About Busch Gardens Williamsburg:
Any traveler would love Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It's a European-themed park, allowing you to travel through several European countries in just one day! ;-) You won't even need your passport this time!
There are over 50 rides/attractions, awesome coasters, beautiful landscaping, live stage shows, a kids area with Sesame Street theme, and food from around the world!
Tickets & Entry:
There are a number of options forentry into Busch Gardens Williamsburg. 2 in our party were guests of Busch Gardens (thanks so much guys!!) The rest of our party had caught a great promo on Groupon for 7 day tickets with unlimited entry to Busch Gardens Williamsburg as well as Water Country USA.
You can also purchase tickets online or at the gate.
Here are the official 2017 rates at the park:
Adult (10 and up) $90
Children (3 - 9) $80
Children (2 and under) FREE
1 Park, One Year Pass: enjoy 12 months of unlimited fun, parking and discounts for $12 per month on EZpay or a one-time $144 payment.
2 Park, One Year Pass: enjoy 12 months of unlimited fun at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, parking and discounts for $16 per month on EZpay or a one-time $192 payment.
Platinum One Year Pass: enjoy 12 months of unlimited fun at 11 amazing parks, parking and discounts for $19 per month on EZpay or a one-time $228 payment.
Free 2-Park Preschool Pass: children ages 3-5 can enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA all summer for free through Sept. 10. This offer must be redeemed in-park by May 31.
Busch Gardens Fun Card: pay for a day and visit as much as you want through Sept. 4 for the price of a single-day ticket.
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA 2-Park Fun Card: for only $25 more than a Busch Gardens Fun Card, add unlimited visits to Water Country USA all summer.
Busch Gardens has a lot of great rides for the whole family. We're really into the coasters and there are some great ones! I don't think I rode any coaster that I thought "I would never ride that again!" That happened to me at Cedar Point. Some rides jolt you around so much you end up with a bad neck ache or even smash your head on the "protective" parts of the ride and kind of ruin the mood. Anyway, I didn't experience that at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Here are some great action shots from some of the coasters (and at the classic swings *wink*)
If you want an official list of rides and attractions in each area of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, scroll to the bottom and click "read more" under the heading "Ride List"
Der Wirbelwind offers a sky-high view of Busch Gardens®. Enjoy thrilling roller coasters and rides, animal encounters and great dining amidst a backdrop of charming European villages at Busch Gardens, the world’s most beautiful theme park. ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Griffon®, the world's tallest, floorless dive coaster carries riders 205 feet up, then hurtles them 90 degrees straight down at more than 75 mph before passing through a water brake finale, making the dive coaster fun for onlookers as well as riders. ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The legendary Loch Ness Monster®, a double-looping serpentine roller coaster, looms over Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Reaching 13 stories in height, this creature offers a spine-tingling ride at speeds approaching 60 mph. Loch Ness Monster® celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2008. ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Guests daring enough to take on Tempesto™ will race into unbelievably tight turns at 63 miles per hour and defy gravity as they roll through a complete inversion 154 feet in the air. This Busch Gardens® thrill coaster features three launch experiences and Tempesto’s signature loop-the-loop. ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Verbolten®, Busch Gardens’ thrilling multi-launch roller coaster, features a daring “wrong-way bridge” that leads riders to an 88-foot drop toward the Rhine River. Verbolten’s passengers experience a multi-sensory dash through the Black Forest with multiple launches, environmental-theme elements, sound and light effects and high-speed turns that must be experienced to believe. ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Entertainment varies annually and throughout the season.
Check the schedule on the map when you get to Busch Gardens for the entertainment schedule. We caught:
One of two new shows at Busch Gardens for 2017, BritmaniaTM is a musical revue featuring British hits from the 1960s to today. Music from an assortment of genres, including pop, rock-and-roll and funk, will be performed by live singers and dancers on stage. The show debuts June 30 and will be performed throughout the day in the Globe Theatre.
[I wasn't overly impressed with this one. For a family park and show, I found some of the costumes to be on the distasteful side. Still, it was a nice break for walking around and the theater is air-conditioned.]
This new show, performed in Das Festhaus® in the Oktoberfest village, features German music and dances with a modern and new approach. Guests can enjoy a German meal in the large dining hall while being entertained by cultural singers, dancers and musicians.
[We missed most of this show and I was so sad. The food line took much longer than expected. Still, the last five minutes or so that we saw I really, really loved. I would make a point on a future visit to get to this early and see the whole show!]
