Today, Tuesday, we ventured over to Water Country because it was hot and steamy out. I believe we did all of the rides (kids did several of them many, many times) except the colossal curl (line was continually too long) and vanish point (looked way too scary and GD was too small to ride). Packed a lunch and ate in the picnic area provided. Loved the Hubba Highway and Wave Pool. The park is spotless – amazing with so many people there on a hot day. Had delish sundaes at the ice cream shop behind the bar at the wave pool. Returned to resort very, very tired. GS wanted to catch up with a friend he met at the resort's pool so we strolled over for a swim. No friend there though. Had fun anyways for a while and then returned to unit. Too pooped to pop never mind cook so we order delivery from Sal’s for dinner. We got the eggplant parm with ziti, meatballs, a Caesar salad, calamari with fries. All were yum! Early to bed and earlier to rise.
On Wednesday we slept in a bit late and then headed to Jamestown Settlement. It was a very, very hot day. The Settlement has expansive exhibits and a great film at the visitor’s center. It describes the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who settled here in the early 1600s. It traces Jamestown’s beginning in England the first century of the colony. We walked leisurely to the outdoor replicas of the three ships located on the James River. They were similar to Plymouth’s Mayflower. We took a tour in one of them and listened intently to the guide who described how crowded and boring the trip must have been. To be held underneath with the animals and supplies and all of the people was amazing to think about. We then explored the life-size re-creations of the colonist’s fort and sat in on several guide talks, one in the Church and another in a home of one of the colonists. The costumed guides described and demonstrated daily life in the Settlement. GD again dressed in her colonial garb but it was just too hot, unfortunately, to go any further so we missed the Indian Village (kids had had enough by this point too). We moved onto Water Country as we packed our suits for a stop here for a bit of a cool off and lots of fun. Ate in tonight – steak, potatoes, veggies. Retired fairly early for our next fun-filled day at the parks.
Thursday we finally made our way to Busch Gardens. First we took the sky tram to the animal exhibits – not many here – not like Tampa – Saw a show regarding wolves that was interesting with the animal docs. Walked by peeping in cages of birds, eagles, horses, cows, sheep, turtles, lemurs, etc. Saw the very entertaining show called Pet Shenanigans. All performing animals were rescued and taught to perform in this hilarious show. GS truly enjoyed this show and so did we. Wow!
Moving on we discovered GD LOVES roller coaster rides…insisted on going on Griffon first ride!!! It’s the newest and biggest coaster the BG has to offer. GS and I were scared but obliged her. It twists, turns and hangs you over the very first hill for 30 seconds or more…screamed like a little girl…all of us! Next she wanted to do Lockness…another thrilling coaster. Did it together and then the kids did it one or two more times. Stopped in Scotland for lunch at Trapper’s Smokehouse offering BBQ baby back ribs and chicken, fries, corn with yummy deserts. I had purchased the meal plan for 2 days. The adult portions are big enough to feed 2 and one kids ticket per day for lunch/dinner and included souvenir cup with $.99 refills for the week. We continued to walk through the park stopping at each and every coaster: Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Mäch Tower. We did somehow manage to miss Verbolten. We ended up in Italy and the little darlings really got their Nana. They brought me over to a spot with the pretense of watching the next ride (Vesuvius) dumb riders into a pool of water. As soon as the cart appeared at the crest of the hill, the kids ran away – leaving Nana there to get drenched! A few moments later the skies opened and the rain poured. We ran for cover in Italy’s Ristorante della Plazza and grabbed a couple of samplers for dinner. Sat in a protected area to stay dry and enjoy dinner but were able to view other park goers run for cover. Soon the rain turned to drizzle and we began to trek out of the park. When walking through England we noticed London Rocks was about to begin. We entered and got great seats for the show. We all enjoyed this music revue. It pretty much traces the role of rock ‘n roll and the impact it has had on our lives over the years. Back to resort for a good night sleep.
On Friday, our last day, we got organized in the morning then went to Water Country for the hottest part of the day to enjoy more of the park. Again we had lots of fun. Late in the day we went back to Busch Garden and took in a few things that we missed, i.e. Celtic Fire – an amazing show!!! Filled with good music and energized dancing in the Irish fashion. We all truly enjoyed this show it was the best we’d seen in BG. The kids insisted on more coaster rides and we only stopped for dinner again in Italy (GD's favorite pasta). At around 9:00 we walked over to the “Star Spangled Night” fireworks show. What a way to end the day. Home to throw our belongings into backpacks and a quick cleanup of the unit and off to dream land. Awoke the next morning to check out by 10 and head back to DC for our afternoon flight home. An enjoyable and educational trip after all. Thanks!