Heading down for a few days over the summer and looking for a nice place to stay close to the park. Anyone with experience?
Williamsburg has tons of places to stay. Yorktown has a few two and isn't ghetto. Newport News and Hampton are dumps except for the few nice areas.
If you have an itch to see Norfolk and Va Beach, go down on the weekend and go to the park on weekdays. The bridge tunnel traffic is a nightmare.
They also (still) have Water Country USA.
I lived in that area for years, but I left a few years ago. YMMV
If you are interested in water parks. Try Great Wolf Lodge. Giant indoor water park. I've only been to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town so I can't speak much to the summer