage effects. theatre is huge, so don't rush to line up like a lot of folks.
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Hokiechip
Roanoke, VA
"Christmas Town was Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
Awesome visit to Busch Gardens during their Christmas Town celebration. They advertise 8 million Christmas lights and I would not doubt it. Absolutely breathtaking. The shows were very good as well, especially Gloria (DO NOT MISS IT). By paying $5, you can get guaranteed, premium seating at the show and for Gloria, I would recommend doing that. For the other shows, the reserved seating option is probably not worth it. We got it for the ice skating show since it was a one-time show, but the stadium is huge so you probably don't need it. Simply a great day.
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Ko E
Ashburn, Virginia
"Christmas Town"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
This is our first time we went to Christmas Town and we were absolutely delighted. We come for summer vacations and do the roller coasters and rides but in the winter, it is another world. The ice skating shows, acapella vocal band, Oh Tannenbaum Christmas tree and a variety of other shows along with the 8 MILLION lights throughout the park makes it a magical place during Christmas. It was absolutely enchanting.
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hayheyjay
Ashburn, Virginia
"Great Shows and Beautiful Light Decorations"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
My wife and I decided to check out the Christmastown Decor and so glad we did . Great shows and display of lights over ALL the grounds . We arrived at about 3:20 pm and headed straight to Gloria .What an awesome performance . We arrived at the entrance at 3:50 pm and barely made it in for the 4 pm show so go earlier to ensure a seat . The Ice Skating performance simply spectacular with Olympic 2 time Silver Medalist Elvis Stojko . Bring plenty of warm clothing as the night continues you will be glad you did . They have lots of Propane Heaters around the grounds as well as a a large tent heated up to about 80 degrees . Plenty fun of for the Kids too .
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UpstateNYer_10
Clifton Park, New York
"Loved our visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
It was unfortunately raining hard the day we visited but we were able to see some more shows because of that. There are places to get into to dry off a bit. We missed Elvis Strojko's skating show because the rink was outside and the ice deteriorated during the day. That was disappointing but we enjoyed our visit to all the other areas.
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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.