Busch Gardens Williamsburg General QuestionsExpand All
Where is Busch Gardens Williamsburg?
The park address is 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185, near the intersection of of Interstate 64 and Highway 60.
Richmond (RIC), Norfolk (ORF) and Newport News-Williamsburg (PHF) International Airports are all within 45 minutes of the park.
Learn more about how to get to Busch Gardens.
When is the Best Time to Visit Busch Gardens?
As you can imagine, summer holiday weekends (Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day), Howl-O-Scream weekends and Christmas Town weekends are considered prime theme park time – that could mean crowds. If this is not the experience you are looking for during your visit, here are some tips to help you avoid fighting crowds:
Head to the park before it opens: Plan your visit with the goal to arrive early, just before opening time. On most days the park opens at 10 am – confirm our opening time by viewing our Park Hours & Show Times page here.
Visit during the weekday: Although the park typically has lighter traffic on weekdays (and this can vary), Tuesdays and Wednesdays generally tend to have lighter crowds and shorter wait lines.
Visit during the evening: Evenings are also another great time to visit for both traffic & crowds combined, especially on Sundays when the highway traffic is not bad heading towards Williamsburg!
Don’t let bad weather deter you: Does the weather forecast call for moderately suspicious weather today? The Park can likely be less crowded on days like these. Here’s a secret: As long as the rain isn’t heavy and there isn’t any thunder/lightening, most rides will remain open!
What time does Busch Gardens open?
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a seasonal park, operating select days between (March – January).
Please see our calendar for the most up-to-date information about our current park hours.
How much does it cost to park at Busch Gardens?
We have multiple parking options available for our guests, which can be purchased online in advance or at the park on the day of your visit. Purchase online ahead of time for the biggest savings.
• General Parking is $18 ($2 savings)
• Preferred Parking varies from $21-$36 ($4 savings)
• VIP Parking varies from $29-$44 ($6 savings)
• Multi-Day Parking is $45 (Valid for 7 consecutive days)
If you are a Member or Annual Pass holder, please check your benefits to see what's included with your Membership Plan or Annual Pass. You may upgrade to Preferred Parking for a variable fee, when available.
* Prices reflect online-only discounts for advance purchases and are subject to change without notice.
What kind of security should I expect at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA?
Our security procedures are designed to keep our guests, Team Members and animals safe. Please note the following tips and reminders from our Security Team:
• All bags, backpacks and packages are subject to inspection prior to entering the park.
• The following items are not permitted to be brought into Busch Gardens: weapons, glass bottles, cans, any other type of sharp object, large hard or soft coolers and any hazardous items or materials.
• Please leave any unnecessary articles locked in your vehicle to expedite your entry into the park.
Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are not responsible for fire, theft, damage or loss of vehicle including articles left within.
Am I allowed to bring food or drinks into the park?
Restaurants and concession stands are conveniently located throughout Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. Hard and soft cooler, glass containers, bags of food, picnic style meals including but not limited to sandwiches, sodas and alcohol may not be taken into the park. Bottles of water (one per person) and single-serve sized snacks (approx. 2 oz or less) are allowed to be brought into the park.
Guests with medical diets or baby formula should speak with a Team Member for assistance before entering the park.
For your convenience, picnic areas are available outside the park, adjacent to the entrance/exit plaza. If leaving the park to enjoy your food, please have your hand stamped for re-admittance. Guests with special food related requests need to speak with a park representative for assistance before entering the park. For food allergy questions, please email us at AllergenFriendlyBGW@seaworld.com
If you would like more information on our allergen-friendly dining locations please visit our Allergen-Friendly FAQ page.
Can I smoke or vape at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA?
Smoking and vaping are only permitted in specific outdoor smoking locations throughout the park. Smoking Stations are designated in guest areas by smoking urns, benches and "designated Smoking Area" signs.
All indoor areas will remain smoke-free environments.
Please see our park maps for designated smoking area locations.
Does Busch Gardens offer front-of-line access for their rides and attractions?
We offer a variety of add-on options throughout the year to help you spend less time in line and more time having fun.
• Quick Queue – Enjoy priority access to some of your favorite rides and roller coasters.
• Reserved Seating – Guarantee a seat at one of your favorite shows.
What kind of personal items can I bring on a ride or attraction at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA?
Loose articles are not permitted in the ride queue lines or on our major attractions. This includes but are not limited to, bags and purses, cameras, cell phones, hats, keys and wallets.
Items must be safely secured in a sealed pocket, a waist pack, left in a locker or with a non-rider. Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are not responsible for lost or damaged articles.
Can I take pictures while on a ride or attraction at Busch Gardens?
For safety reasons, picture-taking is not permitted on any ride except the Skyride, Busch Gardens Railway and Rhine River Cruise. You are welcome to purchase our PhotoKey service, which offers pictures from select rides and attractions.
Due to the nature and dynamics of all rides and the potential for injury, the following items are not permitted on any ride:
• Unsecured cameras or video cameras of any size
• Head harnesses
• Selfie sticks
Equipment should be returned to your vehicle or stored in a locker, which are available near our attractions for an additional fee.
Please review our Accessibility Guide for more information on our rides and camera policy.
Can I use a hands-free camera or camera harness?
The following conditions must be met for the hands-free cameras/camera harnesses to be permitted:
• Must be secured by a 3-point or more harness, over the riders shoulders and around the torso, that is snapped or buckled closed and cannot be detached by bumping.
