Visiting Europe, By Way of Williamsburg

We’ve been stuck in the cold, wet Northeast for the past few months with no sign of warmer weather.  So we decided to escape for Spring Break and visit Williamsburg, Virginia, one of our favorite destinations.  We were amazed at the beautiful flowers, warm sunshine…and growth!  Williamsburg has grown significantly since our last visit, lots of new shopping, homes, entertainment and more.  But, we were happy to see our favorite spots are still thriving, so we were able to enjoy them on this visit.  One of my favorite things about Williamsburg (aside from all the historical destinations and beautiful architecture) is Busch Gardens.  This gem of an amusement park is one that holds a lot of dear family memories for me, as we’ve been coming here since my kids first were big enough to enjoy the rides. We were thrilled to be invited* to enjoy the park on our trip.


We love meandering and  discovering European villages and enjoying many family friendly rides at the scenic and pristine Busch Gardens amusement park in Williamsburg, VA.  Part of the Sea World family of parks and destinations, aside from major theme parks such as Sea World and Universal Studios, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the nicest amusement park I have ever been to.  The grounds are amazing and lush with beautiful flowers and plants.  Everywhere you go there are colorful blossoms perfectly manicured.  The grounds themselves are stunning.  It is so clean, no trash anywhere!


Busch Gardens Williamsburg boasts a lovely European theme.  The park is divided into several European countries, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and Italy. This visit, though, I noticed some new exotic destinations like Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, too!  Each area of the park reflects its origin in architecture, food, and decor.  This makes for an amazing setting! The rides and shows in each section fit the country perfectly!







There is truly something for everyone at this park.  Beginning with the smallest adventurers, there is a Sesame Street themed play land with rides, water fun, and more. This was a very popular area for younger visitors.

We enjoyed shows throughout our visit in the park.  We loved Celtic Fyre, an Irish celebration, especially. We got to see shows exhibiting animals in Pet Shenanigans, as well as seeing rehabilitated wildlife cared for by the park, such as wolves and Bald Eagles!


The rides are incredible.  Verboten is a favorite, of course, and one that is not to be missed.  We love classic rides like the Loch Ness Monster and Alpengeist and new this year is Finnegan’s Flyer, which we missed the opening weekend by one week!  Ah, next time, we will definitely need to try it, it looks so fun!

We can’t rave about Busch Gardens Williamsburg enough.  You’ll have to take a trip there  yourself to see just how great it is.  You can learn more about the park attractions by visiting them online.


*we were invited to visit the park, all opinions are my own.

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