A Ultimate Guide to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

A Ultimate Guide to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia is one of the most popular theme parks on the East Coast. It has been ranked as the world’s most beautiful theme park by the National Amusement Park Historical Association every year since 1990. This European-themed park offers eight exciting roller coasters, a drop tower, and a big water ride for thrill-seekers, plus plenty of less intense rides for those seeking a calmer adventure. Busch Gardens Williamsburg honestly has a little bit of everything for everyone. If you’re planning a trip there soon, check out this ultimate guide to Busch Gardens Williamsburg first.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg (formerly known as Busch Gardens Europe and Busch Gardens: The Old Country) is a 383-acre (1.55 km2) theme park located in James City County, Virginia, United States. Each area of the park is themed after a European country/festival: England, Scotland, France, New France, Italy, Festa Italia, Germany, Ocktoberfest, and Ireland.

Address: 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard Williamsburg, VA 23185

Opening Time:
Generally, the park’s operating schedule runs from March through September;
There are special hours in October for the Halloween-themed Howl-O-Scream;
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is open in November & December for its annual Christmas Town event;
Operating hours vary a
bit ,  usually opens at 10:00am, closing hours range from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Tickets Prices for 2019

1-Day Ticket only for $74.99
Save $12 when you buy online and visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg for one day. Ticket & All-Day Dining + Drinks for $99.99.
2-Day Ticket only  for $84.99
Save $25 when you buy online and visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg and/or Water Country USA for two days. Ticket & All-Day Dining + Drinks for $134.99
3-Day Ticket only  for $86.99
Save $30 when you buy online and visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg and/or Water Country USA for three days. Ticket & All-Day Dining + Drinks for $164.99

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership

1-Park Basic Membership for $120.88 per member
Valid for 12 months at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with BLOCKOUT dates. 50% Off General Parking and 10% Off Dining & Shopping.
1-Park Unlimited Membership for $183.38 per member
Enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for 12 month. FREE General Parking, 10% Off Dining & Shopping and 2 FREE Guest Tickets.
1-Park Premier Membership for $245.88 per member
Enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for 12 months. FREE Preferred Parking, 15% Off Dining & Shopping and 3 FREE Guest Ticket.

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Directions to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Location

From Virginia Beach and Norfolk

  • Drive up I-64 West.

  • Busch Gardens: Take Exit 243A and follow this road directly to the park entrance.

From Richmond

  • Hop on I-64 East.

  • Busch Gardens: Take Exit 243A and follow this road directly to the park entrance.

From Washington, D.C.

An easy drive south will transport you from the nation’s capital.

  • From I-95 South, take Exit 84A for I-295 South.

  • Take Exit 28A for I-64 East toward Norfolk/VA Beach.

  • Busch Gardens: Take Exit 243A and follow this road directly to the park entrance.

From Raleigh, NC

Just north of North Carolina, our world-class theme park and water park adventures await, only a few hours distance from Raleigh.

  • Take US-64 East to I-95 North toward Richmond.

  • Exit onto I-295 North and merge onto I-64 East.

  • Busch Gardens: Take Exit 243A and follow this road directly to the park entrance.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Car Rental

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Parking Prices for 2019

Single-Day General Parking for $18 ( Save $2)
Valid for one day parking at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for one vehicle during 2019.
Single-Day Preferred Parking starting from $25
Park in one of two lots close to the Busch Gardens® entrance and skip the tram. Prices vary by day $25-40.
Single-Day VIP Reserved Parking starting from $35
Bypass the toll plaza and get a reserved parking space up close to the park entrance. Prices vary by day $35-50.

In my opinion, there was no need to purchase priority parking, because the shuttles to and from the further parking lots run continuously.  It didn't take more than ten to fifteen minutes.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Map 2019

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Map 2019

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Rides & Roller Coasters List

 If you’re looking for a thrilling experience,  don't miss a chance to ride Busch Gardens Williamsburg's adrenaline-pumping rides.

