“Rollercoasters and Wildlife”
Busch Gardens Williamsburg (formerly known as Busch Gardens Europe and Busch Gardens: The Old Country) is a 383-acre (155 ha) theme park located in James City County, Virginia, about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Williamsburg, originally developed by Anheuser-Busch (A-B) and currently owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, a division of Blackstone Group. The park opened on May 16, 1975, adjacent to Anheuser-Busch's brewery and near its other developments including the Kingsmill Resort complex. The park is themed around old-world Europe. The park was originally called Busch Gardens: The Old Country, reflecting the European theme. In 1993, the park was renamed Busch Gardens Williamsburg before briefly being named Busch Gardens Europe in 2006 until it returned to the Williamsburg name in 2008. Similarly, its sister park in Florida was originally called Busch Gardens: The Dark Continent until it was officially renamed Busch Gardens Tampa Bay until the same brief switch to Busch Gardens Africa. In 2010, the estimated attendance of 2.8 million placed it in the top 20 most-visited parks in the US. In addition to its landscaping and European theme, Busch Gardens is widely known for its roller coasters, including Alpengeist and Apollo's Chariot, which won #4 best steel coaster in 2012 from the Golden Ticket Awards.
Roller coaster thrill seekers won't be disappointed here. As a fair skinned redhead, I really appreciated the shade trees found all over the park. A little thing, but on hot summer days, you have no idea how this helps the drain on your energy to stay and keep having fun. I am a sucker for Sky Rides, and rate theirs as on of the best (I also like the one at the San Diego Zoo). It's a great combo with a trip to Colonial Williamsburg.
Beautiful park and a great place to hang out if you pass near or live within driving distance. I live about 4 hours away and have platinum passes. My grandchildren love the last minute weekends away, I like the "runaway for a few days" weekends, and it isn't especially expensive in comparison to other weekend trips.
Ive been coming here since I was a kid, small amount of roller coaster but many other things, but this park is mainly for kids.
Awesome park for young families. My then 6 and 4 year old couldn't get enough of this park. It was big enough to have lots to do, but not so big that it was overwhelming. A great time for families and the animals were fun to see, too.
Awesome park, defiantly more of an theme park, then thrill park but work every minute every dime, about 1 coaster from 5 stars
Great park. Loved The Griffin as well as many other great coasters. We went on a Monday and there were no lines. The meal deal was a great deal. Would also recommend buying a souvenir cup as refills are free.
Been here a million times . Dont live far from it . Its fun in the summer, but i highly recommend goin to howl o scream during Halloween . Its amazing . Very cool and scary haunted houses and attractions and scary looking people running all over the park . It's really neat .
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Mon: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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