Looking for 2014 Busch Gardens Virginia discount tickets, coupons, and promo codes? Check below...
The park-- which is now open on weekends and select days-- has admission prices comparable to most other big-name theme parks.
But if you're looking for a cheap Virginia Beach family vacation getaway, you have to work hard to get the best discounts and maximize your dollar..especially in these tough economic times. Luckily, I've got some fantastic deals for you-- including how to get in two parks for the price of one!
Busch Gardens Virginia 2014 Single-Day Admission Rates
The bad news? Single-day ticket prices for adults jumped $3 last year (that's $13 total in the last five years!). The good news? Prices haven't gone up for 2014...AND I've always found many ways to get you in on the cheap!
Click here for Howl-O-Scream info and ways I was able to save you up to $32 off tickets last year!
Click here for Christmas Town info and discounts, hours, and more to give you an idea of what to expect for the 2014 season.
Up until the last three years (when just about everything in the world has skyrocketed) Busch Gardens has been pretty good about trying to minimize price increases over the years. Here's where they've been making up for it: parking.
Daily parking is not included in ANY single-day Busch Gardens Virginia tickets. The real bummer is that I used to be able to give you a link to save you $2 on a daily parking pass.
Unfortunately, penny pinching at the park has eliminated even that deal, so you have to pay the full $15 per visit now.
I've found it: One way to buy a Fun Card that will save you a few bucks. First, let me explain how the Fun Card works.
2014 Fun Card Info:
Pay for a day and get unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Europe March 16 through Sept. 1. The Fun Card is $72, the same price as a regular single-day ticket.
Limited Time 2-Park Deal-- Ends March 31!
Buy your 2014 Fun Card by March 31 and you'll get unlimited admission through Sept. 2 to both this park AND Water Country USA! Wait until April 1 to buy your Fun Card and you'll only get admission to one park. At that point, you'll need to buy a 2-Park Fun Card to get unlimited admission to both parks (see below).
2-Park Fun Card for 2014:
New for this year, the park is offering a 2-Park Fun Card for $97 that gives you unlimited admission (March 16 to Sept. 1) to both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA (note: it does NOT include parking).
If you're like me, and you want to find everything the cheapest way possible, there are ways to get the summer Fun Card for up to $5 less.
1) Parks and Recreation Departments - Save up to $20 per ticket and $3 on Fun Cards!
The Virginia Parks & Recreation site offers $3 off Busch Gardens Fun Cards ($69) and Water Country USA Fun Cards ($47). You can also buy single-day tickets from them for $52 for adults and $42 for kids, good from March 21 to Oct. 26. Go to www.vrps.org for details.
2) Virginia Beach Vacation Market - Visit one of their three locations along Atlantic Avenue (at 16th, 25th, and 31st Streets - they're open 7 days a week and also offer discounts to other attractions and restaurants). Buy a one-day single admission ticket for about $69 (a $3 savings)...plus you won't have to pay tax. So you'll save close to $5 per ticket.
Check out this way to save more...
One hybrid option you may consider for families: Have one person (Mom or Dad) buy a season pass and the rest of the family buy Fun Cards. The person with the season pass will pay more, but if you go multiple times, it will pay for itself in free parking PLUS if that person does all the food purchasing, you'll save 10% on food and shopping purchases. (See more on season pass benefits below.)
2014 Preschool Pass
Busch Gardens Virginia is again offering a free "Preschool Pass" deal (and you no longer have to be a resident of Virginia to get it!). The Preschool Pass gives unlimited admission to kids 3-5 to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. Once you register, you bring in the registration confirmation and valid ID (like a birth certificate or a passport) to the ticket window.
Note: You must register for your Preschool Pass no later than May 31 to take advantage of this offer.
"Twilight Ticket" deal?
Two years ago, they offered a "Twilight Ticket" during the summer season and during Howl-O-Scream. Visitors paid just $50 for admission, dinner, and a beverage when they visited the park after 3 pm.
You'd save money...and be able to enjoy the park during cool evening hours, plus experience "Illuminights" (through mid-August), the park's nightly lights and fireworks extravaganza. Unfortunately, they did not offer this deal in summer 2013, but they may again in 2014. I'll keep you posted.
