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Battle for Eire Virtual Reality Ride Opens at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

An exhilarating new adventure is underway at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg with today’s grand opening of its innovative virtual reality attraction, Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride.

“With Battle For Eire and the 360-degree virtual reality, riders can have a unique experience each time they ride,” said Kevin Lembke, park resident for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “That’s what’s going to keep people coming back over and over again.”

Battle For Eire is the story of a heroic fairy warrior, Addie, and her quest to rescue the Heart of Eire from evil villain Balor. This one-of-a-kind ride is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating a thrilling experience unlike any other in the theme park industry.


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Riders will be completely immersed within the story and be able to see, hear and feel actions happening all around them, both through the virtual reality headsets and within the motions of the simulator.

“Battle For Eire is a phenomenal new experience. It’s something that has never been done before,” said Larry Giles, vice president of design and engineering at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. “You really feel like you’re there. You’re not just watching it. You’re part of it.”

Busch Gardens is open April 13-16 for an extended Battle For Eire Fest weekend. Join us for fun and activities in Ireland throughout this four-day opening weekend of our newest thrill ride.


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Savor the Culinary Celebration at the Williamsburg Taste Festival

Greater Williamsburg is for foodies. Exhibit No. 1 entered into evidence for all you Top Chef judge wannabes is the Williamsburg Taste Festival destined to tickle your taste buds from April 19 to 22. After all, this is one place that savored farm- and sea-to-table centuries before it became a buzzword.

There are more than a dozen mouth-watering events, something for every taste. The area’s top chefs will be on hand, offering their modern take on local ingredients — from oysters to pork to seasonal veggies — just like the old days when they ate what was ripe and ready. Mixing the traditions of Southern, European and African cooking, they created something from the mist of history that is thoroughly modern and unique to Greater Williamsburg. And don’t forget the up-to-date, local takes on beer, wine and even mead made in these parts.


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Here’s a guide to all that deliciousness.


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RoadTrip: Virginia’s Scenic Byways

I-95 doesn’t have to be a long, boring drive… You’re a little ahead of schedule and you’ve got a few extra hours, so what’s your hurry? Why not take a side trip? Get off the Interstate and discover the real America… small towns, scenic coastlines, historic communities and some of the east coast’s most enjoyable roadtrips.

Virginia’s scenic roadways – highlighted by the Blue Ridge Parkway, Colonial Parkway and The Journey Through Hallowed Ground provide history and views.

Virginia’s four National Scenic Byways provide groups perfect venues for history lessons and accessible inroads into the great outdoors. An additional 2,500 miles of road around the state are designated as Virginia scenic byways.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Devoid of commercial traffic, this graceful road carries motorists along a history-rich mountain chain. Journey to the roots of bluegrass at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, re-visit pioneering lifestyles at Virginia’s Explore Park in Roanoke, and watch old-time skills practiced at Mabry Mill in Meadows of Dan.

Carved into mountainsides, the parkway travels between summits and gaps that once sheltered homesteaders for 470 miles, from Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.

Scenic pull-offs are windows onto long vistas of the Shenandoah Valley and give access to more than 100 miles of hiking trails, ranging from half-mile leg-stretchers to the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail.

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Paddling amid rare wetland plants in Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in Alexandria, bird-watching during spring wildflower bloom in Turkey Run Park in McLean , hiking beneath century-old stands of oak-hickory forest in Great Falls Park in McLean – all unexpected natural pleasures along a highway zipping with Northern Virginia commuters.

Washington once rode this route on horseback, and his Mount Vernon home is a logical beginning for groups large and small. A walking tour through his hometown of Alexandria combines Colonial-era buildings and hip shops and eateries. As it follows the Potomac River shoreline, travelers soak in spacious views of the capital’s monuments, memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.

The journey ends at the falls of the Potomac, a great photo stop. The park preserves ruins of the Patowmack Canal, an intriguing footnote to the legacy of its biggest promoter, none other than George Washington.

Colonial Parkway

Long stretches of this roadway travel beneath the cool canopy of old Virginia forest, then break out onto expansive views of the James and York rivers.

Interpretive signs chart a 23-mile journey spanning four centuries and three American originals: Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown – the beginning, middle and end of the Colonial period.

Walk the ground where a New World began at Jamestown. A new visitor center, expanded parking and galleries make it even easier for large groups to visit. And don’t miss the galleries at Historic Jamestowne. Step inside recreated buildings at Colonial Williamsburg, bringing the 18th century colonial capital vividly to life. End the journey on hallowed ground at Yorktown Battlefield, site of the British surrender that poignantly ended Colonial rule.

Skyline Drive

The 105-mile ridge-top parkway through Shenandoah National Park is a road trip of Blue Ridge vistas and craftsman-like stone arches. Motorcycle clubs thrive on the roller-coaster climbs and bends (be sure to obey the 35-mph speed limit). The park has some 500 miles of trails, with many trail heads just steps from scenic pull-offs. Guided outdoor adventure programs take groups into the wilderness by day and to National Park historic lodges by night. And just off Skyline Drive: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Luray Caverns.

Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Approximately 66 miles of U.S. Rte. 15 from the Potomac River in Loudoun County to Orange have been designated an official Virginia Byway. The byway is part of the four-state, 175-mile Journey Through Hallowed Ground corridor from Gettysburg, Pa. to Thomas Jefferson’s Albemarle County home, Monticello, near Charlottesville.


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