Busch Gardens is Virginia’s most thrilling theme park located in the heart of Williamsburg’s Historic Triangle. This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Busch Gardens’ heart stopping rides and attractions that are set to an authentic European theme. This unique backdrop and breathtaking landscaping have earned the park the award of America’s Most Beautiful Theme Park for more than 20 consecutive years.
At Busch Gardens Williamsburg there is fun for the entire family with more than 30 thrilling attractions, Broadway style shows, mouth-watering cuisine, and of course those beautiful animals that Busch Gardens has always been known for. In addition there are now several Busch Gardens events throughout the year to make your visit even more special. (See the Williamsburg Vacations Events calendar for details!)
Learn about the park below, or click Busch Gardens Packages to learn more about packages and ticket prices.
Busch Gardens Kid-Siderate Attractions
If you are traveling with little ones look for the “kid-siderate” designation to let you know those areas especially designed for kids including Sesame Street Forest of Fun and Land of the Dragons. Kids can spend hours on mini rides and coasters like Grover’s Alpine Express and Elmo’s Spire or splashing in water fountains and climbing through tree houses. For a complete brochure on “kid-siderate” facilities, rides attractions and more click Busch Gardens Kid-Siderate Brochure.
Busch Gardens Rides
State of the art technology makes Busch Gardens coasters some of the most exciting around. Daredevils beware, Tempesto, the park’s newest thrill ride, opened in April 2015 and thrills riders with a “loop the loop” that defies gravity just like the Italian stunt for which it was named. Be sure to try Alpengeist and Apollo’s Chariot both of which have been named among the top ten steel coasters in the world, or tame the Loch Ness Monster with interlocking loops and a blackout tunnel that have made it a park favorite for years.
The mighty Griffon can be found in the New France area of Busch Gardens. With speeds over 75mph, Griffon lifts riders more than 205 feet in the air and simply hangs for several seconds before taking the 90 degree drop that sends you soaring.
For those looking for a milder or first coaster experience try Verbolten. This family rollercoaster starts at a themed German Tourist Center where a tour of the Black Forest and Rhine River turn into an out of control ride featuring drops of more than 80 feet over the river.
While the rides at Busch Gardens are exciting, there are plenty of other attractions to keep non-riders busy. Step aboard Busch Gardens Railway for a journey throughout the stunning European landscape with stops in England, Italy and France, over the Rhine River and past Busch Gardens Animal preserves. Or enjoy the view from above as the Busch Gardens Sky Ride takes a similar track with breathtaking views from above the park.
Busch Gardens Restaurants
You will never go hungry with many dining locations inside the park. Staples like pizza, sandwiches and chicken can be found alongside cuisine unique to the country where you are dining. Das Festhaus in Germany features a mile high Alpine corned beef sandwich with German potato salad and smoked baby back ribs make Trappers Smokehouse in France smell amazing. Homemade pastas in Italy will have your mouth watering. To save on dining while in the park, purchase discounted dining vouchers with your vacation. Click Busch Gardens Packages to learn more about discount Busch Gardens tickets and offers.
Busch Gardens Entertainment
You won’t want to miss Busch Gardens shows and entertainment. The park brings together top performers from all over the world including popular Irish dancers in the Ireland section of the park. Shows are geared toward all ages and offer something for every member of the family. New in 2014 the Globe Theater has been transformed to bring you London Rocks a musical journey through the history Rock n’ Roll.
Animal preservation has always been a part of the Busch Gardens mission. Animal shows like Pet Shenanigans with hilarious animal outtakes are complimented by awe inspiring animal exhibits including the magnificent Clydesdale horses in Highland Stables, stunning Bald Eagles on Eagle Ridge and get a glimpse into the life of wolves at Wolf Haven.Jack Hannah is a proud member of the Busch Gardens family. Be sure to visit Jack Hannah’s Wild Reserve to experience endangered and exotic animals from all over the world.
Busch Gardens Events
Busch Gardens keeps the park new and exciting with a series of special events throughout the year. The Busch Gardens Concert seriesbrings name entertainers to the park and is included free with park admission. Other events include the Food and Wine Festival in June,IllumiNights summer spectacular featuring a nightly Busch Gardens fireworks display, and Howl-O-Scream that transforms the park for the fall season. The park also reopens between Thanksgiving and Christmas to celebrate Christmas Town with millions of lights and signature hot cocoa it is becoming part of the Williamsburg Christmas tradition. Find out more about Busch Gardens Events by clicking on the event name.
Busch Gardens Tickets & Packages
With so much to do, it is easy to see why you may need more than a single day at the park. Multi-Day Busch Gardens Tickets make it easy to visit the park several times for the same price or just a little more than a single day ticket. You can also save big when you buy tickets that combine multiple parks including Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, and Colonial Williamsburg. When you book with Williamsburg Vacations and add tickets to your Williamsburg hotel reservation you will always get a great deal and we include free Williamsburg vacation extras with more than $50 worth of additional discounts available with every reservation! Visit our Williamsburg Tickets page to learn more!
Want to get a little more out of your time at the park? We have a list of Busch Gardens Vacation tips with insider tips that locals know including including how to save time in line, the best places to park and how to get discount tickets.