Consult our comprehensive guide to amusement parks, theme parks, and water parks in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Zoom over thrilling rollercoasters, plunge into the splashy waters on a log flume adventure, and win fun prizes at the ring toss booth. Our guide to amusement parks covers all the excitement your family needs this summer all within reach of the New York Metro area. So hold on tight, go for the upside-down rides, dig into the candy apples and make a whirlwind of memories with your family at these amusement parks while the season lasts. You might even walk away with a giant stuffed panda!
2245 Route 110, Farmingdale
Hours: Vary; see schedule on the website
Price: $1 per ticket (rides cost three to five tickets). Pay-one-price bracelet: $24.99. Free parking.
Open since 1962, Adventureland has roller coasters and thrill rides; family, kiddie, and water rides; and games. In the fall, the park turns into a Halloween destination.
Boomers! Family Fun Center
655 Long Island Ave., Medford
Hours: Vary by season; call or check the website
Price: $1 for three game tokens; $7 go-kart and bumper boat driver tickets ($3 for passengers); $7 mini-golf per game; $1 batting cages. Pay-one-price bracelet: $17.99; $24.99 with mini-golf included.
A cartoon-themed park, Boomers has an indoor carousel and outdoor kids’ rides, 70 video games, a mini-golf course, bumper boats, batting cages, and go-karts.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari
3183 State Route 28, Old Forge
Hours: June 12–Sept. 2; hours vary, check the website
Price: $28.95; $25.95 children ages 3-11; free for children ages 2 and younger; $1 discount when you buy tickets online
Located in Old Forge, about a 5-hour drive northwest of New York City, this park features more than 50 rides and attractions for kids of all ages, such as the Flivver Cars, where kids can take a drive, 32 water rides, and daily circus shows.
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom
1172 State Route 9, Queensbury
Hours: Great Escape opens May 18; Splashwater Kingdom opens May 28. Hours vary; check the website.
Price: $52.99; $42.99 juniors (children shorter than 48 inches); free for children younger than 2
Located in scenic Lake George, this Six Flags theme park features dozens of dry and water rides for the whole family, ranging from mild to maximum intensity. Kids will also enjoy daily parades, shows, and hanging out with costumed characters.
Playland Parkway, Rye
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, May 11 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website.
Price: Pay-one-price admission: $30 (includes all rides); $20 for Kiddyland; $10 for spectators; free for children younger than 2. Westchester County residents receive $5 off with beach, pool, and mini-golf access.
Along with many rides, Rye Playland has a beach, pool, boardwalk, and pier with lake boating, picnic area, mini-golf, and indoor skating. There are fireworks every Wednesday and Friday night in the summer, starting in July. The summer season for the beach begins June 21.
16 Old Route 9 West, Fishkill
Hours: May 25 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website.
Price: Full day: $29.99; $25.99 for children shorter than 42 inches. Half day: $24.99; $19.99 for children shorter than 42 inches. Season passes available. Military discounts offered. Cabana and summer locker rentals available.
This water park features family fun and entertainment for all. Rides and slides including a lazy river and Bob the Builder Splash Works. New this season: Big Bird Show and Arctic Plunge Racer.
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton
Hours: May 25 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website
Price: $39.99; $29.99 children shorter than 48 inches and seniors; free for children 2 and younger
Features 96 exciting acres of rides and water slides for all ages, ranging from the Lazy River to the Cliff Diver, where you can drop eight stories in three seconds, and Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, a water ride with a 40-foot drop and many spins and slides against a backdrop of total darkness. New for 2013: Bootlegger’s Run, New York’s only water roller coaster.
Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
Main Street, Sylvan Beach
Hours: May to mid-June: Weekends only. Mid-June through August: Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday, 12-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 12-10pm.
Price: All-day ride band: $19.95
Features a dozen rides including The Himalaya, a 40-passenger high-speed boat ride. Also available are kiddie rides and games, all on the shores of Oneida Lake.
Wollman Rink, Central Park, Manhattan
Hours: May 25–Sept. 8: Monday-Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday, 11am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-8pm
Price: $7 weekdays; $8 weekends and holidays; free for children shorter than 36 inches (with a paying adult). $14 for unlimited-ride wristbands on weekdays; $16 on weekends. Additional charge for games.
Enjoy rides and games for the whole family, plus live entertainment every weekend. Soar in circles on the Kite Flyer, whip around in the water on the Hydro Racer, or play the tried and true Whack-A-Mole game. A new ride this season is the magic bikes.
