Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens BlvdWilliamsburg, VA 23187
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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.

Parking fees:
  • $18 - 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.

Reserve Williamsburg Customer Reviews

170 Reviews
Julie LoCicero
Newport News , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Memorable"
December, 2018
From the moment we walked in to Busch Gardens Christmas Town, we were amazed at the absolutely beautiful decorations and excitement!
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Tip: Dress warmly and allow plenty of time

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Reserve Williamsburg Customer
McLean, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great trip."
December, 2018
Beautiful park, awesome trip for the whole family.
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Tip: Gondola ride is indeed one way...

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Marie Gandy
Virginia Beach, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Oh What Fun!!"
December, 2018
It was a perfect day once the light rain moved out. The lights were beautiful! Great way to spend celebrating the holidays with friends.
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Tip: Dress for the weather and take pictures.

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DARLA SWANFELD
1 Review
"Christmas town too expensive"
December, 2018
Sorry, I really am not trying to be a scrooge, but we went with 6 adults and 6 children. Price 54.00 each ticket was ridiculous for what was offered. The less ticket you could purchase on line were sold out. Definitely will not be going back again.
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Tip: Lines are ridiculous, prices are way to high, to dark for kids to walk around

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Kaleigh Sweeney
Virginia Beach , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience!"
November, 2018
I got my boyfriend and I ticket for very cheep on this website. $25 dollars off each of our Busch Gardens tickets. It was well worth it! I love going to Busch Gardens!!!
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Kaylee Immekus
Indiana, PA
1 Review
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"Busch Gardens"
November, 2018
Can’t wait to go again
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sharon etris
bronston, KY
1 Review
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"Fun!"
November, 2018
Our ticket purchase was easy and financially safe
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Tip: It is a safe way to purchase

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Rachel P.
Richmond , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very Nice Staff"
November, 2018
Well when we got there it was raining hard and it was just so dark and wet could barely see anything. Got lost a couple times. And the park closed earlier than it was supposed to, But at the end of it all they apologized for the weather. I also appreciate them giving free tickets so we could come back and enjoy it
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maddy a
Peterborough, Canada
"I met Bert & Ernie!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
Great palce for the whole family! Shows were top quality and enough rides to be fun. Totally different from Tampa which made it more exciting to visit.
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Sue L
Fayetteville, Arkansas
"Fun, but rather small"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
Allowed a full day but by mid afternoon we had experienced everything we were interested in and we' we're ready to leave. Nice amusement park but not number one.
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whatusernamehasntbee
"Disappointed this time"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
I took my two kids a couple years, and we had a blast. I was so looking forward to taking them again this year. Our experience got off to a bad start when we parked in the overflow lot. A gentleman sitting in the row next to the driver of the tram noticed visitors were able to park in this lot as they were able to pull in directly from the highway and avoid the parking ticket booths. He mentioned this to the driver, and she said that she knew this wasn't fair. She stated that the tram drivers have voiced to management how unfair it is and how visitors have taken noticed and have commented to them. Next, it was too crowded. The wait for each ride was over 1.5 hours. The ride operators lacked energy and took longer than usual to load and unload riders. They just leisurely made their way to each ride. A season ticket holder told me on the way back to the lot that now Christmastown is included in season passes, so it has become way too crowded...dangerously too crowded as people just stop to take pictures with nowhere for people behind them to go to get out of the way. It's too dark and crowded for people to just stop to take pictures when they feel like it. Visitors were snapping at each other for cutting the lines, stopping willy-nilly, and sitting single on rides instead of sitting siblings together or parent with child. Someone got sick on the Flying Machine, and it took over 20 minutes for the clean up crew to arrive. We left so disappointed as a couple years ago, it was so much fun and a very pleasant memory. This time we said we would never go back at any time of the year.
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Tracy W
Biglerville, Pennsylvania
"Poor signage"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
We were there in Dec, for the Christmas decorations, etc. I’ve been to at least 10 major amusement parks in 7 or more states, & the directional signs here are horrible. Especially for an event that largely occurs after it’s dark outside. Park employees even had difficulty directing us. Large groups of people would be standing in front of the occasional map sign, & no one could figure out where we were on the sign. We basically spent a small fortune to spend most of the evening wandering around lost.
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terezitapgc
New York City, New York
"Fun day with family"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
Had a great time here with my sons. They're in their 20's and they're into roller coasters since they were young . We purchased online the one day tickets that came with the all day food deal for like $ 45 and they were worth the price. You could get food in one of the several huge mess halls serving various kinds of themed meals practically every 30 minutes .We ate our breakfast, lunch,several snacks and dinner there) My kids went on all the notable roller coaster rides + the animal shows, some w/ some comedy thrown into the mix and I went on my own and watched all the shows that were practically like Broadway shows + pet/animal shows. The park is European themed so it's like visiting Europe, showcasing the culture and shows of each country , (Germany, Ireland, Italy, England etc). You can finish the shows in one day if you look at the brochure where the shows and time slots are written and plan well ahead of time how to go about it. We've been to Disneyland, Disneyworld, Hershey Park and Six Flags and its not exactly better than DW and DL but for middle aged adults, I think it has a lot to offer in terms of shows that you can finish I one long day as well as enough thrilling roller coasters for young adults.
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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.