If you haven’t been to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, then this is definitely the year to go! The European-themed adventure park was founded in 1975 with the goal to provide cultural and charm mixed with 21st century technology. This culture and charm is depicted through 6 different countries in the park: England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and France. Each area is meticulously designed to match the architecture, culture, and landscaping of each country. Because of this dedication, the gorgeous park has received The National Amusement Park Historical Association’s “Most Beautiful Park” for the last 22 years!
The first hamlet, England, which sits at the park’s entrance, welcomes guests in a royal fashion. Unique shops, a small bakery, and a Globe Theater replica line the streets in this area. Little ones will love a stop at the Sesame Street Forest of Fun situated in England. The area has fantastic rides for young kids and all kinds of photo opportunities with Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, and many more! Next, Scotland is the home of the world’s first steel roller coast with interlocking loops, The Loch Ness Monster, which is also the oldest roller coaster in the park. Over the years, more than 50 million guests have hopped aboard this epic coaster. Scotland also features native animals in their Highland Stables. Ireland boasts gorgeous authentic architecture, quaint shops, and Irish shows. Stop in at the Celtic Fyre show to celebrate Irish culture through song and dance. Grab a snack at a street café in France before hopping on the Griffon, one of the world’s tallest and first floorless dive coasters. On second thought, it might be best to stop for lunch after taking a dive on Griffon. Then, head to Oktoberfest in Germany, which features a unique 17th century replica of a Glockenspiel. Pick up a hand-painted beer stein or carved wooden cuckoo clock at the fine German gift shops before climbing aboard Verbolten, the park’s newest roller coaster. Verbolten is a multi-launch roller coaster based upon the German Autobahn. The coaster takes riders through the Black Forest and reaches speeds of 53 mph before ending with a terrifying 88-foot plunge toward the Rhine River. Thrill seekers, this ride is for you! Once your feet are back on dry land, head over to Italy! The charming Italian village features authentic cuisine, lush gardens, and beautiful dancers. Hop on Escape for Pompeii, a water ride, in order to cool down then take a ride on Apollo’s Chariot, a high-speed hyper coaster that reaches speeds of 73 mph. All this and more awaits at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!
New in 2013 is the Busch Gardens Food Festival. The festival will showcase what Busch Gardens does best, offer guests an immersive experience with delicious food from all over Europe for guests to sample. Stay tuned for more information about this Food Festival! Busch Gardens Williamsburg will be opening on March 17. For more information about the park, visit our website.