Monday, April 23, 2012

Bush Gardens Theme Park in Williamsburg, Virginia


During Spring Break I had the wonderful oppurtuinty to visit Bush Gardens in Williamsburg VA.  The first thing I noticed about this park is how beautiful it is, there were tulips  and spring flowers everywhere.  Now I understand why it was named the World's Most Beautiful Park.

Before You Go
I definitely recommend visiting the Bush Gardens website before you go.  This will give you a chance to get an overview of the rides and the park sections which are divided up by countries.  You can purchase tickets online too.  This will cut down on waiting in line.  Make sure you wear comfortable shoes there is a lot of walking and hills in Bush Gardens, so you will get a good workout.

Once You Arrive

When you enter the park through England, look for the height check station housed inside English phone booths.  Your child will be given a colored wristband and a sheet indicating the rides they can enjoy. It definitely takes the guessing game out of which rides your kids can go on.  

Also, check out the schedule of different shows for the day.  I recommend  Pet Shenanigans, Pirates 4-D and Tales of Good and Grim (which is in air-conditioning).  If you want to to dine with Elmo and Friends you want to make your reservations at Guest Services in England.

Toddlers
Younger children will want to head to Sesame Street Forest Fun for everything Sesame Street.  There are shows, a playground and a water playground to keep the little ones cool on the hot days.  The rides in this section are perfect for your little ones. They even have a roller coaster for kids 33 inches and taller. Also head to the Land of Dragons for more kids rides and a huge outdoor playground with climbing nets and a tree-house.

School Aged Children
Depending on the height of your child, they may be able to give the roller coaster a try if they are into adventure.  Kids under 52 inches will have plenty rides to try in each country.  Le Scoot (log flume), Europe in the Air, Curse of the DarKastle, Mach Tower and Verbolten (opening 5/18/2012).

Teens and Older
Bush Gardens is the perfect park for those dare devil teens.  They have a roller coaster to meet all of their needs.  Escape to Pompeli, Apollo's Chariot, Roman Rapids, Loch Ness Monster and much more.


Overall
Bush Gardens has something for everyone.  Rides for the younger family members and thrilling roller-coasters for the rest of the family.  Even is you're not a big ride person, the grounds of the park are gorgeous and you can catch a show or two. If your heading to the Williamsburg area for a family vacation, Bush Gardens should definitely be on your list to visit. 




Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary tickets to visit Bush Gardens.

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