Mid-Atlantic amusement parks [Pictures]
Take a tour of roller coasters and amusement parks within a 200-miles radius of Baltimore.
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Kings Dominion( Photo courtesy of Kings Dominion / July 22, 2010 )
Why you should visit in 2010: "It's had a few down years, but I'm really impressed with where it's headed and how the park is looking this year," says spokesman John Pagel. "We've used tons and tons of paint... we've painted just about every building in this park. We're really moving to enhance the visitor experience, to get people excited about it again."
Also generating a lot of excitement is the park's 15th roller coaster, the Intimidator 305, named in honor of legendary race car drive Dale Earnhardt, who was nicknamed The Intimidator (pictured), and the ride's fear-inducing height, 305 feet. The coaster reaches a top speed of nearly 90 mph during its three-minute ride.
"It's the most intense roller coaster I've ever been on," Pagel says, "and I've been on a lot."
Also this year, the Peanuts gang's Planet Snoopy has replaced the Nickelodeon and Hanna-Barbera characters (Yogi Bear, the Flintstones) that for years roamed through the park's kids' area.--Chris Kaltenbach
Address: Exit 98 on Interstate 95 in Doswell, Va., about 20 miles north of Richmond
Miles from the Inner Harbor: 131
Wow factor: The Eiffel Tower, visible from I-95. Oh yeah, and did we mention there are 15(!) roller coasters?
Hours through August: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, closes 8 p.m. (except Saturdays) beginning Aug. 16.
Admission: $33.99-$56.99; $59.99 for two-day passes
Information: 804-876-5000 or kingsdominion.com