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.
South Bend, Indiana
Been going to Busch Gardens since the second year of its existence. My family and I are truly enamored with the park, whose only rival is the Magic Kingdom. Great rides, entertainment and grounds. Would like to see more development re: good; the food fest earlier in the summer was fantastic. Live in MD but get season tickets.
The most entertaining thing about Busch Gardens Williamsburg is that it isn't an amusement park so much as it is the prototypical theme park. Located in James County, Virginia, a short distance south of Colonial Williamsburg near Kingsmill resort, about 60 miles northwest of Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens is a 383-acre theme park that originally was developed by St. Louis-based brewer Anheuser-Busch and currently is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment. It formerly was known as Busch Gardens Europe and Busch Gardens: The Old Country. Opened on May 16, 1975, the park is separated into 10 different hamlets, themed to European villages from England, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Scotland. In 2010, the estimated attendance of 2.8 million placed it among the top 20 most visited parks in the United States. It is known for its seven roller coasters, including Apollo's Chariot, which was ranked as the No. 4 best steel coaster in 2012 by Golden Ticket Awards. The park also includes 57 rides, three water rides, two attractions that provide transportation throughout the park, Broadway-style shows, food and music. That's not all. Take in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve, which houses a variety of wild species including gray wolves and bald eagles. The Highland Stables feature Scottish Blackface sheep, Border collies, black Clydesdales and a European barn owl. England's Banbury Cross was a thoroughly captivating and entertaining venue. The central element is a simulacrum of the famous St. Stephen's Clock Tower in London, better known as Big Ben. The Globe Theatre, a double-sized replica of William Shakespeare's legendary theatre in London, is the most prominent attraction, a showcase for performing arts. And the Squire's Galley served breakfast and lunch and also includes a funnel cake shop, ice cream shop and candy store. Nearby Colonial Williamsburg is for adults while Busch Gardens is for the kids. It makes for a wonderful two-day vacation.
I live in Florida where there is a Busch Gardens, decided to go to Virginia and heck out that one, it was nice, really nice, you expect the staff to be courtesy and the park to be clean, but BG Virginia offers a few things especially online that the Florida BG doesn't, we paid $76.00 for 10 unlimited days to either BG or USA Water Country, and if we purchased parking online it was offered at a discount price, u could even order a refillable cup for discounts complete with the refills, nice place something for every age,would definitely go again.
Went with friends to Busch Gardens for Howl O Scream. If you are going to this or Christmas Town, go early! Parking can be crazy, and you risk not getting in, once the park gets to capacity. Park in the satellite parking lot, and it will be easiest to exit when the park closes. Do the VIP tour at least once. Enjoy the shows, they can be fun. Don't bring kids after 6pm. Disregard this and risk scarring your kid for life. It is scary in the true horror movie sense. Creepy people chasing you with chain saws scary. If you are a Veteran with PTSD, or sensitive to loud noises, people jumping at you, or seeing blood (not real, but real-looking), consider going only if you can control your reactions. Otherwise, if you enjoy getting your pants scared off, GO!!
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Do Busch Gardens tickets expire?
Yes, they expire within the season. See view details under ticket type for exact date.
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.