Kings Dominion is located between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA, in the smaller town of Doswell, VA. It is an amusement park that is easily accessible to residents along the east coast, as well as travelers who are driving through the area. This 400-acre park opened in 1975 and is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Kings Dominion has a “sister” park called Kings Island, which is located in Mason, Ohio.
As guests enter the main entrance of Kings Dominion, they are greeted by a 320-foot water feature called the International Street Fountain and a replica of the Eiffel Tower. The Kings Dominion Eiffel Tower is 1/3 the size of the actual Eiffel Tower that is located in Paris, France. Guests at Kings Dominion can have an amazing view from the observation deck of the park’s Eiffel Tower. Underneath the Eiffel Tower, guests can be entertained with a variety of shows and musical events on the Grande Bandstand.
Kings Dominion is divided up into several different sections, such as; International Street, Old Virginia, Planet Snoopy, Candy Apple Grove, and Safari Village. Additionally, a 20-acre water park can also be found in Kings Dominion, and admission to the water park, called Soak City, is included in the price of the park’s general admission. Soak City is open from the end of May until September and guests can bask in the sun as they play in the water park’s wave pools or on a variety of water slides.
For roller coaster enthusiasts, Kings Dominion is home to a dozen different roller coasters. The newest one is called Twisted Timbers and opened in 2018. This roller coaster is 112 feet tall and reaches a maximum speed of 54 mph. Twisted Timbers is a unique roller coaster because it is part wooden structure and part steel. The tallest and fastest roller coaster in the park is called the Intimidator 305 and was built in 2010. This roller coaster can reach speeds up to 90 mph and, you guessed it, it is 305 feet in height. One interesting roller coaster, that you may want to check out, is called the Anaconda, which is located in the Safari Village section of the park. This roller coaster runs partially underneath Lake Charles, through an underwater tunnel. It opened in 1991, is 128 feet tall, and reaches speeds of 50 mph.
Kings Dominion opens every year in the Spring and operates regularly until September. Additionally, Kings Dominion offers seasonal events, such as Halloween Haunt and WinterFest. These fall and winter celebrations run mainly on the weekends through October, November, and December, as well as on New Year’s Eve, before the park takes a few months’ winter break between January to March.
Visitors of Kings Dominion can find many hotels in the area, for which to enjoy their stay close to the park. Several hotels even offer free shuttle service to the Kings Dominion amusement park, so you will have no worries about traffic or parking fees.
Kings Dominion operates under the slogan of “It’s Amazing In Here”, and it truly is an amusement park that has a little bit of something for everyone.
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