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is currently offering 3 options under their Dining Plans
[We went for option three for a one day visit to the park. I think this is a great option. It's a comfort to know you're not going to starve all day because you don't want to spend park prices on food. You're still paying for it, obviously, but the discount makes it much more bearable! Also, on scorching days like when we went, you will really value the unlimited refills to keep your fluids and electrolytes up! No one wants a hospital visit for dehydration to be their last stop for the day after the amusement park. No amusement there.... The entrees must be spaced 1 hour apart. So you can't get 2 entrees at the same time. No problem, you're there all day!
I did find it confusing that there is no real listing of where you can use these or what meal items are included. At Cedar Point, not every item at every restaurant was included in their meal plan, for instance.
So here's what we learned.
I loved my visit to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It's a great amusement park with a lot of variety and of course I love the design based on different countries and cultures. It has something to offer for everyone in your family in terms of rides and entertainment. And it's not too overwhelming to visit. Although it was scorching when I went, it was a perfect day because lines were short to nonexistent!!! We rode several coasters multiple times which on an average day would probably have had waits of 30 minutes or more whereas we walked right on or only had to wait 5 minutes! Total score! I can't wait to come back!!!
Below is a list of rides and attractions in each area of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and a description. The rides in Green are rides I rode and highly recommend. Yellow = it was just okay to me. Red = I don't recommend. Fortunately, I have no red ones!
Anything else I did not ride or experience first hand on this visit.
Phipps Conservatory is a great place to visit whether you're visiting Pittsburgh or live in the area. Because they have constantly changing themes, seasonal exhibits, events and activities, you can visit this place many times without feeling bored, in my opinion. Unless you flat out do not like botany.
Here's just a small sample of some of the amazingly gorgeous sites you may see at Phipps!
Vine & Olive - Truly a Destination
If you're looking for a great, but down-to-earth foodie experience and are intrigued by Mediterranean foods, you will *love* Vine & Olive!
After all of our exploration and activities on Put-in-Bay, we were quite hungry and wanted to grab a bite before turning in for the night. Casa Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant in Port Clinton was open and seemed like a good choice. We sauntered in and the place was 95% empty. Sharing an order of fajitas and getting a margarita is always a default at a mexican restaurant when I'm not in the mood for decision-making. haha!! *sad but true* But the choice was not sad, it was muy, muy feliz! I enjoyed the background noise of the employees chatting as they cleaned up for the night. I crunched down my chips and salsa and as usual, couldn't finish the fajitas anyways. Good thing the hotel had a fridge! ;)
Gracias, Casa Las Palmas: Me gustó mucho la comida!
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We finished our time on Put-in-Bay by visiting the Put-in-Bay Winery.
The winery is located at the Dollar House and will take you back to the 1800's. You'll learn about life on the island, how the ice houses worked, and of course you will learn about wine!
#LakeErieLove Weekend: Day 3 South Bend Chocolate Company's Chocolate Cafe on Put-in-Bay & An Outdoor Biergarten! 8-)
After some wine and meat sticks at Heineman's Winery, it felt like time for a coffee. We stopped in at The South Bend Chocolate Company's Chocolate Cafe. Apparently these guy's make over 100 types of chocolate and travel around the country during the winter selling their chocolates. Now I wish I had gotten some actual chocolate here! -_- There's also a little chocolate museum on site here!
If you always dreamed visiting the oldest family-owned and operated winery in Ohio, then you have come to the right place: Heineman's Winery! They, too, have a cave (different kind, though) that you can tour like Perry's Cave. Their Crystal Cave and Winery tour takes about 30 minutes and costs $8. The Cave is the word's largest Geode! COOL!
If you're looking for some family-friendly activities, Perry's Cave & Family Fun Center surely has something for you!
Did you know Put-in-Bay has a tour train? The tour train is a great way to see the island and take a rest. The tour guides are knowledgeable and you will learn some interesting history of the area as well as see some views you may not otherwise have seen. I love seeing boats afloat in the water, for example, like in the shot above.
After visiting the Village Bakery & Cafe for a breakfast of champions, we sauntered over to the Depot to investigate the Tour Train. A train was already loading to leave at the time, and we weren't sure if we were ready to hop on it or not, which meant we would have to wait for a subsequent train. (Obviously) We were still hungry for "real food" so we decided to opt for a later train and do some walking around the main town area and find something to eat before we got on the train to see the island, do some wineries, and Perry's activities.
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