91 Shady Glen Road, East Durham
Hours: June 21 through Labor Day; 10am-6pm weekdays, 10am-7pm weekends
Price: $26.99; $19.99 spectators and children ages 7 and younger; free for infants
Features safe and fun water activities such as winding water slides, rapid rafting, and the 10,000-gallon-a-minute River Ride. About a 2½-hour drive from NYC, Zoom Flume is the place to go for lazy or crazy water adventures, with many accommodation options nearby.
Bowcraft Amusement Park
2545 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains
Hours: Daily, late May through Labor Day; hour vary; check the website
Price: Day Fun Pass: $24.95. $75 for 100 tickets; $35 for 40 tickets; $19 for 20 tickets (rides are four to five tickets per person)
Features more than 24 rides and attractions, including the Crossbow Roller Coaster and classic favorites like the Tilt-a-Whirl and the Drop Zone.
Clementon Park & Splash World
144 Berlin Road, Clementon
Hours: May 24 through Labor Day; hours vary, check the website
Price: $39.99; $29.99 children shorter than 48 inches, seniors, and handicapped individuals; free for children younger than 2. Discount and season passes available online. Parking is $10 (cash only).
Features kiddie rides, rides for the whole family, and thrill rides for older kids: Torpedo Rush, the world’s tallest trap-door speed ride with two simultaneous 50-foot drops. The park is now under new ownership; check the website for updates.
Fantasy Island Park
320 Seventh St., Beach Haven
Hours: Daily, June 14 through the weekend after Labor Day. Opens at 6pm every day except Fridays (opens at 4pm), closing time varies from 11pm to 12am.
Price: Ride tokens are 85 cents each; $17 for 20 tokens; $34 for 40 tokens; $12.50 for all rides (pay-one-price days) on some Fridays
Features various activities such as the family-style arcade, carousel, the giant Ferris wheel, and many other rides, all in a Victorian-era setting.
111 New Jersey Highway 35, Cliffwood
Hours: Opens daily at 10am; closes Monday-Wednesday at 9pm; Thursday at 10pm; Friday at 11pm
Price: Varies based on activity (are all the prices online up to date?)
At this indoor amusement park, kids can explore 40,000 square feet of games, laser tag, build-a-bear machines, games, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars, and rides. The Monkey Mayhem carnival ride is new this year, and so is the Bounce House.
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
Hours: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: Daily, 12pm-close (11pm or 12am)
Price: $25 for 60 tickets; $50 for 140 tickets (rides are between three to eight tickets per person). Wristband special: $18 for all rides on Tuesdays (12-6pm) and Fridays (5-11pm).
Features several rides and attractions for small children to teens. New attractions are Time Freak (player vs. player interactive game) and XD Dark Ride Theater at South Beach Arcade (multi-sensory interactive experience). The South Beach Arcade is brand new for 2013. The park also hosts free weekly shows and special events; check the website for a schedule.
110 Schanck Road, Freehold
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3-9pm; Friday, 3-11pm; Saturday, 10am-11pm; Sunday, 10am-9pm
Price: 50 cents for 1 ride credit; $10 for 20 credits; $25 for 50 credits; $50 for 100 credits; $75 for 150 credits (rides are between six and 24 credits per person). Unlimited-ride wristbands: $22.95-$29.95.
This indoor amusement park features mini-bowling, laser tag, and a 4D theater, along with seven rides, including bumper cars and a go-kart speedway. There’s also a Boardwalk Arcade with more than 200 modern and nostalgic arcade games.
Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark
275 Beachway Ave., Keansburg
Hours: Opens daily at 10am beginning May 4 (water park opens Memorial Day Weekend); closing times vary (check the website).
Price: Amusement park: $89.95 for 200 tickets; $49.95 for 100 tickets; $26.95 for 50 tickets; 65 cents for one ticket (rides are two to nine tickets each; does not include go-karts). Waterpark: $26.95 for three hours; $24.95 for two hours; $11.95 for children shorter than 42 inches. Discounts and combination tickets available; check the website for details.
Features dozens of rides for kids and teens, and a water park with a lazy river and more than 19 slides with varying speeds, plus plenty of rides designed for smaller children, including a kids’ lagoon area. New this year are body slides, a looping roller coaster, a wave swinger, bumper karts, and a haunted house.
Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope
Hours: Weekends only through June 21; daily June 22 through Labor Day, 10am-6pm
Price: $24; $26 children ages 2-18; free for children younger than 2 (admission includes free parking, access to picnic area, and entry to the water park)
Thrill rides and water rides rule at the 30-acre Land of Make Believe, with its free-fall ride, Pirate’s Cannonball, and rocking tugboat ride, along with Blackbeard’s Pirate Fort. A new addition to the park this year is the Wishing Wheel.
