Beckoning families year after year…theme parks in Virginia offer memories of a lifetime and yearly thrills.
Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are two of the world's most spectacular and gorgeous parks. Stretch your stay and enjoy both! But if the mega-parks aren't your cup of tea, there's all sorts of amusement parks in Virginia. From racing experiences, to wet and refreshing, to kids theme parks within parks, you can find it here.
A 400-acre theme and water park, Kings Dominion, is home to more than 60 rides and attractions, including 12 world-class roller coasters known to international coaster enthusiasts. Located just 20 miles north of Richmond and 75 miles south of Washington, D.C., this Central Virginia theme park opens its gates to more than 13 million visitors a year. Soak City, the park's 20 acre waterpark, is the perfect destination for fun in sun!
Wood and steel intertwine into twisting barrel roll drops, dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness on the park’s newest coaster, Twisted Timbers. Twisted Timbers is an innovative hybrid coaster that uses the latest technology to combine wood supports with a steel track to give riders an exhilarating experience with maneuvers previously unimaginable on a traditional wooden coaster.
NEW in 2019!
The Parched Pig, KD's new addition located in Old Virginia, will have a taproom feel, providing guests a great place to relax and view passersby in the park. Catch a game while tossing back a cold one and enjoy the rustic feel in the newly remodeled space. Stop by and enjoy a pint from some of the most popular, local craft breweries in the area.
The European setting of Busch Gardens® has been voted "The World's Most Beautiful Theme Park" every year since 1990, and proves to be a delight for adults. But it's the rides that thrill the kids and give it another distinction, "The World's Favorite Theme Park!"
Visit England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy without the hassle of passports, customs and language barriers. Every country at Busch Gardens showcases popular foods, landmarks, gardens, shops and entertainment that put you in the middle of a particular European village. Hit the roller coasters of each country, too. Two of Busch Gardens' six coasters are rated in the Top 25 in the World!
Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream® offers chills and thrills to guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park. Navigate through the six Terror-tories™; brave a darkly entertaining show like Axe Alley™ or Ripper Row™, two hair-raising escape rooms, or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark. Be warned, at 6 p.m. Busch Gardens® becomes a seriously scary place and may not be suitable for little ones. Please use discretion when bringing children into the park at this time. The curse spreads September 14 and continues weekends through October 27.
New in 2019
Busch Gardens' newest attraction, Finnegan's Flyer, is officially open! This "Screamin' Swing" will reach a staggering height of more than 80 feet with a speed of 45 mph. and can accommodate 32 riders at a time.
Coming in 2020
Pantheon will be opening in 2020. The coaster will be the fastest multi-launch roller coaster in the United States and will reach a top speed of 72 mph and features a 95 degree drop.
Water Country USA
Cutback Water Coaster is the only RocketBLAST® coaster on the East Coast and Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster. This revolutionary water propulsion ride will merge two unique technologies – a water jet propulsion system and exhilarating saucer feature – to create a steep, smooth ride through more than 850 feet of slide. Learn More
Last Updated: 8/8/2019