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Top 10 Parent Tips for Traveling with Kids to Busch Gardens

How do you ensure your kids have FUN during your visit to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg? We asked our Parent Panel to share some insights for making it the BEST DAY EVER. This panel consists of real-life, honest-to-goodness parents just like you, including our own Team Member parents and bloggers. Read these tips before you pack your bags for the day. You’ll find important information about what to bring, where to eat, how to save a little money and which kid-friendly rides and attractions you won’t want to miss.

1. GETTING ON THE TRAM

Don't worry about folding down your stroller to get on the tram, Busch Gardens' Team Members will help you get it on and off (as long as you take your child out first).

2. APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR

Wear tennis shoes, it's a long walk for those little feet and helps prevent accidental trips from flip flops.

3. SHOW YOUR COLORS

Get mesured at the Height Check Station so the kids already know what they can ride. (Saves a lot of drama in going up to a ride that they then can't ride).

4. WHERE TO GO FIRST

Busch Gardens staggers the village opening times. We find it best to arrive when the park opens and start with Sesame Street ®  Forest of Fun  since that area opens first. 

5. RIDE WITH YOUR KIDS

Make sure you check out the "bigger" rides that you can ride with your kids such as Le Scoot and Le Catapult. These are great rides for the more adventurous kid that isn't tall enough for the coasters.

6. PLAN TO GET WET

Put the kids' swimsuits on before you leave, and once you get to the park head straight to the water play areas. It is easier to change them into dry clothes for the rest of the day. 

7. REST YOUR FEET

The Skyride is a must to keep little feet happy

8. THE THRILL-SEEKING KIDS

For kids that aren't quite big enough for the coasters but want a thrill, they should ride Le Scoot log flume. The drop from the saw mill is very coster-ish.

9. KID-FRIENDLY GAMES

Play the KIDsiderate® games in Oktoberfest for a guaranteed win.

10. PICKY EATERS?

Variety at Marco Polo's Marketplace is sure to meet your family's needs.

Start planning early for your trip and purchase your theme park tickets ahead of time. As a AAA member, you can purchase discounted tickets in your local AAA branch or click here to purchase online.

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