It’s especially aggravating to get younger children to comply while traveling. It’s not their fault, though, because, at their age, they’re naturally more inquisitive and active. They are not content to stay at the beach or in a hotel. They want a lot of action, which your ideal vacation trip cannot provide. Why not turn your ideal relaxing vacation into a fun family vacation?
For your family’s delight, Virginia tourism provides two thrilling and economical theme parks.
These theme parks are not outrageously expensive, so you can stay in decent hotels while visiting them. The Virginian countryside is littered with hotels, many of which are located near amusement parks. After all, there’s nothing like resting in a nice room to cap off a good afternoon.
Even though these theme parks do not have their own hotel-like Disneyland, the thrill rides and views more than compensate for this lack. Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Paramount’s Kings Dominion make Virginia travel fun for the whole family. Kings Dominion, a water and theme park in one, is owned by Paramount.
It’s a 400-acre park with over 200 rides and attractions. Roller coaster fans from all over the world flock to Kings Dominion to ride its 13 world-famous and world-class rides. The exhilarating loops and drops of these coasters appeal to both teenagers and adventurous adults. Hypersonic XLC, the park’s sole American coaster, employs compressed air as its launch motor.
The Volcano Blast Coaster rises above a volcanic crater before plummeting at speeds of nearly 70 mph. Wooden coasters such as the Rebel Yell and Hurler are also available. Virginia is known for its movie theaters, and theme parks would be incomplete without them. Tomb Raider Firefall activates all of the senses and gives riders the sensation of being a part of a major Lara Croft film or video game.
The Italian Job Turbo Coaster is based on the popular film’s stunt chase scenes. Relive the film’s dramatic chase by speeding through the garage and tunnels in a small Cooper. If the smaller children aren’t interested in shrieking themselves hoarse on the roller coasters, Nickelodeon Central is packed with their favorite characters.
It is completely acceptable to photograph and play with Dora, the Rugrats, Spongebob, Scooby, and Jimmy Neutron. There are also regular toddler games where toddlers can play and socialize with other kids. A spooky mansion and the Mystery Machine add to the thrills. All of this is fun for a fraction of the cost of a beach vacation. Season tickets and family discounts are also available.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the place to go for world-class entertainment. Six countries are represented in the park: Ireland, France, Scotland, Italy, Germany, and England. With excellent food, landmarks, gardens, and parks, each “country” showcases the best of its cultures. The authentic design and feel of the “countries” are enough to give visitors the impression that they are traveling around the world.
Alpengeist and Apollo’s Chariot are two of the world’s top 25 roller coasters, located at Busch Gardens. A trip to Virginia isn’t complete without some animal entertainment. Aside from rides, the park is concerned about environmental issues. It has a mini-zoo and an animal sanctuary where children can see and interact with wolves, raptors, reptiles, and other feathered, furry, and scaly creatures.
There are also environmental preservation lectures. Discounts are also available through special cards and family promotions at the park. Families of US servicemen are also entitled to free admission.
Virginia travel is enjoyable, simple, and inexpensive thanks to these two parks. It also allows you and your family to spend quality time together. Who says vacationing with kids has to be difficult?