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

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latasha walls
washington, DC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good deals"
August 2019 NEW
It was quick & simple booking tickets for BUSCH GARDENS
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Kimberely Basnett
Clarksburg , WV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Birthday Trip"
August 2019 NEW
I took my niece to Williamsburg and Busch Gardens for her 11th birthday. We stayed at a Colonial Williamsburg Hotel. I asked the front desk attendant if they had reduced rate tickets for Busch Gardens. She said they didn't, but she did recommend Tripster. I went on the website as we rode the bus over to Busch Gardens and I was able to get our tickets before we stepped off of the bus. It was easy and fast and best of all, there was a great discount. This was my first time using Tripster and I was very happy with the outcome.
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Luzviminda DeChalus
Martinsburg , WV
1 Review
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"Busch Garden/Water Country USA awesome!"
July 2019 NEW
Took my kids for a mini vacation, we all had a wonderful time!
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Anna Marie Zeller
Va beach, VA
1 Review
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"Busch Garden"
July 2019
Had a hard time buying a ticket from Busch Garden site and when i tried searching I found this site and its a quick click and i had a ticket right away
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Tripster Customer
Chesterfield, VA
1 Review
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"Amazing experience"
July 2019
Tripster made the whole process of getting a ticket the easiest thing in the world. Going through Tripster made it easier than going directly through the company I was trying to get tickets from. It took 5 minutes with Tripster and it took more than over an hour going directly through the company. Tripster is the way to go for sure.
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Jacquelyn Moore
Clarksburg, MD
1 Review
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"Busch Gardens vacation"
July 2019
The experience with Tripster was awesome! They were fast and professional. The kids enjoyed their visit to the parks and no one was disappointed.

I recommend using Tripster
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Erika Edwards
Charlotte , NC
1 Review
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"So helpful and tons of fun"
July 2019
We were on a trip with our family of 5 and we came across the tripster page. We were able to get tickets to our theme park and the process was so easy and convenient! I would definitely use again. Trust me when I say I’m very cautious when it comes to like 2nd and 3rd party sites but this one was great. Will definitely use again
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Lino Cracchiolo
Palmyra, VA
1 Review
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"Beautiful"
July 2019
Its wonderful
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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David G
Lakeville, Massachusetts
"Hot and Thrilling"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2019 NEW
Unfortunately the week’s temperatures were unbearable hovering around 99 each day. Lots of great rides and appreciated the number of trees which provided some relief. Layout of park made it easy to get around.
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reefcritter2017
Plymouth, Massachusetts
"Average"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
Lots of issues with tickets. Park was good. Not a lot of signage so we needed to rely on the paper maps. Staff were unengaging. Lockers were good as we could move around the park and dr ent lockers in different locations all day for $8 The app worked sporadically. .
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941michaelf
Lagrange, New York, United States
"A Great Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
First and foremost, thank you to security guard Michael for finding my son, 11, who due to a miscommunication walked away from me to the front gate without my knowledge- Michael asked me to describe my son and his clothing and my son was returned to me within minutes. Much appreciated to say the least. Ok. The park, we purchased discounted tickets at our resort including parking and everything was effortlessly scanned and lines moved quickly. We did not have to purchase fast passes since attendance drops off this time of year- we are not a rollercoaster family but we did enjoy both flume rides - lines were short and moved quickly- we rode each one several times. We also enjoyed bumper cars, boat ride, and train ride. The park is clean and extremely well decorated, the country themes were enjoyable and just the right size. Here’s my only knock on this park, even with a map we needed to ask for directions a lot, for first time visitors it would make a world of difference to paint some lines to show the continuous pathway. Everything else was great, food was absolutely delicious for a theme park, servings were generous and prices were fair. I found the staff to be friendly and helpful. I read a few reviews knocking some staff- I had only positive experiences. The absolutely amazing highlight of the day was the show Celtic Fyre! O.m.g. Great! We were fortunate to be among the first guests to enter the theater so we went front and center and the electric atmosphere and energy and talent of the performers was mind blowing. From my experience, theme park shows are generally forgettable and amateurish. Not this one! There were audience members who informed us that they’d seen the show hundreds of times and each time the talent puts a bit of a different spin on things. Bravo! Not to be missed but I hear the final performance is soon approaching...our day was cut short by some severe weather but no loss, we pretty much did everything we wanted and had a blast!
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melissabE453PW
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
"Not too impressed"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
While the park itself is beautiful it just didn't seem to have as much to do as other parts that we've been to. The Griffin coaster was great and the Finnegan's Flyer ride was awesome. The ice cream shop in France was incredible. The sundaes are big enough for two to share.
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MeanderingMinda
"Meh"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
Meh. Super expensive. We paid $200 for a refillable cup, parking, and two adult tickets. For the amount of money, everything in the park should be included, minus food and drink. You shouldn’t have to buy tokens to drive boats, pay to play games, etc. If you like less extreme rides be prepared to be disappointed. Everything in the park is either a roller coaster or a kids ride. If you have kids this park could be great. We don’t. This made it less great. The gray wolf & the aviary exhibits were cool. We did the boat ride, the train ride, and the sky ride. They were meh. Some of the employees were completely unenthusiastic. I get it, but at least say hello? The place is trying—and failing just so hard—to rival Disney’s Epcot. The park is sloppy. There isn’t enough to do. We spent way too much money. I tried to make the best of it, but the best part of my day there was walking to my car. 👎🏻
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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.