Travel Smart Guide

Travel Smart Guide

If you’ve already decided on a date for your theme park vacation to Busch Gardens ® and Water Country USA ® in Williamsburg, Virginia, and read our trip planning tips, you’re ready for our Travel Smart Guide below. It’s a quick and easy blueprint on everything you’ll need before you travel so that you have an exciting, affordable and memorable vacation to Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA.

Step 1: Purchase the right tickets for you and your family

Purchase the perfect pass

Whether you're visiting for a day or staying longer, we have a variety of tickets and passes to fit your needs. Williamsburg, Virginia is a perfect destination for those interested in history. We have multi-day tickets that include our parks plus our historic partners such as Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown (see offer details for more information).

If you're looking to spend time just at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, then our 2-Park Summer Flex or Fun Card would be a great option. Choose the right admission product for you and your family. Or, make it a package deal (Tickets + Hotel + Extras) for even more fun.

Step 2: Pack like a pro

Pack like a pro

• Dress in layers, no matter the season
• Roll your clothes rather than folding them to save space
• Leave 1/3 of your bag empty if you’re planning to bring home lots of souvenirs
• Pack light where you can—our Williamsburg hotels provide many sample-sized toiletries
• Choose a poncho over an umbrella (trust us, you do NOT want to bother with carrying around an umbrella all day)


For the parks

• Bring a small bag with zipper closure to hold all your essentials
• Bring only the necessities into the park: phone, wallet, keys, hand sanitizer, camera
• Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for sunny summer days
• Bring one water bottle in the park (one bottle per person is permitted)
• Pack a few packages of crackers in your bag in case the kids (or you) get hungry in between meals
• Wear your swimsuit to the park under your clothes if water rides are on the itinerary or your think you might want to cool down in one of our splash zones (either way you will get soaked)

Step 3: Cut down on costs

Cut down on costs

• Choose a hotel with free breakfast and coffee
• Stay in an extended stay hotel or condo so you can cook a few meals rather than having to eat out every meal
• Utilize ground transportation from one of our nearby airports
• Avoid baggage fees if you are flying by packing light
• Look for last-minute hotel and travel deals
• Instead of multiple rooms, try booking a hotel suite with a pull out sofa
• Minimize what you bring into the park to make renting a locker easier

Step 4: Play it safe

Play it safe

• Keep phone, wallet and keys in Ziploc bag to protect them on water rides
• Take a picture of the location sign closest to your parking spot
• Pick a meeting spot in case someone gets separated

These are just things to keep in mind before your theme park vacation, but make sure you leave yourself some time to simply relax and explore this beautiful, historic area hosting a wide variety of dining, shopping and recreation opportunities. This is a special place; as the parks are situated between Coastal and historic towns alike. Don’t let planning distract you from noticing the happiness and joy as your family explores. We can’t wait for you to hear the laughter, taste the flavors and feel welcomed by the sense of Virginia hospitality at Busch Gardens & Water Country USA.