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Why Busch Gardens VA Is The Perfect Family Trip

by Nellie

 

Busch Gardens VA is a really fun theme park located near colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. This was my first time to the theme park and I was SO impressed with the rides, the culture and of course the animals! It’s a world class theme park with tons of things to do! Here is a quick guide to Busch Gardens Virginia!

When I was younger I was very well traveled. I spend summers in Jamaica, visited every island, and went to Florida crazy often. I had always heard of my friends going to Busch Gardens but somehow my family never made it there.

 

A Simple & Quick Guide To Busch Gardens Virginia

 

Since we have never been here before we immediately grabbed a map to get a lay of the land. We quickly learned that there were different countries to visit. We started in England where there was a height checker which was great to see which rides our boys could ride on.

One thing you couldn’t deny was how gorgeous the park was. Beautiful greenery and water was everywhere, masterfully weaved into a gorgeous (and spotless!) theme park. We knew that there were a few places that we absolutely wanted to visit and that was the Sesame Street Forest of Fun and Land of The Dragons. My 5-year-old was mostly excited about the Sesame Street fun, my 8-year-old ended up liking it more than he wanted to admit!

 

  

Both Sesame Street Forest of Fun and Land of the Dragons were perfect for elementary-sized kids. There were several low-key rides in both areas. If your kids are not hardcore thrill seekers, then these are the areas for you.

They both also have really fun water areas, so if you need a place to cool off, bring a swimsuit along for the fun! Family friendly dryers are also available for purchase if your family just likes to get wet regardless of what clothes they are in (like mine). The Kidsiderate program is perfect for those under 9, and it is set up across all areas of the park.

Next, we walked over to Germany and went on Curse of DarKastle. It’s a simulation ride, not a roller coaster so there are no big dips or drops. The ride is in 4D and could possibly be a little scary for the younger ones. I personally loved it, the 4D effect was SO cool—I was dodging all of the things coming my way–it was so realistic! 🙂

Food & Wine Festival

I love a good food and wine festival – who doesn’t? From May 26th to July 2nd on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the park is celebrating food from all over the globe.

There were tasty treats from India, Canada (Did you know that Canada’s most popular food is Mac and Cheese?! I had no idea), The Caribbean (I HAD to stop for a pineapple upside-down rum cake and a Lime Ginger Drink), Germany, England, Scotland, and SO much more!

The treats were authentic from each country and so fun to try out!

 

 

Quick Queue & Refills

A couple of really cool features in Busch Gardens VA that saved me time and stress were the use of the souvenir cups and quick queue. The cups have free refills all day, so they pay for themselves over and over again especially if you have a thirsty family (like mine).

The Quick Queue puts you on a shorter line for the most popular rides and attractions. A life saver when you have kids who don’t really like to stand around for long!

The Food!

I know I talked about the Food and Wine Festival but the food that is there every day is pretty awesome too. We chose to eat at Marco Polo’s Marketplace that had TONS of options from yummy paninis to Chinese food to delicious artisan flatbread pizzas.

To my husband’s delight there was a Make Your Own Cannoli station. He was over the moon to say the least. (I had the strawberry shortcake which was scrumptious!)

 

The International Culture

Going around to all of the countries teaches the kids all about different countries. From the flags, to the trinkets, to the food—the kids and adults all get an awesome geography lesson.

The Busch Gardens Animals!

If you are visiting Busch Gardens VA, be sure to check out the animals and all of the awesome shows! We got to visit the Wolf Haven performance as well as the More Pet Shenanigans show! Both were super adorable and provided for fun photo opportunities afterwards.

Busch Gardens VA is (Relatively) Close to home

 

Busch Gardens VA is about a 3-4 hour drive from NYC or an hour via plane. It’s really great to have such a huge, diverse and fun theme park so close to home!

Florida is great, but sometimes you want to stay a little bit closer to home and still have a fun family trip. Busch Gardens VA is definitely the choice to make for an easy NYC getaway!

 

 

What are your summer travel plans? Have you ever been to Busch Gardens VA?

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106 comments

Lisa Brown July 17, 2017 - 5:59 am

I have no summer plans and I have never been to Busch Gardens VA.

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Lisa Brown July 17, 2017 - 6:01 am

my tweet twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/886888351722201093
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Natalie July 17, 2017 - 7:40 am

I have never been to Busch Gardens but I would love to go someday. This summer I am planning on riding to Colorado to see my brother.

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Natalie July 17, 2017 - 7:59 am

I tweeted – twitter.com/yarbr012/status/886917191140069377

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Julie Wood July 17, 2017 - 8:04 am

I have never been to Bush Gardens in Va, but I sure would love to travel and visit. We are taking a summer road trip from Washington to California this Summer!

