Busch Gardens Williamsburg Review

Review: Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA

One of our last trips this summer was to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. We had a fantastic time. The ages in my group were from 7 years old to 78 years old. Everyone had a blast; in fact, my 78-year-old mother expressed that she may have enjoyed it the most. If you want to visit a theme park that is both beautiful and fun then Busch Gardens is the place to go.

Busch Gardens Family attractions:

Is Busch Gardens Budget Friendly?

If you’re on a budget, this theme park is a bit pricey. Regular admission is $77 for people over 10 years and $67 for kids ages 3-9 years old. Check out sites like Groupon and Retail Me Not for extra deals.

For a limited time: Use Coupon Code BGWOffer for $15 off.

You can also save money by:

  • buying their dining plan up front if you plan to be at the park all day.
  • bring your own drinking water
  • buy refillable tumblers to use all day
  • bring someone to watch your bags so you won’t need a locker
  • save at the beginning of summer so you can have the best time doing what you love without worrying about your budget

Here’s What We Enjoyed

At first I had reservations about going to an amusement park with such a varied age group. I also didn’t want to pay too much if my mom was only going to sit in the heat (the senior discount is only $5 off so it isn’t much of a discount). My mom insisted that she join us, and to my surprise we all enjoyed ourselves.

There were plenty of kiddie rides the younger kids could enjoy. One of my 7-year-old daughters was afraid of rides, a few days earlier she went to our county fair and refused to get on the rides. Therefore we took it slow at first at Busch Gardens, so she could get more comfortable. She started on the kiddie rides, and slowly warmed up to bigger rides. I’m sure having her older cousins around helped reduce her fears. In the end she loved this theme park so much she gave me the biggest hug afterwards and told me she had tons of fun.

scared of rollercoasters

The teenagers loved the roller-coasters. Busch Gardens doesn’t have a ton of crazy adventure coasters, but they have enough to wow you and help you receive a few adrenaline rushes before the day is over. For instance, the Griffon, Loch Ness Monster, Verbolten, Alpengeist, are just a few of their adventuresome roller coasters.

As a parent, I enjoyed myself. Many of the rides were simple but full of thrills. There also were cute shops with European themes.

Use lots of hand sanitizer at Busch Gardens

Use lots of hand sanitizer at Busch Gardens

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The railway gave us a tour of the park and helped my mom get around without getting too tired. She walks regularly so she was fine overall, but she had to take breaks because of the summer heat. To help keep her happy and hydrated, she had a refillable tumbler and snacks from the shops (the pretzels were delicious). It turned out to be a blessing that she was there because the smaller kids were unable to get on the larger coasters and they hung out with her instead. She also helped watch our bags as we rode and she even got on one water ride. To stay cool the park also had fans that blow water midst into the air. It was refreshing!

Overall, we had a blast and I would definitely go to this amusement park again.

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  • I’ve heard of Busch Gardens. I wonder if we have any near where I live? I’ll have to check it out for our next vaca spot.

    • I think they only have 2, one in VA and one in Tampa Fl. They are a part of Sea World Parks so there could be a theme park owned by the company nearby.

  • Holly

    I have never been. one day I will get there. Seems fun!

    • Yes, you should definitely check it out. They tons of different things to do. I haven’t watched many of the shows, but I hear those are pretty good too.

  • I am not big on amusement parks now that I have gotten older. I wonder how far this is from my new home, my kids may enjoy.

    • We had a large group, 4 elementary aged kids and 4 teenagers. Everyone loved it, so I’m sure your kids probably would too.

  • You know? I’ve never ben to Busch Gardens. I’ve always wanted to visit as a kid, but my older siblings lucked out and visited. This post makes me want to visit even more.

    • It’s a lot more laid back than other parks I’ve visited which makes it very adult friendly. Therefore I totally recommend it.

  • We are big amusement park fans, but we’ve been to Busch Gardens. The water park is always our favorite park of the amusement experience.

    • Next time, I really want to do the water park. Water rides are usually my favorite; especially during the summer months.

  • Katherine Gilbert

    This looks like a fantastic trip. I would love to visit Busch Gardens one day. It looks like a great family outing.

    • Thanks Katherine, we really loved it. I would definitely recommend it.

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