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.

Parking fees:
  • $18 - 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

172 Reviews
Tripster Customer
WILLIAMSBURG, VA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Thursty’s great day with Grandsons"
April 2019 NEW
My golf outing was canceled and my daughter invited me to go to BGW with my grandsons. The weather was great until around 3:00 PM. The park was not crowded and we were able to enjoy the rides with little or no wait. As always, the Festhaus was a treat, great food and entertainment!
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Tip: The park is always beautiful, spring, summer, fall. Christmas Town is special.

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Rachel Pencu
Wilton, CT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Some serious roller coasters"
April 2019
The best part is they have some serious roller coasters. The rest of the park is just ok.
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Tip: The app isn’t good. Not reliable for wait times or if rides are open.

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Julie LoCicero
Newport News , VA
1 Review
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"Memorable"
December 2018
From the moment we walked in to Busch Gardens Christmas Town, we were amazed at the absolutely beautiful decorations and excitement!
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Tip: Dress warmly and allow plenty of time

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Tripster Customer
McLean, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great trip."
December 2018
Beautiful park, awesome trip for the whole family.
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Tip: Gondola ride is indeed one way...

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Marie Gandy
Virginia Beach, VA
1 Review
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"Oh What Fun!!"
December 2018
It was a perfect day once the light rain moved out. The lights were beautiful! Great way to spend celebrating the holidays with friends.
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Tip: Dress for the weather and take pictures.

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DARLA SWANFELD
1 Review
"Christmas town too expensive"
December 2018
Sorry, I really am not trying to be a scrooge, but we went with 6 adults and 6 children. Price 54.00 each ticket was ridiculous for what was offered. The less ticket you could purchase on line were sold out. Definitely will not be going back again.
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Tip: Lines are ridiculous, prices are way to high, to dark for kids to walk around

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Kaleigh Sweeney
Virginia Beach , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience!"
November 2018
I got my boyfriend and I ticket for very cheep on this website. $25 dollars off each of our Busch Gardens tickets. It was well worth it! I love going to Busch Gardens!!!
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Kaylee Immekus
Indiana, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens"
November 2018
Can’t wait to go again
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Kim J
Fremont, North Carolina, United States
"Most Beautiful Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
We really love Busch Gardens and have been many times over the years...on 5/25 though we took 2 of our grand kids, ages 12 and 10...they had a ball enjoyed all the rides that they road...their favorite was the roaring rapids...my favorite and the one ride I could not wait for them to ride was Escape from Pompeii...and wouldn't you know it...it was down all day...they were disappointed cause I had really built it up for them...telling them they would like it the best...I was by far very disappointed!!!...Had I known they had Pompeii closed for the day...we would have planned to go another time...next time i will call to see if Pompeii is up and running...once I saw it was down, I was done...ready to go...
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jennykitts
Virginia Beach, Virginia
"BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMBURN"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
Very family friendly warm atmosphere. loved the rides. have been at Halloween much fun & christmasnis very magical for my grandson loved it
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ashlynmerritt
"My Favorite Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
My family, (my daughter, my mom, my brother and myself) visited Busch Gardens yesterday. It was a Sunday and was pleased that we did not have to wait in any lines to get on the rides. I am a season pass member and my 5 year old daughter is a pre-k pass member. I love that Busch Gardens offers the free Pre-K pass. There are many things for children to do at Busch Gardens. The food and drink choices were fantastic, although I did not particularly enjoy the paper straws. The paper straws were not sturdy and softened and broke off in several of my drinks. It happened to my other family members as well. I was also disappointed to hear that the Dark Castle was closed for good. That was one of my favorites.
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WhoDey777
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Great Place To Spend Family Time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2019 NEW
I would give the park 4.5 stars if I could. Since half stars aren't available, I averaged up. The reason for the half star deduction would have to do with Finnegan's Flyer. Mechanical issues for new (and some old) rides are bound to happen and cause delays. While in line for this ride this past Friday (5/10), there were two issues that caused significant delays. The second delay occurred after my party boarded the ride, only to be told to move back to the waiting area behind the cage. Without an idea as to how long it would be before the ride would be back online, it would've been nice if the ride attendant had given us a one time quick pass to get back to our same spot in line later in the day. With a 4 year old and 6 year old chomping at the bit while waiting for their dad and older siblings to finish the ride so that we could hit Sesame Street, it was a bit much to ask them wait for an undefined amount of time. Also, the queue right before boarding should be updated to something similar to the Mach Tower. While my group (consisting of mostly kids) was up front and together, we got pushed aside by a group behind us and ended up scattered working our way to the ride. It would be nice if they had some sort of square markings on the ground noting the side/seat number of the ride within the large pen behind the gate. It could be something simple, like spray painted squares with numbers. This would allow for people to have a predetermined place to sit. This past trip was our 4th day at the park this season as my wife and I purchased season passes as Christmas gifts for the kids. We're looking forward to our next visit sometime in June. Overall, my family of 8 enjoyed our time. The blend of rides for the younger and older kids is great. The family atmosphere is outstanding! We can't wait to see if the rumors are true about the new coaster coming in 2020.
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florentl356
Canada
"Clean, quality park with some very good attractions"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 13, 2019 NEW
What I like with Busch Gardens : they can mix quality theming and thrill rides. I had a great day not only enjoying some best rides (Griffon, Verbolten, Tempesto, Apollo's chariot...) but also admiring the cleanliness of the park, the endeavor for details (it's not Disney but still much better than Cedar or Six Flags) and good operations. Overall a good experience, and I hope the best for the future of this nice park. Will drive 13 hours to get there again.
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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.