Approximately one hour away from the Atlantic Ocean and Virginia Beach oceanfront is a full day of exciting thrills and chills, shows, great food, and many forms of entertainment for the whole family including children, teens, parents, and grandparents.

Located in historic Williamsburg, Busch Gardens is the area’s most popular and largest amusement park in Hampton Roads. It’s often ranked in the Top 20 amusement parks nationally with almost three million annual attendees.

If you’ve made the journey to our sandy shores for sun, fun, and relaxation, we highly encourage you to spend a full day at Busch Gardens. It’s well worth the drive.

Speaking of thrills and chills, if you like roller coasters, visiting Busch Gardens is mandatory. And in their pursuit of providing the best exhilaration possible to all of their visitors, they have just announced the name of their newest attraction.

It’s to be called: InvadR.

The new Viking-themed wooden roller coaster is “mid-thrill” rated. It will reach speeds of almost 50MPH with over nine hills and a maximum “drop” of 74 feet. It will not be as intense as some of the other coasters in the park but isn’t exactly a child ride either.

I’ve always had a soft spot for wooden roller coasters. To me, they have more of an “old world” feel that today’s modern rides.

Other existing coasters at Busch Gardens include: Loch Ness Monster, Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot, Grover’s Alpine Express, Verbolten, and Tempesto.

My nine year old daughter loves Grover’s Alpine Express.

If you make the great decision to visit BG, plan to be there the entire day. There isn’t like some of the other local parks that can become boring after a couple of hours. You’ll need an entire day or even two to experience everything.