Looking for Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets? Or are you happy paying the full $70 per ticket?
Didn't think so. In fact, my discount ticket secrets are more important than ever since they've raised prices again for 2013.
Look below for promo codes, $20 off discount ticket coupon locations, and more ways to save on the summer season, Howl-O-Scream, and Christmas Town!
NOTE: The tips on this page are for single-day discount tickets. If you want a season pass discount, look below.
And if you're planning a visit to the park, be sure to check out the bottom of the page for links to pages on ride reviews (including Griffon), how to save money at the park, park tour tips, and more.
April 2013 Update: Go to my Busch Gardens Coupon Codes page for two new coupon codes that will save you up to $20 per ticket!
The park constantly updates their offers throughout the year, so it's tough to stay updated on all the latest deals. But I update deals just as soon as I find them, so be sure to subscribe to my Virginia Beach Blog. You'll receive a free subscriber feed and my latest tips immediately.
During the off-seasons (such as January-July for info on Howl-O-Scream) I sometimes leave up last year's deals so you'll know what you may expect to find when the season starts. For example, last year, if you bought your annual pass by Oct. 12 you got $20 off. Click here for more summer season pass savings tips.
Remember: Coupon codes come and go. Some work, some don't, and some work for only a limited time. So it pays to beware and be patient.
Free Preschool Pass!
Looking for more ways to save on tickets? Don't forget that kids 5 and under can still get a free Preschool Pass giving them unlimited admission through October 28th. (New for 2013: You must 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. Here's the link to the Preschool Pass.
Note: Only a few summer season discount ticket locations are posted yet, but here's what was offered last year so you have an idea of what else to expect for 2013.
Fast food restaurants/grocery stores in Virginia
April 2013: Participating Wendy's locations are offering coupons good for $10 off a single-day ticket admission. but if you also use the code on the coupon, you'll get an additional $10 off (a total of $20 off). Click here for current Busch Gardens coupon codes.
Subway, KFC, and McDonald's have also offered Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount ticket coupons in the past. McDonald's often has coupons on their place mats.
As we get into spring, expect to see some area grocery stores, such as Farm Fresh and Food Lion, to offer coupons good for reduced BG admission on the backs of their store receipts...or on plastic shopping bags.
Most Busch Gardens coupons offer two deals and are good for up to six Busch Gardens discount admissions:
1) Buy an adult ticket at the kid's price (save $20)
2) Get a kid's ticket at half price.
AAA always offers its AAA members discounts on tickets. They may be as much as 10% per ticket. Call your local office to find out what the exact discount for this year will be.
But WATCH OUT-- to get the discount you have to order your tickets through AAA ahead of time. Planning to just show up at Busch Gardens and flash your AAA card to get your Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets? You'll get nada...
The Busch Gardens Williamsburg Website or Twitter feed
I really recommend you subscribe to the park's Facebook or Twitter feed, because sometimes they have special "online only" or Twitter feed ticket offers. Plus, if you buy your tickets online, you can print the tickets at home and skip the ticket lines at the park. Here is the Busch Gardens Williamsburg website - www.buschgardens.com.
Their Twitter feed is @BuschGardensVA.
Parks and Recreation Departments
Many southern Virginia parks & rec offices may offer slight discounts, but Henrico Parks & Rec seems to have the best discounts (but you have to go there in person and they only accept cash--exact change--or major credit cards). Go to their Human Services building and you'll be able to buy tickets for $10 off. Go to my Howl-0-Scream page (see the link above under "Super Secret Coupon Codes") to see how they can save you $20 off Howl-O-Scream tickets.
Here are several spots I've found where you can generally get Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets for single-day admissions:
1) Virginia Beach Vacation Market - Stop by one of the three Vacation Market locations along Atlantic Avenue one block in from the beachfront. You can buy a single-day admission ticket for about $65 and you won't have to pay tax. This will save about $5 per ticket.
Virginia Beach Vacation Market has three Atlantic Avenue locations at 16th, 25th, and 31st Streets. They also offer discounts to other local attractions and restaurants.
2) Travelodge King William -
This Williamsburg motel often offers its customers discount coupons for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg!
3) The "One Stop Shop" at the Williamsburg Outlet Mall -
In the past, they've offered Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets coupons (a few bucks off) if you buy the tickets there. You don't have to purchase anything else in the store, but you may want to check out their discount coupons to President's Park and other area attractions).
5) Boy Scout/Girl Scout Discounts -
In the past, you could get a significant discount if you mentioned that you had a boy scout in the family. They change their discounts from year to year, but it might be worth a try!
6) Your Human Resources Department or Alumni Association-
Many companies, school districts, and alumni associations offer discount coupons to their employees, so give yours a call. My sister-in-law (a Regent University graduate) was able to get Fun cards for about $40 each (about $30 off) last year by purchasing them through Regent!
Stop by your local library starting in late April or May for Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets--especially once summer hits-- and you may find coupons good for 25% off single-day admissions (up to six) to either Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Water Country USA.
According to my librarian, the "head office" of public libraries in Virginia sends these coupons out to all their branches," so be sure to check your local branch for the coupon!
Williamsburg hotel package deals can provide significant ticket discounts. But don't be caught! Click here to find out what I mean...
I've been told that area hotels sometimes have pamphlets with Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount ticket coupons. But I'm a bit skeptical, since the tourist guides (like the "Colonial Guide") don't generally contain Busch Gardens Williamsburg coupons. Still, you might ask at your hotel. I can confirm that the Travelodge King William (in Williamsburg) offered $6 off coupons last year.
Want to search for a great hotel deal in Williamsburg? Click here for a site that lets you compare rates at 30 different sites at once.
Or, try Priceline. I've had a lot of luck getting hotel deals with them. They also offer Lower Hotel Booking fees - select your exact Hotel!
Remember, one drawback to using most discount coupons is that you'll have to wait in line at the park's ticket office to use them. And the lines can get pretty long in the summer! If your time is limited, and you're dying to hop on as many of the top rides as possible, it may be worth paying the extra money to get an online ticket...and bypass the lines!
I've found much more than just Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets secrets. Check out these links to make your visit the best it can be:
Special Events and Concerts (like Glory in the Gardens)
Virginia Beach Family Fun
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Discount Tickets