Busch Gardens Williamsburg | RTX Traveler Magazine

Named the world’s “Most Beautiful Park” for 22 consecutive years, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is more than 350 acres of action-packed family fun. Opened in 1975, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology. Home to more than 50 rides and attractions, a variety of live shows and seasonal festivals, the park has something for all ages and is a main draw for visitors to the area.


What’s New

Open mid-March through October, the park celebrates its 38th season of fun in 2013 with some exciting new additions. For the first time ever Busch Gardens will hold a food festival (May 31 – June 23) to celebrate the taste of Europe. Featuring unique foods and beverages from the seven countries represented at the park (England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy) the festival will also consist of a variety of special live musical performance and events, making the celebration just as much fun as it is delicious.

Park Visitors in 2013 will also enjoy the return of the popular summertime event, IllumiNights (July 1 – Aug. 11).  The six week event will include special musical performances, roller coasters with unique lighting effects and an amazing display of fireworks each night.

Thrill Rides


Of course most visitors show up to Busch Gardens for the adrenaline rush, that stomach-dropping sensation that comes from free-falling over the edge of a roller coaster at 70 mph.

Nearly 1 million roller coaster enthusiasts quenched their thirst for fun in 2012 at the park’s newest thrill ride, Verbolten. Located in the German themed Oktoberfest Village, Verbolten is a multi-launch, indoor/outdoor ride that sends guests on a mystifying adventure through the dark and eerie Black Forest.

After a chilling trip through the forest adrenaline junkies only need to travel a short distance to another favorite of the Oktoberfest Village, Mäch Tower. The park’s tallest ride, Mäch Tower lifts 30 riders to nearly 240 feet above the ground. With feet dangling freely, the carousel spins around the spire providing guests with an astounding 360 degree view of the park before dropping them into a 60 mph free fall.

While Verbolten and Mäch Tower are the new kids on the block, perhaps the most well-known and famous resident at Busch Gardens is Apollo’s Chariot. Since the hypercoaster’s debut in 1999, Apollo’s Chariot has consistently been listed as one of the top 10 steel coasters in the world.

Known as one of the smoothest coasters in the world, the ride drops passengers more than 800 feet over seven peaks, including the impressive first drop of 210 feet. During the 2 minute 15 second ride guests experience an impressive 26 seconds of weightlessness, otherwise known as the “Holy Grail” for coaster fans.

BM0514OK01_057H.jpgFor the Kids

Busch Gardens is not just for the big kids, as the park has more than 10 rides that are a part of their KIDsiderate campaign. Perfect for the youngest children, the Land of Dragons has rides such as the Flutter Sputter and Chug-A-Tug to keep the little ones laughing all day.

Just a few minutes away from the Land of Dragons is the park’s newest children’s area, the popular Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Visitors of all ages enjoy meeting and getting their picture taken with the characters they grew up with such as Elmo, Grover and Big Bird at 1-2-3 Smile with Me!

After a capturing a family photo children can get wet on Bert and Ernie’s Loch Adventure (flume ride) and then dry off with their first roller coaster experience aboard Grover’s Alpine Express. The 600-foot long coaster reaches a comfortable height of 24 feet and is the perfect for introducing the young ones to the thrills of amusement park rides.

Since 1990 Busch Gardens has been named the “Most Beautiful Park” in the world by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Of course having a beautiful park is not all Bush Gardens is known for as many of the park’s thrill rides have appeared on a variety of “best of” lists throughout the years.

Contact1 Busch Gardens Blvd.

Williamsburg, VA 23185

(800) 343-7946




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