Intimidator 305 roller coaster at Kings Dominion
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Ultimate Guide to Kings Dominion – Rides, Tickets & More

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Located in Doswell, Virginia, not far from the state’s capital city of Richmond and Washington, DC, the Kings Dominion amusement park has been thrilling visitors of all ages since May 1975. With 29 thrill rides, including 13 pulse-racing roller coasters, as well as a slew of family-friendly attractions perfect for kids and even a 20-acre water park, you’ll find no shortage of fun at this VA theme park in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic. In short, there’s no better place in VA for creating lifelong memories. Buckle up for adventure, and be sure to keep both arms and legs inside the ride vehicle at all times, as we explore everything Kings Dominion has to offer.

Kings Dominion Amusement Park & Water Park Overview

With more than 60 attractions spread across two parks and 400 acres, Kings Dominion and its attached Soak City water park offer something for parkgoers both young and old, from tiny tots or more timid guests to aspiring thrill-seekers or experienced adrenaline junkies and everyone in between. Add in a slate of seasonal special events that run off and on throughout the year, and you’ve got an amusement park that is just as exciting on the third or fourth (or tenth!) visit as it is the first time you go.

While not as intricately and immersively designed as theme parks like Walt Disney World or Universal Studios, Kings Dominion is broken up into six distinctive areas, each with its own theming. Right inside the front gate is International Street, which takes visitors for a whirlwind tour through Europe with buildings featuring traditional architectural elements from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, complete with a 1/3-scale Eiffel Tower replica. Here, you’ll find the bulk of the park’s merchandise outlets and restaurants, along with a couple of rides.

Eiffel Tower at Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion – Eiffel Tower by Stabbur’s Master is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

The next section you’ll come across is Old Virginia, which takes inspiration from the park’s idyllic Blue Ridge Mountains setting, featuring a rustic and vintage design filled with rough-hewn wood and down-home decor and six rides. Like International Street, Old Virginia is the last themed section of the park to have kept its same name throughout the park’s almost 50-year history. Right next door is Planet Snoopy, which, as you can probably guess from the name, is an animated world inspired by the beloved PEANUTs cartoon. Unsurprisingly the most kid-friendly part of the park, Planet Snoopy offers 20 different kid-friendly attractions, from pint=sized roller coasters to a mini drop tower.

Recently rethemed in time for the 2022 season, Jungle X-pedition is an adventurous area themed to resemble an archaeological site in the depths of a mysterious jungle, with seven rides and a few shops and restaurants. Located at the back of the amusement park is Candy Apple Grove, the largest land in Kings Dominion by size and home to 12 different rides. Except for a retro-ish corner inspired by the 1950s, the remainder of Candy Apple Grove is styled like an apple orchard.

Last but certainly not least is Soak City. The aquatic counterpart to Kings Dominion and the smaller of the two parks, Soak City is Kings Dominion’s 20-acre water park. Accessible from directly inside the theme park (for free!), it is also technically the sixth section of Kings Dominion. Here, you’ll find 13 watery attractions, from tube, raft and body slides to wave pools and a lazy river to aquatic play areas.

Going to Kings Dominion Theme Park & Soak City Water Park

Ready to plan your visit to Kings Dominion? Here are some things you need to know.

Twisted Timbers roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Kings Dominion Location & Parking

Located at 16000 Theme Park Way in Doswell, Virginia, Kings Dominion is only 20 miles to the north of Richmond, or roughly a 25-minute drive. It is also an easy day trip from Washington, DC, located approximately 86 miles south, or around an hour and 45 minutes to two hours away, depending on traffic. Regular parking costs $25 per vehicle, while preferred parking is $35. For those with a disability placard, a limited number of accessible spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis near the front gate.

Kings Dominion Hours

Amusement park fans, rejoice! Starting in 2023, Kings Dominion has finally become a year-round operation. Now, keep in mind that due to Virginia’s weather during the cooler months and the fact that it isn’t a tourist haven like Central Florida or Southern California, that doesn’t mean that Kings Dominion will have daily operations from January through December. Kings Dominion is only open daily from around Memorial Day through to Labor Day, running from around 11 AM until roughly 9 PM, give or take a couple of hours. Typically, the Soak City water park opens daily during this time, too, from roughly noon to 5 PM or 7 PM.

