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Guide to Kings Dominion

May 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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Credit: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Credit: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

There are plenty of places to go and things to do in our nation’s capital. But for a day filled with excitement, thrills and spills, there’s no place quite like Kings Dominion. Located 75 miles south of D.C., Kings Dominion features thrilling rides, unique shops, live entertainment and amazing restaurants.

Kings Dominion
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
(804) 876-5000
www.kingsdominion.com

General Information

With more than 400 acres of thrilling rides, cool games and entertaining shows, Kings Dominion is the perfect amusement park to make new memories and have tons of fun. The park features more than 60 rides, ranging from tame favorites, like the Ferris wheel, to the heart-racing Intimidator 305, the “tallest, fastest and most thrilling roller coaster on the East Coast.” Kings Dominion also features a 20-acre water park. Zoom down water slides, hang out in the lazy river or splash around in the Tidal Wave Bay. The park also features live, family-friendly entertainment, family rides, shops and restaurants.

Getting There

Located 20 miles north of Richmond, Virginia, Kings Dominion is easily accessible off Interstate 95 at exit 98. Other ways to get there include Route 1, US-301 and VA-30. General parking is $15 per vehicle while preferred parking, which provides parking spots closer to the entrance, is $20 per vehicle. A limited number of handicap parking spaces is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Hours and Price

Kings Dominion is open every day of the week starting Friday, May 23 until Sunday, August 31. Starting May 24, the park will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The park will close at 6 p.m. on May 27 through May 29 and will close at 8 p.m. on May 30. The park will also close early on June 1 through June 6 as well as June 8 through June 13. Kings Dominion is also open on certain days in the off-season months. Hours may vary depending on the day and all dates and hours are subject to change without notice. Check the Kings Dominion website for the most up-to-date information. Daily tickets cost $54 per adult and $41 for anyone under 48 inches tall or 62 years and older. To beat the lines, fast lane tickets are $40 and $55 per person.

Dining, Shops and Entertainment

Forget packing a lunch. With more than 30 dining options to choose from, odds are you will find something to keep your belly happy and full. Kings Dominion also offers two dining plans where guests can enjoy the Single Meal Deal, which includes an entree, side item and a fountain drink for $13.99, or the All-Day Dining Plan, which includes an entree and a side item as often as every 90 minutes, for $29.99. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir or two. Kings Dominion features more than two dozen shops and specialty stores, including a candy shop, gift emporium and specially branded apparel.

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What to Do

There’s plenty of fun and action waiting for you at Kings Dominion. Hop on the Volcano: The Blast Coaster and soar 155 feet straight into the sky as if you’re coming out of an active volcano. Or, spike up your adrenaline with a ride on the Flight of Fear, an indoor roller coaster that’s completely in the dark. If scary rides don’t intimidate you, then test your guts on the Intimidator 305, which features a 300-foot drop at an 85-degree angle at speeds of 90 mph. Next, slip into your bathing suit and relax at the Big Wave Bay or go for a spin on the Tornado, a unique 65-foot water slide. Other fun rides to check out include Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, the Eiffel Tower, Anaconda, the Dominator and the White Water Canyon.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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