Enchantment. Heart-pounding thrills. World-class entertainment. All are aptly applied to the park voted the “world’s most beautiful theme park” for 15 consecutive years. The Zagot Survey rated Busch Gardens Williamsburg as one of the “50 Top-Rated Attractions” in the United States.
The moment you walk through the gates you feel transported into a storybook world of lush gardens and 17th-Century European villages. Restaurants, stores, rides, and entertainment seamlessly carry the themes. Choose from ten award-winning shows, thrilling coasters and water rides, a magical children’s playground, or an animal adventure in Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve. Plan to spend a full day so you may relax and discover the details—grazing Clydesdales, protected gray wolves and American bald eagles, European artisans, an Oktoberfest celebration, authentic cuisine, and an elegant Piazza.
Tip: Enter the park and veer left to avoid crowds. Most park guests begin to the right.
Award-winning wines, a gentle country setting, an entertaining tour, and a gourmet lunch make this a must stop on your visit to the Williamsburg area. The tour (free without tasting or a nominal fee with tasting) begins with an informative video, followed by a walk through the barrel cellar and past the production area. The tour highlight is a stop in the museum with unusual and rare wine bottles on display. The Governor’s White, introduced in 1988, remains the most popular of their wines today.
Eighteen-foot sculpted busts of all 43 of the U.S. Presidents are situated on ten acres of wooded land. Follow the landscaped pathway to learn more about these people who became our leaders.
Other places of interest
Top quality golf courses, James River Plantations, Water Country USA, The Candle Factory, Go-Karts Plus, Williamsburg Pottery Factory, shopping and performing arts will keep you and your family entertained for weeks. The trick is to visit often and limit your choices, allowing time to connect and unwind as a family.
Just 2.5 hours north of Williamsburg you’ll find our nation’s capitol, Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, and Georgetown.