Theme Parks & Extreme Adventures

With three major theme parks, numerous water parks and myriad outdoor settings to explore, Capital Region USA is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers and adventure lovers.

Roller coaster at Kings Dominion theme park
Griffon roller coaster at Busch Gardens
Mind Eraser roller coaster, Six Flags America
NASCAR at Richmond International Raceway
Canoe slalom in Maryland
Skiing at Wisp Resort in Maryland
Massanutten Water Park in Virginia
Great Wolf Lodge water park, Williamsburg, VA
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Kings Dominion

This 400-acre theme park outside of Richmond, Virginia, is home to more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, including one of the largest collections of roller coasters on the East Coast. Go for extreme thrills on the Intimidator 305™ – a 305-foot-tall racecar-inspired roller coaster that reaches speeds of more than 90 miles per hour! Or cool off in the 20-acre water park featuring water slides, rides and a wave pool. 

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Busch Gardens

A backdrop of themed European villages is just one of the reasons Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been voted “The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park” every year since 1990. Each village transports you to a different European country through food, landmarks, gardens, shops and entertainment. The park is home to six roller coasters – two of which have been rated in the Top 25 Roller Coasters in the World – as well as numerous rides, tasty dining options, animal encounters, and unique shopping experiences.

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Six Flags America

Located just 15 miles east of Washington, DC, this thrilling theme park in Largo, Maryland, is home to more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, including nine roller coasters and the Hurricane Harbor water park. Thrill seekers won’t want to miss SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel, a 215-foot-tall hypercoaster that reaches speeds of 73 miles per hour.

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Richmond International Raceway

Speed seekers will want to check out Richmond International Raceway in Virginia’s capital city. Known as America’s Premier Short Track and host to two annual NASCAR races, visitors can be a racecar driver for the day thanks to the track’s driving schools. A variety of packages allow guests to drive the ¾-mile-long oval course with a professional instructor or on your own. 

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Adventure Sports Center International

Host to the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, Adventure Sports Center International in western Maryland operates the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course. With world-class instructors and a range of class I-IV whitewater, everyone from beginners to Olympians will enjoy the thrills of this man-made whitewater facility. The center also offers rock climbing and rappelling programs on natural rock formations.

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Wisp Resort

Western Maryland’s Wisp Resort is home to a terrain park and 32 slopes, making it the perfect winter wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and other winter sports. The resort’s thrilling Mountain Coaster is a cross between a roller coaster and an alpine slide, featuring 1,300 feet of upward track before twisting and turning 3,500 feet back downhill over 350 vertical feet on the eastern side of Wisp Mountain.

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Massanutten Resort

This four-season resort located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia keeps guests entertained year-round with a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor water park, skiing and snow sports, two golf courses, zip lines and canopy tours. The indoor water park boasts eight water slides, the Adventure River and the Flow Rider, a surfing attraction that creates an endless, perfect wave. The park also has 80,000 square feet of outdoor fun, including multi-lane mat racers and a wave pool.

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Great Wolf Lodge

This 67,000-square-foot, 84-degree water park in Williamsburg, Virginia, was named the Number One Pool in the USA by TripAdvisor. Splash the day away on the park’s eight water slides, four pools, wave pool and more.

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