Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Thrilling rollercoasters, exciting European themes, and incredible wildlife shows highlight the scintillating Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
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Appropriate for All Ages
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Restaurant and Gift Shop On-site
Group Prices Available
- Ages 3 and Up: $72.00
- Ages 0-2: $0.00
The park is divided into 10 seperate hamlets, which are themed to European villages from England, France, Germany, and Italy. You can experience the best of each country in its individual hamlet. For example, in Heatherdowns, which is the Scotland-based hamlet, you can visit the Highland Stables and see Blackface sheep, border collies, and other Scottish animals. You'll also get to ride the famous Loch Ness Monster roller coaster!
Visitors to the park can expect a full day of fun and excitement at all of the park's thrilling rides. The park has multiple awe-inspiring roller coasters, including the Loch Ness Monster, which is a looping roller coaster that is the first and only coaster in the world to feature interlocking loops; Apollo's Chariot, which is a hypercoaster reacing over 200 feet high, and has dives towards and around ponds and hills; and the Alpengeist, an inverted roller coaster themed to a ski-lift taken over by a local legend, the Alpengeist (ghost of the Alps).
Riding the coasters and seeing all of the sights is sure to work up your appetite, so stop at one of the many restaurant and dining options available in the park! Many of the ten hamlets have themed dining available, like in the England hamlet, where you can eat like British royalty and start with a breakfast of waffles, eggs, and sausage at Squire's Grille, then have a a lunch of cheeseburgers, salad, pizza, or fish and chips!
And keeping with the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens tradition are the various animal exhibits, including Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve, which houses Eagle Ridge, an over 3,000 foot area which houses and rehabilitates bald eagles and provides education for visitors. At Wolf Haven, you can get a chance to spot one of the park's two pairs of wolves. Various birds also can be seen in Hanna's Wild Reserve.
Come alone or bring the whole family to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and you'll be sure to have an unforgettable time. Food, thrills, and exhibits await you in Williamsburg!
Hamlets and Kid's Areas:
Banbury Cross (England): Fashioned after England with stereotypical red telephone booths and English architecture, you can encounter a smaller replica of Big Ben, the Globe Theatre, and Squire's Galley; serving breakfast and lunch.
Heatherdowns (Scotland): Resembling a Scottish hamlet situated at the top of a hill, Heatherdowns is home to Tweedside Gifts, where you can pick up a souvenir of your trip, Highland Stables, with a vast group of Scottish animals, and the Loch Ness Monster, a looping roller coaster.
Sesame Street Forest of Fun: Containing rides and attractions themed to Sesame Street and tailored just for kids, Sesame Street's Forest of Fun is a prime destination for families with young children. Kids can ride a junior roller coaster named Grover's Alpine Express, Bert and Ernie's Loch Adventure flume ride, or Prince Elmo's Spire shot-n-drop ride. Also has a gift shop and wet and dry play areas.
Killarney (Ireland): This Irish themed hamlet contains Celtic Fyre at the Abbey Stone Theatre, which is a celebration of Irish dance, Eagle Ridge and Wolf Valley, where you can see eagle rehabilitation and some of the park's wolves, and the Pet Shenanigans Theater, where you can see the More Pet Shenanigans show.
San Marco (Italy): Based upon Renaissance era Italy, here you can visit Leonardo da Vinci's Garden of Inventions, where you can see Italian statues and flowers set amongst rides based on sketches by da Vinci. There is also Escape from Pompeii, a shoot-the-chutes boat ride featuring an extensive indoor portion within the city of Pompeii, the Batering Ram, a high-capacity, high-thrill swinging ship, and the Flying Machine, a lightly themed tivoli manufactured orbiter ride that spins riders.
Festa Italia (Italy): This hamlet is themed around a fair celebrating Marco Polo's returen to Italy from his famous visit to China. You can see attractions themed around Roman mythology including Apollo's Chariot, a hypercoaster; Roman Rapids, a circular-raft rapids ride among Roman ruins; Tradewinds, a permanent-placement music express ride; and Turkish Delight, a typical spinning 'teacup' ride.
