Family Vacations: Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Splash away at Busch Gardens.

This Williamsburg attraction is believed by many to be the world's most beautiful theme park. Even though most young visitors couldn't care less about Busch Gardens' appearance, their parents appreciate the park's European-themed "lands." Each of the lands features its own music and dance shows, rides, exhibits, and foods, as well as classic theme-park thrills.

In the Italian Renaissance hillside village, riders on Escape from Pompeii flee the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on a boat -- amid constant rumbling, crashing beams, a ceiling engulfed in flames, and a five-story plunge. Over in the Bavarian Village, the Curse of DarKastle ride goes through dizzying drops, dense fog, shattering ice, and dazzling pyrotechnics as it journeys through a grand Bavarian castle frozen in time. Costumed actors add extra fun to the theme areas.


Situated on 100 action-packed acres, Busch Gardens has more than 50 rides and attractions, with something special for all ages. It also has a small walk-through nature area that features gray wolves and other endangered animals.

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

Address: 1 Busch Garden Blvd., Williamsburg, VA

Phone: 800/343-7946

Hours of Operation: Late Mar. - Late Oct., hours vary

Admission: $54.95 adults; $47.95 kids

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Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.