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Julie Wood July 17, 2017 - 8:05 am

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Janine Huldie July 17, 2017 - 8:19 am

Believe it or not, I have never been there either. Kevin went as a kid, but not me at all. But after seeing your pics may have to look into this now. Thanks for sharing, Nellie as it looks like a real fun family vacation experience 😉

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mami2jcn July 17, 2017 - 9:33 am

I’ve never been there but it’s not too far for us so we’d like to go in the near future.

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mami2jcn July 17, 2017 - 9:35 am

tweet–twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/886942176978104320

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Rosie July 17, 2017 - 2:17 pm

All this good food and fun, and not so far away, and I’m thinking more affordable than many kids’ destination places. I never knew about Busch GardensVA before! I’d like to keep it in mind!

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Jessica To July 17, 2017 - 3:48 pm

I have been to Busch Gardens in Virigina and my son and I loved it. We aren’t going this summer but hope to soon.

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heather July 17, 2017 - 4:29 pm

Our summer plans are to hit the beach. We have never been to Busch Gardens VA but it looks amazing.

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Stacey Roberson July 17, 2017 - 7:50 pm

We are heading to Virginia Beach in August to visit family. I have been to Busch Gardens a bunch of times – 45 minute drive when we lived in Hampton Roads. Such a beautiful park!

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Stacey Roberson July 17, 2017 - 7:54 pm

Tweet: twitter.com/smroberson_78/status/887097699316662272

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Kita July 17, 2017 - 8:11 pm

We went to the one in Tampa and didn’t see not one splash pad..not fair *cries*

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Billie Rowell July 17, 2017 - 8:32 pm

No, I’ve yet to visit Busch Gardens. It looks fun! My summer plan is to spend a lot of time with my family. Thanks for the chance to win.

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Sharon July 18, 2017 - 7:37 am

We’re planning a fall trip to he Smokey Mountains to see friends.

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Sharon July 18, 2017 - 7:41 am

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Tamara July 18, 2017 - 1:18 pm

WHOA. Those wolves! How cool. And those desserts. I am so in. I’ve always wanted to go to Busch Gardens but I haven’t been yet. My kids would be in love.

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Carly Pizzani July 18, 2017 - 3:33 pm

I honestly had never heard of Busch Gardens before I read your post! I have to admit, when I saw your pics on social media, my first thought was, is this a beer theme park?? LOL. It looks amazing and it’s great it’s so close to NYC. Glad you guys had such a fun trip!

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Dana Marie Germain July 18, 2017 - 3:53 pm

No gavels plans this summer but we went to the beach a few hours away so I guess that counts lol and I have never been to Busch gardens in VA

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Jessie C. July 18, 2017 - 6:53 pm

We have never been to Busch Gardens but would love to, it looks so fun!
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Jessie C. July 18, 2017 - 6:57 pm

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Kelly D July 18, 2017 - 7:13 pm

We are bringing my kids to the beach in CT and some museums. I went to Busch Gardens VA many years ago.

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Kelly D July 18, 2017 - 7:16 pm

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Steve Weber July 18, 2017 - 8:17 pm

I’ve never been to Busch Gardens, but it’s on my bucket list.

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Michel July 19, 2017 - 1:53 am

I absolutely love going to Busch Gardens!

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Michel July 19, 2017 - 1:55 am

Here’s my link! twitter.com/mjamestribe19/status/887550960226185216

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Shelley July 19, 2017 - 10:18 am

I have never been to Busch Gardens, but would love to some day! They’re all pretty far from us. This summer we’ll be going camping in the Rockies 🙂

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Jen July 19, 2017 - 3:14 pm

I plan on visiting the zoo with my family this summer. I’ve never been to Busch Gardens, but it looks like fun.

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Jennifer Hayden July 19, 2017 - 9:55 pm

I’ve visited the one in Florida but this one looks like so much fun too!

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NICOLE JACKSON July 19, 2017 - 10:26 pm

We are going to close out our summer last week of August with a trip to VA. We will spend a week in between Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Girls are very excited.

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jeremy mclaughlin July 20, 2017 - 7:51 pm

Never been to Busch Gardens, but we would love to.

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Shelley July 22, 2017 - 12:34 am

I have not been to Busch Gardens, but it looks like a fun summer getaway!

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Shelley July 22, 2017 - 12:38 am

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Erika July 23, 2017 - 12:15 am

I haven’t been, but it looks like my kids would really enjoy it.

