WILLIAMSBURG — Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) and Water Country USA both received rankings in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022.
BGW was ranked the fourth-best theme park, while its popular live Irish step dancing show, Celtic Fyre, took the top spot for best theme park entertainment.
“Celebrate the Celtic tradition of storytelling through dance at this incredibly popular, high-energy show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg that will have you laughing and clapping to the beat of festive music,” the site’s description reads. “Animals native to Ireland make appearances and audience participation provides another fun angle. Guests leave the show with a newfound or rekindled love for all things Irish.”
Additionally, the park’s newest roller coaster, Pantheon, which debuted this spring, was ranked the fourth-best new theme park attraction.
Two of BGW’s restaurants, Trapper’s Smokehouse and Das Festhaus, ranked in the top 10 best theme park restaurants, with Trapper’s Smokehouse ranking third.
Water Country USA was named the third-best outdoor water park, while Great Wolf Lodge‘s multiple locations were named among the top 10 of the best indoor water parks.
SeaWorld Orlando, which is also owned by BGW parent company SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, was named best theme park.
For the complete list ofUSA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards winners for 2022, visit its website.