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Busch Gardens Members in the park
July 15, 2024
July 2024 Busch Gardens Member News
Don’t miss out on the best benefits ever this summer at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Treat yourself to $10 Busch Bucks, Free Parking, Discounted Tickets, and much more! Make the most out of your summer when you spend it at Busch Gardens.
Family walking around Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
February 5, 2024
Top Twelve Reasons to Become a Busch Gardens Member
We know most lists offer a top ten, but with twelve months of fun and countless reasons to visit; it seemed fitting to share 12 perks of being a Busch Gardens Member.
Enjoy Father's Day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
June 16, 2023
Father's Day Weekend Lineup
Looking for Father’s Day Weekend plans? We’ve got you covered! Treat dad to a weekend filled with fun thrills for the whole family to enjoy. Check out these ‘can’t miss’ happenings at the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park.
All-New DarKoaster. Now open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
May 23, 2023
Memorial Day Weekend Lineup
Looking for Memorial Day Weekend plans? We’ve got you covered! Kick off the start of summer with a three-day celebration filled with fun thrills for the whole family to enjoy. Check out these ‘can’t miss’ happenings at the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park.
Spring at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with Alpengeist and Griffon.
March 29, 2023
Top 5 Reasons to Spend Spring Break at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Spring has sprung at the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park, and there’s no better place to spend your much-deserved time off. Whether you are looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy the sun, or a thrill-filled adventure, Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers an experience for all.
Variety of Mardi Gras Culinary Dishes
February 9, 2023
7 Must-Try Mardi Gras Eats & Treats
The Big Easy meets big thrills at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with parkwide Mardi Gras celebrations well underway! Featuring electrifying entertainment including a cirque show and colorful brass band, to over 30 culinary delights, this one-of-a-kind party has it all. Offering the best of the bayou from Cajun cocktails to decadent desserts, we’re giving you the inside scoop on all the must-try items at this year’s event.
Pantheon Coaster
September 9, 2021
Passport to Thrills - Pantheon
We are excited to announce the opening of the highly anticipated Pantheon™ in March 2022. As we prepare to open this thrilling new attraction at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, we would also like to share exclusive benefit details we'll offer our Members & Annual Pass Holders.
Gazebo Garden - Home Landscaping Tips
April 20, 2020
How To: Build A Backyard Habitat
During this unprecedented time, families are staying close to home and may be looking for outdoor inspiration.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Family Activity Pages
April 18, 2020
Fun At-Home Activities: Coloring Pages & Puzzles
Staying positive, reducing stress and finding new activities is imperative. Enjoy downloadable coloring pages and puzzles featuring our rides & animal ambassadors.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Virtual Conferencing Background
April 17, 2020
Bring Busch Gardens Williamsburg to virtual conference calls
Take your co-workers to Busch Gardens Williamsburg on your next call with new virtual conferencing backgrounds available for download!
Find out what it takes to get the Most Beautiful Theme Park in the World ready for opening day!
March 5, 2020
Springing into the 2020 Season
What does it take to get Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park, ready for opening day?
Verbolten roller coaster team member at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
February 18, 2020
Find Enjoyment in Employment at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA - Job Fair February 27
Become one of the thousands of team members it takes to make our Parks run. Join us for a Job Fair on February 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m!
Enjoy the your favorite rides during Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
December 5, 2019
Top Rides To Experience At Christmas Town
Enjoy some of your favorite rides in the glow of more than 10 million lights!
See all the light displays at Christmas Town
November 21, 2019
The Best Places to See the Lights at Christmas Town
With over 10 million lights at Christmas Town, you won't want to miss a single moment!
Don't miss the all-new Traditions Tree Maze at Christmas Town!
November 21, 2019
New Winter Traditions at Christmas Town
Learn about winter traditions from South Africa, Mexico, Japan, Israel, and India.
Now Hiring for Christmas Town 2019
October 25, 2019
All We Want for Christmas is You
Get into the holiday spirit with a seasonal job during Christmas Town
See all the light displays at Christmas Town
October 15, 2019
The Best Places to See the Lights at Christmas Town
With over 10 million lights at Christmas Town, you won't want to miss a single moment!
See the Best of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Virginia
October 10, 2019
The One-Day Guide to Christmas Town
We've compiled a must-see list just for you of the best things to do this holiday season.
Don't miss the Count's Spooktacular!