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latanya July 23, 2017 - 6:36 pm

we are doing a staycation

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Dawn s July 23, 2017 - 7:12 pm

We have been discussing going to Busch Gardens for a while, our children are finally old enough to appreciate it I think.

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Dawn s July 23, 2017 - 7:15 pm

tweeted for a second entry

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amy July 24, 2017 - 2:03 am

No, I’ve never been to Busch Gardens VA. We have plans to go camping next weekend in the blue ridge mountains and then two weeks later we are going to myrtle beach.

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Madonna July 24, 2017 - 4:38 am

we aren’t doing anything this summer but I wish we were going to Busch Gardens, We used to go a couple times a year and its our favorite vacation destination.

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Madonna July 24, 2017 - 4:40 am

link to tweet
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Kim July 26, 2017 - 10:33 am

Busch Gardens looks so fun! I’ve never been. Your boys look a happy too. Maybe next summer my family and I can plan a visit there.

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Lauren JImeson July 26, 2017 - 10:52 am

I grew up going to Busch Gardens in Tampa. It holds a special place in my heart! Would love to visit the one in VA!

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DENISE WEI-VITAL July 26, 2017 - 5:06 pm

We have a weekend trip to Dorney Park coming up next month then Panama in November. We have never been to Busch Gardens. It definitely looks like a place that Andre would love! Great post!

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reesa July 26, 2017 - 5:25 pm

It’s been forever since we’ve been to Busch Gardens. It’s a great place. We used to go when my husband was in the military and trained in the area since they have a very awesome military salute.

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stEphanie July 26, 2017 - 8:50 pm

This Is one place I’ve never been and always been on my bucket list. Now you’ve convinced me to make it happen!

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Vincent July 28, 2017 - 11:49 pm

I’ve never been there, but it looks like fun…maybe we’ll make it there on a future trip.

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Vincent July 28, 2017 - 11:52 pm

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Heather S July 29, 2017 - 12:05 pm

Our summer plans are to visit Palm Springs (yay) and no we have never been to the Busch Gardens, not yet 🙂

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Heather S July 29, 2017 - 12:07 pm

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Cindy July 30, 2017 - 4:10 am

I have never been to Busch Garden in Virginia.

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kjasus July 30, 2017 - 9:00 am

I went to Busch Gardens in VA once as a teenager. Would love to go back and bring my kids!

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amy stonger July 31, 2017 - 1:40 am

No, I have never been to any Busch gardens before. Our summer plans include camping in Pisgah national forest and having my niece and nephew come to visit.

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amy stonger July 31, 2017 - 1:45 am

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Cynthia C July 31, 2017 - 8:45 am

I’ve never been to Busch Gardens but it really looks like fun. I’m planning a road trip to the beach with friends later this summer.

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Cynthia C July 31, 2017 - 8:51 am

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CheRyl B July 31, 2017 - 5:40 pm

This year we visited South Dakota and Wyoming, we have a few camping trips left.

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Dana Rodriguez August 1, 2017 - 5:26 pm

I have never been but looks like a fun place to visit! We are leaving for NY tomorrow to see our grandson.

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Mita August 1, 2017 - 7:21 pm

I have never been to Bush Garden, would like to go.

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Mita August 1, 2017 - 7:29 pm

I tweeted @mitajdav I am not able to post link?

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Susan smith August 3, 2017 - 5:41 pm

No, I’ve yet to visit Busch Gardens. It looks like a lot of fun. We went to visit my family in Denver this Summer.

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shelly peterson August 5, 2017 - 12:42 am

I have no summer travel plans. I have never visited Busch Gardens VA. It looks fun.
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shelly peterson August 5, 2017 - 12:49 am

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Lisa August 8, 2017 - 3:42 pm

I don’t have any summer travel plans. I will probably visit some local state parks with family members. I haven’t ever been to Busch Gardens VA. It looks like a fun place. Until I read your post about the Sesame Street Forest of Fun attraction, I didn’t know that they even had a Sesame Street attraction there.

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Margaret Smith August 11, 2017 - 8:27 pm

A couple of years ago we visited Busch Gardens and loved it. We have to go again soon. We mostly had a staycation this summer and went to the lake, beach, hiking and fishing. Thanks so much.

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Margaret Smith August 11, 2017 - 8:32 pm

Tweeted: @peg42
Having a problem posting the tweet.

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Elle August 14, 2017 - 12:37 pm

I went to Busch Gardens many years ago but would love to go back!

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Elle August 14, 2017 - 12:42 pm

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Will G August 14, 2017 - 5:30 pm

I’ve never been there before, but would love to go one day!