During spring, fall and winter, park operations slim down significantly, with open times restricted largely to one or both days on the weekends, except for select Friday evenings if there happens to be a seasonal event going on. Park hours can vary greatly on off-season days, and they are also much more limited. So, expect the park to be open anywhere from 11 AM to 5 PM strictly for the park and from roughly 5 or 6 PM until 10 PM or midnight during seasonal special events. Given that it isn’t unheard of for the park to randomly be closed one day, even in the thick of summer, we highly recommend that you check the schedule on either the website or the Kings Dominion app when planning your visit so that you don’t show up and get disappointed by a random closure.

Kings Dominion Tickets

Ready to book your visit to Kings Dominion? You’re in luck! There are several different park admission options available to suit your party’s needs, whether you’re only adding on a day to your trip to Washington, DC, or you’re a Northern VA local hoping for some season passes so you can go several times throughout the season. Your park admission offers access to (almost) all Kings Dominion rides, live shows and other attractions, as well as all of the Soak City water park. The only exceptions are the SkyFlyer, Grand Prix Raceway and separately ticketed special events that take place throughout each season.

Best of all, guests can save some cash with either military discounts, group rates, bring-a-friend tickets for those with a season pass or by booking directly through us here at Park Savers. That’s right! Thanks to our ticket partner, Undercover Tourist, we can save you between $20 to $30 per person off the gate price just by booking your tickets with us. That’s a decent chunk of change! Click here to check out our different Kings Dominion ticket options and learn about how you can save some cash.

Americana Ferris wheel at Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion – Americana Ferris Wheel by Stabbur’s Master is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Attractions at Kings Dominion

So, what fun attractions can you experience at Kings Dominion and Soak City? Read on as we break down the different rides and shows that you can enjoy during your trip to the parks. (Kings Dominion thoughtfully breaks down its various rides by intensity—attractions are categorized as low, mild, moderate, high or aggressive. So, if it’s your first time visiting, keep an eye out for what kind of thrills and chills you can expect, who the attractions are geared towards and any minimum height requirements you should be aware of when planning out your visit. For those who would rather beat the crowd and skip the line, we’ll also make a note of the rides that accept Fast Lane.) Alright, let’s get to it!

Kings Dominion Rides

Americana

Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the park from the top of this classic Ferris wheel, which towers up to 110 feet above the ground. A Kings Dominion original, this is the first Ferris wheel to be introduced to the park.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Anaconda

Hurtle 2,700 feet at a top speed of 50 miles per hour on this fan-favorite roller coaster ride. A 144-foot drop and an underwater tunnel followed by a 360-degree vertical loop after the exit (the first of its kind in the world) make this fun coaster more than worth the wait.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Apple Zapple

Zipping along at 35 miles per hour, this fast-paced roller coaster features tight turns and a thrilling 50-foot drop that families are sure to love.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 54″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: High

Arachnidia

Try not to get caught in the spider’s web in this multi-armed, centrifugal force-fueled ride. The twists, turns and constant spins are sure to leave you smiling.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Moderate

Anaconda roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Anaconda by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Backlot Stunt Coaster

Feel what it’s like to be a stunt-driving speed demon on this all-out roller coaster that thrills from start to finish, from a 0-to-40-in-three-seconds linear induction motor launch through helixes and high-banked turns.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Bad Apple

Twist, twirl and fly through the sky with ease on this exciting favorite that is a hit with parkgoers of all stripes.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 50″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Moderate

Berserker

Channel your inner Viking on this swinging ship that sends riders rocketing backward and forward until suspending sailors upside down for one heart-pounding moment.

