Since this was our 2nd summer in a row (see my post from last year: Kings Dominion: So Much More Than Rollercoasters!) going to Kings Dominion Soak City, I’m now pretty well versed with how to prepare in advance to ensure that everybody has a great time!
And by the way, everyone pays kids price NOW online through June 30, 2017, so take advantage of this special offer!
Now, back to the 10 tips.
Kings Dominion Soak City: 10 Tips Before You Go
This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.
1. Load The Kings Dominion Mobile App
The Kings Dominion Mobile App is a free GPS enabled app you can install on your cell phone.
View the park’s map, get ride wait times, find places to eat, see what events are going on, find all of the water attractions, use the car finder, take advantage of any special deals, season pass info, and so much more!
The kids loved this app to find all of the water attractions.
I love that you can use this app to plan your trip around any events that may be going on such as their KingsFest, Star Spangled Celebration, Fireworks, JoyFest, Soak City Beach Parties, BBQ and Brew, & Coaster Campout.
2. Get There Early With Swimsuits Already On
You’ll want to get to Soak City early (weekdays are ideal) with your swimsuits and easy slip-on shoes (like flip-flops or water proof sandals) already on, grab a locker, stash your stuff, and get your soak on!
Because long lines and a full wave pool aren’t as much fun as feeling like you practically have the place to yourself.
3. Prepare Each Person Their Own Backpack To Carry
It’s SO much easier this way versus you, the Mom (or home base as I call myself), having to carry everything in one big bag.
So pack each person’s bag with a set of dry clothes (don’t forget underwear and socks!), good walking shoes (for after Soak City), a beach towel, and some spending money.
4. Plan To Buy a Souvenir Refillable Drink
I promise you this will be your most important purchase of the day!
You will be walking a LOT and the temps will be warm or even very HOT.
No lie, we went through at least 10 refills by the end of our day.
So. Worth. It.
5. Bring Spending Money For Each Person To Hold
This gives the older kids a little bit more independence and takes some responsibility off of you.
Give each kid a set amount of cash to spend as they please.
It’s a great way to teach them how to budget for the day.
The boys liked the freedom of getting what they wanted without having to ask me first.
For instance, they REALLY wanted to check out the Hurricane Simulator for the first time since they hadn’t had a chance to try it out last year.
You’ll definitely need to take time out to eat.
AND it’s a great time to regroup.
Right here my son is saying, “The Power Plunge is AWESOME!”
And my nephew is replying, “Same” (for us older folks that means, Yes, I agree!).
Then they plotted out their next soak-filled attractions.
My son tried the funnel cake fries for the very first time and LOVED them!
6. Aim To Get A Locker As Soon As You Get There
Lockers are available, first-come, first serve, in Soak City, near the Front Gate, Safari Village Restroom, and the Old Virginia Restroom.
You have a choice of 3 different size lockers that can be used for the entire day.
It’s so nice to stash your stuff, get a pin code and go enjoy yourself without having to hold anything.
7. Plan to Get Wet!
This really goes without saying, but it’s just a reminder.
You will get soaking wet!
Don’t worry about your hair or makeup and for goodness sake, don’t wear anything that becomes see-through when wet.
The goal is to have a day’s worth of carefree fun and not have to worry about how you look.
8. Sit On Top of The Tube In The Lazy River
Don’t be this person circled in the above picture.
Hanging your body in this position over the tube is not comfortable at all.
How do I know? Because I tried it.
My arms got tired and my feet dragged along the bottom of the river.
Your best bet is to put most of your body on top of the tube and enjoy the ride!
You’ll thank me later.
9. Enjoy A Live Show
If you’re like us, we usually last from the time Soak City opens until around 4:00 pm.
At that point, we’re pretty water logged and we want to explore other parts of Kings Dominion.
We enjoyed a super cute dog show!
Here’s the link to all of Kings Dominion’s Live Shows.
10. Schedule Time To Go To The Top Of The Eiffel Tower
It is our tradition to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower toward the end of our day.
At this point, we’re all pretty worn out, but happy because we had another amazing day!
You get to enjoy the view of the entire park, feel the extra breezes from being up so high, AND, the most important thing of all, it’s GREAT for selfies!