Busch Gardens

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
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Trip End Aug 23, 2008


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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Woke up early and took a walk, but this time towards the Yorktown battlefield, on the way I met a friendly park ranger and asked him if I can walk through the battlefield with the stroller - his eyes said yes, but he said I have to pay - I understand he can't give me any other answer and on hindsight it was unfair of me to even ask him that.  However I saw some more historical parts of the town, by the time I got back my wife was awake and we had breakfast in our room before venturing off to Busch Gardens.

Originally we weren't going to go to Busch Gardens but we are glad we did, our kids had a blast.  We bought tickets ahead of time on the Internet, as well as a parking pass which saved us a couple of bucks.  Since we are early risers we got there before the park opened - and we weren't the first ones. 

The park is set up in sections, each one named after a European country and with that country's theme, even though most of us who has been at that type of park know that you'll find the same junk in every "country"

The first thing we did was head straight to the "Pet Shenanigans" show, stopping on the way to view the Clydesdale Horses, the bald eagles & gray wolves; the 50 yard section with the eagles & wolves took us 15 minutes to pass due to Bella's interest in viewing those animals - and will take us 15 minutes for the rest of the day.  The Pet Shenanigans show was very good, we enjoyed and our kids got to meet the "stars" at the end.  From there we walked around to the Land of the Dragons, basically the kiddy ride section, which again our kids loved.  Jacob loved his first theme park experience and cried every time his ride was over, he did not like the little dragon boats because there is a part which they get knocked around a bit (it goes down a slope) - but the rest was a hit. 

We decided to go have lunch at "Grogan's Grill" (not bad, good Irish stew) and to see the Irish dancers but Jacob fell asleep so only Cheri & Bella went in while the men were walking around.  Once we got back together we went to visit the Clydesdales and take our picture with Carl Jr. (bought the photo for $16.99 which was our big purchase of the trip), the kids rode several times on a Clydesdale themed ride nearby and out we went, around 16:00 or so, not before we had to go through the 50 yards in 15 minutes exercise, but this time it was longer because our daughter had her eye out the whole time on a path which leads us through the bird area - it was worth it because we saw a presentation about the parrots and she was brave enough to ask a question.. 

The kids fell asleep in the car before we were out of the parking lot (by the way, kudus to Tomtom who had the main routes of the Busch Gardens parking lot on their GPS), once we got back to our hotel they got up and we took them for a swim in the York River. Ate some sandwiches at our hotel room for dinner and bid everyone goodnight.

 
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