June 23, 2017

Springtime Fun at Kings Dominion in Virginia

Over the weekend, my kids and I had the opportunity to check out Taste of Virginia at Kings Dominion theme park near Richmond, VA. Operating on Saturdays and Sundays through May 21, Taste of Virginia is a celebration of food and drinks in the Old Dominion State.

We had a great time exploring the rides and activities at Kings Dominion in Virginia during the opening weekend of the festival. We love visiting the park in the spring when the temperatures are cool, the sun is shining and the ride lines are short.

Get the kids in the car and head to Kings Dominion theme park for Taste of Virginia. Not that your kids will need much convincing, but here are 10 great reasons to visit Kings Dominion in Virginia during the spring.

10 Reasons to Visit Kings Dominion in Virginia

1. Multigenerational Fun. Since my parents moved over the weekend, we couldn’t bring them with us like last year, but Kings Dominion is a great place for multigenerational fun. It’s a fun place to just be with grandkids. No riding of rides at Kings Dominion required.

2. Planet Snoopy Expansion. We love Planet Snoopy and like to start there first when we visit Kings Dominion in Virginia. There are nearly 20 rides just for kids, including three new rides, Kite Eating Tree, Sally’s Sea Plane and Peanuts 500. There are also two kid-sized roller coasters.

3. New Rides to Ride. As my kids get taller, there’s a new crop of rides that they’re able to ride, either because they’re now tall enough or now brave enough. My 12 y.o. and 9 y.o. daughters decided this was the year for the Rebel Yell. My 12 y.o. loved it, but my 9 y.o. may need another year before she’s really ready for the roller coasters at Kings Dominion. She was not quite ready for that first big hill.

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4. Shorter Ride Lines. While not related to spring, one great reason to the take the kids to Taste of Virginia is that the lines for rides are much shorter than in the summer. Even better, the weather is cooler, which is nice when plans have you outside all day.

5. Character Meet & Greets. Of course, there are character meet and greets every day at Kings Dominion theme park, but now the Peanuts characters are dressed up for the season. We saw Linus and Charlie Brown both dressed up as if ready to play spring sports. They were always roaming, so there were lots of good photo opps.

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6. Taste of Virginia Samples. Head to Candy Apple Grove, right near the entrance to Rebel Yell, for food tastings from five different regions of Virginia. We loved the crispy crab cakes from the Chesapeake region and fried winesap apple pies from the Piedmont Region.

Purchase “taste tokens” ahead of time. Each sample ranges from 2-4 tokens, including beer and wine samples from White Hill Vineyards, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co., and Rappahannock Cellars. You’ll also find spirits from distilleries around the state on select weekends.

7. LOVE is in the Air. Well, actually, LOVE is on the ground, as in you can snap a selfie with “LOVE” from the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Make sure to take photos and share them with #LoveVA when you do. You can also buy loads of “Virginia is for Lovers” t-shirts and gear.

8. Live Entertainment. There’s a band that plays every day of Taste of Virginia between 12-2 pm and 4-6 pm. Each “region” is set up near the stage, so you’ll want to grab a snack, take a break and listen to the music. We love free concerts. 🙂

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9. Spring Flowers. Look for colorful spring flowers all around the park. They’re all so beautiful, especially near the front of the park when you first enter. Keep your eyes open for butterfly and dragonfly decorations, too. The flowers are such a lovely way to welcome spring.

10. Funnel Cakes and Dippin’ Dots. I love to go to theme parks, like Kings Dominion in Virginia, if only for the fun foods we can’t get at home, like funnel cakes and Dippin’ Dots. Among our other faves are candy apples, frozen custard and walnut fudge. As a bonus, there was peanut butter fudge with glazed roasted pecans at Taste of Virginia. Yumm-o.

Taste of Virginia is open Saturdays and Sundays through May 21 at Kings Dominion theme park. Also, be sure to come back for the Memorial Weekend Salute (May 27-29), KingsFest (June 22-24), KidsFest (July 10-11, 17-18) and Star Spangled Celebration (June 30-July 4).

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand. I have been compensated for my participation. However, all opinions are my own.

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