Visit Busch Gardens, just 3 miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and spend the day in a fanciful version of Europe where
you can journey inside a leprechaun – infested mountain, ride a dragon, or
Escape from Pompeii. The park is divided into sections representing England,
Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, and Ireland, and each section has its
signature roller coaster thrill ride (some of the scariest in the nation),
rides for younger children, and a live show; plus gift shops and restaurants
themed to each country’s culture.
Consistently rated as the most beautiful in the country, this theme park has deep
wooded ravines, lovely landscaping, and scenic architecture. Enjoy it from
above aboard the Skyride, or take more leisurely journeys aboard the train that
circles the park, or a riverboat cruising the River Rhine. Even souvenirs are a
cut above average theme park fare, with European artisans creating traditional
crafts, including Italian Capodimonte floral sculptures.
Highlights of the park include the enormous Das Festhaus where you can enjoy German
sausages and red cabbage washed down with Anheuser – Busch beer; the Sesame
Street Forest of Fun, aimed at the youngest guests; photo ops with the
famous Clydesdale horses; and Wolf Valley, where a pack of endangered
gray wolves welcome you with a howl, the only show of its kind in the world.
Tip: Avoid the sometimes lengthy waits by purchasing a $25 Quick Queue card, giving you priority status on all the most
popular rides, including Alpengiest, Apollo’s Chariot, the Loch Ness Monster, Roman Rapids, Le Scoot Log Flume, Corkscrew Hill, the atmospheric Curse of DarKastle special effects ride, and Griffon, the world’s tallest dive coaster.