Every year my family and I visit Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Virginia. After all, it's only a 10 minute drive for me. We usually get season passes. Busch Gardens has some amazing roller coasters, including Apollo's Chariot and the newest ride, the Griffin. It also has terrific shows and special events. The theme at the Williamsburg location is Europe (or rather The Old Country). Here you can ride the "Loch Ness Monster", hoist a tankard of beer at the Festhaus, travel through the ruins of Pompeii and even pet the Budweiser Clydesdales. It's a great place to take the whole family and definitely a "must visit" for those amusement park fans out there.
And that's one reason why I was pleased to hear that Busch Gardens would once again be offering free admission to our military families.
Anheuser-Busch InBev recently announced that it will continue its "Here's to the Heroes" program in 2009. Sponsored by Budweiser, the program was first offered in 2005 as a tribute to the service provided by our men and women in uniform and the sacrifices they and their family have to make.
The program provides a free one day admission to the service member and up to three dependents. Participants can choose from among the following parks:
- Busch Gardens, Europe - Williamsburg VA
- Busch Gardens, Africa - Tampa FL
- SeaWorld Florida - Orlando FL
- SeaWorld California - San Diego CA
- SeaWorld Texas - San Antonio TX
- Sesame Place - Langhorne PA
- Adventure Island - Tampa FL
- Water Country USA - Williamsburg VA
Participation is simple. You can either sign up on line at www.herosalute.com or just show your Department of Defense photo I.D. at the entrance of the park. The program is open to all active duty, active reserve, ready reserve or National Guardsman.
So go and enjoy a wonderful day at Busch Gardens (or any of the other great parks) on the house!
Busch Gardens also offers special rates for Virginia residents and you can also get discount coupons at their website. For more information visit www.buschgardens.com.