Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a 100-acre European-themed amusement park with 17th-century charm and more than 50 rides and attractions. Families enjoy thrilling activities and entertainment with stops in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, and Italy. Located just a few hours south of Washington DC, Busch Gardens offers a full day of fun and makes a great day trip or weekend getaway. The park is near Colonial Williamsburg, a historic region of Virginia that boasts a wide variety of attractions including historical sites, amusement parks, shopping, fine dining and much more.
New at Busch Gardens
- The newest thrill attraction, Tempesto™, debuted April 25, 2015. The ride propels riders forward and backward through the station house at more than 60 miles per hour. Riders then climb 154 feet in the air for the signature loop-the-loop inversion.
- In May 2014, Busch Gardens opened a new stage with super powerful video projectors and nearly 2,000 audio speakers at the Globe Theatre.
- In 2013, Busch Gardens introduced its first ever food festival featuring authentic tastes of Europe paired with family-friendly activities and entertainment. Admission is included with park admission and individual tastings range in price from $3-$7.
- Also, enjoy world-class thrills aboard Verbolten®, Busch Gardens’ newest attraction located in Oktoberfest. This multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster sends guests on a fun and mystifying family adventure through the Black Forest.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Highlights
- Home to top-rated roller coasters including the Griffon, the world’s tallest and first floorless dive coaster and the all-new drop tower thrill ride, Mach Tower, the park’s tallest ride at nearly 240 feet
- Voted the world’s “Most Beautiful Park” every year since 1990
- Main stage shows offer park guests live musical performances, animal antics and 4-D theater experiences
- International cuisine and world-class shopping
- The Sesame Street Forest of Fun features family-friendly rides, playgrounds and a 4-D Sesame Street movie
Annual Food and Wine Festival
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 27 through June 26, 2016
This year's Food & Wine Festival will include the opening of two new kiosks featuring Eastern Asia cuisine and a taste of New Orleans (Cajun- and Creole-inspired recipes) in the French Quarter. The event offers individual-sized tasting portions for sale at each of the park’s 14 themed kiosks stationed throughout the park. Regional menus include American Southwest, Canada, Caribbean, Coffee & Crêpes, Eastern Asia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Scotland, Spain and The French Quarter (Cajun & Creole).
Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Dates: Select Days, September 3-18, 2015, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Busch Gardens will celebrate Oktoberfest with two weekends of beer, traditional German food, live music and more. The event features 75 beer varieties representing 10 countries, including Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Several selections from Virginia-based craft brewers also will be on tap. Guests walking through the Oktoberfest village can enjoy traditional German music by The Happy Dutchmen. This Oompah band engages audiences with songs like Edelweiss, Schitzelbank and Ein Prosit and invites the audience to join in traditional German dances, including Der Ententan and the Chicken Dance.
Access to Bier Fest is included with park admission.
One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Busch Gardens is located at Exit 243A on I-64. See a map
Calendar and Operating Hours
The park opens for the 2016 season on March 19 and is open daily for spring break through April 9. Through April and May, the park is open on weekends. It is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and then weekends from September through October. During the holiday season, the park is open on a limited schedule.
General Admission $75
Children ages 3 - 9 $65
Children ages 2 and under are free
For just $85, the 2-Park Summer Fun Pass offers unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
- Buy tickets in advance so that you do not have to wait in line. Purchase a seasons pass to save time and money.
- Visit on a weekday. The park is most crowded on the weekends and holidays.
- Arrive early to get the most out of your day. Head to the most popular rides first. Lines get longer late in the day.
- Stay a few days and visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown.
Official Website: http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/
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