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Will G August 14, 2017 - 5:32 pm

tweet – twitter.com/willgriesmer/status/897209035455422464

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Amy Tong August 15, 2017 - 12:56 am

What a fun place to visit. I’ve never been there. I can’t wait to take my kids there someday!

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Amy Tong August 15, 2017 - 12:59 am

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Chrissy August 15, 2017 - 9:50 pm

Our summer travel plans consist of mostly day trips with a couple of weekend trips thrown in. It’s much easier to take short trips now that we have a toddler because she doesn’t sleep as well away from home. We have not ever been to Busch Gardens but it’s on my list of places I’d like to visit and we could easily do it in a weekend so hopefully we will make it soon!

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Chrissy August 15, 2017 - 9:56 pm

Trouble linking my tweet buy my user name is @krisgan07

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Rachel August 21, 2017 - 6:03 pm

This summer my family and I traveled to Colorado. I’ve never been to Busch Gardens VA before.

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amber August 26, 2017 - 11:18 pm

we just did road trips for travel this summer, but would love to go to busch gardens one day

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Susan Christy September 4, 2017 - 4:50 pm

I took a couple of short road trips this summer. I’ve never been to Busch Gardens, Williamsburg but I need to go if only for the cannoli station!

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Janice Cooper September 6, 2017 - 11:39 am

I’ve never been to Busch Gardens in VA, but I’ve been to the Busch Gardens in Tampa FL and we had a great time!

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Janice Cooper September 6, 2017 - 11:48 am

Having a problem posting my tweet. I did tweet @disneyfan40

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Kathy Persons September 6, 2017 - 6:43 pm

My daughter got married thi summer and I went to Busch Garden in FL years ago

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Kathy Persons September 6, 2017 - 6:45 pm

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OFG September 8, 2017 - 2:01 pm

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OFG September 8, 2017 - 2:01 pm

I went in 6th grade with my best friend and loved every ride and part of it!

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Gina M September 11, 2017 - 11:44 am

Living in VA, Busch Gardens is definitely one of my favorite parks to visit! Our summer plans included a family reunion in TN.

Thanks for the chance to win!
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Gina M September 11, 2017 - 11:46 am

TWEET–twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/907268363340193792

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Sarah L September 12, 2017 - 4:06 am

I visited the Busch Gardens in Florida many years ago. The flowers were spectacular.
Thanks for the contest.

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Sarah L September 12, 2017 - 4:21 am

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Terry September 12, 2017 - 10:13 pm

Since the summer is really over for my family, there were not any summer plans due to the heavy smoke from fires where we live. Hoping to take a vacation next January somewhere warm. Our family has never been to Busch Gardens VA but looks like a really fun place.

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Jeffrey September 17, 2017 - 4:23 pm

I went to Busch Gardens as a boy, we live fairly close to Cedar Point and visit there as least once a year. The kids love riding the roller coasters, I’m starting to fall out of love with it! As I get older, it just seems to hurt!!!

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Jeffrey September 17, 2017 - 4:26 pm

I shared on Twitter with the handle @FireRunner2379. I was unable to post the link, it threw me an error!

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Tamara September 21, 2017 - 10:41 pm

Busch Gardens looks like a fun place to go with the family. Will have to keep it in mind for future vacation plans.
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Tamara September 21, 2017 - 10:43 pm

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Emily N. September 24, 2017 - 2:55 pm

I love vacations in the summer. Busch Gardens would make for a fun vacation spot!

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Emily N. September 24, 2017 - 2:58 pm

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Kerry September 25, 2017 - 12:46 pm

This looks amazing! I’d love to spend my summer at their water park!

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Betty Curran September 29, 2017 - 1:14 am

We don’t have any special plans this summer. I just started a new job and can’t take time off yet. We will probably spend a few weekend days at a nearby lake. I’ve never been to Busch Gardens but it looks like a lot of fun.

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Thomas Murphy September 29, 2017 - 9:57 pm

I would love to go to Busch Gardens VA!

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Thomas Murphy September 29, 2017 - 9:59 pm

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Barbara Montag September 29, 2017 - 10:17 pm

I have always wanted to go to Busch Gardens in Florida.
On my bucket list so my choice.
thank you

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Kathryn C September 30, 2017 - 3:38 pm

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I have been to Busch Gardens in VA before, about 10 years ago when we went on a trip to Williamsburg, VA- unfortunately this summer I didn’t do anything special except spend time reading & relaxing at our lake in town

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Kathryn C September 30, 2017 - 4:00 pm

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Tabathia B September 30, 2017 - 4:15 pm

I have never been to busch gardens before. This summer we went to the beach and to kings dominion

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