September 19, 2019
Don't miss the Count's Spooktacular!
The Count is throwing a Halloween party for kids, complete with trick or treating and a costume party!
Find fun things to do with your family at Busch Gardens in the fall
September 13, 2019
Top 5 Things to do with Kids in the Fall at Busch Gardens
Take a look at our top 5 family-friendly things to do with your kids this fall.
Fall leaves and fun coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
September 13, 2019
Top 5 Things for Adults to Do at Busch Gardens in the Fall
Sip a beer, brave a coaster or try one of our top 5 things for adults to do this fall.
Fright By Night: haunted houses and more at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
September 13, 2019
Haunted Halloween Guide to Howl-O-Scream in Williamsburg, Virginia
Learn more about the haunts that happen when the sun goes down.
Get your steps in at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
August 9, 2019
Complete the Loop: A Walking Guide to Busch Gardens
Meet your step goals during your day at the park!
Freckled Sky performing for Summer Nights Live
July 29, 2019
Summer Nights Live: Freckled Sky
Freckled Sky performs for Summer Nights Live, 8/5 - 8/11
Fighting Gravity at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
July 22, 2019
Summer Nights Live: Fighting Gravity
Fighting Gravity performs for Summer Nights Live, 7/29 - 8/4
Summer Nights Live: William Close & the Earth Harp Collective
July 16, 2019
Summer Nights Live: William Close & The Earth Harp Collective
William Close & The Earth Harp Collective performs for Summer Nights Live, 7/22 - 8/4
The Passing Zone Performs for Summer Nights Live
July 11, 2019
Summer Nights Live: The Passing Zone
The Passing Zone performs for Summer Nights Live, 7/15 - 7/21
Summer Camps at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
July 9, 2019
Summer Camp Just Got Cooler
We provide fun-packed and educational day camps for kids aged 6 to 16.
Keeping Cool in the Summer: Animal Edition
July 2, 2019
Keeping Cool in the Summer: Animal Edition
Learn about how our animals beat the summer heat!
Become a Member at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
July 1, 2019
Top 5 Reasons to Become a Member in July
Join now for exclusive benefits, savings, and perks!
Light Balance at Busch Gardens Williamsburg June 28 - July 7
June 28, 2019
Summer Nights Live: Light Balance
Light Balance kicks of Summer Nights Live, 6/28 - 7/7
Poppy the Scottish Highland Cow
June 27, 2019
Poppy's One Year Anniversary
We're celebrating one year of Poppy the Scottish Highland cow!
Light Up Your Summer at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
June 24, 2019
5 Ways to Light Up Your Summer
Light up your Summer Nights, June 28 – August 11!
Have an unforgettable Father's Day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
June 6, 2019
Happy Father's Day from all of us at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Have an unforgettable Father's Day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!
Get Ready for Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!
June 4, 2019
Free Beer for Members & Annual Pass Holders during Summer Nights
Members and annual pass holders enjoy free beer June 19 – August 11!
Meat-free and Vegan Options at Food & Wine
April 30, 2019
Eating Meat-free and Vegan at Food & Wine
Your guide to eating meat-free and vegan at Food & Wine 2019
Join the Busch Gardens Beer Clubs!
April 29, 2019
Join the Busch Gardens Beer Clubs!
Our beer clubs are a great hopportunity to sample 142 beers throughout the season!
We're hiring at Water Country USA!
April 25, 2019
Apply now for the perfect summer job
Get ready for an unforgettable summer at Water Country USA!
Enjoy your day at Water Country USA
April 10, 2019
Top Tips for a Perfect Day at Water Country USA
Everything you need to know to enjoy Virginia's largest water park!
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food and Wine 2019
April 8, 2019
5 New Food and Wine Festival Favorites
Preview some of our new offerings for Food & Wine 2019
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food & Wine Festival 2019
April 8, 2019
Food & Wine Festival: Wine and Beer Pairings
We're offering wine and beer pairings at this year's Food & Wine Festival!
Busch Gardens Food & Wine 2019
April 8, 2019
8 Returning Food & Wine Festival Favorites
Take a look at some of our favorite dishes that are back this year.