Mountain Creek Waterpark
200 Route 94, Vernon
Hours: May 25–June 16: Weekends only, 10:30am-6pm. June 19 through Labor Day: Daily, 10:30am-6pm or 10:30am-7pm (check the website for the full schedule)
Price: $39.99; $27.99 for children shorter than 48 inches; free for children younger than 3
Features a Just for Kids play area with a fort, slides, and sprays. For kids taller than 48 inches, there’s the High Anxiety slide and Tarzan Swings. The Alpine Pipeline lets riders enter a pitch-black flume and rocket down a mountain at avalanche speed.
Playland Castaway Cove
10th and Boardwalk, Ocean City
Hours: Daily all summer. Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: Varies based on activity
On this boardwalk, there are thrill rides, pirate golf, go-karts, an arcade, and kids’ rides as well as food concession stands. Seven new rides this year include the Beach Buggies, Tropical Storm, Air Race, Happy Swing, Kite Flyer, Pirates Gold Rush, and Spin Zone.
Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari?
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Hours: Daily, May 22 through Labor Day, then Friday-Sunday through Oct. 27. Safari Park opens at 9am, Six Flags at 10:30am; closing times vary.
Price: $62.99; $34.99 kids shorter than 54 inches; free for kids ages 2 and younger. Online discounts available.
The park underwent a renovation this winter, merging its theme park with its Wild Safari animal park to become the world’s largest theme park (more than 500 acres). The Safari Off Road Adventure features 1,200 animals from six continents, which you’ll view from an open-air Safari vehicle driven by an expert. You can also hand-feed and pet a few animals and take a turn on the zip line (additional fee). In the main park, you can ride coasters and kiddie rides and visit the Hurricane Harbor water park, which boasts a new water slide called the Big Wave Racer.
Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope
Hours: 10:30am-6pm, weekends only through June 16; daily June 17 through Labor Day; weekends only from Labor Day to Columbus Day
Price: $14.25; $12.75 children ages 2-11; $11 seniors. Rides are $3.50 each.
Admission includes access to 22 live-action shows throughout the day, living history and museum exhibits, a barnyard zoo, gold panning activities, train and stagecoach rides, pony rides, and miniature golf in an 1880s-themed amusement park.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood NJ
Hours: Weekends through June 9; daily from June 10 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website for a daily schedule.
Price: Combination ticket (includes all-day ride and waterpark wristband): $66; $64 children between 48 and 54 inches tall; $52 children shorter than 48 inches. You can also purchase amusement ride and waterpark passes separately; see the website for pricing.
Morey’s Piers includes the Adventure Pier, which features coasters, thrill rides, and a raceway; the Surfside Pier, with kiddie and family rides; the Mariner’s Landing Pier, where you can ride traditional rides such as the Ferris wheel and teacups, play in the arcade, and enjoy Boardwalk treats; the Raging Waters waterpark, with kiddie play areas, water slides, and activity pools; and the Oasis Waterpark + Beach Club, which features more water rides for kids and adults.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis
535 N. Route 73 (GPS: 160 Cooper Road), West Berlin
Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day, then select weekends in September. Hours vary; check the website.
Price: $32.95; free for children ages 2 and younger. Online discounts available.
This indoor/outdoor waterpark features 60,000 square feet of water attractions, including New Jersey’s only surfing simulator, a modern arcade, full-service café, and the world’s tallest ropes course. New this year is the Blue Lagoon leisure pool, the Splish-Splash park for kids, volleyball courts, a full-service bar, and a 12,000-square-foot wave pool. Free parking is available, and the park is accessible by the NJ Transit bus.
Field Station Dinosaurs
1 Dinosaur Way, Secaucus NJ
Hours: Weekends, 10am-6pm, through June 23 and Labor Day through Sept. 29; daily, 10am-6pm, June 27 through Labor Day
Price: $25-$40; $20-25 seniors and children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger (online discounts available). Season passes available. $10 parking fee.
Take the nine-minute trip from NYC and enter a natural oasis featuring more than 30 life-sized, realistic-looking animatronic dinosaurs (including the largest ever made). The exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies. View the dinosaurs and enjoy dino-themed amphitheater shows, educational workshops and games, and a fossil dig site. You can also enter the 3D theater to watch dinos come to life on a giant screen (additional fee).
