Looking for 2016 Busch Gardens Virginia discount tickets and coupons, plus the free Preschool Pass and 2-Park deal?
Look no further!
The park 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-- you may even be able to get in two parks for the price of one!
Busch Gardens Virginia 2016 Single-Day Admission Rates
Adults (ages 3 and up): $77
Children 2 and under are free
Save big by getting a free Preschool Pass (ages 3-5) by registering for the pass by May 31. It's good for both Busch Gardens AND Water Country USA all season long.
The bad news? Single-day ticket prices for adults are up $2 over last year. The good news? I've always found many ways to get you in on the cheap!
Up until the last five 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.
2016 Early-Bird Fun Card Deal - Get TWO parks for the price of ONE:
Buy your unlimited admission Fun Card by March 15, and you'll get TWO parks for the price of one. That's right: They'll throw in Water Country USA for free. That gives you unlimited admission to Busch Gardens from March 20 through the start of September, as well as unlimited admission to Water Country USA from May 21 through Sept. 5.
Regular Season 2-Park Fun Card--
Buy your card after March 15 and you'll pay over $100 for the 2-park card.
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.)
Kids 5 and under can get a free Preschool Pass giving them unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA through the end of the season. This saves you $77 per child (the regular price for kids 3 and up)! Note that you have to register for your Preschool Pass no later than May 31.
Register online at the park's website and bring in the registration confirmation and a valid ID (a birth certificate or a passport) to the park.
"Twilight Ticket" deal?
A few 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 the last few years, but I'll keep you posted.
7-Day, 2-Park Summer Flex Ticket -
NO WORD ON WHETHER THIS TICKET WILL BE OFFERED IN 2016, SO HERE IS THE 2015 INFO TO GIVE YOU AND IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT:
At $85, 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.
"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.
To early to tell yet if they'll offer this this year, but here's my info from previous years:
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.
2016 Pass Deals:
1 Park Pass - Busch Gardens Virginia
--1 Year - Individual Passes: $132
2 Park Pass - Busch Gardens Virginia + Water Country USA
--1 Year - Individual Passes: $180
2 Park Platinum Pass - Busch Gardens Virginia & Water Country USA (+ 9 other SeaWorld parks)
--Individual Passes: $216
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 $11 per month for the 1-Park Pass, $15 per month for the 2-Park Pass, and $18 per month for the Platinum Pass.
1-Pass, 2-Pass, & Platinum Benefits:
Here are the EXTRAS your passports provide--
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