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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, Virginia

Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, is a Europe-themed amusement park like no other. Situated in one of the country’s most historic colonial towns, park visitors can ride a steam train through replica villages from France, Italy, Germany, and Ireland; take in a show; or ride a roller coaster at top speeds through the treetops.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s sprawling grounds offer nine restaurants, a variety of shopping destinations, and Broadway-style entertainment. There are also myriad rides like roller coasters and water slides for the thrill-seekers, scenic train rides and an aerial skyride for those looking for something more relaxing, and a whole range of kid-friendly attractions—like mellow rides larger-than-life Sesame Street characters—to delight the youngest visitors.

  • Busch Gardens is a wonderful activity for families and theme park lovers visiting the Williamsburg/Richmond/Washington DC area.

  • Water Country USA, the affiliated water park, is 3 miles down the road from Busch Gardens and is open seasonally.

  • Children ages 5 and under enter the park for free.

  • Hotel and tour packages offer discounted rates.

Busch Gardens is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, about an hour west of Richmond or 2.5 hours south of Washington DC by car. There is ample on-site parking.

Busch Gardens operates different attractions and events depending on the season, with water slides open in the summer and special holiday events throughout the year; check the website for up-to-date information. Williamsburg can have extreme seasons, so check the weather and come prepared.

In addition to the wide variety of rides, shopping, eateries, and events at Busch Gardens, the park also runs a large animal rescue, conservation, and education program. Eagle Ridge is home to rescued American bald eagles, and Highland Stables celebrates Scottish traditions with Clydesdale horses and border collies showing off their skills. The park also has Lorikeet Glen, a free-flight aviary full of colorful birds, and Wolf Haven, where you can learn about the mysterious creatures and how you can help to maintain their natural habitats.

Parking passes at Busch Gardens Williamsburg start from US$30 per day—you can buy them online in advance or when you arrive at the park. Other parking options include Preferred Parking (closer to the entrance) from US$40, VIP Reserved Parking from US$50, and Multi-Day Parking (which includes Water Country USA) from US$55.

No, you don’t need advance reservations for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. You can buy admission tickets and parking passes on arrival, though you might still want to save time by reserving online in advance. It’s also recommended to reserve tours and experiences that often sell out, such as fast-track passes.

Walking around Busch Gardens Williamsburg takes about 1.5 hours—you’re likely to cover a distance of about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) or an average of 5,675 steps. Of course, you’ll want plenty of time to enjoy the different rides and attractions, so plan for at least 4-6 hours.

The least busy days at Busch Gardens Williamsburg tend to be Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when you can expect shorter wait times. To escape the crowds, avoid holiday weekends or consider visiting on a rainy day (rides remain open unless the weather gets really bad). Alternatively, visit in the early morning or evening.

Yes, you can bring a small backpack into Busch Gardens Williamsburg—provided it doesn’t contain prohibited items such as weapons, glass bottles, or food. All bags and backpacks will be inspected by security guards when you enter the park, and you won’t be able to take your bag on any rides.

No, you don’t need an advance reservation for Busch Gardens Williamsburg—you can buy all admission tickets, parking passes, and tours at the park’s Welcome Center. However, reserving your tickets online will save you time on arrival—it’s recommended to book fast-track passes in advance to avoid disappointment.


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