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Busch Gardens, Williamsburg - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185, United States

Phone: +1-8003437946

Ticket Price: 75 USD

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Time Required: 05:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

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Busch Gardens is a theme park located in James City County that opened in 1975. The park is broken into different parts or “countries” each showcasing different food and music. England, Germany, Italy, France, Scotland and Ireland—they’re all there.     

Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve is also located within the park with an area dedicated to the rehabilitation of bald eagles. The site also houses wolves. The gardens also have an area called the Highland Stables where people can see blackface sheep and border collies and view demonstrations of traditional herding and hunting methods.

The theme park is best known for its roller coasters. Amusement Today, a monthly periodical that features all the latest news reviews about the amusement park industry has consistently ranked the garden’s Apollo’s Chariot rollercoaster consistently highly in its prestigious Golden Ticket Award.

The park covers 383-acres. It has rides which include Land of the Dragons, Prince Elmo’s Spire, Little Balloons, Elephant Run, Alpengeist, Griffon and many more.

The park is broken into different hamlets or “countries” each showcasing different food and music: Banbury Cross (England), Rhinefeld (Germany), San Marco and Festa Italia (Italy), Aquitaine (France), Heatherdowns (Scotland), Killarney (Ireland), Sesame Street Forest of Fun. They have a signature Halloween event called Howl-O-Scream with attractions featuring various ghouls, ghosts and haunted houses.

Christmas Town is the park’s beautifully lit up Christmas event featuring attractions, shows and shopping. Transportation within the park is done by three steam locomotives and a sky ride.

There are also Broadway-style shows here like:

  • Roll Out The Barrel: Featuring singers, acrobats, and dancers.
  • Celtic Fyre: A show celebrating Celtic tradition through dance.
  • London Rocks: A 25-minute live action rock extravaganza.
  • Mix It Up: Chef Musicians and waiters perform various Italian numbers.
  • More... Pet Shenanigans: Trained animals delight the audience.
  • Sunny Days Celebration: The friends at Sesame Street sing and dance for you.
  • The secret life of Predators: A presentation about the top predators.

Busch Gardens Information

  • Busch Gardens reserves the right to admission and one of their rules is to wear appropriate clothing (nothing with explicit language, no costumes). Make sure you comply.
  • Double check the schedule before visiting. The park is not open every day and even the closing times vary greatly.
  • Outside food is not allowed inside the park.
  • Although the park is open during inclement weather, some of the rides and shows may be cancelled. Refunds are not issued for the same.
  • Cameras are not allowed inside the premises and must be kept inside lockers which are available for a fee. If a camera harness is used, it must be approved by a Parks Operation Manager before it is taken inside the park.
  • Pets are not allowed inside however kennel services are provided. Food is not included. However, trained service animals are allowed.
  • Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented by people above the age of 18.

Busch Gardens Ticket Prices

  • Ages 3-9: $65

Busch Gardens Opening and Closing Hours

  • The closing time of the park may vary.
  • The schedule varied greatly, so it will be wise to check ahead before scheduling a visit. For instance, in 2015, the park is open every day through June and July. But this isn’t true for the rest of the year.
  • Schedule your visit around the shows you want to see. Different shows have different timings.

How To reach Busch Gardens by Public Transport

  • Williamsburg Amtrak Train Station lies ten minutes away.
  • Bus: No 1 stop Busch Gardn England.

Restaurants Near Busch Gardens

  • The park itself has many eateries like Squire’s Grille
  • Cafe Lulu
  • Trapper’s Smokehouse
  • Ristorante della Plazza
  • The British Baker and more

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  • Spending the day at Busch Gardens was the most fun I've ever had at an amusement park! Really beautiful park - tons of incredible details and the seasonal decorations are super well done. The roller coasters here are each very unique experiences and so much fun. We also stayed for Howl o Scream and purchased the quick queue for the rides and haunted houses and it was so worth it. We had plenty of time to do all the things we wanted because of the pass and we never waited more than about ten minutes for any entrance. The scare actors were amazing and the haunted houses were a blast! The Cornered haunted house was our favorite by far, and the circus costumes were amazing. Definitely go if you get the chance! Fun day for the kids and adults. There's tons and tons for everyone - shows, great variety of rides, people watching, food, and helpful staff.

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  • Overflow parking lot is actually not in the park and you are sent out of the park and down a busy main road. There is no signs telling you this or showing where to turn. I was stuck in a line of cars that had to wander, lost, turn around, wait in line AGAIN, have to show our receipt for having already paid to park, finally they explained where we were going and had to putt along in heavy traffic, through and out of the park, down the busy road and search for where to turn. Then we had to take a long tram ride to the entrance to the park. Even though they search your bags and backpacks, they don't tell you you can't take them on the rides, like other parks let you. They made us pay for an expensive locker at our first ride, but then you have to go back and get it, go through the process of retrieving it and do it again when you get to the next area. Your payment is only for 2 hours. You can transfer from locker to locker at no cost in that 2 hours. After that, you pay by the hour. My only other choice was to travel for an hour, back to the car, then an hour back, to even get on my first ride. And that also meant more useless miles of walking, on top of the time spent trying to just park and enter Busch Gardens. There should have been signs when we entered, or been warned when they searched my bag. The haunted Halloween was a lot of fun. A few haunted houses were really lame, but a few were so much fun. The Lumberjack was the BEST! So much fun. We only had time to ride a few roller coasters before that, because of all the time lost parking and doing lockers, HUGE distances between the rides and hour wait in each line. Staff is super friendly and helpful, but uninformative. Park is beautiful and the themes of different countries is fun.

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  • Had the best time at howl-o-scream! The attention to detail was amazing and all the staff were so friendly and helpful. So much to see and do. Daytime took kids and went back at night with adults and enjoyed some adult beverages in fun light up glasses with spooky names and went in some haunted houses and most of the rides were still going. Cannot wait to go back again next year.

  • Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is definitely one of my favorite amusement parks. My wife and I enjoy Busch Gardens in Florida as well. While you walk through their beautiful park, you can enjoy multiple rides, shows, food and games. They do have some animals but not as many as I'd hoped. If you enjoy a good scare, visit the park during their Halloween themed event! You do have to wait in some long lines to get into their haunted houses but many of them are worth doing at least once. Consider getting a quick queue pass if you can spend the extra money. Overall, a really wonderful park. We come at least once a year and we thoroughly enjoy it.

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  • This is my favorite of all the half dozen major amusement parks I've been up and down the east coast. Might not have the same number of coasters as some, but the decor, the layout, the tons of trees (even super hot days don't leave you absolutely baked in the sun the entire day) and all the atmospheric touches make out the most beautiful park I've been to. The best example of this focus on design, decoration and atmosphere has to be their Halloween season "Howl-O-Scream". During Halloween they redecorate the park, including "monster" zones with costumed actors, walk through haunted houses and Halloween themed booze vendors. Definitely teen+, we saw quite a few kids 12 under having a really bad time. It also has 7 world class coasters, 3 new in the past 6 years. If you have small kids, there are 3 large kid zones, This is the one of most and most varied amount of stuff for young kids of any park not aimed at children specifically. A really great feature of Busch Gardens that we passed by our first several years are the live shows put on at several areas in the park. And during their otherwise amazing Halloween season, they get new shows at each location that are also super good and definitely can't miss.

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