The Apollo’s Chariot roller coaster begins with a slow climb 210 feet into the air. The pre-drop is just the start. Hold on as you suddenly drop at a 65-degree angle. The elevated seats create a free-flight sensation as you reach speeds of up to 73 miles per hour along almost 5,000 feet of track. Plummet over air-time hills, through twists, turns and drops, as you ride this award-winning hypercoaster.

Verbolten will send guests on a fun and mystifying family adventure through the Black Forest, with two launches and a show scene building, leading up to a 90-foot final drop over the river. This roller coaster features three scenes, one car ride may not be the same as last

Alpengeist is one of the fastest and tallest roller coasters in the world, reaching a height of 195 feet and speeds of up to 67 miles per hour. Named after a snow beast, Alpengeist features a 170-foot spiral drop, Immelmann loop, corkscrew, upward helix and more. This B&M inverted roller coaster expertly mimics the classic ski-lifts of the Alps.

Griffon is the world's tallest, fastest Dive Machine roller coaster offers riders a view from 200 feet above Busch Gardens. It drops you 205 feet, 90 degrees straight toward the ground, at speeds faster than 70 miles per hour.

Loch Ness Monster is the park's signature roller coaster and also is the only double interlocking loop roller coaster in the world. The steel coaster goes through Busch Gardens’ Scotland neighborhood and sends riders along over 3,000 feet of track. Riders will go in the air, over water and through a dark cave.

Tempesto is a Premier Rides launch coaster with three launch elements and a top speed of 63 mph. Riders travel almost 2,000 feet back and across the 883 feet of track, which includes a 154-foot-high inversion.

Standing 245 feet tall, Mach Tower is a free-fall tower. Riders are seated in a 30 person ring around the tower, which rotates as it makes its way to the top. Ultimately the main feature is the drop, which will offer a 60 mph free-fall as the exclamation point for the ride.

Opened May 2019 in Ireland Village is Finnegan's flyer where up to 32 guests sit at the end of two giant pendulum swings, reaching a height of more than 80 feet and speeds of 45mph.  The two pendulums travel in opposite directions and pass by each other at an effective speed of 90mph.

Escape from Pompeii is a water ride that takes you on a brief tour of the ruins of ancient Pompeii, complete with realistic burning smells. It ends in a thrilling drop. Although this drop isn’t nearly as steep as Disney World’s Splash Mountain, you will get extremely wet.

 There’s also a couple of kid areas: Sesame Street Forest and Land of the Dragaons, plus some kid-friendly rides for your children.

Sesame Street Forest of Fun is just for children and their families. This area features family-friendly rides and playgrounds. Kids can meet their favorite Sesame Street character and get their picture taken with them as well.

Land of the Dragaons is a children's area, featuring several kids' rides, a three-story treehouse, ferris wheel, mini-flume, and a live show.

Kinder Karussel is a family friendly carousel where majestic leaping horses and carriages bring the classic and timeless nature of European culture full circle.

Aeronaut Skyride offers one-way trips between England, France, and Germany. Especially in such a beautiful park, riders sail over forests, waterways, and ancient architecture.

Other "Must See" attractions

Busch Gardens Williamsburg with its European-theme has a unique advantage over other parks: culture. The shows at this park feature the arts, music, customs, and pop culture. Britania takes guests on a musical journey through the root of rock ‘n roll, while Oktoberfest is an acrobatic showcase set in a German brewer’s village.

During the summer season, roughly Memorial Day to Labor Day, Busch Gardens hosts nightly firework shows, generally occur at 9:30 pm. The park comes alive at night, with roaming entertainment and light shows.

Hotel near Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The Price of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg near Busch Gardens Williamsburg low to $107. This modern hotel off Highway 60 is a 5-minute drive from Busch Gardens theme park and 4.3 miles from downtown Williamsburg.  Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free hotel has an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Free wired Internet in public areas and free self parking are also provided.


The price of Holiday Inn Express Williamsbrg Busch Gardens Area near Busch Gardens Williamsburg from $130. This modern hotel with a laid-back vibe is a mile from Busch Gardens theme park and 12 miles from the Yorktown Battlefield at the Colonial National Historical Park. Warmly decorated rooms in a laid-back hotel featuring a seasonal pool & complimentary breakfast.


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