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One Busch Garden Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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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 young at heart. Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg will be greeted with townspeople, shopkeepers, politicians, slaves and more who called the Revolutionary City home. More than 20 guided and self-guided tours are available on a daily basis, including ghost walks, garden tours, city itineraries and carriage rides. Travelers can also shop authentic wares and sample 18th-century-inspired meals.

Recent visitors praised Colonial Williamsburg, saying it offered an expertly recreated step back in time and helped them understand more about this period and our nation's history. This history-themed park also earns kudos for employing knowledgeable guides and maintaining pristine facilities throughout. However, travelers warn that the ticket prices to access Colonial Williamsburg are on the steep side.

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