Camelback Mountain Adventures/Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark
One Camelback Road, Tannersville
Hours: Mountain Adventures: Open 9am-7pm May-June, 9am-8pm July-Sept. 2; Camelbeach: Open daily beginning May 25-Sept. 2, hours vary (check website)
Price: Individual activity pricing for CBK Mountain Adventures. Camelbeach: $37.99 at window, $35.99 online for GA (48 in. and taller), $27.99 at window, $25.99 online (under 48 in. and seniors), free for ages 2 and under.
CBK Mountain Adventures features TreeTop Adventure Courses, zip flyers, zip lines, mountain segways, and Pennsylvania's only Mountain Coaster. Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark offers water thrill rides, Flow Rider surf and boogie board simulation, slides, and Camel Cove, an interactive aqua play zone for families.
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park ?
4352 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Tipton
814-684-3538 or 866-684-3538; delgrossos.com/dap.html
Hours: Daily, June 1–Aug. 25; weekends only in September. Park opens at 11am; closing times vary.
Price: $17.95; $10.95 Monday-Friday after 5pm; $.50 per ride ticket. $4 per round/ride for mini golf and go karts.
The DelGrosso family is famous for its pasta sauces, but it’s also known for this family-friendly amusement park featuring miniature golf, go karts, a waterpark with water works and rapids, and fresh takes on amusement park food.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom?
3830 Dorney Park Road (GPS: 4000 Dorney Park Road), Allentown
Hours: Daily, May 25 through Labor Day, then select weekends in September and October. Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: $49.99; $29.99 seniors ages 62 and older and children shorter than 48 inches; free for children ages 2 and younger. Online discounts available. $15 parking fee.
This park features rollercoasters and water rides including Steel Force, the longest steel roller coaster on the East Coast, and HYDRA, the first and only floorless coaster in Pennsylvania. Play in the waterpark, which features three levels of water games and the 70-foot-tall Lighting Falls water slide. You can also visit Dinosaurs Alive, an animatronics dinosaur park ($5 additional admission).
2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster
Hours: Daily, June 1-2 and June 8–Sept. 1, 10am-8:30pm. June 3-7, Aug. 26-30, Labor Day, and weekends Sept. 7–Oct. 13, 10am-6pm.
Price: $36.75; $31.75 seniors ages 60-69; $23.75 seniors ages 70 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger (includes unlimited rides and free admission to Wonderland Mini-Golf). Combination tickets with Hersheypark are available: $62.50-$79.50.
Designed for families with young children, this park features more than 30 kiddie and family rides, including two kid-friendly coasters, bumper cars, a merry-go-round, and more. Duke’s Lagoon features water slides, splash zones, and lounge areas. The park also features live entertainment throughout the day starring characters such as Princess Brooke, the Knight of Safety, and Duke the Dragon.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey
Hours: Daily, May 22 through Labor Day (Boardwalk opens May 25), then weekends only through Sept. 29. Park opens at 10am, closing times vary; check the website for the full schedule.
Price: $57.95; $36.95 seniors ages 55-69 and children ages 3-8; $23.95 seniors ages 70 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger. Two- and three-day admission tickets available. Combination tickets with Dutch Wonderland are available: $62.50-$79.50.
The park features more than 65 rides and attractions, from 20 kiddie rides to 11 breathtaking roller coasters and everything in between. Also features more than 10 water rides on the Boardwalk. Hershey’s Chocolate World is located just outside the main gate to Hersheypark (hersheys.com/chocolateworld).
Idlewild and SoakZone?
2582 Route 30, Ligonier
Hours: 10:30am to at least 8pm daily, June 1–Aug. 21, and weekends (including Labor Day), Aug. 24 – Sept. 21
Price: $29.99 (ages 3-59); $25.99 seniors ages 60 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger
At the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania, you’ll find thrill rides and water park fun as well as attractions just for younger children, including the Story Book Forest and Mister Roger’s Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin
Hours: Daily, May 15–Aug. 25 and the first three weekends in September: Park opens at 10:30am, closing times vary. Phantom Fright Nights on Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 27–Oct. 26.
Price: Day pass: $39.99; $26.99 children shorter than 46 inches; $19.99 seniors ages 55 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger. Night Rider (after 5pm): $24.99; $12.99 seniors, plus $1 amusement tax on all tickets. Season tickets available.
Experience the new Black Widow, a giant circle moving in a pendulum motion that swings riders 146 feet above the ground. The Sky Rocket roller coaster takes riders from zero to 50 mph in less than three seconds and features a 95-foot vertical climb. The park also features other thrill rides, a Kiddieland for smaller children, and Olde Kennywood Railroad, where visitors can experience a tour of southwestern Pennsylvania history.
Knoebels Amusement Resort
391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg
800-487-4386 or 570-672-2572
Hours: Daily, May 22 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website.