Type: Thrill

Height requirement: At least 54″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: High

Blue Ridge Tollway

Feel as if you’ve been transported back in time to the olden days of Virginia during this leisurely automobile ride. As you motor around in a gas-powered antique car, soak up the pastoral scenery that the region is known for.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Moderate

Backlot Stunt Coaster at Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion – Stunt Coaster by Stabbur’s Master is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Boo Blasters on Boo Hill

Ready your laser gun in this interactive dark ride that takes you through a spooky haunted house. Along the way, you’ll take aim at illuminated targets featuring all manner of ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Challenge the other riders in your party to see who can collect the most points.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 42″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Carousel

When it comes to amusement parks, there is no ride that is more quintessential than a merry-go-round. With 66 beautifully carved horses, this carnival classic also happens to be one of the last remaining wooden carousels in the world that is still operating.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 46″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill level: Low

Charlie Brown’s Wind Up

Enjoy some breeze as you soar through the sky on this baseball-themed ride featuring free-hanging swings in Planet Snoopy.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 36″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Delirium

Feel as if you’re floating in air on this pendulum ride that swings riders to a pinnacle of 115 feet and a maximum arc angle of 120 degrees.

Type: Thrill

Height requirement: At least 54″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Dominator roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Dominator by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Dodgem

Let your road rage take over in this zany bumper car ride that has been a favorite at Kings Dominion since it first opened its doors to guests in 1975.

Type: Thrill

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: High

Dominator

Grab onto the safety bar and don’t let go as you hurtle along at speeds of as much as 67 miles per hour on this no-holds-barred roller coaster. Stretching to a thrilling 4,210 feet, the longest of any floorless coaster in the world, the Dominator boasts five inversions, including one of the globe’s largest vertical loops.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 54″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Drop Tower

Get your adrenaline racing like never before at this thrilling drop tower that takes you to a towering 305 feet above the ground before sending you hurtling back down 27 stories—the longest Gyro height drop on the planet—at a heart-pounding speed of 72 miles per hour.

Type: Thrill

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: High

Eiffel Tower

Get the lay of the land from the top of Virginia’s version of the Eiffel Tower. Standing tall at 315 feet, with panoramic views of the park and beyond (up to 18 miles out on a clear day), this original Kings Dominion attraction is a one-third replica of the Parisian icon.

Type: Family

Height requirement: N/A

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Sign for Dominator roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Dominator (Kings Dominion) 01 Logo by Coasterman1234 is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Flight of Fear

Get your adrenaline fix as you catapult through four inversions in complete darkness on this smooth steel coaster. Starting with a thrilling 0-to-54-miles-per-hour, four-second launch courtesy of a linear induction motor, one of the first of its kind in the world, Flight of Fear offers heart-racing excitement from beginning to end. To avoid a long wait, try to go on first thing in the morning.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 54″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Flying Ace

Not to be confused with the milder Flying Ace Balloon Race, this spinning attraction lets you take to the skies alongside the World War I Flying Ace.

Type: Family, Kids

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Moderate

Flying Ace Balloon Race

Go up, up and away over Planet Snoopy in this hot air balloon ride helmed by Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace. Be sure to check out the different hot air balloons, which feature designs of the flags of various countries around the world.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 42″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Flying Eagles

Pretend that you’re an eagle as you soar through the sky on this high-speed spinning ride. High in the air or closer to the ground, or a bit of both, this fun experience puts you in control.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Moderate

Grand Prix Raceway

Get your motor running just like an Indy car driver in this go-kart experience that sends you racing against your fellow guests. An additional fee is required to participate.

Type: Thrill

Height requirement: At least 40″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: High

Intimidator 305 roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Intimadator 305 Loading Area by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Great Pumpkin Coaster

Perfect for aspiring adrenaline junkies, the Great Pumpkin Coaster is a junior steel roller coaster with fun dips, hills and two easy turns.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 44″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Mild

Grizzly

Opened in 1982, no visit to Kings Dominion is complete without a ride on Grizzly. Stretching 3,162 feet, this wooden coaster with a double-figure-eight track, a high speed of 51 miles per hour and a bunch of air time, Grizzly is one of the park’s most popular rides and a must-do for any roller coaster fan. Go on at night for an especially exciting ride.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: High

Intimidator 305®

Crowned the “Best New Roller Coaster of 2010″ by Amusement Today, this high-speed coaster is one of the tallest and fastest to call the East Coast home, clocking in at a top speed of a crazy 90 miles per hour with a maximum height of 305 feet and an initial drop of 300 feet at a steep 85-degree angle.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 54”

