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One of the real perks of this theme park, located southeast of Williamsburg, is that it truly does have something for all ages to enjoy. And that's not just a PR pitch: Toddlers will love the Sesame Street Forest of Fun and the chance to meet some of that show's most beloved characters. Bigger kids can enjoy rides and animal shows like Pet Shenanigans, which features trained dogs, birds and cats. Teens are the prime candidates to stand in line for thrilling coasters like the Alpengeist, the Griffon or the Loch Ness Monster. Finally, adults flock to the themed country lands, especially the Oktoberfest village and its beer gardens.

Recent parkgoers described the grounds as well maintained, though they do warn that you'll do a lot of walking so you should bring comfortable shoes. Travelers also say that while food here is priced like typical park food, the quality is much higher than what they've encountered at other theme parks.

Busch Gardens is open from late spring through summer from 10 a.m. to 8 to 10 p.m. (depending on the day). Admission costs $77 for adults and $67 for kids ages 3 to 9. However, you can save some money by springing on a bounce ticket that includes access to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg for three consecutive days for $79 to $99. Also note, parking will set you back another $15. For more general information on park pricing, show times, events and hours, visit the official website.

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#1 Colonial Williamsburg According to many, this site is like a Disney theme park for history fanatics. Plus, Colonial Williamsburg's appeal isn't just for kids but also for anyone who feels ... Read more » The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

#2 Water Country USA If you can stand the large crowds, you should be more than pleased with Water Country USA, say several recent parkgoers. Some of Water Country's popular attractions include Surfer ... Read more » Courtesy Water Country USA

#3 Jamestown You've probably heard the legends of the settlers that first arrived in the spring of 1607; of Captain John Smith's leadership; of Pocahontas' role in smoothing relations between ... Read more » Tony the Misfit / Flickr

#4 Busch Gardens One of the real perks of this theme park, located southeast of Williamsburg, is that it truly does have something for all ages to enjoy. And that's not just ... Read more » Courtesy Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

#5 Jamestown Glasshouse According to the National Park Service, "one of the first English attempts at industrialization and manufacturing in America was glassblowing." This replica of a colonial glasshouse allows visitors to get ... Read more » fotohalo / Getty Images

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#7 Williamsburg Winery Though this winery is only 4 miles south of central Williamsburg, travelers describe it as a decent daytrip and a break from the numerous historical sites in town. The 320-acre ... Read more » Courtesy Williamsburg Winery

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"Interpreters," donning period dress, bring to life the ways of life of Colonial Williamsburg's residents. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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