by Casey | Posted on May 31st, 2012
Virginia’s theme parks – Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion – are fantastic destinations for a day or more of family fun, but did you know that their special summer events are included with your normal admission? No extra fees for the additional excitement you’ll find beyond the gates! And psst! We have some tips for saving on your tickets, too.
Busch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens are two concert series with big name performers. After your day of exhilirating park shenanigans (including riding that brand new coaster – Verbolten), jam out with these artists:
- June 3: Hot Chelle Rae
- June 10: Chris Tomlin
- June 17: Kellie Pickler
- June 24: Third Day
- August 26: Victoria Justice
Every night from July 1 through August 19 visitors to BG will be treated to IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore. What’s that? Fifty straight nights of a park-wide fireworks spectacular with multiple live performances and special effects.
BG Ticket Savings
The Bounce Ticket might just be your best bet if you’ve got a finite amount of time to be in the Williamsburg area – say like seven consecutive days? The Bounce Ticket gives you unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Water Country USA for up to seven consecutive days. Plus, when you make your purchase online the price is 20% cheaper and you get free parking!
For those within driving distance who would like to visit BG more than once this summer, consider the Fun Card. It gives you unlimited visits from now until September 3rd. It’s basically like paying for one day ($66.99) and coming back all summer for free. Yes, the single day ticket is also $66.99. Might as well go Fun Card, ya know?
If you have a child aged three to five years old, do not buy a ticket. He or she can get in for FREE with the Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass (Virginia residents only). Note: You MUST take your child’s birth certificate with you to the park. I learned this the hard way. The Preschool Pass is valid for unlimited admission through October 28, 2012.
Two awesome concert events await you when you plan your visit to Kings Dominion on select dates.
KingsFest is three days of some of the best Christian artists on the scene. Save by purchasing tickets in advance for just one day or all three.
- June 28
- Casting Crowns * NEEDTOBREATHE * Thousand Foot Krutch * Royal Tailor * Jamie Grace * speaker Justin Lookadoo
- June 29
- Skillet * Kutless * Lecrae * Nine Lashes * Sent By Ravens * The Lost Colors * speaker Bob Lenz
- June 30
- tobyMac * Owl City * RED * Icon For Hire * Manafest * speaker David Nasser
On July 14th gospel lovers will definitely want to be at KD. It’s JoyFest, after all!
- Fred Hammon * Marvin Sapp * Martha Munizzi * Vashawn Mitchell * William McDowell * Lecrae * Humble Tip * Bone Hampton
KD Ticket Savings
Military, get your fun on at Kings Dominion July 3 & 4 for FREE! Any active, inactive, or retired service member can enjoy the park for free when you show your miltary ID.
Through June 17th, everyone’s a kid! Adults pay the daily kid ticket price of $37.99. The trick? You must purchase online and you must select the date you plan to visit.
After the “Everyone’s a Kid” deal expires, remember this: DON’T BUY YOUR TICKETS AT THE PARK. Purchase them online, print them, and bring them with you. The online price is $10 cheaper.
Need a payment plan? Purchase season passes online before June 30 and pay for them over the course of three months. Expect a monthly payment of $23.33 to $33.33 per ticket, depending on the age of each pass holder.
Now that you’ve got the scoop on the best ticket prices and the extra fun without an extra fee, what are you waiting for? Those theme parks are calling!
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