Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia

Overview

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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Williamsburg Travel Experts
  • The theme park features 9 villages featured around 6 different European countries.
  • Features several thrill rides and more than 40 kid-friendly rides.
  • Parking is available for $18 per car.
  • Known for extraordinary shows, events, culinary experiences, and shopping.
  • Measure your height at the check station located in the Guest Information & Reservation Center in England.

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Savannah Rhame

While at Busch Gardens, I loved strolling through Lorikeet Glen. The rainbow lorikeets really seemed to like me, or maybe it was just the nectar! To get the full experience like I did make sure to purchase a cup of nectar at the entrance to Lorikeet Glen.

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Description

from Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Busch Gardens is an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 350 acres of fun-filled exploration.

Take your family to a place where the fun comes naturally, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Everyone will enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows, and thrilling rides. The world’s most beautiful theme park has something for everyone as you venture across Europe. Soar like an eagle and howl on great coasters like Apollo’s Chariot® and Griffon®. Discover shared family fun playing with your littlest ones at Sesame Street’s Forest of Fun™. And, nowhere is the spirit of discovery more alive than on Verbolten®, the breathtaking, multisensory thrill ride through the Black Forest. It’s this naturally fun combination that helps remind us, we may live in houses, but we’re born for Busch Gardens.

Discover the wonders of Europe at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Enjoy world-class thrill rides, fun family entertainment, and naturally beautiful environments. Guest can now board the lightning-fast, multi-sensory dash through the Black Forest on the park’s newest launch coaster, Verbolten, and feel adrenaline-pulsing thrills on Mäch Tower as you drop nearly 240 feet. Here you will find family fun you can all enjoy together, including incredible show performances, up-close animal exhibits, and exclusive park experiences.

Finnegan's Flyer- Opening spring in 2019. This extreme swing will take you over 80 feet in the air at speeds of 45 mph rushing over the Celtic cliffs of Ireland. This breathtaking attraction features two pendulum-like arms, seating 32 riders that fly progressively higher with each swing.

There are also stage shows, culinary delights, and world-class shopping experiences provide fun for the whole family.

Howl-O-Scream - Weekends Sept 14 - Oct 27th
Included with park admission, scares start at 5:45pm on select nights. Fear awaits in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining live shows. Guests should consider the park’s elevated scare factor and not recommended for children. Please also note that all kids attractions close at 5 pm as we prepare for the terror to be unleashed. We wouldn’t want your little ghouls and goblins to get scared by our monsters.

Parking fees:
  • $20 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers
  • $21-$36 - Preferred parking
  • $29-$44 - VIP parking
  • $45 - Multi-Day Parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers (Valid for 7 Consecutive days)


Preferred parking is subject to availability. Tour buses may park for free.

Tripster Customer Reviews

192 Reviews
Torabiniaki Seyedmohammad
Herendon, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"it was greate"
September 2019
it was great every thing regulated profitionally
but i don know why the park begin at 12pm
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Tip: you must go earlier in morning

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Mohamed T.
Hackensack, NJ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic park"
September 2019
Had a wonderful time with my wife and kids. The park is beautiful. Lines weren’t too bad. It was a little hot. But by dinner time weather was phenomenal. Love the country themes.
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Tip: Family fun. Great themed rides.

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Jim Dailey
Blacksburg , VA
1 Review
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"Great time"
September 2019
Tripster made the purchase and support easy.
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Tip: Take your I’d with you to the gate,

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sherri saunders
hague, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Best price"
September 2019
Purchased Busch Garden tickets for trip with Granddaughters it was easy tickets delivered saved 80.00 - A good time was had by all.
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Tip: I would take water bottle to park and research where you want to eat as food was not that great and not many choices for kids

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Doug Goecker
Midlothian, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Classic park"
September 2019
Good mid week day with minimal crowd. Great for what it is.
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Tip: Go hungry and get a meal plan!

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Raheem Mahmood
Totowa , NJ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The best price"
September 2019
I used tripster for the first time and I loved it the price and how easy it is. I recommend people to use it.
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Brian Roach
Newark, DE
1 Review
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"Excellent Service"
August 2019
First and not last time using this site. It was very easy to process and customer service exceeded my expectations
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Tip: Easy processing and excellent customer service

