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Beckoning families year after year ...
Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are two of the world's most spectacular theme parks. Stretch your stay and enjoy both!

Busch Gardens®

Roller Coaster

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!

New in 2018

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has a new virtual reality ride, debuting in spring 2018. The park’s newest attraction is called Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride.  Located in the Ireland village of the park, Battle For Eire is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating an innovative experience unlike any other in the attraction industry. 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.

The revolutionary VR attraction features a fierce fairy warrior named Addie, who will lead riders on an unforgettable adventure through her homeland, Ireland.

Busch Gardens brings back its food and wine festival. During the experience you'll find special and unique foods and beverages from around the world. July and August will bring special entertainment, culinary experiences and Summer Nights Concerts.

While Busch Gardens has a large fireworks display every year for the 4th of July, they are expanding the holiday event in 2018, with fireworks happening every night between July 3-5.

On July 6-8, head to Busch Gardens for “Light Balance”, a live light show by a team of dancers and choreographers. The dance troupe, known for their appearance on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent”, performs in illuminated costumes inside a darkened theater for a dazzling spectacle.

InvadR The Vikings are taking over New France this spring as Busch Gardens Williamsburg adds InvadR to its collection of world-class coasters. This family thrill ride will be the park’s first wooden coaster. Fly over InvadR’s nine air-time hills, including a 74-foot plunge that reaches speeds of almost 50 miles per hour.

Busch Gardens TempestoTempesto recreates the signature stunt of the classic Italian daredevil for which it is named. Tight turns are entered at 63 miles per hour only to complete inversions at 154 feet. Three launches create the signature loop-the-loop in this invigorating 55-second ride. 

Verbolten is a world-class coaster experience. Ride along through the Black Forest of Germany's Oktoberfest area on this multi-launch, electromagnetic, indoor/outdoor, completely exhilarating new ride. Beware the unexpected twists, turns, and plunges!

Howl-O-Scream®

Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream® offers chills and thrills to guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park. Navigate through Wendigo Woods™, one of five Terror-tories™; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row™ 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 15 and continues weekends through October 28.

Water Country USA slide

Water Country USA

Beat the heat this summer at Water Country USA in Williamsburg, the largest water park in Virginia. You’ll find over 40 water rides at this aquatic attraction, like the Colossal Curl, the park’s first family thrill ride, or Rock ‘n Roll Island, an 11,000 square foot pool filled with twisting slides and a rope course floating log challenge. Visit this summer for a memorably cool vacation that both kids and adults will love! Opens May 19th!

Kings Dominion

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.

New for 2018 

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.

Twisted Timbers

Planet Snoopy at Kings DominionCheck out the Planet Snoopy expansion! Planet Snoopy has been a family fun favorite at Kings Dominion since 2013. It’s getting even more fun, laughs and thrills. The world’s largest PEANUTS™-themed children’s area is growing with the addition of three new rides. Take a spin on Sally’s Sea Plane, rev your engines on PEANUTS™ 500 or help Charlie rescue his kite from The Kite Eating Tree!

Hop aboard any one of the roller coasters for a thrilling time, and then explore live entertainment, with so many amazing shows, there’s something for everyone in the family.

Big Wave Bay at Soak City in Kings DominionVisit Soak City, a 20-acre reprieve with brand new attractions -- Hurricane Heights slide complex and Splash Island young family play area. It is included with your ticket to Kings Dominion!

Upcoming Events

Come celebrate Independence Day at our Star Spangled Celebration, June 30 – July 4! Celebrate at the greatest July 4th event all weekend long with performances from local military bands, amazing firework shows and all of the rides you know and love.

Visit Kings Dominion August 4-19 for the BBQ & Brew Fest, featuring a delicious barbecue menu from the park’s culinary team and local craft beers from the best of Virginia’s breweries.

On August 17 & 18, the park will host Coaster Campout, your chance to stay overnight in a theme park. With only 40 campsites available, this rare event is expected to sell out fast.

Halloween HAUNT

This year the horror of Halloween HAUNT grows to epic proportions with the addition of new attractions. Test your fears in the all-new Maze of Madness, or check out three new live shows throughout the night. No matter what you decide, we know you will be screaming for more! Opens September 22 weekends through October 28. 

Last Updated: 7/9/2018

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