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Joe Cool’s Driving School

Navigate the twists and turns of the Planet Snoopy Expressway, complete with street signs and traffic signals, in this driving ride designed with little ones in mind.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 40″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Kite Eating Tree

Pint-sized thrills abound at this miniature drop ride that raises kiddos up to a lofty height of 20 feet before gently bouncing them up and down to the ground.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 36″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Intimidator 305 roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Intimadator 305 Coaster by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Linus Launcher

Feel the wind in your face as you soar through the air on Linus’ trusty blanket on this fun spinning attraction. With your body stretched out, face towards the ground and feet dangling, you’ll really feel as if you’re flying.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 42″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Moderate

Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbies

Beep, beep! Aspiring drivers can channel their inner road warrior and get a taste of road rage in this mini bumper car ride featuring tiny automobiles designed to look like taxis.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: Less than 54″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill level: Mild

Lucy’s Tugboat

Ahoy there! Sail the choppy seas with Captain Lucy as she pilots a tugboat over wave after wave, spinning to and fro all the way.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 42″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

PEANUTS Road Rally

Let your kiddo get behind the wheel of a mini 4×4 monster truck, no driver’s license required, as they navigate the twists and turns of Planet Snoopy. Sure, the steering wheels are just for show and the trucks all travel at the same speed. But your little one is sure to have a great time regardless.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: Less than 54″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill level: Low

PEANUTS Turnpike

After hopping in the front seat of a two-seater convertible, pint-sized drivers go for a cruise around Planet Snoopy in this easygoing automotive attraction.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: Less than 54″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill level: Low

Reptilian roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Reptilian (Kings Dominion) 1 by Jeremy Thompson is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

PEANUTS 500

Put the pedal to the medal is this stock car race attraction. Geared towards young racers (parents can ride along, too), this fun ride sees kiddos zoom through hairpin turns and down straightaways to the finish line.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 36″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Racer 75

A must-do for coaster fanatics and families just looking to have a great time together, Racer 75 is a can’t-miss ride that will have you shrieking with delight. For this award-winning wooden roller coaster (it was given the American Coaster Enthusiasts’ Landmark award for 2003), twin trains battle it out for the finish line. The most prolific attraction in the park, with the most rides given, it also played a starring role in 1977’s Rollercoaster.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: High

Reptilian

Zigzag through the jungle just like a toothy reptile on this high-speed rollercoaster-like ride. Unique to Kings Dominion, there’s no other attraction like Reptilian in the Americas.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 46″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Moderate

Sally’s Sea Plane

Fly the friendly skies on this whimsical airplane adventure that pilots riders through the air before coming in for a landing.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 36″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Shenandoah Lumber Company

Make a splash with your family and friends in this log flume-style ride that features a 40-foot drop and followed by a splashdown finale.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 46″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: High

Tumbili roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Tumbili by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Snoopy’s Junction

All aboard a kid-sized locomotive for a leisurely train ride set to a lively soundtrack past scenes from the PEANUTS cartoon. Led by Conductor Snoopy and his faithful friend Woodstock the bird, this animated attraction is a fun way to see the sights around Planet Snoopy.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 36″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill level: Low

Snoopy vs. Red Baron

Help Snoopy the World War I Flying Ace keep the skies safe from the Red Baron and other bad guys while taking control of your very own fighter plane. Climb high or dive bomb however you wish in this choose-your-own-adventure-style attraction.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 36″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Snoopy’s Rocket Express

Blast off with the whole family in this leisurely four-person monorail ride that cruises around the park at a mild-mannered 4 miles per hour, all while enjoying views of some of the nearby rides.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 42″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Snoopy’s Space Buggies

Be transported to outer space in this out-of-this-world attraction that is sure to put a smile on your little one’s face.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 36″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Tumbili

The first of its kind in the state, Tumbili is a 4D spin coaster that utilizes magnetic technology. As riders cruise long, suspended from both sides of the track, they tumble continuously, creating the feeling of weightlessness, all with a max speed of 34 miles per hour and a top height of 112 feet.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Twisted Timbers roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Twisted Timbers by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Twisted Timbers

Combining the nostalgia of a wooden coaster with the speed and smoothness of steel, the first like it in the Mid-Atlantic, this hybrid coaster cruises along at a speed of up to 54 miles per hour through three inversions, including a 109-foot-tall barrel roll drop, and over 20 airtime hills.