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Tripster Customer
Dunstable, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family fun"
August 2019
Kids of all ages loved the park. Plenty of roller coasters to enjoy! Staff is very friendly.
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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jessicadO1123ZL
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
"Fall Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019 NEW
Was able to experience the normal park during the day and Hallo Scream at night. Although the park was very crowded, the lines moved rather quickly. There is a $20 fee to park. Shows were pretty good. The show in Germany offers food while you watch with long tables to eat on. Loved that the park is divided into themes of different countries.
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J B
"Love it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019 NEW
Amazing park . Howl o scream is the BEST !! Come early on friday and visit Williamsburg Saturday and then go back to busch gardens on Sunday. Saturday is extremely crowded so skip it . GREAT PARK !!! a Halloween tradition for us yearly.
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Tom C
Callaway, Maryland
"Outstanding Amusement Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019 NEW
Incredible roller coasters. Good Shows. Season passes are well worth the cost. The park is far nicer that Kings Dominion.
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charles L
"Going down hill. Don’t go. Rip off!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019 NEW
I used to come to halloscream every year. I had to abstain last year. Boy was I disappointed this year. The prices were higher. With Quick queue, I paid over 500$. Quick queue was more expensive than the park tickets. The one that I bought was supposed to get you in to all the rides for an unlimited amount of times. I found out, however, that my quick queue passes didn’t work for the newer rides. Quick queue was over sold so basically, you had to wait in a line for most things. As a general idea, I don’t mind a short wait; however, the quick queue lines were long enough that it prevented us from going on all the rides. We ran out of time. The park closed. We did see all of the haunted houses. It took an hour to park. The price to park had increased. The park wasn’t as decorated. The music wasn’t as good. There weren’t as many dressed up people running around. The haunted houses were shorter and less interesting. It was absolutely crazy crowded. There was less staff at every level of the park to accommodate the guests, but the folks that I did encounter were polite. So... I will say that it is a shame. It seems that we are paying more money for less goods and services across the economy. If you have read this, understand that my opinion is fairly informed. I beg you, please don’t reward corporate greed. There are better ways to spend a fall evening than waiting in a 2 hour line to see a 5 minute haunted house that has been designed to be shorter and less interesting so that more people can be run through it at a faster rate. The only way to stop these practices is to punish the company by withholding your patronage. Best wishes on a happy Halloween.
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MAGICK_HEX
Potomac Falls, Virginia
"Howl O Sceam 2019 - Great weather and large crowds"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
We decided to try out Busch Gardens this year for the Halloween events and coasters. Generally we go to events closer to home due to distance but this year Howl O Scream was it. Park opened at 10:30AM and we decided to arrive around noon since we would be staying late into the evening. It took close to hour from the I64 freeway to get us to a parking spot way out at the Scotland lot (on the other side of the highway outside the park). So we paid $20 to park in the middle of nowhere. I know that Busch Gardens does not see this amount of people regularly but I think they need to learn some parking management. For these type of events collect money at the Scotland lot directly and move people through faster. After seeing how close this lot is to free parking along the streets and businesses and along with cars parked in make shift grass spaces save your $20 on a crowded day and just take the tram to the park or walk over. It will save you both time and money. $40 for preferred parking is an insult to park guests. The park itself was beautiful and clean and over the top with the Halloween decor. We decided to buy the unlimited quick queue ($100 per person) to insure we were able to do everything we wanted. Glad we did since the park was the most crowded I have ever seen. It had to be either close to capacity or over capacity. All rides were 100+ minute wait and the haunted house lines were insane. Given we had the QQ we were able to have small wait times on each ride along with relatively fast entrance to the mazes. I do not know if they limit QQ tickets but it seemed that tons of people had them The line for Griffon in QQ was still long. I do not know when it changed but the one thing that stood out to me was how many people with beer, wine and mixed drinks were able to walk around the park with drinks. Bars were everywhere and beer is close to $10, but the lines were out of control. The only other theme park that I have been to with drinks in their hands was Disneyland Paris and it was mild to this event. This was a booze cruise on land with tons of college students and adults drinking beer in the queue lines and chugging them down before getting on coaster. Not saying that anyone was out of control or openly drunk, but I was surprised how much alcohol was pouring. So if you like to have a few drinks and go very fast and upside down on roller coasters this is your place. The food was very good and we ate at the Fest Haus in Germany and we did have a draft beer with lunch. Food standards have stayed the same with high quality. The main reason everyone comes to these events are the mazes and having someone jump out at you and scare you or watch someone else scared or screaming. The mazes themselves were themed really well but too bright and well lit. My favorite was the demented circus clowns in the Italian section followed by the outside haunt with the lumber hackers. The dystopia maze had great sci-fi steam punk costumes and really good theming but again too bright. They need to turn down the lights, reduce the number of people through at a time and allow the actors to slam windows and pop out more. With so many people it was not scary. It was well done and themed well but more of a fun house then a haunted house. The shows are also not scary but the Monster Stomp percussion sets were amazing with the knives. Well done by the stomp group. I have more respect now for the local haunted houses that try hard and really scare you. Trying to scare 38,000 people is really tough in one night but BGW did a really good job at providing an entertaining day with great food, amazing rides, and well done haunted attractions and shows. Please work on your parking management and offer different entrances to reduce the crush of traffic for large crowd days. We were riding Apollos Chariot at 9PM and saw the same crush of cars at the ticket gate that we experienced at noon. Where was the parking at 9PM? There was no where to park and they still kept coming in . Looking forward to the new coasters over the next couple of years. We will be back when you add more rides.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Do Busch Gardens tickets expire?
Yes, they expire within the season. See view details under ticket type for exact date.

How much is parking?
$18 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks or campers
$21-$36 - Preferred parking varies, subject to availability.
$29-$44 - VIP parking
$45 - Multi-Day Parking

Is Howl-O-Scream included with my admission?
Yes, Howl-O-Scream is included with a single day admission ticket. At 6:00 pm for select fall dates, the park changes into a seriously scary place and may not be suitable for young children. We do not allow costumes in the park.

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 for an additional. Pets are not allowed inside the park. 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. Guests are not allowed to bring food into Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Glass containers and flavored drinks may not be taken into the parks. (Exception: Baby food and medicine are permitted, but not in glass containers.) We do allow each guest to bring one water bottle (plastic).

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.

What if it rains?
Busch Gardens remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected.  Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.