Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Voted America’s Most Beautiful Theme park for the sixteenth consecutive year and the World’s Favorite Theme Park by the National Amusement Park Historical Association – Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers excitement and beauty for the entire family.

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Germany. For 16 consecutive years, the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) has voted Busch Gardens Europe the “Most Beautiful Theme Park” in the world. ©2007 Busch Entertainment Corp.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of the most beloved theme parks in the world and has won numerous awards over the years including, Best Food, Cleanest Park, Best Shows, Most Beautiful, Best Landscaping and more. In 2006 and 2007 it was voted World’s Best Theme park by the Theme Park Insider Awards. It is little wonder why it has garnered such acclaim, as Bush Gardens Williamsburg has acted as a leader among parks for decades.

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The Rhine River. Busch Gardens Europe offers adventures for the entire family. Attractions at the European-themed park range from world-class coasters to scenic river cruises. ©2007 Busch Entertainment Corp.

The park was opened in 1975 and was originally coined Busch Gardens: The Old Country, in reference to its old-world European theme. The park features a range of European-inspired villages, ranging from Scotland, France, England, Italy, Germany, and even Canada. (Known as “New France.”) You can travel between these areas of the park by way of the skyride gondola lift, or replica steam trains.

Aerial view of Busch Gardens Europe. Da Vinci's Garden of Inventions features thrill rides which pay tribute to the genius of the 15th-century Italian artist and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci. ©2007 Busch Entertainment Corp.
Aerial view of Busch Gardens Europe. Da Vinci’s Garden of Inventions features thrill rides which pay tribute to the genius of the 15th-century Italian artist and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci.
©2007 Busch Entertainment Corp.

The park’s imagination and charm extends to the character of its world-renowned roller coasters, such as the Alpengeist (German for “Ghost Mountain”), The Loch Ness Monster, Apollo’s Chariot, and Griffon (currently the tallest dive coaster in the world), as well as the celebrated haunted-house ride The Curse of DarKastle.

Of special interest to the animal lovers in your group, is Jack Hanna’s Wildlife Reserve, where you can observe a variety of wildlife, most notably endangered grey wolves and bald eagles. In the Highland Stables of Bush Gardens, visitors can get a taste for the fauna of Scotland, and view the skills of highly trained Clydesdale horses, border collies, Scottish Blackface sheep, and birds of prey.

A trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg would not be complete without a trip to Da Vinci’s Garden of Inventions, wherein visitors will find Italian statues amidst rides inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s own sketches. The cleverness of the park creators is seemingly endless, and visitors of any age are sure to find things to interest them.  Review 29 August 2010 – Mercedes Mandich

Busch Gardens
Williamsburg, Virginia
Website: http://buschgardens.com/