In a Nutshell: Busch Gardens & Kings Dominion

Have you ever wondered what the major differences are between Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion? Here’s a quick glance at the basic facts of Virginia’s two famed theme parks.



Williamsburg | 383-acre theme park, 60.4 miles northwest of Virginia Beach


Single Day $75 (age 10+) and $65 (ages 3-9)

Busch Gardens and Water Country USA “Fun Card” $100

Groups of 15-75 tickets single day $52, Group Dining Package $70.07

One year pass $132, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA one year pass $180

Open most days in the summer from 10am-6pm.

To See & Do:

There are seven main roller coasters plus some children’s coasters, seven different shows, and four different festivals and themed events.

This season the park is introducing a new launch coaster, Tempesto, at 63 mph and 154 feet.

Tempesto at Busch Gardens

Tempesto at Busch Gardens

Eight different themed areas in the park to have the experience of visiting different countries such as England, France, and Germany. In each of these areas there are places to shop for souvenirs and specialty gifts themed from every area of the park.

The park is celebrating its 40th year open this year, 2015, and has been voted the world’s most beautiful theme park since 1990.

It supports and takes part in conservation by supporting and working with more than 100 environmental organizations all over the globe, grants millions of dollars in wildlife research and has many different animal exhibits and shows to encourage this in the park’s visitors.

More than 15 different places to eat throughout the park, Dining Deals are available starting at $6.69 for children and $15.29 for adults, and an opportunity for children to eat with Elmo and other characters.


Busch Gardens offers an online vacation planner to make the entire experience easier in a package form:

A Springtacular package (starting at $50 per person/night), Design-Your-Own package, and Whole Lotta Williamsburg (which includes Colonial Williamsburg as well as Busch Gardens).

Each of these packages includes hotel accommodations and dinner certificates. There are also different packages offered for each season of the year.




Doswell | 400-acre theme park 20 miles north of Richmond, 75 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Opened May of 1975


Whenever you buy online you can save up to $10

Single Day $55, After 4pm $39, Admission and Fast Lane $94

Military $37.50, Groups (15-99) $34.00, Fast Lane $40, Fast Lane Plus $55

Silver Season Pass $78, Gold Season Pass $117, Platinum Season Pass $204, Season Pass + Dining $177

Open most days during the summer from 10:30am-10:00pm.

Open until midnight for special events during the fall season.

Kings Dominion: Soak City

Kings Dominion: Soak City

To See & Do:

There are 60 rides, shows, and attractions, including 15 roller coasters with Intimidator 305 at 305 feet tall and reaching 90 mph as the highlight.

Kids love the PEANUTS themed children’s play area and characters.

The Eiffel Tower is a major attraction and well-known figure of the park, standing at 315 feet with an observation deck at 264 feet.

Find 36 different restaurants and vendors are placed throughout the park.

The brand new 20–acre water park, Soak City, is found inside the main park. Soak City is open most days in the summer from Noon-8:00pm.


On-site lodging and campgrounds are offered including a Best Western Kings Quarters (offering free shuttle service to the park), Camp Wilderness Deluxe Cabins, and Camp Wilderness Campsites.

Off-Site Services include Country Inn & Suits, Days Inn, and La Quinta Inn and Suites in Doswell. Others include Holiday Inn Express, Days Inn, and many more located close by in Ashland or a little farther away in Glen Allen, Ruther Glen, and Fredericksburg.


About the Author: Kemry Johnakin is an English Major at Brigham Young University-Idaho, hopes to write the next great American novel, and is greatly unsettled by the lack of oxford commas used in government paperwork.


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