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Neighborhood Expert: Amusement parks close to Northern Virginia

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or

Did Viva Vienna leave you wanting more adrenaline in the form of rides? Games? More junk food? Well today’s post is dedicated to nearby amusement parks close to Northern Virginia.

Six Flags America — Bowie, Maryland

Like many other Six Flags, this one has a water park, entertainment, and experiences in addition to roller coasters and other rides. A mix of big and little rides, tickets are on sale for $38/day and this is under an hour away from Vienna.

Kings Dominion — Doswell, Virginia

A large amusement park with a waterpark (Soak City), Planet Snoopy for the younger crowd, rides, food, and entertainment. Tickets start around $45 and this is just under 1.5 hours away from Vienna.

Busch Gardens — Williamsburg, Virginia

A huge variety of activities, rides, entertainment, and food. They also have a ton of pet exhibits if you have someone who loves furry friends. This is a 2.5 hour drive from Vienna.

Dutch Wonderland — Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Dutch has a ton of shows, rides, and experiences (the Dragon’s Tale is my favorite!) for the younger crowd. Bonus it’s across the street from Tanger Shopping Outlets. This one is about 2.5 hours away from Vienna, but great for the littles.

Photo via Daniel Lloyd Blunk Fernandez/Unsplash

HersheyPark — Hershey, Pennsylvania

Chocolate lovers, this one is for you. You can do the amusement park but you can also make your own candy bar at Hershey Chocolate World and meet your favorite candy characters. This is great all day fun for the whole family. The ride will take just under 2.5 hours.

Honorable mention:

This is not an amusement park, but if you have a kid who loves Dinosaur’s — did you know there’s a Dinosaur Land in Virginia? Life-size replicas of your favorite prehistoric creatures can be found in White Post, Virginia, which is about an hour from Vienna. 

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