Family fun blooms all year at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg, the world’s most beautiful theme park. With more than 50 family-friendly attractions and a lineup of children’s programming, spring is the perfect time for young families to visit Busch Gardens and make memories that last a lifetime. Busch Gardens offers fun and thrills for the whole family with exciting roller coasters, world-class dining options, KIDsiderate® events and attractions like Sesame Street®, Forest of Fun™ and Land of the Dragons®.

Traditional Italian fare, Asian and Mediterranean food converge this spring at a new, market-style restaurant in the heart of the park’s village of Italy. A hearthstone oven takes pizza and taste buds to a whole new place. Make dessert an adventure with a cannoli bar bursting with toppings to create a sweet masterpiece. In late spring, guests can enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park. Individual tasting portions make it easy to explore all that the Food & Wine Festival has to offer. The hardest decision might just be deciding what to eat first.

Feed a taste for thrills this summer. Inspired by the rich tradition of classic Italian daredevils, no single man wowed the crowds like Tempesto™. Busch Gardens’ daring new roller coaster, Tempesto, lets riders take center stage and recreate his signature stunt. 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. Then, dare to see Busch Gardens’ newest live performance debuting this summer that will light up the night sky at the park’s open-air Royal Palace Theatre. The show is a contemporary spin on the classic French tale of the three musketeers, as audiences join the trio on a quest to save king and country. This live performance embraces new technology and takes advantage of the night sky to bring guests into the story.

Keeping cool during a summer of thrills is easy. Guests can splash and slide the summer away at Water Country USA®, Virginia's largest water park. The park offers fun for the entire family with resort-style amenities and more than 40 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions. Experience a rush aboard Colossal Curl™, the park’s family thrill ride and the first of its kind in North America. Water Country USA features refreshing pools, children’s play areas and lazy rivers, offering hours of fun in the summer sun. For thrills, relaxation and family fun, Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA® are a dynamic duo this spring and summer.

EVENTS 2016:
Opening Day
03/20/2016 - 03/20/2016
Join us on March 20th for a Opening Day and enjoy your favorite rides, shows and more.

Jack Hanna
04/02/2016 - 04/03/2016
Join “Jungle Jack” and some animal ambassadors at Busch Gardens® as they examine the importance of wildlife conservation.

Glory at the Gardens
05/07/2016 - 05/08/2016
The popular concert series is back with six acts over two days in Festhaus Park.

Food & Wine Festival
05/27/2016 - 06/26/2016
Take a delicious tour of the world’s most beautiful theme park at the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival.

Bier Fest
09/03/2016 - 09/18/2016
200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life this fall at Busch Gardens® Bier Fest. Sept. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18

09/23/2016 - 10/30/2016
Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. At the stroke of 6 p.m. Busch Gardens becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park’s collection of haunted houses, Terror-tories™ and darkly entertaining live shows.

Christmas Town
11/25/2016 - 01/01/2017
Come to Christmas Town™ and experience Christmas time like never before. Share in a unique celebration featuring seasonal stage shows, tourist attractions, and special Christmas shopping, all happening in the glow of more than 8 million twinkling lights.

Alpengeist, After climbing to an Alpine high 195 feet, riders are hurtled through six staggering inversions at speeds up to 67 miles per hour. Consistently voted one of the top 10 steel coasters in the world.

Apollo's Chariot, Like the Olympian sun god, Apollo's Chariotraces toward daring heights, only to dazzle riders on the way back down with one of the smoothest, fastest trails ever blazed.

Curse of DarKastle, What begins as an enchanted sleigh ride ends in a bone-chilling chase packed with dizzying drops, surprise twists, and such sensational 3-D visuals, you won't believe your eyes.

Escape from Pompeii, Hold on tight as a leisurely boat ride through the ruins of this great city suddenly turns explosive. One rumble from the mighty mountain and the race to escape from Pompeii is on.

Griffon, Join the bravest of ride warriors and challenge yourself to the 205-foot, 90-degree, 75 mph free fall. Some say that just waiting your turn to ride Griffon® is a heart-pounding experience in itself, as you anticipate the moment of that cliffhanger drop on this tour de force roller coaster by B&M. Spectators get in on the fun, too, with thrilling vantage points and one serious soak zone kids love.