Taste of Adventure - Food & Wine Festival
April 8, 2019
Food & Wine 2019 Offers a Taste of Adventure
Pair some of your favorite Virginia food festival dishes with rides and attractions in the park.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Sesame Street Kids Weekends
April 5, 2019
Sesame Street Kids' Weekends
Elmo, Grover, Rosita, and Cookie Monster are putting the fun in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun with kid and toddler friendly activities!
Finnegan's Flyer, an Extreme Swing, coming to Busch Gardens May 2019
April 1, 2019
April Construction Update: Finnegan's Flyer & Cutback Water Coaster
Check out the progress we have made on Finnegan's Flyer, opening May 3, and Cutback Water Coaster, opening this spring!
Apollo's Chariot 20th Birthday Celebration - Exclusive Ride Time for Members March 30 & 31 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Guests riding Apollo's Chariot roller coaster
March 20, 2019
Apollo's Chariot: Exclusive Members Only Ride Event
Busch Gardens is celebrating the 20th birthday of Apollo's Chariot with an exclusive members only event.
Free Beer is Back for Members and Annual Passholders
March 12, 2019
2019 Opening Weekend + Free Beer
FREE Beer for Members & Annual Pass Holders, Fireworks and More!
Construction progress update - March 2019 Finnegan's Flyer and Cutback Water Coaster - two all new attractions coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, May 2019!
March 1, 2019
March Construction Update: Finnegan's Flyer & Cutback Water Coaster
Check out the progress we have made on Finnegan's Flyer and Cutback Water Coaster, opening May 2019!
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the construction going on at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA
February 1, 2019
February Construction Update: Finnegan's Flyer & Cutback Water Coaster
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the construction progress of Finnegan's Flyer and Cutback Water Coaster.
Cutback Water Coaster, Virginia's first water coaster now open at Water Country USA
February 1, 2019
What is a Water Coaster?
Everything you need to know about Cutback Water Coaster,coming to Water Country USA in May 2019!
Family enjoying cannolis at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
January 29, 2019
Your Guide to All-Day Dining at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Here are tips to answer the whens, wheres and hows of your All-Day Dining deal.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2018 blog recap
January 28, 2019
The Official 2018 Recap: Best Attractions, Events and Celebrations at Our Virginia Parks
2018 was a year to remember! Take a look back at some of the best moments of our 2018 season.
Black Forest Cake Recipe - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
January 27, 2019
National Chocolate Cake Day: Black Forest Cake Recipe
In honor of National Chocolate Cake Day, we're sharing the at-home recipe of one of our culinary favorites.
Elvis Stojko and Gladys in 'Twas That Night ice show during Christmas Town in Virginia
December 14, 2018
Getting to Know Canadian Olympic Figure Skater Elvis Stojko from 'Twas That Night
We had the opportunity to interview Elvis Stojko, world-champion figure skater and star of 'Twas That Night.
Date night ideas at Busch Gardens Christmas Town
December 12, 2018
10 Fun Holiday Date Night Ideas at Busch Gardens Christmas Town
Grab your date for a spectacular evening of light displays, holiday music and more.
Kid-friendly attractions at Busch Gardens Christmas Town
December 8, 2018
Top 5 Must-See Attractions for Kids and Families at Christmas Town
These attractions are a must-see for the youngest child to the biggest kid at heart.
4 ways to make hot cocoa
December 7, 2018
4 Ways to Make Hot Chocolate Plus Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
Dress up your hot cocoa for the holidays with these delicious recipes.
Christmas traditions around the world
December 3, 2018
Christmas Traditions Around the World
Learn more about how other countries share in the holiday spirit.
Woman adding Christmas lights to tree for Christmas Town
December 1, 2018
12 Ways to Volunteer During Christmastime and the Holidays
Looking for ideas on how to volunteer? Here are 12 ways to support your community.
Visit Busch Gardens in Virginia for your next Christmas family vacation
November 30, 2018
5 Must-See Christmas Town Attractions on Your Holiday Vacation
Christmas Town is a great destination for your family vacation. Here's our must-see list!
Simple Christmas tree decoration ideas and themes
November 29, 2018
4 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree this Holiday Season
Need inspiration for your Christmas tree this year? Try one of these simple themes.
Where to see Santa during your visit to Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Virginia
November 16, 2018
The Santa Circuit: Where to See Santa Claus at Christmas Town
Learn where you can find Santa this holiday season at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
See the Best of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Virginia
November 15, 2018
The One-Day Guide to Christmas Town
We've compiled a must-see list just for you of the best things to do this holiday season.
