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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Visit the entire continent of Europe in one day, exploring the culture, history and stories of the lands and the people through world class rides and attractions...

Opened16 May 1975
SeasonMarch to January
OwnerSeaWorld Parks and Entertainment
Websitebuschgardens.com/williamsburg/
NearbyKings Dominion (60 miles)
Six Flags America (116 miles)
Idlewild and SoakZone (253 miles)
Kennywood (278 miles)
Carowinds (281 miles)
France at Busch Gardens

France at Busch Gardens

It would be hard to argue that Busch Gardens Williamsburg is not one of the most beautiful theme parks in the world, with its alluring landscaping and rich theming.

The park, which was named after brewery giant and original owners Anheuser-Busch, takes Europe as its overall theme with different lands representing various European countries. Its sister park in Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, similarly has an African theme.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is famous for its world class rides. Amongst them are Loch Ness Monster, which when it opened in 1978 was the world's fastest and tallest rollercoaster; Griffon, one of the best examples of a B&M Dive Coaster operating anywhere; and Escape From Pompeii, an extensively themed shoot-the-chutes boat ride that takes visitors floating through the fiery destruction of Pompeii.

While Busch Gardens has a great ride collection and the park may look stunning, it is not the perfect park, with its operations occasionally letting it down badly. There are of course some outstanding staff, but others seem disinterested or in no hurry to do very much. Food service can be disasterously slow ... what good is it, for example, to have an Oktoberfest style dinner show in Das Festhaus when it takes the entire length of the show for most of the audience to queue up and get their food?

Aside from the operations though, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a stunning park. Each area is extremely immersive, and it is easy to imagine that you really are walking through a cobbled English village, relaxing in an Italian courtyard or sailing along the River Rhine. Put this together with a splendid selection of rides, many of which come with extensive theming, and a trip to Busch Gardens is a superb day out.

Attractions

Griffon

Griffon

Soar through the skies with the legendary griffin

Apollo's Chariot

Apollo's Chariot

Greek mythology themed hypercoaster

Alpengeist

Alpengeist

A ski-lift taken over by the Ghost of the Alps

InvadR

InvadR

The Vikings have invaded New France

Tempesto

Tempesto

Italy's greatest daredevil's greatest stunt

Verbolten

Verbolten

Will you brave the Black Forest?

Mäch Tower

Mäch Tower

Freefall to the ground from 246 feet in the air

Escape From Pompeii

Escape From Pompeii

Boat tour through the ruins of Pompeii

Battle for Eire

Battle for Eire

VR simulator ride taking guests on a journey into the Otherworld

Le Scoot

Le Scoot

Ride your log from the saw mill and down the river

The Battering Ram

The Battering Ram

Swinging ship

The Trade Wind

The Trade Wind

Music express

Da Vinci's Cradle

Da Vinci's Cradle

Magic carpet ride

The Flying Machine

The Flying Machine

Orbiter

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Giant spinning tea cups

Kinder Karussel

Kinder Karussel

Traditional carousel

Der Wirbelwind

Der Wirbelwind

Wave swinger

Skyride

Skyride

Aerial transportation across Busch Gardens

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Boat trip up the Rhine

Train

Train

Steam train journeys around the park

Grover's Alpine Express

Grover's Alpine Express

Join Sesame Street's Grover for an adventure on his alpine sleigh

Der Roto Baron

Der Roto Baron

Fly in an aeroplane alongside the Red Baron

Der Wirbelwindchen

Der Wirbelwindchen

Junior wave swinger

The Little Balloons

The Little Balloons

Children's hot air balloon ride