Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Park Information & Tickets to Busch Gardens in VA
A visit to Busch Gardens is quite the journey packed with pulse-pounding roller coasters, sensational family attractions and exciting seasonal events. An autobahn touring experience through Germany’s scenic countryside takes a thrilling detour that pushes guests to the edge of their seats aboard Verbolten℠. Families will twist and turn through the forbidden Black Forest in a harrowing, action-packed adventure on the park’s newest roller coaster now open.
Verbolten is just the beginning of the excitement at the Williamsburg-area theme park. Guests will experience fun at new heights on the park’s drop tower called Mäch Tower℠ in the Oktoberfest village. IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore, the park’s summertime nightly celebration, will dazzle the whole family with unique performances and a nightly fireworks show each evening. The park also serves as the place to be this year for a sensational lineup of concerts and performances offering the perfect mixture of music and adventure.
Fall marks the return of Busch Gardens’ bone-chilling Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream. Gruesome creatures will be waiting for daring guests during this park-wide spooky celebration. During the winter season, Busch Gardens will transform into a holiday wonderland with millions of Christmas lights, holiday shows and animal encounters like none other during Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration. Guests will get into the holiday spirit with culinary specialties, a variety of unique shopping opportunities and even a visit with the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus.
Verbolten: Climb aboard Verbolten℠, the new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. A German tourist center serves as the ride entrance and as the launching point for an autobahn touring experience. An unexpected detour launches riders into the verboten Black Forest. A lightning-fast, multi-sensory dash through the dark and foreboding woods ends with a terrifying plunge toward the Rhine River that will leave everyone breathless. Luckily, this exhilarating ride leads right back to the fun and the festivities of Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest: After more than 30 years, Busch Gardens’ Oktoberfest village has a fresh new look. The park updated its German village in 2011 with new restaurants, games and performance venues that follow a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration. Guests can enjoy fresh-baked pretzels and a new beer garden set amid canopies of colored maypoles and festive banners that depict the rich heritage of Bavaria.
Europe in the Air: A visit to Busch Gardens is a visit to all of Europe when guests board “Europe in the Air.” This high-tech simulator takes guests on a fun-filled journey across the terrain, over the seas and through the air over Europe.
Griffon: Set amid a French village, Griffon carries riders up 205 feet, then hurtles them 90 degrees straight down at 75 mph. And that’s just the beginning. Griffon evokes the power and speed of a mythical beast that is part eagle, part lion. It plunges, twists and turns giving riders an adrenaline-pumping adventure that’s unlike any coaster experience in the world. Griffon is the tallest and first floorless dive coaster in the world. It’s also the first to incorporate two Immelmann loops (an inverse diving loop named for a WWI German fighter pilot).
Curse of DarKastle: This thrilling ride sends passengers careening through a castle frozen in time. Integrating state-of-the-art ride engineering with the latest in image projection and 4-D technology, Curse of DarKastle produces a profoundly moving and unique thrill ride experience.
Alpengeist: A snow monster notorious for once stalking the French and German Alps, Alpengeist is rumored to be lurking in the shadows at Busch Gardens. Marks of its mischief are evident as the ski-lift-style steel roller coaster winds through treacherous territory, propelling riders on a dynamic journey.
Apollo’s Chariot: Thrilling adventure awaits riders who board Apollo’s Chariot. Experience the ultimate in airtime as passengers plummet 210 feet on this steel hypercoaster’s first drop.
Loch Ness Monster: Continually rated a favorite by park guests, this classic interlocking, double-looping roller coaster gives guests a peek at Scotland’s most infamous serpent. “Nessie” hurls its passengers along 3,240 feet of steel track into the air, over water and through a dark cave.
Sizzling Entertainment & Events
Celtic Fyre: Celebrate Irish culture with “Celtic Fyre®,” presented in the Abbey Stone Theatre. Dublin’s favorite gathering place is transformed for an Irish celebration filled with stories, singers, musicians and the magic of Irish dance. Guests will feel that they are a part of the culture of Ireland as our storyteller invites them into his inn to witness how the Irish celebrate the many facets of their day-to-day life. Guests will take an unforgettable journey with the cast of singers Irish dancers and musicians as Busch Gardens celebrates this unique and intriguing culture.
IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore: Busch Gardens celebrates summer with IllumiNights, a nightly extravaganza featuring live performances, music and special effects that culminates in a park-wide firework spectacular. On summer nights, each country will celebrate IllumiNights in its own way with multiple performances throughout the evening. Eye-catching fireworks provide a perfect ending to a summer evening.
Howl-O-Scream: Busch Gardens’ annual horror fest, Howl-O-Scream, features sinister tricks and terrifying fun for brave guests who dare to enter. Bone-chilling scare zones, frightening shows and gruesome creatures that lurk around the park are stars in Busch Gardens’ celebration of the macabre. The park’s younger guests will be treated to Halloween happenings with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun. The haunts begin in September and continue to terrify through October.
Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration: Experience Busch Gardens in a whole new light during Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration. Holiday traditions, dazzling shows and one-of-a-kind gift ideas will make everyone say, “Now this is Christmas.” Gaze at millions of twinkling lights while enjoying Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. A complete Christmas Town experience includes a visit to Santa’s workshop and the parks’ 50-foot tall, light-animated Christmas tree. Christmas Town opens in November and will continue through December
Sesame Street Forest of Fun: Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Just follow the signs to Busch Gardens. Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and other Sesame Street characters are now at the world’s most beautiful theme park. Sesame Street Forest of Fun is Busch Gardens’ newest children’s attraction. This area features family-friendly rides, playgrounds and a 4-D Sesame Street movie. Kids can meet their favorite Sesame Street characters and get their picture taken with them as well.
Hours of Operation: Open March-December. Times vary.