Type: Coaster

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Wave Swinger

Sit back, relax and let the soothing wavelike motion of this giant swing ride put a smile on your face.

Type: Family

Height requirement: At least 48″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: Moderate

White Water Canyon

Prepare to get drenched in this rollicking river raft adventure that friends and families can enjoy together. Six-people rafts traverse surging waves, powerful torrents and a waterfall drop over the course of the 1,800 journey, making for the perfect way to cool off from the summer heat.

Type: Thrill

Height requirement: At least 46″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: High

Windseeker swing ride at Kings Dominion
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Windseeker

Hold on tight, folks, because these definitely aren’t the swings of your childhood. Flying high about the ground from 300 feet in the air, this ride sends you spinning at 30 miles per hour. Go on at night for a completely different experience filled with twinkling lights.

Type: Thrill

Height requirement: At least 52″

Fast Lane: Yes

Thrill Level: High

Woodstock Express

One of the best roller coasters in the park for families with kids, this classic coaster is as approachable as it is exciting, making it a great starter coaster for kids who are looking to transition to the big leagues. A Kings Dominion original, this ride was the first ever constructed at the park.

Type: Coaster, Family, Kids

Height requirement: At least 46″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: High

Woodstock Whirlybirds

Use your arm strength to spin you around in an oversized bird nest in this classic teacup-style ride featuring Snoopy’s friend Woodstock.

Type: Kids

Height requirement: At least 36″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Mild

Xtreme SkyFlyer

Feel what it’s like to both hang glide and skydive, all while experiencing the same attraction, in this high-thrill ride you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Free-falling towards the ground from a height of 17 stories at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, all while coming within six feet of the ground, this sky coaster is sure to make your heart pound. An additional fee is required to participate.

Type: Thrill

Height requirement: At least 42″

Fast Lane: No

Thrill Level: Aggressive

Windseeker swing ride at Kings Dominion
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Kings Dominion Entertainment

Looking to take a break from the rides for a while? Consider checking out one of the shows happening around the park. Ranging from stage acts to live music, they’re the perfect opportunity to take a load off of your feet for a while. Those traveling with kids or huge PEANUTS fans might also want to make their way over to the Craft Depot for the chance to come face-to-face with the likes of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Sally. These character meet-and-greets are also a great time for some photos, so be sure to have your camera ready. Check out the day’s schedule on the Kings Dominion mobile app.

Soak City Water Park

If it’s summertime fun you’re after, then be sure to spend some time at one point or another during your trip at the Soak City water park. Located near the back of Kings Dominion, this 20-acre water park offers everything you need to escape the heat of those hot July and August days. Attractions here run the gamut from extreme water slides and a gigantic wave pool to an aquatic playground and a lazy river. Best of all, access is included in the price of both one-day park tickets and season passes.

For the little ones, be sure to head on over to Sand Dune Lagoon, a kiddie wave pool with interactive splash elements that maxes out at 36 inches deep and only one-foot waves. Lighthouse Landing, a multi-level water play area, is also geared toward kiddos and features eight approachable slides and two water-dumping buckets that are sure to get you drenched if you aren’t already. Meanwhile, Soak City spots like the Lazy Rider lazy river and Tidal Wave Bay are great places to cool off with the whole gang.

Of course, as this is Kings Dominion, there’s no shortage of Soak City rides that bring the thrills and chills (as this is a water park we’re talking about). Hurricane Heights has everything adrenaline junkies are looking for, including four stomach-churning 360-degree loops and a near-vertical freefall. Riders on Paradise Plunge, meanwhile, have the floor fall out from underneath them, while Pipeline Peak offers both tube and body slides that start from heights of 45 and 77 feet tall, respectively.

