You do not always have to travel south for a memorable theme park experience. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of the most beautiful and fun-filled theme parks in the world. In fact, the Virginia theme park earned a #1 ranking for best landscaping in the Golden Ticket Awards every year for two decades.
What do you get with unique rides and attractions, plus an easy flight from Atlanta? Well, that equals the perfect family adventure.
Theme parks are usually fun for all ages. However, there are certain nuances that make Busch Gardens Williamsburg one of the best for multiple generations. In addition to being clean and attractive, these attributes make parents especially happy:
Easy travel to Williamsburg
Busch Gardens is approximately 55 miles from Richmond and 40 miles from Norfolk. Non-stop flights are readily available from Atlanta to Norfolk, Richmond or Newport News. Delta Airlines flies non-stop to all three airports. Southwest Airlines also has several non-stop options to Richmond. The flight time from Atlanta is around 90 minutes for all locations, which means you can get there quickly to start having fun.
Convenience to educational family fun
The Williamsburg area is rich in history, so families can combine thrill rides and laughs with interesting sightseeing. Colonial Williamsburg and Colonial National Historical Park, which includes Jamestown and Yorktown, make up the area known as the Historical Triangle.
Each of these sights is within a 24-minute drive from the park. If you want a delicious sandwich lunch, visit The Cheese Shop. You can also try a cup of old-fashioned peanut soup from the King’s Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is KIDsiderate ®
Busch Gardens parks were designed with families in mind. Child-sized versions of larger rides are available in various areas throughout the park.
While some parks have one designated child-ride area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has KIDsiderate offerings just about anywhere. This makes it so easy for parents and their families!
Do not miss the Sesame Street Forest of Fun and the Little Dragons play area. Keep an eye out for several animal interactions that are unique to Busch Gardens parks as well.
The Williamsburg theme park also offers conveniences like stroller rentals, nursing rooms, and kid-friendly menu options. Parent swap is available on all the thrill rides, which allows both parents to experience the excitement of rides like Alpengeist, Griffon, and the Mach Tower.
The FREE 2-Park Preschool Pass
If you have a child aged 3-5 years old, they can get into Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA entirely free through September!
The 2-Park Preschool Pass offers unlimited admission to each theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is an online only offer, so be sure to register for the free pass online with your preschooler’s name. The deadline to register online is May 31, 2018. Remember to bring the child’s birth certificate or passport with you to the ticket window on the first day of your visit. Parents and siblings older than age 5 will need their own paid tickets.
Look for these events and attractions in 2018
Unfortunately, we visited a few days too early to experience Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride. However, if you are reading this, you can experience it right now! The official opening date is April 13, 2018. This innovative VR attraction is a marriage of a motion-based simulator with 360-degree virtual reality headsets. It looks incredibly cool, so we will have to plan another Virginia vacation very soon.
There is always a new experience waiting at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This summer, families can also enjoy the Water Country USA waterpark and the laser light pyrotechnic show. Other 2018 highlights include a new show in the Globe Theatre featuring Sesame Street characters and big name concert acts during the Food & Wine Festival. Of course, parents may want to schedule a visit during Bier Fest or Howl-O-Scream® this fall.
We recommend it: plan your next family adventure in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is a beautiful, educational, and fun experience.
Disclosure: Thank you to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for hosting me. Opinions here are all my own.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.