• The camera must be inside a case that snaps closed tightly and the case is securely attached to the harness with a screw type pen or similar device. Similarly, if the camera alone can be directly and securely attached to the harness with a screw type pen or similar device.
• A Park Operations Manager must approve of the device before it is used.
Does Busch Gardens have a photo pass service?
Yes, leave the picture taking to us. We have designated locations in the park to capture the thrills and family moments throughout your visit.
• Front Gate Photo (Fountain)
• 1-2-3 Smile with Me! - (Sesame Street Forest of Fun)
• Grover's Alpine Express (Sesame Street Forest of Fun)
• Highland Stables (Scotland)
• InvadR (New France)
• Le Scoot (New France)
Are lockers available for rent at Busch Gardens?
We offer three types of electronic lockers.
• All-Day Lockers are located in England behind M. Sweets Confectionary and can be used for the entire day.
• Ride Lockers are located at major attractions throughout the park and are operated on a timed basis.
• Guests can also purchase a locker that follows them through the park with a Transferable Ride Locker Pass.
Does Busch Gardens and Water Country USA provide kennel service or boarding facilities for guests?
Pet care services are located in Busch Garden Williamsburg's England Parking Lot. Guests can board their pet for the day in our climate controlled kennel. Service is available from park open to close. Owners are responsible for feeding and walking their pet; our Pet Care Team Members will only provide water throughout the day.
NOTE: Guests must purchase Preferred Parking in order to park in the England Parking Lot.
We suggest pre-booking your pet boarding service online before you arrive. Alternatively, you can make arrangements when you pay for parking or at Guest Relations upon arrival.
Are pets permitted at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA?
With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed in our theme park or water park.
You may board your pet for the day in our climate controlled kennel located in Busch Gardens' England Parking Lot. Owners are responsible for feeding and walking their pet; our Pet Care Team Members will only provide water throughout the day.
Are service animals allowed in Busch Gardens and Water Country USA?
Trained service animals are welcome at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
For more information, refer to our Accessibility Guide.
What is the best way to dress for a visit to Busch Gardens?
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a family destination, and requires that guests wear appropriate clothing while in the park.
Shirts, shoes and pants (including jeans or shorts) must be worn at all times.
• Clothing with suggestive or explicit language or insulting statements
• Costumes and masks (with the exception of children under 9 attending The Count's Spooktacular Halloween event in the fall)
Busch Gardens reserves the right to refuse admission or ask anyone to leave who is not in compliance with these rules.
Can I wear a costume to Busch Gardens?
What do I do if I lose something at Busch Gardens?
If you've lost something during your visit to our theme park, you may report your lost item in person or online.
If you are still at Busch Gardens, please visit the Lost & Found building located in England.
If you have already left, you can complete our Lost Items form. A Team Member will contact you only if your item has been located. Please be aware that we only keep items for 30 days, so we encourage guests to fill out a report. To help us find and return your item, please include the following information:
• Date and location item was lost or last seen
• Description of item - please be specific in regards to color, brand and any unique features
• If you lost a cell phone please provide serial number, make, model and service provider.
• Your contact information – phone number and address
• Please tell us if you completed a lost item report before you left the park.
Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are not responsible for lost, missing or stolen personal property.
Where is the Welcome Center at Busch Gardens?
The Welcome Center is located just past the turnstiles at the park entrance. Our Team Members will be able to answer questions related to our Ride Accessibility Program, Exclusive Tours, dining opportunities, priority access and more.
Where do I find a map of Busch Gardens?
Park maps are available online and on our mobile app, which is free to download.
We also provide large viewing maps located throughout the park, and paper copies are available from the Welcome Center as well.
What is a Quick Pay Cashless Wristband?
With a Quick Pay Cashless Wristband, you can make purchases all day in the park without fumbling for your wallet. Simply use your credit card or cash at the beginning of your visit to set up a spending account. You’ll be issued waterproof wristbands for the whole family, which can be used to charge purchases throughout the park.
Your account will automatically settle at the end of each day. It’s a free, smart and convenient way to enjoy your visit without worrying about misplacing your cash or credit cards.
What credit cards are accepted at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA?
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and JCB at all ticket booths, restaurants and gift shops with proper identification.
We also provide ATMs throughout the park for your convenience. Please see our park maps for ATM locations.
How do I book a tour at Busch Gardens?
Taking a tour offers guests an opportunity to experience the park in a different way. We offer seasonal kid-friendly tours, VIP tour services and a special roller coaster enthusiast tour.
Check out all of our tour options for more details. Our Exclusive Tours can be reserved online or at the Welcome Center in the park.
How do I book an animal encounter at Busch Gardens?
Busch Gardens offers behind-the-scenes encounters with our Animal Ambassadors. You can reserve your spot online by booking in advance or by visiting the Welcome Center. We suggest that you book in advance due to limited space available.
Check out all of our tour options for more details. Our Exclusive Tours can be reserved online or at the Welcome Center in the park.
Does Busch Gardens have a First Aid Station in the park?
Our First Aid Station is located in Ireland just past Lorikeet Glen as you are walking toward France. Mobile first aid units are also available.
Please request assistance from the nearest Team Member in an emergency.
Can I use a Segway at Busch Gardens?
Due to pathway configurations, terrain and large crowds (including small children and strollers), we do not permit the use of any two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicles such as a Segway ®.
Guests needing additional assistance can rent other forms of personal transportation, Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV) and standard wheelchairs. You can reserve mobility devices in advance (at least 1 day prior to your visit) or make arrangements at the Welcome Center when you arrive..