If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day or weekend and you want to get away from the house, consider heading to an amusement park or theme park for a day or two. There are numerous amusement parks within driving distance of Long Island the tri-state area in general. Following are short descriptions of each of your options. Of course, there are many others, usually smaller ones, in the area as well.
Adventureland is an amusement park located right on Long Island, in Farmingdale. Most of the rides and attractions are geared towards younger kids, and it lacks the huge roller coasters and extreme rides of some other parks. But for the youngsters, this place is fantastic. It’s small enough that they can feel safe and secure, but big enough to give them lots of thrills.
This infamous location has typical “boardwalk” rides found at their Luna Park, and there you can choose to purchase a wristband or a pay as you go card for individual rides. Located in another area of Coney Island, not in Luna Park, is the world famous roller coaster The Cyclone. It is open daily throughout the summers. On Coney Island there is also Deno’s Wonder Wheel, another small amusement park with boardwalk style rides.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags is a huge theme park with lots of intense roller coasters, as well as other thrill rides and some kiddie rides as well. The rides are great, though some aspects of how the theme park is run is frustrating at best. Tip: Don’t go on a weekend in the summer, and be prepared to fork over a lot of cash there.
Located in the heart of Atlantic City, Steel Pier is a good option for people heading to the area that aren’t as big gamblers but still want to find something fun to do. Here you will find boardwalk rides similar to the ones at Coney Island, and Steel Pier has a similar history and story to it. Be careful here though, because rides have to be paid for with tickets (though all day wristbands are available on Thursdays). It’s easy to use up all of your tickets quite quickly, and the ticket books don’t come cheaply.
Morey’s in the touristy area of Wildwood, New Jersey. They have several “piers” and a waterpark. In addition to many kiddie rides, they have a decent number of thrill rides, including several roller coasters – and several “extreme” rides for an additional fee of as much as $30 per person! You can buy tickets just for the amusement park or combo tickets for the amusement parks and the waterpark.
Dorney Park is actually a joint park with Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown PA, and when you buy a ticket to Dorney you also automatically get admission to their waterpark. They have lots of rides, and a good selection of both children’s rides and fun thrill rides, including many fantastic roller coasters. In addition, their prices are pretty reasonable compared to many of the other big theme parks such as Six Flags.
Located in Hershey, PA, Hershey Park has the combination of great rides and a fun theme, with hershey’s kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups walking around the park. A great family park, but also a fun one for teenagers and young adults alike. There’s something for everyone here.