Busch Gardens

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  • Address: 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8003437946
  • Ticket Price: 75 USD
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Garden, Leisure, Family And Kids, Adventure, Picnic Spot

About Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Busch Gardens

  • 95% of people who visit Williamsburg include Busch Gardens in their plan

  • 69.74% of people start their Busch Gardens visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Busch Gardens

Monday, Tuesday and Sunday

93.45% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Busch Gardens

People normally club together Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and Busch Gardens while planning their visit to Busch Gardens.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Busch Gardens, Williamsburg Reviews

  • Lovely Amusement park! Great rides! Affordable food prices and good tasting Choices. Love the theme of different countries London, Italy Scotland and many other ones. So much to see and do! A must!

  • Clean, cool rides, and not overly big but definitely large enough to spend the entire day at. Their European theme is great; almost like Six Flags meets Epcot's World Showcase. It seemed like they had too many food and gift vendors in relation to the size of the park. I was hoping to try their new VR ride, which was set to open at the start of the 2018 season, but they were still working out the kinks when I was there and it wasn't opened. My kids enjoyed seeing the animals on display throughout the park. The layout of the park can be a bit of a pain to walk through, especially if you take a wrong turn and have to walk up a steep incline or a ton of steps. Plus, their map could be more informative and illustrated better. I will say that I gave it four stars only because three and a half stars isn't an option. But, I purchased a 7-Day Colonial Williamsburg/Busch Gardens ticket package, and that was a good deal. Especially with free parking at the park.

  • It's expensive, but lots of fun. Since we live nearby, we have a membership which makes it much more affordable. I love the roller coasters and other rides. I also enjoy the scenery. It is always beautifully maintained and cleaned. If you're not a ride person there are lots of shows. Busch Gardens also has good areas and rides for young children.

  • Our second visit, we loved it. Everyone was super friendly, gracious, welcoming, made us feel like they valued our presence (and our money). My only complaint was that when we called before traveling to ask about medical-dietary accommodations (and whether or not we could bring our own food due to allergies), the person at customer service said, basically, you're taking a risk at bag check. At the gate, security staff were completely understanding, and said "of course we allow people with actual food allergies or medical conditions to bring in what they need. We just don't want people to take unfair advantage." I just wish customer service telephone staff had said this, so we wouldn't have to worry all the way there.

  • Great for families, and still lots of fun for teenagers/young adults. Highly recommend buying the meal plan beforehand on their website, you will save about 50% with your voucher compared to paying at the register. The $60 for quick queue is also recommended, my group was able to go on every coaster at least twice and some three times in one day. $5 for an all day locker pass, and you can transfer your locker to any of the rooms right beside the entrance to every ride in the park. Military members can come once a year for free and bring up to 3 dependents. Prices for food and drink are nowhere as near as outrageous as the parks down in Florida. I would highly recommend the Trapper's Smokehouse for lunch, a full meal is comparable to your average BBQ shop in both price and quality.

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