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
Verified Traveler
"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
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"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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DavidVanPatten
Richmond, Virginia
"All Rides Closed "Wasps"; Unbearable Concessions Lines; No Water!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2019 NEW
The title says it all. One, count them, one roller coaster was open. Since the majority of rides were closed, people defaulted to eating / drinking all they could. Incredibly long lines for concessions and no water available to boot! Absolutely the worst theme-park experience of my entire life. They tried to tell us they would issue some sort of rain-check to come back another time, we made it clear: Absolutely not. We will not come back to be disappointed by "Wasps" again. This was not even published or advertised on their website. They are full of excuses. No more, not now; not ever. What a waste of time, money, and calories to even stand around that place. Never again.
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Iva V
"Buyer Beware when buying tickets not directly at the park"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
We bought tickets from AARP/Expedia for September 9th for one day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. After buying the tickets and traveling to Williamsburg, I checked to find out what time the park opened because I wanted to know if we should get breakfast before going to the park. To my amazement through the phone and online I found out the park was closed for that weekday and all other weekdays for the winter! AARP/Expedia says I can't get a refund even though they sold me an invalid ticket. I have placed the matter in the hands of my VISA company and expect full resolution. In this day of electronic systems I am baffled how AARP/Expedia was even allowed to sell us the tickets. I do not plan on using AARP/Expedia ever again.
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hughkona
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Kennel review , and park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
We are new to the area so brought our two dogs with us to the park. I was pretty nervous and there’s hardly any information both online and over the phone with them. There were two rows of cages- small dog kennels that were about 3’x3’ and a larger kennel that is about 3’x5’. The woman told me that most people just put both of their dogs in there together. We got one for each of our dogs. I was surprised to see that the kennels are sold out on many days. This was one of those days and we were glad to have secured our kennel. However, more than half of the room stayed empty the whole day. They probably have about 40 kennels and the ability to put small dogs in crates on top of the kennels. We encountered three different workers and none of them were friendly or even smiled at us. This is literally just a babysitting area. One of the men was definitely afraid of dogs and lurched away from a friendly leashed dog entering. :) the room was VERY loud and the barks echoed throughout the cement. Definitely bring bedding as it is a cold concrete floor. Another important factor is the cages allow nose to nose contact with the dogs to the sides of him. Yikes. Be sure your dog is up to date with bordatella. As for the park, For the most part we enjoyed our visit. The decorations were beautiful and the rides were fun and seemed in good condition. However, as the park filled up by lunchtime, the lines got extremely long. The lines for any rides seem to be 45-90 minutes! Very long. They definitely do not advertise the rider swap option for families, but they do have it. One option that I wish they had was very clearly posted ride wait times. Only some of the rides had this. Another thing is, the app needs to have updated ride times. The app is essentially useless. The map on it should be interactive. The ride wait times should definitely be uploaded. In this day and age, it seems crazy that we had to walk our whole family across the theme park only to discover that the ride we wanted to try has a 45 minute wait. It would maximize our day tremendously. Honestly, we ended up leaving the park because it just got too frustrating walking from end to end trying to find a ride that did not have a long wait time. A major problem was the employees taking their time to unload and load most of the rides. When you finally get up to the front of these lines, you can see that the employees are having conversations with a single guest, for example, and the entire ride is halted while we wait for the discussion to take place. Totally unacceptable. The other workers should be loading most of the other cars in the meantime. On the scrambler, for example, the ride held about 24 people. We were in the back of the turnstiles. We noticed it took about 5-8 minutes to load and run the ride. (Approx double the time to load the ride than the duration of the actual ride!) we quickly estimated about 6-7 rides before our turn. That’s a crazy inefficient line for such a short and basic ride. We left the line, as did many others. Battle of Eire was especially vague. The line went to the back of the cave and there were no signs marking how long it was. We waited 20 min without moving. Then noticed people from way ahead of us leaving, saying we were even close to the beginning. We left too, and encountered a group of teens that just got off, saying they waited 90 minutes and 2 of 5 of them had broken 3D goggles so the ride never even worked. They were angry. We will be back , but hope to see more efficiency and transparency from the park!
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cliffy31
Tennessee
"Coasters down due to Wasps. What a waste!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019 NEW
My 3rd time to Hallowscream and so disappointed. First problem is the $9.99 service charge for a ticket . What’s this for? I printed off my own ticket. Seems like just another way to raise the price. Then most of the coasters were closed due to wasps. I mean nearly all of them. This caused all the other rides to have huge wait times. Some were 2 hours. And the shows were positively horrible. 2 strange Halloween musicals with really poor performances. A huge waste of time. But you can’t get out without a major ordeal. Food was marginal at best and pricier that I remember. One of the restaurants was closed today because they didn’t have enough staff to man it . What the heck is going on? Has management changed? You’d better fix it or your customers won’t be back. We drove 8 hours and are super disappointed.
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Kellyktm
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Coasters and Halloween"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019 NEW
Visited on a Friday night during Halloween, so much fun!! They turn the park into a giant haunted house complete with music, smoke, scary mazes and goblins everywhere. They also turn out the lights so you rode the coasters in pitch black... super cool! Especially in the tunnel on loch necks monster roller coaster. Highly recommend but not for faint of heart as they actually have scary people jumping out at u constantly and even chasing you with chainsaws.
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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.