Breaking News From The Historic Triangle
Want a way to beat the springtime Virginia heat? Lookno further than
Water Country USA
, themid -Atlantic’s largest water theme park. Located close to both Busch Gardens and Colonial Crossings,the park commences its 2011 season on May 21. Water Country USA is set to a 1960’s surf theme andfeatures water-based fun for the entire family, from heart-stopping pipelines to lazy river adventures. Newthis year is Vanish Point, a water thrill ride that gives park goers two drop options; a 75 –foot high boxwhere the bottom drops out, or a 300 –foot speed slide. The park also offers dining, shows and shopping, sobring the family for a full day of sun and fun!
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
will open its gates on March 26 for the 2011 season. The park has beenhonored for the 20
straight year by being named “The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park”by theNational Amusement Park Historical Association. The park features more than 50 thrilling rides andpresents daily entertainment in an old European-style setting. Busch Gardens is famous for its roster of roller coasters, such as the floorless Griffon and perennial favorite Curse of DarKastle. A new ride willdebut for thrill seekers this year, the 240-foot high Mach Tower. The park’s tallest ride with lift 30 riders toa spectacular view of the park before dropping them at a heart-stopping speed. Mach Tower is located inOktoberfest village and is part of a total revamp of this section of the park. Special events for 2011 includeRamp Jam (an event that showcases the ASA Action Sports World Tour’s skateboarders, BMX racers andin-line skaters) and the Christian music showcase Glory at the Gardens. Also scheduled for 2011 is the verypopular IllumiNights celebration of music, special effects and fireworks. Busch Gardens offers many ticket-purchasing options such as season passes, combination passes with water Country USA and militarydiscounts. Additional information on the park is available at www.buschgardens.com .Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle is rich in history, but it is also rich in shopping opportunities.Whether you see shopping as a break from the history or history as a break from the shopping, you’ll findmore than 200 retail and designer outlet stores in close proximity to Colonial Crossings. Merchants Square,adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg, is home to over 40 shops and restaurants. You’ll find everything frompewter to lace here, as well as souvenirs of the local favorite collegiate team William and Mary. PrimeOutlets at Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Outlet Mall and Patriot Plaza Premium Outlets offer more“traditional”shopping choices. Top that off with the Williamsburg Antique Mall with its extensive group of dealers and you could spend your whole vacation looking for bargains!
is well-known for its summertime fun, but the city welcomes Spring each year with a wideassortment of festivals and concerts.
The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival
takes place on April 30; this family-friendly event includes a “Best Kite”contest and demonstrations of kite building and flying techniques.May 6 -7 brings the
PANorama Caribbean Music Fest
, a musical adventure set to the soothing sounds of steel pan music. The festival’s casual atmosphere appeals to the island community and people of all ageswho are intrigued by the unique sounds and style of steel drum music, and gives patrons the opportunity tosavor some of the most flavorful food imaginable. The American Bus Association ranks the event in its Top100. Admission is free to the public.
Beach Music Weekend
follows on May 12 -15 and brings back dancing under the stars to the “oldies”witha series of free concerts! Featured performers include The Embers, Band of Oz and The Tams ; the eventwill be held along the beach at 30th Street with Thursday and Friday evening concerts followed by all dayshows on Saturday and Sunday. Also during the weekend of May 13–14 is
, held at 24th StreetPark. Attendees will be treated to inspiring Southern Gospel, urban contemporary and praise music.Virginia Beach will also host the all-new
Pirate Party on the Beach
on May 21 where the family can bepirates for a day, and
Remember the Music, Remember the Heroes
(a “Star-Spangled”salute to greatmusic from the past and present, good food and our American military). This event takes place May 27 –29and features military and other styles of music. The beach fun will continue into the summer months, socheck the summer edition of the