Price: Pay-per-ride option: 75 cents to $3 per ride. All day pass: $34 ($41.50 with access to wooden coasters); $22 children 48 inches and shorter ($27.50 with access to wooden coasters)
In addition to the coasters, there are also water slides and family rides, along with miniature golf and the XD Theater.
Lakemont Park & Island Water Park
700 Park Ave., Altoona
Hours: June 1 – Aug. 18: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-9pm; Sunday and July 4th, 11am-11pm. Aug. 21-25 and Aug. 31–Sept. 2: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-8pm.
Price: All-Day Ride and Slide: $9.95 weekends, Memorial Day, and Labor Day ($7.95 after 5pm); $5 Wednesday-Friday
Opened in 1894 as a trolley park, Lakemont Park is the eighth-oldest amusement park in the U.S. and is home to the world’s oldest wooden rollercoaster. The park offers more than 30 rides and attractions, including the Island Waterpark, Go-Kart track, the kids’ Mini-Indy Go-Karts, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and an arcade.
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Hours: Daily, May 22 through Labor Day, then weekends only in the fall. Times vary; check the website for details.
Price: $59.99; free for children younger than 2. $15 parking fee.
Features rides, water slides, colorful shows, and parades, all with some of your favorite furry friends from Sesame Street. There are several cabanas and restaurants on site as well.
Waldameer Park & Water World
3100 W. Lake Road/220 Peninsula Drive, Erie
Hours: May 30–June 14: Opens weekdays at 10:30am and weekends at 12pm; closing times vary. June 15 through Labor Day: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-10pm.
Price: Pay-one-price wristband: $28.50; $20 for children shorter than 48 inches. Pay-per-ride options available. All-day wristbands are available for combined rides and water park admission.
Features more than 75 rides, slides, and attractions, as well as Kiddieland, Imagination Station, and a game-filled midway. Enjoy the new Music Express rock and roll ride.
CoCo Key Water Resort
3580 E. Main St., Waterbury
Price: $19 weekdays; $34 weekends; online discounts available
Hours: Vary; see the website for a full schedule
This 50,000-square-foot indoor water park features thrills for the entire family. Transport yourself to Key West temperatures in the Northeast and enjoy the Adventure River, body and raft rides, an arcade, a kids’ play area, and water sports.
822 Lake Ave., Bristol
Hours: June 2 and June 5-9; then daily, June 12–Aug. 25 and the first two weekends of September. Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: $38.99; $28.99 children shorter than 52 inches; $19.99 seniors older than 60; free for children ages 3 and younger. After 5pm: $19.99 for all ages. Parking is $8.
This is Connecticut’s largest waterpark, where thrills and chills await the family with more than 50 rides and a kids’ area for ages 3-10.
Ocean Beach Park
98 Neptune Ave., New London
Hours: Daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day; opens at 9am on weekdays and 8am on weekends; closing times vary.
Price: $5 walk-in admission (includes beach and boardwalk access). $7 for swimming pool access. $7 for miniature golf. Parking fee (includes admission for everyone in the car): $25 holidays; $20 weekends; $15 weekdays; $5 weeknights; free on Monday Cruise Nights.
Features a carousel and old-time kiddie and adult rides as well as a half-mile boardwalk, arcade, 18-hole miniature golf course, playground, waterslide and Spray Park, and a beach on the Atlantic Ocean. There are also festivals and nightly entertainment throughout the summer; check the website for a full schedule of events.
Quassy Amusement Park
2132 Middlebury Road (Route 64), Middlebury
Hours: Weekends only, May 12–June 2 and in September; daily, June 7 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: Pay-one-price: $24.50; $20.50 for children shorter than 45 inches. Pay-per-ride: $3.50 per ticket; $32 for 12 tickets (each ride is one ticket).
Features a wooden roller coaster, The Wooden Warrior. Quassy also has the Free Fall 'N' Drop tower along with the new Kiddie Playport, a mega playground complete with slides and crawl-through spaces. Check out Splash Away Bay Water Park and Quassy Beach for summer water fun.
Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor
1623 Main St., Agawam
Hours: Daily, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, then weekends only beginning Sept. 7. Hours vary; check the website.
Price: $54.99; $44.99 children shorter than 54 inches; free for children ages 2 and younger. $15 parking fee. Discounts and packages available online.
Located just a few miles over Connecticut’s northern border, Six Flags New England is the largest amusement and water park in the area. New this year: Bonzai Pipelines, a 65-foot tall waterslide complex featuring six outrageously fast and intensely looping body slides.