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

Busch Gardens - Review

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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TripHobo Highlights for Busch Gardens

  • Busch Gardens Address: 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185, United States
  • Busch Gardens Contact Number: +1-8003437946
  • Busch Gardens Timing: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Busch Gardens Price: 75 USD
  • Best time to visit Busch Gardens(preferred time): 12:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Busch Gardens: 05:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Busch Gardens

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

  • 69.53% 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

93.6% 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

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  • Clean. Extremely Family Friendly. Great Times. The cleanliness surpassed expectations (and I'm making a Disney comparison here). Beautiful park, with gorgeous landscaping throughout. All the park staff was friendly with plenty of both child and adult appropriate rides and entertainment (shows, bands, music). Some might be able to do it all in a day; recommend 2 days if you have kids in tow and want to take your time. Highly recommend this park.

  • We had another great trip to Busch Gardens the last two days. It wasn't crowded at all. We got the dining plus package for two of us and that saved so much money. You can get so much food, it was enough to share between the 3 of us with leftovers to put in our bag. They handed out complementary cups of ice water all day. Fireworks were great and can be seen from the parking lot and in France with excellent viewing. Busch Gardens is such a beautiful park and everyone was very friendly. Look forward to returning.

  • We love Busch Gardens!!! Rides were down for about an hour on almost all the rides. It was a little hard waiting with a 4 year old. Luckily, Dragon Lands were working. I wish Busch Gardens would give you tops for fountain drinks. They slosh everywhere without lids especially in stroller. Overall, we had fun the staff are super nice. The staff helping you get strollers on the tram were great! The firework show was beautiful. A little tip watch them from the back of parking lot. I think we were in Italy/ Ireland. Less crowds and you can see it all.

  • Beautiful place to visit with nice and helpful staff. The rides are fun and additional programs offered are entertaining and enlighten. On hot sunny days the abundant shade is much appreciated. Some lines can be very long, up to 45 minutes, so patience is required. Well worth spending the entire day to soak up everything that is offered. This has become one of our favorite places to visit.

  • My family and I love this Busch Gardens in Williamsburg! The rides and the staff are wonderful. The waves of heroes program is also amazing and helps veterans experience this park at a discount. The carnival style games are so much fun an not rigged, like they normally are at a local fair. Thank you for supporting us active duty/vets and I will continue to support you!

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