Details: Roller Coaster Tour at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Wednesday, July 22, 2009



Busch Gardens Williamsburg is about 140 miles from the Capital Beltway. To get there, take Interstate 95 south for about 80 miles, then I-295 south for 13 miles and I-64 east for 43 miles to Exit 243A.


Courtyard by Marriott (470 McLaws Cir., 800-321-2211, Advertises rooms from $139, though I paid $58 by bidding on

Days Hotel Williamsburg (201 Water Country Pkwy., 800-329-7466, Rooms for upcoming weekends are $86.


Outside Busch Gardens:

The Trellis (403 W. Duke of Gloucester St., 757-229-8610, Contemporary American cuisine. Lunch entrees $5-$15, dinner $18-$32.

Buon Amici Ristorante (5201 Center St., 757-220-8188, A well-regarded pizzeria and Italian restaurant. Pizzas are $10-$20. Lunch entrees $9.50-$16, dinner $18-$30.

In Busch Gardens:

Das Festhaus, A 2,000-seat restaurant in the Germany section. You can buy a meal plan online in advance; $20 includes two entrees, two sides or desserts, and four nonalcoholic drinks.


The Behind the Scenes roller coaster tour is offered all summer on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Tours are limited to 16, reservations must be made a day in advance and all patrons must be 14 or older. Tickets are $74.95, which includes a commemorative CD of photos, a parking pass, exclusive ride time on some coasters and, for others, front-of-line passes for later in the day. Note that the tour fee does not include park admission, required if you plan to stay beyond the tour. Adult admission is $59.95. Hours of operation vary.


Busch Gardens Williamsburg: 800-343-7946,

-- S.V.

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