Kings Dominion Tips 2021

So, you’re in town for a vacation and you’re thinking about visiting Kings Dominion in Virginia. 

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You’re not the only one! By the end of this guide you will know everything ranging from when they open, to top rides, and even on how to easily save money by purchasing your tickets online and taking advantage of our fantastic deal!

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Table of Contents

  1. What is Kings Dominion
  2. Schedule Cheat Sheet
  3. Crowd Calendar
  4. Top Rides
  5. Traveling with Kids/Child Swap Policy
  6. Lockers
  7. Kings Dominion Campground
  8. Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kings Dominion? And where exactly is Kings Dominion located?

Kings Dominion is a theme park currently located in Doswell, Virginia, about 25 minutes (driving) away from Richmond, Virginia. The 400 acre park has over 60 rides, attractions, and shows as well as 11+ roller coasters available to the public. A perfect place to create a lifetime of amazing memories.

Fun Fact: Kings Dominion is the sister park of Kings Island.


Schedule - Cheat Sheet

Open everyday: Now through August 7th.

Open on weekends only (Sat-Sun): August 7th - September 6th.

Soak City Cheat Sheet

Opens June 19th! 

Crowd Calendar

Another great reliable alternative is the Kings Dominion Crowd Calendar. It is a very handy tool that is simple to use. How this works is they post a calendar for the current month, and rate their "expected crowd" for the day from Green (quiet day) to Red (busy day). The science behind this is they use historical data, special events, holidays etc. and make a prediction for the month based on relevant factors. The best part? This is available to you for free.

As of right now the calendar on the Kings Dominion website is at a standstill due to COVID-19. We will update this guide along as we get more information.

Top Rides at Kings Dominion

Intimidator 305

The name itself should raise a red flag unless you’re adventurous (kidding, but not really). This roller coaster’s number stands for the height of the coaster. One of the most forceful rides in the world, the best way to sum up this coaster is intense, fast & powerful. This ride starts fast and only increases in speed. The fast transitions throughout the turns seem almost impossible to be done until they’re happening in front of your eyes. This is a thrill seeker’s paradise. On the other hand, if you have not ridden many roller coasters or are unsure of whether you like them, this may not be the best place to start. There are other better options for inexperienced riders.

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At 4,210 feet, Dominator is the world’s longest floor-less coaster that also happens to have one of the nations’ tallest vertical loops. The build up to the initial drop as you slowly climb is very exhilarating and makes the wait for the drop THAT much better. Unlike the Intimidator 305, this coaster has a change of pace within the ride and gives you some (limited) time to regroup throughout its course.
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Twisted Timbers

My personal favorite coaster in the park. The initial barrel drop is an extremely unique way to start things off. This ride has a very smooth feel to it as it glides up and down the hills while seamlessly twisting and transitioning through a number of tight turns. This ride is super smooth and glides about the course.

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Looking for a larger list of Roller Coaster information? We've assembled a list here

Traveling with kids?

Guests below 3 years old are free!!! 

You will also be able to rent a locker on a first-come, first-served basis. As long as a locker is available, you will be able to rent!

Child Swap Policy - Kings Dominion

Are you bringing a child that isn’t tall enough to ride the rides, but you want to ride them yourself? Kings Dominion has a system called ‘Child Swap’. This works by having two people in your party voluntarily wait behind (feel free to enjoy other rides in the meantime), while the rest of the party enters standby. Once the first group is finished riding, the remaining individuals that were waiting with kids, go through the disabled entrance, pass the kids to the rest of your party, and then hop right on the ride. This is very beneficial to ensure that you are able to bring young children to the park and still enjoy it yourself. The days of having to search for a place to wait are over.


We've written an article focused on Planet SnoopyPlanet Snoopy is home to a family care center, where families are able to rest and eat with children, while cooling off in some much needed air conditioning.

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Lockers at Kings Dominion - Vary by Season

Lockers can be found near the front gate. They can be rented via first come, first serve, so plan accordingly! Lockers can also be found at Soak City (while they are open during their season).

Kings Dominion Campground

Kings Dominion offers a campground called Camp Wilderness. You're able to camp out the weekend only 1 mile away from the park in a deluxe cabin, and there's a free shuttle to take you to and from the park! We've written a comprehensive guide on it.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy tickets for Kings Dominion? How Can I save money? Where can I buy Kings Dominion tickets for cheap?

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How much do Kings Dominion tickets cost? Do Kings Dominion ticket prices stay the same every season? 

Regular 1 Day admission tickets cost $40 when you purchase online. The Single-day Ticket is valid for visits June 1 - Sept 6, 2021. You can even Save $10+ per ticket on the weekends. These tickets also include admission to Soak City. 

Prices vary throughout the different seasons. This means that even if pricing is a certain dollar amount during the summer, there is no guarantee that it will be the same in the fall.


Kings Dominion Winterfest: November-December 31st

We will update these prices as soon as we near Kings Dominion opening date.

Kings Dominion Parking - Are there discounts?

You are in luck! Instead of paying the regular $20, save $5 on parking. 1 day parking, valid for one car during the regularly scheduled operating hours.

Are there any hotels near Kings Dominion?

Of course! Click here. You will be able to choose your standard check in/out dates, how many rooms, any children, single day stay, multi day stay and more.

  • TIP: By clicking on the "Locations" tab (on the left of the blue "Select Dates" button), it will provide you with a map and more importantly the distance in miles from the hotel to Kings dominion as well as any other nearby attractions.

Kings Dominion Park Map

Click here for the PDF of the Park Map


Are there kings dominion tickets with discounts for the military?

Absolutely. Military Discounts can be found here. Kings Dominion celebrates America’s Military members both active and retired. They’ve also been known to hold “Military Appreciation Days” as recently as this July, as they’ve given out two free park admissions (July 1-7). In order to receive these tokens of military appreciation, all you would need to bring is a single valid government-issued military ID.

Kings Dominion Water Park - Soak City


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Is there a water park in Kings Dominion? Are they included in general admission tickets?

Yes! There is a 20 acre water playground named “Soak City”. Soak City is perfect for your family to relax or experience tsunami-sized thrills.

Typically they are included with admission. Always make sure to click “ticket info” and read the description to ensure you know what you’re getting in your admission ticket. Better safe than sorry!

Are Outside Drinks allowed?

Yes you may bring in bottled water. Unfortunately any outside meal is not permitted.

Guests With Disabilities

Accessibility is very important to us. All details can be found here.

How Can I Get Free Refills?

Season Pass Drink Plan! What is this? It means you can add an all season, drink refill to your season pass for one low price!

Kings Island Discount Tickets & Tips

If you are visiting Kings Dominion, we are sure Kings Island is next on the bucket list. As the park is located in Ohio, make sure to plan accordingly by season. Don't miss out on our tips at the park and how to save money!

Fun Fact - Who Owns Kings Dominion?

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company currently owns and operates Kings Dominion.

Looking for other attractions in Virginia?

Are you in Virginia and are looking to visit other theme parks in the area? We have several recommendations you may be interested in, please do yourself a favor and check it out!

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

When is Kings Dominion open (2021)?

January 28, 2021 Update

We are excited to announce Kings Dominion’s Opening Day - May 22 - and we look forward to welcoming you back to a fun and safe environment.

Hours can be found directly from the Kings Dominion website. However, if you don’t have a set date that you’re looking for in mind, we’ve made a cheat sheet available just for you.

Check out our Other Kings Dominion Tips

Kings Dominion Winterfest