Voted the “World’s Most Beautiful Park” every year since 1990, Busch Gardens® is an action-packed, European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of fun-filled exploration. The park is a mix of rides, shows, tours, animal exhibits, dining and shopping. Griffon® was the first floorless dive coaster and remains one of the world’s tallest roller coasters. London Rocks™ is a 25-minute live show that explores the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, and Clydesdales & Collies Up-Close is a tour that makes you fall in love with furry animals. Keep an eye out for American Bald Eagles, lorikeets and wolves as you hop from ride to ride. Annual events include Howl-O-Scream, Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration, IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore, and Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.
Water Country USA
Virginia’s largest waterpark is the perfect place to cool off May through August. At Water Country USA, you and your family get access to 30 water rides and attractions, all meant to get you soaked! Big Daddy Falls is a whitewater rafting adventure with tunnels, drops, water cannons and spinning curves. Surfer’s Bay is a huge wave pool, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Island is an impressive pool surrounded by a lazy river. With multiple water slides and a few attractions for kids such as the H20 UFO, any age can stay entertained. Don’t worry about packing lunch. A splattering of cafes is filled with all-American entrees, fresh fruits and salads, and snacks and candies.
Dewitt Wallace Decorative Museum
The Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is a collection of the furnishings, tools and decorations found in business and homes in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Its 15 galleries include paintings, firearms, textiles, ceramics, metals, furniture and prints. Browse the largest collection of southern furniture in the world, paintings of George Washington, an impressive collection of British ceramics and English silver table settings. Children enjoy a hands-on activity in the Education Studio.
Nathalie P. and Alan M. Vorhees Archaearium
Overlooking the James Fort archeological site and James River, the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium displays the objects that have been unearthed from the area. The exhibits tell the stories of the English colonists of the Virginia Company and the Virginia Indians who interacted with them. This all dates back 400 years as the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Artifacts offer insight into the first surgery in English America, cannibalism, trade between colonists and Indians and life during a record-breaking drought. View recovered musical instruments, armor, tools, coins, food remains, games and more.
Eco Discovery Park
Eco Discovery Park is located near Jamestown Settlement and Jamestowne Island on Powhatan Creek. With a series of trails, a marina and a children’s play area, the park offers a number of natural activities to explore. Bikes, kayaks, paddle boards and canoes are available for rent seven days a week. A number of educational exhibits and tours are also available to visitors. Bird watchers enjoy spotting eagles, ospreys and herons, and the marina store refreshes exercisers with cold drinks and snacks.