As a military family, many summers bring a new home and a new part of the country to get to know. Our family makes an effort to visit attractions at each new assignment. This is a great way to start to feel at home in a new area and to build family memories. We were fortunate enough to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg this week and I’m happy to be able to tell you that it’s the perfect destination for military families and for everyone.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is located in eastern VA right off of Interstate 64. It’s conveniently located to many military bases and posts in Virginia. You may be familiar with its beautiful gardens and amazing roller coasters, but you may not be aware of why it’s the perfect spot for families, and military families in particular.
1. Busch Gardens supports the military and military families with their Waves of Honor program. This allows any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, Adventure Island®, Water Country USA®, or Sesame Place® or Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ in San Diego for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.
2. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is located on Interstate 66 which is a popular travel route for military families PCSing or traveling. Did you know that Busch Gardens Williamsburg has pet kennels available? If you are traveling through Virginia, you could stop for a day of memory making with your family, board your pet at the kennel on the park premises and then continue along your journey with your pet at the end of the day. How perfect is that for a traveling military family (or any traveling family)?!
3. There are military themed souvenirs available in the gift shops. Pick your favorite military service, they’ve got them all represented.
4. The park has a wide variety of attractions for everyone in the family. In addition to the rides, there are quite a few different shows. We caught the charming This is Oktoberfest German-themed show while we ate lunch in Das Festhaus. The entire family enjoyed the Celtic Fyre show in Abbey Stone Theater. Our entire family was smiling and clapping with the rest of the audience through the show featuring Irish songs and Irish dance mixed with American tap dance and all woven into a Broadway-style show. It was a big hit with all 5 members of my family (and we’re a bunch of tough graders!)
New this year is the London Rocks show that we caught in the Globe theater. It features well-known British rock n’ roll with fun pop culture overlays. The very large theater was full when we caught the rockin‘ show.
In addition to the shows, I was interested to learn that Busch Gardens is committed to conservation and had several animal exhibits with rescued and rehabilitated animals. There are rehabilitated eagles at Eagle Ridge.
We purchased 2 of these cups and were able to refill them all day long with soda for $.99, an Icee for $1.99 or ice water for no charge. Hold onto those cups because you can use them all yearlong for the same discount.
And if you’d prefer to pack your own lunch, there are picnic tables located near the parking lots so that you can eat your own meals.
We expected to have a great time riding the rides (which we did) but we were happily surprised at how many other fun activities there were for the whole family. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has so much to offer military families and everyone. You can find out more about Busch Gardens Williamsburg, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.