Halloween bars at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
October 11, 2018
Top 5 Best Bars to Visit at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream in Virginia
Find the best BOOze bars at Howl-O-Scream for Halloween beverages.
Exclusive Members-only night at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream
September 24, 2018
Exclusive Members-Only Night at Howl-O-Scream
Join us on Oct. 4 from 5 - 11 pm for a special night of Halloween scares just for Members.
Find fun things to do with your family at Busch Gardens in the fall
September 20, 2018
Top 5 Things to do with Kids in the Fall at Busch Gardens
Take a look at our top 5 family-friendly things to do with your kids this fall.
Day and Night Guides to Howl-O-Scream in Virginia
September 20, 2018
The One-Day Guide to Halloween at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
From daytime fun to nighttime scares, here's how to experience the best of fall.
Fall leaves and fun coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
September 20, 2018
Top 5 Things for Adults to Do at Busch Gardens in the Fall
Sip a beer, brave a coaster or try one of our top 5 things for adults to do this fall.
Fright By Night: haunted houses and more at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
September 20, 2018
Haunted Halloween Guide to Howl-O-Scream in Williamsburg, Virginia
Learn more about the haunts that happen when the sun goes down.
Scaredy Cat's Guide to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
September 18, 2018
The Scaredy Cat’s Guide to Howl-O-Scream
We're here to give you some insider tips on how to survive a whole night of scares.
Two new rides are coming to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Don't miss Finnegan's Flyer and Cutback Water Coaster - opening spring 2019.
September 5, 2018
New Thrill Rides Coming in 2019 to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA
Learn more about the two all-new attractions coming to our parks in 2019.
Two kids excited to be riding Verbolten
August 27, 2018
Back-To-School Offer: Free Admission for Kids Under 9
Learn how to take advantage of this great deal to our parks. Hurry, offer ends Sept. 9!
Prost - Guest celebrating Oktoberfest at Busch Gardens Bier Fest
August 24, 2018
Test Your Beer Knowledge with Sip & Spin: The Craft Beer Game
How well do you know your beer? How about when you are blindfolded? Give our Bier Fest game a spin!
Draught beer being poured at Bier Fest
August 24, 2018
From Ales to Stouts: Beer Styles for the Bravest of Beer Drinkers
We all have our favorites, but are you brave enough to try the bolder beers at Bier Fest?
Guests enjoying a beer at Bier Fest
August 24, 2018
Oktoberfest: The World's Largest Beer Celebration
How much do you know about this German festival? Put your knowledge to the test.
Meltdown high-speed flume ride at Water Country USA in Virginia
August 16, 2018
Meltdown Retires This Summer: Come Ride Before September 9
Come get one final ride on this surf-boggan slide before the season ends September 9.
11 theme park experiences you won't want to miss at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
August 9, 2018
11 Experiences You Won't Want to Miss at Busch Gardens
Take a look at our top theme park experiences you'll want to see during your visit.
Fun facts about Water Country USA
August 3, 2018
Trivia Time: Fun Facts About Virginia's Largest Water Park
How much do you know about Water Country USA? See if you can score a 100% on this quiz.
Spark summer show
August 2, 2018
Behind-The-Scenes of Spark presented by Coca-Cola®
Get a behind-the-scenes look at our all-new amazing laser show, where you get to be part of the action!
Top 5 Thrilling Slides at Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA
July 11, 2018
Top 5 Thrill Rides at Water Country USA
Here's our top 5 most thrilling water slides. Will you conquer them all this summer?
Meet Poppy at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
July 5, 2018
Busch Gardens Welcomes New Scottish Highland Cattle Calf
Poppy joined the Busch Gardens family on May 10, 2018.
4th of July fireworks at Busch Gardens in Virginia
June 28, 2018
Celebrate 4th of July with Nightly Fireworks at Busch Gardens
Find your favorite spot and enjoy nightly fireworks July 3, 4 & 5 starting at 9:30 pm.
Fun events for kids and families in July at Busch Gardens
June 28, 2018
Fun Summer Events for Kids & Families at Busch Gardens in July
This summer, we’re bringing kids’ acts that your family know and love.
Le Scoot log flume
June 12, 2018
6 Ways to Cool Off This Summer
Don't spend your days indoors – learn how to stay cool this summer.
