Busch Gardens is a popular theme park near Williamsburg, Virginia. When the kids get tired of trudging around colonial Williamsburg and can't absorb another historical tidbit, bring them here to revitalize!
Busch Gardens has themed countries, blockbuster musicals and even the Budweiser Clydesdale horses! It's clean, it's beautiful and it's family friendly!
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been voted most beautiful theme park for fifteen consecutive years. Admission cost is $49.95 for age 6 and up; $42.95 for age 3-6 and for age 2 and under it is free. Operating hours vary, but in the Fall they are open on the weekends until they close for the year. Busch Gardens re-opens in March.
We took the kids to Williamsburg and gave them the choice of Busch Gardens or Colonial Williamsburg..... well, since I am writing this page, you can guess what they chose (my wife and I eventually got to Colonial Williamsburg years later).
This is a theme park with sections aimed at one nation or world-unit.
In each section they have rides, food, gift shops, entertainment and other attractions that fit into the theme.
The themes were Europe, French/Canadien, OktoberFest, Italia, and Busch/animals.
The kids loved the rides, the wife loved the shops, and that left me holding an empty wallet.
It was expensive but a great once-in-a-lifetime experience we still talk about 25 years later.
The entry price (without discounts, which are normally available) for multiple days (you're gonna need that) is like $70 (2006).
Amusement park with rides, shows, and shops. The roller coasters are top notch, in this order: Griffon, Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Loch Ness Monster. My tips for making the most of your experience are:
Get to the parking area about 20 min before the park opens. This gives the best chance to ride one (and only one, don't waste time running to the others, it just wastes time) coaster 3-4 times in a row before long lines form.
Keep your feet dry on Roman Rapids and Le Scoot. You can do this either by taking your shoes/socks off before getting on the ride or wearing sandals at the park. Damp socks in damp shoes will diminish your fun after a few hours no matter how hot it is.
Bring something to do or read on rides when they are interrupted by weather. I had a Blackberry (more on that below). Virginia gets frequent thunder storms in the summer and they have to close the rides when a front moves in. Stay in line (since you cannot do anything else anyway other than eat or shop) because the delays are typically 30 minutes (your time will vary).
Bring an ice chest (even a cheap Styrofoam one you can buy at any grocery store) to store cold drinks/ice chest in the car for the end of the day. This makes a big difference when you get back to the car at the end of the day.
You can't bring food/drink into the car, but they do have picnic tables in the parking lots so those on a budget can save a bunch by eating big meals there.
Wear clothes that dry quickly, like swim suits or Ex Oficio "amphi" pants. You are going to get wet either from rides like Roman Rapids, Escape from Pompeii, and Le Scoot or from sitting on a wet seat from the above rides or a coaster that was in the rain.
For those planning to stay for park closing and fireworks, bring changes of clothes and towels and leave them in the car so you can change around 1900 and still remain at the park comfortably after that.
Season passes change how you enjoy the park. Instead of feeling like you have to "do it all" in one day, you can spread your visits out and only go for six hours or less multiple times. We thought this was great when our kids were small.
Secure your cell phone in a pocket or inside a buttoned shirt. Most holsters do not bear up under the g-forces well and the park staff collect boxes of phones from under the rides every day.
If you are active duty military, Busch Gardens allows one free entry per year for each family member. There is a special kiosk near the entrance that has the paperwork you have to complete.
One cool thing there is to do in Williamsburg, especially if you're not into the Colonial-history type of things, is to go to Busch Gardens theme park. This one has some very good rides, and decent entertainment, and is built around a theme of nations which includes Ireland, England, Germany, France, New France, and Italy. There is alot to do if you are traveling with children as well, all in all a very nice theme park... the only thing is that it can get VERY expensive, the meals are not cheap, so be prepared for sticker shock.
Whether you're travelling with children or not, spend a day at Busch Gardens for thrills for all! They really combine history and amusement gracefully here.
Busch Gardens breaks the park up into 6 different countries with wonderful cuisine, shops, rides and shows that are expressed in that country's flavor.
They have rides like "Escape From Pompeii, and the Roman Rapids in the Italian area. Then they have the Abbey Theater, and the Corkscrew in the Irish area. The German's, English, Canadian, and French are also represented.
Regular admission (ages 6 & over) $46.95
Child admission (ages 3 to 6) $39.95
Children 2 and under Free
If you like the water too, Bounce Tickets are available. These allow you to visit Busch Gardens in the morning, and then Water Country USA in the afternoon, then finish off the evening at Busch Gardens, or visit only one park, your choice. Choose from a two or three-day ticket. Bounce tickets? allow you unlimited admission to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA.
2-Day Bounce Ticket ? $64.95
3-Day Bounce Ticket ? $74.95
Parking is $8 to $10 per car as well.
This is the absolute nicest theme park in America. The landscape of the park is beautiful, and it is so unbelievably clean that you forget you're at a theme park.
If you don't beleive me, consult the Travel channel who has rated Busch Gardens Williamsburg one of the top theme parks in America for 10 years running.
Note: Please don't spend your whole week in Busch Gardens and miss all the other wonderul things that Colonial Williamsburg has to offer.
Since we visited Busch Gardens only (For Water Country was a really cold weather) all my “Things to do” tips is going to be all about it. I’ll divide them according to countries names. First goes England ,of course. We bought very tasteful pudding & strawberry with a cream in their shop. By the way shops are everywhere over there. The prices are high ,no wonder it’s a crowded place! We are back from our little escape to Colonial Williamsburg, A. The reason to visit it was Busch Gardens.
Visit Busch Gardens, where you may answer the question, "How do you visit six different countries in one day?" The answer is to go to Busch Gardens, of course! Each section has its own cuisine, shops, rides, and shows. Watch a variety of performers on your way through the different sections
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