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Where is Busch Gardens® Williamsburg?

Located 150 miles from Washington D.C., 400 miles from New York and 276 miles from Philadelphia and 45 minutes from Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens is easily accessible to travellers. Three airports are located within 45 minutes of the park, as well as an Amtrak train station just 10 minutes away.


Open from March until October

Visit the “Most Beautiful Theme Park*” where history comes alive – with rides, amazing theatres and animals added in!

Welcome to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg – where the old-world authenticity of 6 distinct European countries meets out-of-this-world adventure. Whether you’re dining in full continental style or defying gravity in five languages, there’s something for everyone… no wonder this park has been voted ‘Most Beautiful Theme Park’ 8 years in a row*!

This is a European-themed park with 17th-century flair, created so you can experience all the charm of the past – from adventure and enchantment to food and folklore – all delivered with the pulse of the present. Because alongside romance and ultimate spectacle, you get top-rated roller coasters, superb mainstage productions, wild rides and a chance to meet animals in their own habitat.

*By the National Amusement Park Historical Association

What’s New!

Curse of DarKastle – The Ride
Buckle up and brave Busch Gardens’® newest, most intense thrill ride ever.  With state-of-the-art technology and eye-popping visuals, this bone-chilling chase is a relentless assault on your senses.
Apollo’s Chariot 

Take a whirlwind tour of the best of Europe

Amazing Irish dancing, a resident leprechaun, and larger-than-life 4-D adventure. Become an Irish villager, get shrunk, meet a witch, ride a flying horse – or just enjoy Pub Life!

Rush down the rapids in Festa Italia, relax in Da Vinci’s Garden or watch master artisans craft porcelain and pasta with amazing skill!

Unlike any England you’ve ever seen! Down in the town of Banbury Cross lies the Globe Theatre, where pirates take you on a comedic 4-D adventure. Meet the Muffin Man, and research your family coat of arms!

Ride the legendary Loch Ness Monster – 13 storeys of double-looping steel thrills! – and visit the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

Get ready for Rhinefeld – where the Big Bad Wolf takes you screaming through the trees, and the Land of Dragons awaits the little ones! Take a river cruise, feast on schnitzel and sausage, and visit Wunderbar shops!

Fabulous cuisine, unique boutiques – you can even paint your own pottery – old-time fun at the Le Mans Raceway – it’s a trip that’s tres bien!

Spectacular Rides!

Apollo’s Chariot®
A tale of adventure like no other… where you experience plunges at speeds up to 73 mph, and 825 total feet of hair-raising drops.

The world’s tallest, most twisted inverted roller coaster! Take the most ‘chilling’ ride of your life as this snowbeast twists an ‘innocent’ ski lift into 6 staggering inversions and a 195-foot drop!

Escape from Pompeii®
Join us as we challenge the next generation to escape from the volcano at Pompeii!

Height restrictions apply

Irish Thunder Show

Up-close animal encounters!

Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve®

Enjoy close meetings with grey wolves, exotic lorikeets and other fascinating, exotic and endangered animals – and learn the vital importance of habitat preservation.

Unforgettable shows!

Irish Dance
Take in this world-class professional dance show, with fast and furious Irish step dancing. Plus song, dance and storytelling.

R.L. Stine’s Haunted Lighthouse 4-D
R.L. Stine’s Haunted Lighthouse is a 4-D film experience at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. State-of-the-art visuals and multi-sensory surprises immerse guests in a spellbinding adventure.