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    Enjoy Twice the Fun At Virginia Beach and Busch Gardens

    Pack up the family and get ready for a exciting East Coast vacation in Virginia Beach, where you'll soak in the sun on the sun-drenched beach. Then, scream at the top of your lungs on a thrilling roller coaster or get drenched on a twirling water ride. And, this summer, your family can experience two vacations in one when visiting Virginia Beach and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

    Virginia Beach is situated in the southeastern corner of the state on the East Coast,  and Busch Gardens is a short one-hour drive from the resort area. Each destination offers a wide variety of activities, dining and nightlife to enjoy on your families vacation.

    While in Virginia Beach, you and your family can stroll along the 3-mile boardwalk, and sample fun foods, take a dip, or join activities. Wander through Beach Street U.S.A., where the oceanfront comes alive with free entertainment along the sidewalks of Atlantic Avenue. Later, go hike the 18,600 acres of state parks, or visit the wildlife refuge. Other recreation options including kayaking along the coast, and everyone will enjoy a dolphin-watching boat cruise to witness the creatures in their natural habitat.

    After a day of fun in the sun in Virginia Beach, head over to Busch Gardens that is an action-packed, European-themed adventure park that offers families more than 100 acres of fun-filled exploration. Thrill-seekers can challenge Griffon, the world’s tallest and first floorless dive coaster. Children will love visiting the Sesame Street Forest of Fun at Busch Gardens that has rides and shows designed for the young, and young at heart.

    Visit the Oktoberfest village at Busch Gardens that has new restaurants, games and performance venues that follow a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration. And, you can ride Busch Gardens’ newest and tallest ride, Mäch Tower. Mäch Tower lifts up to 30 riders nearly 240 feet above Oktoberfest. After you catch a glimpse of the view, you then drop to the ground at breathtaking speed.

    With daily flights into the Norfolk International and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airports, and an easy day’s drive from most cities on the East Coast, the duo of Virginia Beach and Busch Gardens create the perfect vacation getaway for a family. And, this season, Virginia Beach is offering a Busch Gardens/Virginia Beach Vacation Package which includes a hotel stay in Virginia Beach and tickets to Busch Gardens.

    By Nick Worley

    Getting There:

    For news on Virginia Beach events and more attractions to enjoy, or to order visitor information, call 1-800-VA-BEACH (800/822-3224) or visit www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com.

    For ticket details, entertainment, and rides to enjoy at Busch Gardens parks across the nation call toll-free (888) 800-5447 or visit www.SeaWorldParksandEntertainment.com.