I love amusement parks, like LOVE THEM.
Growing up amusement parks were really our summer vacation. Both of our parents owned their own businesses so it was harder to get away for long vacations. To make up for that, they bought us season passes to Carowinds and my sister and I LIVED there during the summers. We would literally go 3+ times a week and carry along our best friends. Some of my favorite childhood memories were made there!
Fast forward to now. Until this past weekend, I haven’t been on any sort of roller coaster in close to 5 years. While pregnant with Monroe, we went to Disney World and Dollywood but, of course, I was unable to ride anything. After 5 long years, you can only imagine my excitement as we planned our family day trip to Kings Dominion. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite rides and experiences from the day and give you a few pro-tips for your next trip.
We couldn’t have picked a better day to make the trip. The weather was great and there were no lines for anything. We were able to walk straight on to almost every ride. It was just the best.
Pro-tip: love roller coasters but have small children? Three words…bring a babysitter.
Choosing to bring along the girls sitter was possibly the best thing we could have done. She took the kids to ride the smaller things and waited with them while we rode the big coasters. Of course, she rode some rides with us too but bringing her a long so we could have some fun was the best decision.
We started the day with the girls in Planet Snoopy. Monroe was in the perfect height range to ride almost everything, thank goodness. I think there was only 2 rides she was too small for!
Monroe had THE BEST TIME. We had been telling her about this special trip for a few weeks now so seeing her face light up as she rode each new ride was just the best.
Mikaela had been sick so we were nervous about bring her for a day at the park, but she did so well. There were even some rides that she was able to ride and the carousel was by far her favorite. Every time we were near it she would point and laugh and get so excited when we would ride it again. She sat on the horse and just smiled the entire time.
Pro-tip: bring your stroller and a clip on fan.
Theres plenty of stroller parking for rides and having it will give your littles a much needed break and even a place to nap if needed. Summers at the amusement park are HOT so the clip on stroller fan is super helpful when trying to keep the kiddos cooled off and happy.
Pro-tip: get the dining plan and the one day refillable cup. It’s worth it, trust me.
Lets talk food. If you’re planning on making a day of your trip to Kings Dominion, I highly recommend the all day dining plan. For just $29.99 you can eat in the park every 90 minutes. Most dining places are included, even Chick-Fil-A, and what comes with each meal is more than enough. One meal in the park alone is around $15-$20 so if you plan to eat, the meal plan is the way to go.
I highly recommend The Mac Bowl. A full mac and cheese bar with all the fixin’s? Count me in. So good, y’all.
As far as drinks go, get the refillable cup. It’s huge and can be shared amongst the family. Only $14.99 and free refills on the day of purchase all day. AND they have blue Powerade, my favorite, so I was good to go all day.
There’s only one week left of their Grand Carnivale. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes from cultures around the world including India, China, Italy, France and Germany. Each country has a section of the park completely decorated and complete with authentic performances throughout the day. The best part happens at night when all of the countries come together for a high energy parade and dance party. It was a BLAST.
If you haven’t already, check out my Kings Dominion “highlight” on Instagram to see some of the parade and party.
Alright, saving the best for last…THE RIDES.
Kings Dominion has some of the best rides I’ve ever experienced. Some of my favorites included; Dominator, Flight of Fear, Backlog Stunt Coaster and Delirium. My favorites though were Twisted Timbers, Intimidator 305, and of course the wooden classic and my personal favorite, Racer 75.
They’ve also got a huge waterpark, Soak City, that we just didn’t have time to get to. We hope to make it down another day this summer to check it out because it looked like a blast!
Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a day at Kings Dominion. It was fun for the whole family and we definitely got our step count in for the week, coming in at just over 17,000 steps by the time we got home.
Have you ever been to Kings Dominion? What are your favorite rides?