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Enjoy the Ride(s) and Then Some at Kings Dominion

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Ever since we visited Kings Dominion back in May for a day at the Soak City Waterpark, the kids have been asking (no, begging) to return to experience the rest of it — the rides, roller coasters, and all of the other amusement packed in to the park. So, it worked out quite well that we were invited back to enjoy it all during KidsFest, when there are extra treats especially for children, like concerts, games, craft activities, and shows during a couple of weekends in July.

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It would have worked out even better if the day we opted to go hadn’t turned out to be one of the hottest of the summer. But we made the best of it. Spinning around and zipping along on the rides actually provided a rush of air that helped cool us off a bit.

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Kings Dominion has a nice variety of rides for all ages and levels of thrill seekers. There are several big roller coasters and exciting rides for those who want an adrenaline rush. And there are plenty of options for amusement park-goers who prefer a more “mellow” experience.

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Planet Snoopy is a whole section just for young children (and parents who aren’t so keen on the coasters) with gentler ways to whirl around, zip along tracks, and spin through the air. There is also a bounce house, and during KidsFest this is where the extra activities were located.

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I stuck with Sasha on the easier rides, since she was a few inches shy of the minimum height for the large coasters (that’s the reason I’m going with, anyway), while Levi and Owen went for the big thrills. Both kids had a blast, and we also joined up for a few family rides (tip: the White Water Canyon practically guarantees you’ll get wet if you want to cool off).

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While KidsFest only took place July 17-18 & 23-24, there is still tons to enjoy at Kings Dominion for all ages. Though I do recommend not going on the hottest day of the summer.

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Kings Dominion is located in Doswell, VA, about 75 miles from Washington, DC. It’s open daily through August, then on weekends through October. Hours vary, so be sure to check opening and closing times before you go. Admission prices vary — you can get an all-day ticket for $50, an after 4pm tickets for $40, and two-day tickets for $69. And you can often do a Google search to find special promotions or coupons to save on the entry fee.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote places and programs that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Make a Splash in Soak City at Kings Dominion this Summer

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Water inspired activities are a staple of summer, so it was fitting that we kicked off the season at Soak City, the 20-acre water park within Kings Dominion. When we were offered the opportunity to check out the attractions and rides over Memorial Day weekend, I immediately accepted. The kids had actually been begging to visit the amusement park near Richmond for awhile, plus I dig water slides and splashy rides myself. We were all pretty excited for our day there.

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And Soak City did not disappoint. Several water slide complexes, a wave pool, a “river” raft ride, and play areas for little ones offer something for everyone — all ages and all levels of thrill seekers. Guests do need to be at least 48″ tall to ride most of the slides, and 42″ for the wave pool, but children who don’t hit that height can enjoy smaller kid-sized slides in the splash areas.

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Upon our arrival, we decided to get a cabana, so we’d have a dedicated place to keep our belongings and also chill out when we weren’t going on rides. They also offer lockers for guests to store valuables, and there are plenty of chairs and tables throughout the park, they just aren’t guaranteed.

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Since Tidal Wave Bay was right next to our cabana, that was our first stop and a fun way to ease into our water park adventure. We were able to get wet, swim around a bit, and ride the waves. From there, we hit the nearby Hurricane Heights, a colorful tangle of several different slides winding all around and offering a variety of thrills. We rode inner tubes down and through Aqua Blast, which is mostly enclosed until it shoots you out for a steep plunge into the water.

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My favorite, though, was the Paradise Plunge, a body slide that starts in an enclosed chamber where you wait for the floor to drop from under your feet, sending you straight down a chute for a fast and twisty thrill ride to the bottom.

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After a ’bout of wild sliding, we opted for a more chill ride on the Lazy River, a pool that meanders in a 1/4 mile loop in the middle of the park. A few spins around in the comfort of an inner tube was quite relaxing and a nice way to wind down before lunch, which we ordered at our cabana.

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So, while Soak City did not disappoint, the weather, unfortunately, did. A huge storm rolled in while we were eating, and the hourly forecast showed no indication of it letting up, so we had to cut our visit short. But what we did get to do was super fun, and now we have good reason to go again. Not to mention it’s a fantastic way to stay cool on a hot summer day. And when you’re done (or before) playing in the water park, you can enjoy the rest of Kings Dominion, since admission gets you into both!

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Soak City is open on weekends May 28 – June 10, then daily June 10 – September 5. Admission to Kings Dominion, which as mentioned also gets you into Soak City, is $45 if you buy tickets online, $66 at the gate. There are also season passes available. Kings Dominion is located just north of Richmond, about 75 miles from Washington, DC.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote places and programs that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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