Just finished reading the pages and pages of KD vs BGW debate. I have a small interest in this because my work is shipping me to Richmond for 2 weeks in july and I would like to visit one of the parks during the weekend of July 23/24. I visited BGW in 2007, so Griffon would be something new. I have never been to KD, however, and that is the park I'm leaning toward. I may try to visit KD on the day of my arrival (monday july 18) and attempt to do the park in 2/3s of day. Would this be possible, or would anyone suggest waiting til the weekend to give myself an entire day? Would like to avoid crowds if possible, and if I do the monday thing, I just may attempt BGW on the weekend. Not sure if that would be smart either. Regardless, I will be alone and bored so anything will be welcome. WTH is there to do in this area besides KD and BGW?!?!?!
^You could easily get KD done in 2/3 of a day on a Monday. BGW would probably be packed on a weekend, but the crowd spreads out pretty well, and the ride crews move quickly more often than not. If you're looking for other stuff to do, there's historical stuff all around Richmond. Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields are abound in this area. You can take the drive up to Washington if you want, it's about 100 miles north (just watch out for traffic). You could also go to Virginia Beach, which is pretty nice in the summer time.
Going to Kings Dominion on a summer weekend almost guarantees you a nice 2+ hour line for Volcano, a full Flight of Fear queue, and busyness everywhere else (Intimidator's hit-or-miss, it seems to me - one day there's no line there and other days it's just as bad as everywhere else. But at least it moves, and is worth it). I would most definitely go on a weekday, and just hope that the number of school and camp trips won't be unbearable. And I would definitely go to KD over BGW as a coaster enthusiast traveling to Virginia. I think Busch Gardens is probably very doable on a weekend day - make it Sunday if possible. And good luck!
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KD is about 30 minutes north of Richmond and probably 45 min outside of Fredericksburg. There isn't much around unless you drive to those cities.
BGW's located in a very touristy area so you'll be able to find tons of things to do in the area. You've got the Historic Triangle plus tons of shopping. Virginia Beach is about an hour and a half to two hours from Williamsburg.
VA's a great state for history buffs, so if you're into that kind of stuff, you should check out the battlefields, plantations, and museums around the area.
^^Williamsburg to Virginia Beach can be driven in one hour with traffic permitting on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel which tends to get gridlocked quite a bit. Going I-664 to I-264 can be done in one hour and a half.
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