Flip head over heels, defy gravity, race away from Pompeii, tour Europe, and explore the ruins of ancient Rome in a day when you visit Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Located on the banks of the Rhine River, Busch Gardens has much to offer visitors of all ages and interests.
The theme at Busch Gardens is Classic Europe and the park delivers by offering nine themed villages representing six European countries. The theme park offers death-defying coaster rides for the daredevils among you as well as what they refer to as "kidsiterate" rides for younger audiences.
Interacting with their favorite Sesame Street characters as well as learning about nature and animals like Clydesdale horses, bald eagles, and gray wolves appeals to smaller children.
Park hours and days vary according to the season, though it is open daily during the summer. Check the website in advance of your visit to verify hours and days during your visit.
Thrills, Spills, and Chills
Riding the rails is the main attraction for most who visit Busch Gardens, though, and this park delivers with some serious coaster action.
Flips abound on Alpengeist, which reaches heights of 195 feet and speeds up to 67 miles per hour. You'll flip six times before this ride ends.
Of course, no coaster park is complete without a real monster to contend with. At Busch Gardens that monster is Nessie. The Loch Ness Monster is an interlocking double loop coaster, which the American Coaster Enthusiasts registered as a landmark.
Free falling is more than an idea on Verbolten. The indoor-outdoor roller coaster provides the experience of driving the German Autobahn and offers an 88-foot drop before leading you back to solid earth.
Other great rides to consider during your visit include Europe in the Air, Mach Tower, and Roman Rapids (a definite must to help you cool off on a warm day).
Getting to Busch Gardens
Conveniently located near several major family and historical attractions, Busch Gardens is also within 45 miles of three major airports: Norfolk International Airport, Richmond International Airport, and Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport. It's also an hour away from Richmond and Virginia Beach.
Park onsite with the convenient paid parking option.