Rhinefeld (Rhineland Germany): Themed to a runaway ski resort in the German Alps, you can see the Land of the Dragons (detailed below), a large children's play area featuring a playground, five rides, and seasonal shows. There is also Kinder Karussel, an antique Herschell Carousel, and Alpengeist, an inverted roller coaster.
Oktoberfest (Bavarian Germany): Based on Germany during the annual celebration of Oktoberfest, here you can see attractions and rides like Der Autobahn, a bumper car ride; Der Autobahn Jr.,
Aquitaine (France): Centered around the village of Aquitaine, France, this section contains the Royale Palace Theatre, where numerous shows are held throughout the year, and the Griffon, a dive roller coaster named after the legendary Griffin. The coaster contains a ninety-degree drop from 205 fet, 2 immelman loops, and a splashdown finale.
New France (French Canada): Themed on French colonial Canada, you can see the Trappers Smokehouse, an outdoor grill, or ride Le Scoot Log Glume, a traditional high-in-the-sky theme park log flume; and Le Catapult, a basic carnival scrambler.
Squire's Grill: Serving breakfast and lunch consisting of eggs, fries, muffins, hamburgers, pizza, salads, fruit, desserts, and more.
Pigs in a Kilt: Serves various fried foods for lunch and dinner, including jumbo corn dogs, chicken tenders, french fries, and more. Also serves iced tea, fruit punch, coffee, milk, water, and assorted Coca-Cola products.
Grogan's Grill: Irish specialties are served like seasoned pork loin, hearty stew, and baked potatoes are found alongside salads, hot dogs, and tomato-basil ham wraps. You can also stop at the pub for drinks, snacks, and a pint of your favorite brew.
Annie's Cafe: Assorted coffee drinks are all the rage here, including Starbucks coffee, cappuccino, caffe latte, caffe mocha, hot chocolate, and more.
Trapper's Smokehouse: Includes an assortment of smoked meats and varios side items. Here you can order baby back ribs, smoked turkey, chicken tenders, corn on the cob, baked beans, mixed green salad, fried pickles and more!
Das Festhaus: Features German foods like corned beef sandwiches, German potato salad, and authentic German sausage, as well as french fries, has brown casserole, fresh fruit, and more!
Ristorante della Piazza: Italian favorites served here including chicken parmigiana, spaghetti, stuffed cannelloni, mozzarella sticks, eggplant parmigiana, mixed salads, fruit, assorted desserts and more!
During the holiday season, the 300 acres of Busch Gardens are illuminated with more than six million lights, hundreds of wreaths, garlands, and lighted trees, including O Tannenbaum, a 50-foot tree who many twinkling lights dance in time to music. Bask in the dazzling glow of the decorations as you stroll through the world's most beautiful theme park, and get your heart racing with a ride on the Peppermint Twist or Reindeer Run over the Holiday Hills, and many other season-inspired activities. Journey back in time to the yuletide of yesteryear at Holiday Hills, where the garland glistens and the painted lights twinkle just like the Christmas of yesteryear.
While you're in Christmas Town, you can enjoy a mug of decadent peppermint fudge hot chocolate or enjoy a holiday pretzel creation in the park's Oktoberfest village, but be sure to save room for dessert because the elves have been hard at work preparing a selection of tempting holiday treats. Be amazed and inspired by one of the shows playing at the theaters, and sing along to everyone's favorite holiday carols. Check off your Christmas lists at Christmas Town, where you can choose among a vast selection of beautiful ornaments or take home one of the unique carved candle creations to bring a little light to the home of someone special.
And of course, Christmas Town wouldn't be complete without the jolly old elf himself. Join Santa Claus as he recounts a classic Christmas story during Santa's Fireside Feast, and Mrs. Claus and the elves will be there too, handing out cookies.
Tuesday, 7/1/2014 - Monday, 8/11/2014
Illuminights is a festival at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg featuring special shows in each country at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 8pm, and 9pm.