You should visit Busch Gardens – even in the rain

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rent out an entire amusement park, having it all to yourself for the day?  Now I know what that feels like!

At several points in our spring break trip to Williamsburg, VA, the universe seemed to conspire against us. Both kids got the flu. We had to change hotel rooms three times.  The weather imploded on itself by the end of our trip.  It was a sopping wet day when we headed to Busch Gardens.  My husband was ready to bail, but the kids and I gathered up our ponchos and insisted on going.  We are so glad we did!  

Apparently, most people agreed with my husband and didn’t want to head out in the rain that day.  This was the parking lot when we arrived shortly after the park opened.  It was almost completely empty.  In fact, we parked in the very first spot in the first row!  That has never happened to us in the history of traveling anywhere.

Despite the rain, Busch Gardens was gloriously beautiful.  The floral displays were amazing, and the individual park areas had so many interesting features. I wanted to stop and get photos of each one.  My children just wanted to ride the coasters!  Lucky for us, there were absolutely NO lines at any rides. That’s right…we didn’t wait in line a single time during our day!

Our first stop was to the Kidsiderate height check center.  The employees measured my son’s height so we’d know which rides were safe for him.  What a time saver!

Ironically, the water rides were closed on the day we visited.  However, there were so many other rides to choose from, we didn’t mind.  My kids rode several coasters multiple times each.  Sometimes the operators allowed them to stay on the ride and enjoy it again and again.  It was unbelievable!  On many rides, my kids were the only passengers.  They felt like royalty!  One employee told us that the park usually admits 20,000 guests per day.  On the day we visited, 400 people entered the park.  In fact, they ended up closing the park a few hours early in anticipation of the storms that arrived later that night.

Our ponchos kept us dry throughout the drizzle and light rain.  Several times throughout the day, the rain would stop for a while then come back with a vengeance.  When that happened, we ducked into a shop or restaurant for shelter.  I was impressed that the Busch Gardens employees were constantly mopping up water to make sure the floor was safe and dry for guests.

The rain didn’t stop us from enjoying the day. In fact, we enjoyed this day more than any other theme park visit!  It was the highlight of our trip.  I would definitely be excited to head back, despite a gloomy weather forecast.

The one thing we missed seeing — the animal exhibits.  I didn’t realize that Busch Gardens cares for so many rehabilitated animals.  I’d like to go back and learn more about their animal preservation efforts. There is so much potential for educational experiences at Busch Gardens. You could link many of these attractions to Common Core standards. Just in the realm of Social Studies, I could come up with lesson plans based around the geography and historical references in the park. The whole park was rich with educational opportunity.

Though he didn’t want to stand in the rain all day, my husband was a good sport about it.  Even when I threw out our ponchos, thinking the rain had stopped long enough for us to get home, then we got HEAVILY drenched — he wasn’t angry with me.  What a man!

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  1. Natalie says:

    I love riding the rides at theme parks! I love rollercoasters especially.

  2. Melissa Storms says:

    I am not a huge fan of rides except water rides. I do love theme park and fair foods though, I love trying whatever new concoction is available.

  3. Charlotte says:

    I like visiting the animal exhibits.

  4. Lisa Williams says:

    My favorite thing would be the animal exhibits,I don’t go on rides because I get queasy but I love to look around and explore, try some of the food,look in the shops.

  5. I like to ride a really scary roller coaster.

  6. Connie Lee says:

    I like walking around looking at everything, and if they have shows, I like to see them.

  7. Steve Weber says:

    Walking around and looking at the animals.

  8. I get pretty sick going on the rides, so what I enjoy most is the shows – like water skiing. I also just love walking around and enjoying the flowers…beautifully done!

  9. jacqueline viera says:

    i love the thrill of the rides!

  10. Tiffany S says:

    I like going on the roller coasters.

  11. Lasonda says:

    I enjoy the rides and time with my family.

  12. elcane desir says:

    just being around family and exploring new things would be about my favorite thing to do

  13. Cheryl B says:

    We enjoy the rides and landscaping around the parks.

  14. We love walking around and enjoying the food and all the fun surrounding us

  15. Wendy R. says:

    I like exhibits and shows and just walking around!

  16. I love taking pictures!

  17. Dan Dykstra says:

    I’m interested in the different shows. Maybe a ride here and there.

  18. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I love the food and exhibits-I do not go on the rides

  19. Susan Smith says:

    I enjoy the riding the rides

  20. I love going on the roller coasters. And for parks like Busch Gardens and Animal Kingdom, I love walking through the animal exhibits and doing the safari and/or train ride (depending on the park).

  21. Bryan Vice says:

    I love riding the rids with my kids

  22. I am not a big ride person so I like to eat the “fair food.”

  23. Cynthia R says:

    My favorite thing to do at a theme park like Busch Gardens is to ride some roller coasters!

  24. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I like walking around and eating the food.

  25. Jeanna Massman says:

    I would love to take my grandson to Busch Gardens. I think he would love it!

  26. Margaret Appel says:

    I’d love to visit Busch Gardens, I’ve never been! It looks like a lot of fun, altho I don’t do the rides. I just like to walk around & people watch! The Animal exhibits look interesting too!

  27. Kayla Klontz says:

    I love the rides, the food, everything. I’d love to visit.

  28. Calvin F. says:

    Very nice place. We have a place similar to this here.

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