Loch Ness Monster, Beneath the thick mist of an old Scottish Loch, an ancient sea creature swam undisturbed for generations. More than 30 years ago, this creature was awakened -- right here at Busch Gardens®. Now a classic, it's easy to see why Loch Ness Monster® is still one of the most popular rides in our park's history. This interlocking, double-looping coaster stretches a monstrous 13 stories tall before racing those who challenge it down a 114-foot drop, with speeds as fast as 60 miles per hour.

Mäch Tower, the highest ride in Busch Gardens®. It’s 240 feet of adrenaline-pulsing thrills with a view of the park and surrounding countryside you have to see to believe. That is, if you can keep your eyes open.

Verbolten, A German tourist center serves as the ride entrance and as the launching point for an autobahn touring experience. An unexpected detour launches riders into the verboten Black Forest. A lightningfast, multi-sensory dash through the dark and foreboding woods ends with a terrifying 88-foot plunge toward the Rhine River that will leave everyone breathless. Luckily, this exhilarating ride leads right back to the fun and the festivities of Oktoberfest.

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Der Autobahn Jr., Put your little ones in the driver's seat for some bumper cars fun that's just their speed.

Der Roto Baron, Slip your pre-school pilots into the cockpit of a World War I fighter plane and watch their spirits soar.

Elephant Run, Rock your little ones' day with this sized-down bobsled ride that isn't sized down on fun.

Grover's Alpine Express, Join Grover on Busch Gardens' family-friendly roller coaster inside Sesame Street Forest of Fun. This 600-foot-long coaster is 24 feet tall and just right for the little riders who are ready for their first roller coaster ride.

Land of the Dragons, Enter a whimsical little mythological land where we've stored up a ton of fun for our youngest Busch Gardens' guests. Land of the Dragons® will keep your little ones entertained for as long you'd like to stay.

Li'l Clydes, Junior riders get to saddle up on one of the world-famous Clydesdales for this popular carousel style ride.

Prince Elmo's Spire, Rise up above Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ on Prince Elmo's Spire and get a good look around—then grab on as you start a bouncing trip back to ground level.

Sesame Street Forest of Fun, Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ is just for children and their families. This area features family-friendly rides and playgrounds. Kids can meet their favorite Sesame Street character and get their picture taken with them as well.

Little Balloons, Find yourself wishing you were a kid again as you watch your young ones float up, down and around on this whimsical expression of childhood fun.

Little Gliders, Watch the wide smiles on your kids grow wider as they enjoy a sweeping ride on this delightful flying machine.

Kinder Karussel, Come and be charmed by the beauty and bounce of this antique carousel. Restored to its original condition, our Herschell Carousel lets your family choose from 36 hand-carved ponies and two double-bench chariots. Experience the same sweet breezes and fun that families have enjoyed since the earliest days of amusement park rides.

Wirbelwindchen, Let your young ones enjoy some smaller-scale soaring on this pint-sized version of a swing ride classic.

Eagle Ridge, Make a visit to Eagle Ridge and meet some gutsy survivors. Each of our American Bald Eagles has come back from injuries that left them unable to survive on their own in the wild. Hear their inspiring stories and feel the sense of awe that travels with these iconic and majestic birds.

Highland Stables, Spend some time at Highland Stables and take part in a celebration of centuries old Scottish traditions. Interact with blackface sheep and their border collie guardians. Enjoy demonstrations of traditional herding and hunting methods. Our regal Clydesdales are waiting there to say hello, too.

Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve, Take a look into the world of endangered and exotic animals at Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve. Get up-close views of animals in natural habitats and learn the importance of caring for places in the wild where these animals still make their homes.

Lorikeet Glen, Stroll through Lorikeet Glen and make a bunch of new friends as colorful birds glide down to greet you from the branches of this fascinating, free-flight aviary.

Wolf Haven, See the animal presentation, The Secret Life of Predators, where rats, raptors, wolves and foxes give you a glimpse into their elusive lives.
Wolf Valley,Look beyond the haunting calls and piercing eyes of the mysterious gray wolf and let Wolf Valley show you the fiercely loyal, vital and irreplaceable animals who have been both feared and revered throughout time. Learn what you can do to help these important ancestors to modern day canines survive and thrive, too.

For more information, please call (800) 343-7946 OR visit BUSCHGARDENS.COM/VA.