The Best Theme Parks and Water Parks in Virginia

Kings Dominion-Delirium
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

There are two major theme parks in Virginia, and between them, the state boasts some of the world's best and biggest roller coasters. There are also some smaller family entertainment centers and other places to find fun.

It can get plenty hot and humid in Virginia. To help stay cool (and have fun), you could check out the state's water parks. No matter what time of year, you could visit one of the indoor water park resorts. With their climate-controlled environments, you could be floating in a lazy river or tearing down a water slide regardless of the weather outside.

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    Griffon-at-Busch-Gardens.jpg
    Arthur Levine.

    The lovely park, which is divided into European countries such as Italy and Germany, is often cited as being one of the most beautiful in the industry. It offers a fabulous array of coasters, including Apollo's Chariot (which gets my nod as one of the country's best) and Griffon, a floorless diving coaster. Among its other notable rides is Battle for Eire, a virtual reality ride that opened in 2018. Busch Gardens is also known for its great live shows and decent food.

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    Central Park Fun Land
    Central Park Fun Land

    Activities at the indoor and outdoor center include go-karts, batting cages, a huge arcade, spinning rides, and a small (indoor) roller coaster.

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    Dinosaur Land Virginia
    Dinosaur Land

    Meet over 50 animatronic dinosaurs at this small, primeval-themed roadside attraction. Of course, there is a gift shop with dinosaur items.

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    Go-Karts Plus Virginia
    Go-Karts Plus

    It should come as no surprise that go-karts are featured at this center. The "plus" includes bumper boats,  a Disk’o thrill ride, a kiddie coaster, other kiddie rides, an arcade, and more.

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    Great Waves Waterpark
    Great Waves Waterpark

    This is a small, seasonal, municipal water park with a wave pool, water slides, and a children's pool with an interactive play area.

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    This is a major, indoor water park resort that is part of the Great Wolf chain. Highlights include a wave pool, lazy river, water slides, and the MagiQuest interactive attraction. The water park is only open to registered hotel guests.

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    Volcano coaster Kings Dominion
    Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

    Kings Dominion is a huge park with an impressive collection of roller coasters, including Intimidator 305, a massive (would you believe 305 feet tall?) thrill machine that delivers punishing G-forces and wild thrills. But there are many more. So many, in fact, it is one of the theme parks with the most number of roller coasters in the world. Also features Planet Snoopy, a large Peanuts-themed land with kiddie rides. The adjacent Soak City water park is included with admission to Kings Dominion.

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    Massanutten Resort water park Virigina
    Massanutten Resort

    This water park offers a FlowRider wave-making attraction for boogie boarding, hot tubs, a huge wave pool, water slides, and other attractions. The park is open to hotel guests and to the general public. The Massanutten Resort also includes skiing, golf, and other activities.

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    Motor World Virginia
    Motor World

    Lots of go-kart tracks plus kiddie and thrill rides, mini-golf, and other attractions. One of the major attractions is a Skycoaster.

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    aerial shot of slides and pools at Ocean Breeze Waterpark
    Ocean Breeze Waterpark

    This medium-sized water park offers water slides, a wave pool, and water playground. Restaurants, on-site catering, and private cabanas are available.

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    Soak City water park at Kings Dominion
    Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

    Soak City water park is included with admission to King's Dominion theme park. Attractions include Pipeline Peak's four slides, Big Wave Bay wave pool, Surf City Splash House interactive play area, Lazy Rider river, speed slides, tube slides, and kids' areas.

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    SplashDown water park Virginia
    SplashDown

    Medium-size water park with water slides, a lazy river, and activities for younger visitors.

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    Water Country USA water park in Virginia
    SeaWorld Parks

    Water Country USA is operated by the Busch Gardens folks, but the outdoor water park requires a separate admission and is located a few miles away from the theme park. It is a major park with lots of slides, including speed slides and a family raft ride, a wave pool, a lazy river, attractions for young children, and more.

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    The Water Mine is a small, municipal water park with a lazy river, Pete's Peak slides, an activity pool, and kids' activities.