Hotels Close to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

by Lisa Fritscher
Blend modern theme parks with history in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Blend modern theme parks with history in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Williamsburg, Virginia, is a small, but vibrant, tourist town. According to the Census Bureau, the city limits encompass only 8.54 square miles, and the population is approximately 12,729. However, Williamsburg draws thousands of visitors each year to its tourist attractions, including Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Thanks to a well-integrated public transit system, virtually every hotel in the city offers easy access to Busch Gardens.

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Colonial Hotels

Williamsburg was the capital of colonial Virginia until the end of the Revolutionary War, when the capital was relocated to Richmond. The original Colonial city has been restored and serves as a nonprofit living history center. If you plan to visit Colonial Williamsburg as well as Busch Gardens, you may be interested in the official Colonial Williamsburg hotels. Staying in an official Colonial Williamsburg hotel provides discounted multi-park tickets as well as discounts on various special programs held within the historic district. During the summer months, a complimentary shuttle takes hotel guests to Busch Gardens. Colonial hotels range from the no-frills Governors Inn to the deluxe Williamsburg Lodge. To fully immerse yourself in the Colonial experience, choose a Colonial House. Depending on the size of your party, options range from a single tavern room to an entire 16-room home. All hotels and Colonial Houses have access to swimming pools, tennis courts and multiple restaurants.

Partner Hotels

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has partnered with nearly 30 chain and independent hotels throughout Williamsburg. Partner hotels must meet Busch Gardens’ criteria for comfort and safety. The Days Hotel Busch Gardens is across the street from Water Country, USA and less than one mile from Busch Gardens. The hotel offers spacious guest rooms, complimentary breakfast, a full-service restaurant, and family activities including board games and barbecue grills. The pet-friendly Lexington Hotel George Washington Inn is just three miles from Busch Gardens. The hotel offers plush bedding and dining options ranging from a coffee shop to an upscale restaurant on site.

Kid-Friendly

Although all of Williamsburg’s hotels welcome kids, the Great Wolf Lodge is a destination in its own right. Activities include an interactive adventure game, a rock climbing wall, miniature golf and even an indoor water park. The all-suite hotel offers a variety of room themes, including the Wolf Den and KidCabin, in which kids get their own summer camp-themed sleeping areas.

Deluxe Accommodations

The Kingsmill Resort and Spa is located next door to Busch Gardens, but the sprawling property provides a buffer from noise and crowds. The resort offers three championship golf courses and an expansive golf academy. Non-golfers may prefer to relax in the extensive spa. Five restaurants cater to a range of tastes and budgets. All rooms offer plush bedding and private balconies or patios.

About the Author

Lisa Fritscher is a freelance writer specializing in disabled adventure travel. She spent 15 years working for Central Florida theme parks and frequently travels with her disabled father. Fritscher's work can be found in both print and online mediums, including VisualTravelTours.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Florida.

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