FuelRod portable charger now available at Busch Gardens
June 5, 2018
The New Way to Charge Your Phone
Keep your phone batteries charged all day long at Busch Gardens with FuelRod kiosks.
Loch Ness Monster 40th anniversary logo
June 1, 2018
Loch Ness Monster steel coaster turns 40
Busch Gardens is celebrating the 40th birthday of the Loch Ness Monster.
Food & Wine Festival kiosks
May 31, 2018
6 Returning Food & Wine Festival Favorites
Take a look at some of our favorite dishes that are back this year.
Chef Justin's favorite 2018 F&W dishes
May 25, 2018
Four of Chef Justin’s favorite new dishes at Food & Wine Festival
Chef Justin names some of his favorite new dishes at this year's food festival event.
Ollie and Addie take you past an Ireland castle
May 9, 2018
Hidden Surprises in Battle For Eire
Amid the magic of Ireland lie some fun surprises for those who loved Battle For Eire's predecessors.
Boys & Girls Club
April 25, 2018
Giving Back To Our Community
Learn how you can help and why it feels good to give back.
Apollo's Chariot
April 18, 2018
Exclusive Member Ride Nights
Members can ride select attractions after the park closes. Learn the when, what and how.
Battle For Eire Fest - Opening Weekend
April 9, 2018
Battle For Eire Opens April 13
Join us for an extended weekend to celebrate the opening of our new Action VR Ride.
Shopkins LIVE! At Busch Gardens Williamsburg
April 3, 2018
Everything you need to know about Shopkins Live! At Busch Gardens
The #1 toy in America is hitting the stage with the cutest show around.
Addie heroine of Battle For Eire VR ride
April 2, 2018
6 Easy Ways You Can Be an Everyday Hero
Here are our top 6 tips on how to be a role model and inspiration at home.
A behind-the-scenes view at what the motion simulator looks like.
March 11, 2018
Battle For Eire Construction Tour
Insider's look at the construction of our new action VR ride opening in April.
What is VR? Learn about Busch Garden's new VR ride.
March 6, 2018
What is Virtual Reality?
Learn about this immersive technology and what you can expect with Battle For Eire, our new action VR ride.
Sheep enjoying the winter weather
March 5, 2018
Winter months critical to park’s zoo team
Providing for our animals is our top priority, especially in the winter months. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on.
Kevin Lembke, Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA Park President
February 19, 2018
Meet Our New Park President: 15 Fun Facts About Kevin Lembke
Get to know Busch Gardens & Water Country USA's new Park President, Kevin Lembke.
New Membership Program at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA
February 9, 2018
Get the Facts About Our New Membership Program
Let's bust some of those Membership myths that are floating out there.
Things to do in the Spring
February 1, 2018
What's Happening in the Spring
From kid-friendly fun to a festival for foodies, see what's going on in spring.
Resort-like amenities and atmosphere at Water Country USA in Virginia
January 25, 2018
How to Feel Like You're at a Resort This Summer at Water Country USA
Vacations are all about relaxing. Experience the resort-like offerings at our water park.
Get theme park tips from other parents
January 10, 2018
18 Parent Tips for Traveling with Kids to Busch Gardens
Our Parent Panel shares their advice on how to keep those faces smiling.
Learn more about the VR tech behind Battle For Eire
November 27, 2017
The Virtual Reality and Simulation Technology of Battle For Eire
Get an inside peek at the immersive 360-degree virtual reality experience
Battle For Eire Behind-The-Scenes Look
October 27, 2017
Concept Art and Development: The Characters of Battle For Eire
Learn more about the characters you'll meet along your journey
Learn more about Battle For Eire coming in spring 2019
September 27, 2017
Introduction to Battle For Eire Virtual Reality Ride
A behind-the-scenes look to Battle For Eire, an action VR ride coming in spring 2018.
Planning Tips
September 26, 2017
6 Tips for Planning an Affordable Family Vacation to Williamsburg, VA
See how you can save time and money on your next family vacation to Virginia.
Travel Smart
September 26, 2017
How To Travel Smart: 4 Easy Planning Tips
A quick and easy blueprint on everything you’ll need before you travel.
InvadR, Busch Gardens' newest roller coaster opening in spring 2017
March 24, 2017
What's New at Busch Gardens in 2017
See what's coming to our theme park, plus a peek at our new VR ride in 2018.
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