When you aren’t taking a trip down one of the water slides or body surfing in the wave pool, treat yourself and your crew to a private cabana. Outfitted with tables, loungers, and a food and beverage service, they’re a great way to kick back and relax for a while in between rides.

Intimidator 305 roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Intimidator 305 by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Kings Dominion Seasonal Events

Kings Dominion and Soak City water park offer so much more than just rides. Depending on when you visit, you may even get to enjoy some of the parks’ special events. Typically held on the weekends, as well as select weekdays, these seasonal celebrations help to keep the park open long after the high season has passed. Offering special food and drink items, entertainment and activities, they’re great ways to help you make the most of your season pass. In 2023, annual events hosted at the park include:

  • More Days, More Fun! – Weekends from mid-January to early March; select rides, restaurants and shops
  • Flights & Bites – Weekends from mid-February to mid-March; limited-time food and drink offerings from local breweries and vineyards
  • Grand Carnivale – Select days from late June to early July; live music and globally inspired food items with a nighttime parade and block party
  • The Great Pumpkin Fest – Weekends from mid-September to late October; live entertainment and autumnal activities like pumpkin painting and hay mazes
  • Halloween Haunt – Select nights in September and October; spooky activities like scare zones, haunted hay mazes and spirited live shows
  • WinterFest – Select nights from mid-November to late December; twinkling Christmas lights, festive decorations, holiday treats and yuletide activities, including one of the largest ice-skating rinks in the area
Anaconda roller coaster at Kings Dominion
Anaconda by Drew Hastings on Unsplash

Restaurants at Kings Dominion & Soak City

Whether you’re in the mood for a savory sandwich or burger or something sweet like a refreshing ice cream shake, you’ll find a restaurant to satisfy every craving. Happily, those with food allergies or other dietary restrictions will be happy to know that restaurants are able to accommodate your various dining needs, no matter if you’re vegetarian, vegan or unable to enjoy ingredients like gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts or soy.

But what if you’d like to save some money, too? Well, you’re in luck because guests can upgrade their visit with a variety of dining add-ons depending on their needs and preferences. For those with passes, All-Season Dining and Drink Plans are both available, starting at $95 and $34.99 per person, respectively. Alternatively, there are also options available for those who only plan to visit for the day, including a couple of All-Day Dining plans (from $33.99) and a Single Meal Dea ($17.99)l.

Food options at Kings Dominion and Soak City include:

  • Apple Ida’s Funnel Cakes – Funnel cakes and mini donuts
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – Soft pretzels
  • Boardwalk Fries – French fries
  • Border Burrito – Mexican-inspired dishes like burritos, nachos and taco salads
  • Chicken Shack – All things poultry
  • Cinnabon – Cinnamon rolls
  • Coca-Cola Pizza Parlor – Pizza
  • Country Kitchen – Comfort food favorites
  • Dippin’ Dots – Ice cream of the future
  • Excavators’ Taters – Basic and loaded French fires
  • Firehouse BBQ – Barbecued meats and classic sides
  • Fountain & Floats – Ice cream treats
  • Grain & Grill – Healthy dishes made with locally sourced ingredients
  • ICEE Mix-it-Up – Slushies
  • Jukebox Diner – Diner-style favorites
  • Rita’s Italian Ice – Ice cream and other frozen treats
  • Snoopy’s Snack Shack – Popcorn and cotton candy
  • Starbucks – Coffee drinks and pastries
  • Sweet Frog – Frozen yogurt
  • The Jungle Market Eatery – Burgers and salads
  • The Outpost Café – Rotisserie and grilled meats with island flair
  • The Parched Pig – Craft beer and local wine
  • The Pit at Country Kitchen – Turkey legs
  • The Taco Shack – Tacos
  • Tower Pretzel – Soft pretzels
  • Victoria’s Pizza – Pizza
  • World’s Greatest Funnel Cakes – Funnel cakes and ice cream

Well, folks, that brings our guide to Kings Dominion and Soak City to an end. Have you ever had a chance to go to these Virginia parks? Are they on your to-do list for an upcoming trip? Let us know in the comments! Then, learn how you can save some dough on your visit with our discounted tickets.