As you may have known I am a Virginia native. Even though I moved away to North Carolina for a little while, I have now been back in Virginia for a few years. I enjoy everything about my home state (except maybe the bipolar weather sometimes!), but I don’t think I would trade it for anything.
So, who would have thought there were 10 amusement parks in Virginia? Usually, we only hear about the major parks like Busch Gardens and Disney, but we have our fair share of radically fun amusement parks that you probably haven’t ever heard of. Here is my list of 10 radically fun amusement parks in Virginia:
#1 Splash Down Water Park
Located in Manassas, VA Splash Down Water Park has two 4-story pipeline slides with thrilling twists, turns and drops all the way down. Hop like a frog from lily pad to lily pad, float the lazy river or make a splash from the cannonball slide. However, Splash Down Water Park isn’t just for the thrill seekers; young ones will love the Big Kahuna Beach full of sand and the Children’s area where splashing is all part of the fun.
#2 Soak City Waterpark Known as Kings Dominion
Soak City Waterpark opens this summer as a new addition to Kings Dominion. Thrill seekers, fun seekers, and kids of all kinds are going to love the new Hurricane Heights. If you want a good adrenaline rush, Paradise Plunge will drop you in a vertical free fall through loops and twists of all kinds when the floor vanishes from underneath your feet. Of course, the Lil’ Barefoot Beach is perfect for the younger crowd. At Soak City in Doswell, VA everyone can have a little fun!
#3 Water Country USA
Did you know you could get unlimited visits to Water Country USA for only $11 a month per person (while it lasts)? That’s a lot of Cow-A-Bung splashes, adrenaline rushes through the Colossal Curl and epic water ride adventures. Dare to drop down the Vanishing point, whether the 4-foot waves or relax down the lazy river. Whether young or old, kids of all ages can find something fun to do at Water Country USA.
#5 The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat
Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat only allows those older than 7 with a waiver to participate for safety reasons, but if you want an adrenaline high adventure for the older crowd, this is the place to be. Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat in Farmville, VA offers you over 20 tree soaring zip lines and over 60 obstacle courses for an adventure of a lifetime.
#5 Ocean Breeze Waterpark
Ocean Breeze Waterpark offers a Breeze Pass wristband so you can breeze right past the line for access to the top 10 attractions at the park. Dare to weather the Hurricane as you are drop feet first plummeting through the eye of the hurricane or walk the plank above a 200-foot pitch black tunnel with an exhilarating 50-foot drop you won’t see coming until it’s too late. There is enough fun for everyone at Ocean Breeze Waterpark.
#6 Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole
Opening Memorial Day weekend, Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is a one of a kind amusement park with a little western hospitality. Tailored to meet all ages, your kids will love the excitement of the Old West’s Gold Rush, an entire acre of slides, showers, sprays and splashing water fun for everyone. Tenderfoot pond is perfect for getting your toddler’s feet in the water while Water Mine Expansion gives your adrenaline thrill seekers just the right amount of adrenaline. If you want a place the whole family can enjoy, Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is the place to go!
#7 Atlantic Fun Park
Atlantic Fun Park is Virginia Beach’s #1 amusement park in the state. Located in Virginia Beach, VA, Atlantic Fun Park offers family rides, midway games, and thrill seeking adventures for anyone. Don’t wait for the fair to come into town, enjoy a fair type atmosphere all summer long at the Atlantic Fun Park near you.
#8 Motor World
Not far from Atlantic Fun Park is the incredible Motor World. Enjoy a day of thrilling rides and then head on over a little racing action. With 11 go-kart tracks and 250 go-karts with 16 different styles, you can race until your hearts content. But, don’t stop there! Motor World has one of the most exhilarating coasters on Virginia Beach. If you dare, fly on the Skycoaster 130-feet above the ground at 70 MPH through whips, turns, and drops only the brave in the heart can handle. Check out Kiddie City for the younger crowd as Motor World is fit to cater all family fun.
#9 Great Wolf Lodge
Swim, splash, and slide without worrying about sunburn or rained out fun. The Great Wolf Lodge is the biggest indoor waterpark in Virginia. Ride the waves on the Wolf Rider Wipeout, experience the feeling of being in the eye of a tornado on the Howlin’ Tornado, or let the itty bitty ones enjoy the adventures on Whooping Hallow. There is something for every member of the family, and Great Wolf Lodge offers accommodations so you can stay the whole day or the whole week.
#10 Go Karts Plus Williamsburg Family Fun Center
Are you ready to do the Disk’O’? Go Karts Plus is perfect for adrenaline seekers as you spin, soar, and dive on the infamous Disk’O’ ball! However, even the less adventurous can enjoy blaster boats, a gold rush mini golf tournament, the Kiddie Coaster, or Go Kart fun. When you visit the Williamsburg Family Fun Center, there isn’t much more you can do besides have fun.
When it comes to having a splashing, soaring good time, sometimes the little guys are left out of the loop. Don’t forget to experience all the fun amusement parks in Virginia this year for fun, thrills, and memories you won’t forget.
What’s your favorite amusement park in Virginia? Let us know in the comments below!