We’re proud to say that Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg is often recognized as one of the highest quality theme parks in the world. We’ve received dozens of awards over the years for our theming, attraction and show quality, landscaping, and culinary operations. Here is a list of our recent awards.
World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park
National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA)
We have received this honor every year since 1990. NAPHA Historian Jim Futrell says, “Members have long praised Busch Gardens Williamsburg for its amazing setting with its world class thrill rides and attractions surrounded by detailed European theming all nestled into a lush, rolling, forested landscape. As demonstrated by the survey results, it’s an atmosphere that is hard to duplicate anywhere else.”
Golden Ticket Award
We are proud to be one of the most honored theme parks in the annual Golden Ticket Awards. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has won “Best Landscaping” every year since the category was formed in 1998. Over the years, we have been awarded “Most Beautiful Park,” “Cleanest Park,” and “Best Food.” We also continue to appear in other categories, like Apollo’s Chariot ® that consistently ranks among the “Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters.”
Busch Gardens Williamsburg was listed among the top 25 amusement parks in the United States for 2016. The Travelers’ Choice award is determined based on the reviews and ratings of TripAdvisor travelers worldwide.
Best Amusement Park Entertainment
USA Today's 10Best
Nominated by USA Today's travel experts and voted for by Best10 readers, Celtic Fyre ® was #1 for “Best Amusement Park Entertainment” in 2015. Apollo’s Chariot ® and Tempesto ® were among the "Best Roller Coaster" and "Best New Amusement Park Attraction" lists. Howl-O-Scream ® also made an appearance on the list for “Best Theme Park Halloween Event,” while Christmas Town ™ was named one of the best theme park holiday events.
Best Food Destination
Behind the Thrills
Awarded by Behind the Thrills, this “Best of” award was presented to us after an online vote that was open to the public at behindthethrills.com. Voters were asked what park they associated with great food, taking into account factors such as best service, best choice, and best variety.
Best Theme Park Food
Our pretzel sandwich won over the online voters at About.com, who titled the sandwich the “Best New Theme Park Food.” You can grab the award-winning sandwich at Beste Brezeln und Bier (Best Pretzels and Beer), which is right next to Mäch Tower ®.