7-Day, 2-Park Summer Flex Ticket -
At $82, this deal is good for unlimited admission for up to 7 consecutive days to both Water Country USA and Busch Gardens May 16-Sept. 1. With a regular single-day ticket now up to $72, this is a great deal!
"Bring a Friend" Deal - In past years, Virginia residents were able to buy one single-day adult ticket and get a second one for a friend for free. They didn't offer it recently, but I'll keep an eye out in case they revive it this year.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA, and Colonial Williamsburg Bounce Ticket -
Get unlimited admission for 7 consecutive days to all three places. Plus, you'll get FREE PARKING.
Last year when you bought your tickets online you'd pay $123 adults, $98 kids (5 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with a Bounce ticket). You can still buy them at the gate, but you'll pay $20 more. Why do that?
Busch Gardens Virginia may post new multi-park deals and discounts, so to keep up with the latest deals, subscribe to my VA Beach Blog for updates.
Once you've read the season pass facts below, go to my Season Pass Deals page to see how to save on season passes.
2014 Pass Deals:
1 Park Pass - Busch Gardens Virginia
--1 Year - Individual Passes: $120
2 Park Pass - Busch Gardens Virginia + Water Country USA
--1 Year - Individual Passes: $168
2 Park Platinum Pass - Busch Gardens Virginia & Water Country USA (+ 9 other SeaWorld parks)
--Individual Passes: $204
Why go Platinum? If you're a truly serious park-lover who really gets around, this is your best bet. You'll also get free general parking, preferred parking at the Busch Gardens Virginia parks (if available), and a variety of other discounts, shop savings, etc.
To help ease the budget pain, they offer an EZ pay option, which allows you to be billed in monthly "EZ" installments (you can even spread the payments out over 2 years!). You'll pay $10 per month for the 1-Park Pass, $14 per month for the 2-Park Pass, and $17 per month for the Platinum Pass.
1-Pass, 2-Pass, & Platinum Benefits:
Here are the EXTRAS your passports provide--
Jul 24, 14 09:02 PM
Christmas may be months away, but kids can enjoy Santa this weekend at Yankee Candle Williamsburg's "Christmas in July event.
On Saturday, July 26, kids can join Santa's workshop to make a free ornament from 10:15 am to noon. On July 27 from 10:15 am to noon, kids can join Mr. and Mrs. Claus in decorating cookies.
While there, don't miss the store's "snow showers" and kid-friendly clock shows. For more information, click here.
Jul 24, 14 08:51 PM
In honor of National Carousel Day, on Friday, July 25 you can enjoy a free ride on the Hampton Carousel. Nearly 100 years old, the historic carousel is located next to the Virginia Air and Space Center, at 610 Settlers Landing Road in Hampton.
Jul 20, 14 09:40 PM
After flying to 40 countries I thought I'd learned it all about air travel. But as I sat on the plane last night returning from a trip to the West coast I suddenly realized three things I'll do next time I fly.
1) Bring bleach wipes: Yep, I'd brought Wet Wipes to clean off my seat area, having learned long ago that airplane seat armrests, tray tables, and seat pockets are teeming with bacteria. But after all the funky germs we keep hearing about in the news (e.g., MRSA) and sitting there thinking how many people had probably touched that seat area since the last good scrubbing, I wish I'd brought bleach wipes. Next time.
2) Bring a little vial of "odor protector": Can't believe this has never happened to me before, but the guy next to me absolutely reeked of mold, having obviously left his clothes in the washing machine for a week. How'd you like to sit next to that for five hours? My sister-in-law likes to travel with a dab of peppermint oil or a little Vicks Vapor rub under her nose when she flies. Now I know why. So next time, I'm bringing a little vial of my favorite perfume as a little odor defense if I need it.
3) Fly Virgin: One word comes to mind after flying Virgin America for the first time. "Wow." Just "wow." They make flying fun again! Everything, from the music they play at check-in, to the friendly staff and flight attendants (who all seem to love their jobs compared to staff on other airlines who often seem basically fed-up and sometimes curt) to their hilarious and brilliant safety video, to the fact that my luggage was waiting for me in Baggage Check BEFORE I even got down there, they made me a Virgin believer!