Enjoy a long-awaited day of fun at these theme parks near NYC

If you can neglect the world for a whereas, be in a (socially distanced) crowd and eat fried meals, the place would you like to do it? At a native amusement park this summer time, of course. This yr, you possibly can journey curler coasters and share cotton sweet with shut family and friends at these tri-state (plus Pennsylvania) theme parks that are presently slated to be open in 2021.

Call or verify the web sites earlier than you go — opening dates and occasions fluctuate and are all topic to vary. They all have COVID-19 guidelines too, however the fundamentals are: Wear a masks, sanitize your fingers and provides strangers their private house. And in the event you really feel sickly, please keep residence.

On the plus facet, many of these parks used the nice shutdown of 2020 to rework and add new options, so there’s additional cause to make the journey this yr.


Rye Playland is Westchester County’s signature amusement park, with 280 acres of rides and attractions.
Rye Playland is Westchester County’s signature amusement park, with 280 acres of rides and points of interest.


Long Island’s amusement park in Farmingdale options over 30 rides and points of interest for households, together with the spinning Turbulence Coaster and a dangling Wave Swing. The Frisbee and the Musik Express are agency faves.

Adventurer’s Park

Cute and easy, this Bensonhurst fixture is a extra low-key expertise than close by Coney Island, with bumper vehicles, go-carts, and different child pleasant rides.

Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel

By the Queens Zoo and Hall of Science, Fantasy Forest options the carousel used within the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, and the one curler coaster in Queens.


Also often called Rye Playland, Westchester County’s signature amusement park takes up 280 acres and has been a featured in movies like “Big” and “Fatal Attraction.” With its 90-year-old wood Dragon Coaster, Playland is one of the larger and higher parks within the state.

Shipwrecked Brooklyn

Shipwrecked is a small, indoor fun spot with mini golf, escape rooms, arcades and a tiki terrace.

Splashdown Beach

This Hudson Valley park options 15 water rides, from smaller, household pleasant slides to the near-zero gravity drop of The Megalodon.

Splish Splash

A Long Island favourite, there are 20 water rides and points of interest at this 96-acre household water park, together with the Cliff Diver, the place you possibly can drop eight tales in three seconds, and Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror. Opens May 29, weekends solely by means of June 20.

Willson’s Waves

Part of Westchester’s Willson’s Woods Park, this modest water park’s wave pool, water slides, and vintage bathhouse are perfect for a stress-free journey.


At Diggerland USA, guests can ride and operate actual construction machinery, making for a unique amusement park experience.
At Diggerland USA, company can journey and function precise building equipment, making for a distinctive amusement park expertise.
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American Dream

The mega indoor leisure heart affords curler coasters, a water park, black mild mini golf and even indoor snowboarding. The new city-themed Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center are slated to be open later this summer time.

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark

As nicely as a water park, arcade, and rides giant and small, there’s a new centrifuge, rebuilt after the unique was destroyed by Sandy.


At this construction-themed park, guests get the prospect to function precise building automobiles in addition to the same old rides. New for 2021: a two acre water park with seven points of interest together with a twin open and closed flume slide, impediment course, and splash pads. Also new: the Mahindra ROXOR A/T six-seater off-roader course, and air cannons to launch projectiles at construction-themed targets.

Fantasy Island Amusement Park

Carnival-style rides for all ages embody classics just like the Tilt-A-Whirl and bumper vehicles that can have adults reliving their youth. Round out the day with arcade video games.

Field Station: Dinosaurs

Just a couple of minutes from Manhattan, you’ll discover 32 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs, with workshops, video games, stay reveals and actions designed to show youngsters in regards to the historic giants.

iPlay America

NJ’s largest indoor theme park contains mini-rides, an arcade and laser tag.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

This park is residence to 1 of essentially the most intricate ropes programs on the market. New: the Adventure Lookout Ropes Course and 7D Dark Ride.

Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark

This 115-year-old park has 40 rides together with restored, 70-year-old vintage pedal vehicles and a haunted mansion.

Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove

North Jersey’s prime park for pre-teen youngsters has been including huge child rides, together with the Twisted Timbers spinning curler coaster.

Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Water Parks

With over 100 rides together with three big curler coasters, this 6-block seaside amusement and water park’s standing as a Wildwood Institution is well-deserved.

Mountain Creek Waterpark

In summer time, this ski resort is residence to over 20 slides and points of interest, together with the 8-lane Surf Hill racing slide.

Playlands Castaway Cove

Look out for the brand new Musik Express journey this summer time — a quick, up-and-down journey with music. Analog bonus: The rides use old school tickets as a substitute of card swipes.

Sahara Sam’s Oasis

Head right here for indoor and outside water points of interest in addition to a state-of-the-art arcade. Check out the brand new Rip ‘N Roll wave pool at the Beach Club (Memorial Day to Labor Day) or the head-first mat racing on Tut’s Twister. A retractable roof system retains the park open all yr, and there’s a collection of occasions for kids with particular wants.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari

This Six Flags affords the uncommon probability for a New Jersey-based safari, plus 58 rides with prime world class coasters like Nitro and Kingda Ka. The world’s tallest, quickest and longest single rail curler coaster, Jersey Devil Coaster, debuts this yr.

Storybook Land

Fairy-tale themed rides and points of interest for little youngsters.

Wild West City

A frontier city with 22 day by day stay reveals. Guests can take stagecoach, pony and miniature practice rides, and peruse retailers and museums.


Quassy Amusement & Waterpark opened in 1908, and its newest attraction debuted in 2020.
Quassy Amusement & Waterpark opened in 1908, and its latest attraction debuted in 2020.

Adventure Park at Storrs

Climbing, ziplining, and impediment course navigation are all half of the aerial journey problem, which can be open for “Glow in the Park” nights.

Lake Compounce

This reworked 172-year previous Connecticut park has a new Venus Vortex waterslide within the connected Crocodile Cove water park. Bonus: The platinum season move contains admission to sister parks all through the New England and tri-state space.

Ocean Beach Park

Small rides occupy a 50-acre park in Mystic County, with a boardwalk, Olympic measurement swimming pool, mini golf, arcade and pristine seaside.

Quassy Amusement & Splash Away Bay Waterpark

Opened in 1908, the 2 dozen rides embody a wood curler coaster that’s solely 10 years previous, the Wooden Warrior. The Tidal Wave swinging ship debuted in 2020 however continues to be just about new because of the hiatus.


Hershey, Pennsylvania's Hersheypark boasts 14 roller coasters.
Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, boasts 14 curler coasters.
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Camelback Resort

Head to the Poconos for a broad selection of recreation, together with intense outside journey on the Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster, sweeping views on the Soaring Camel 4000-foot Twin Zipflyer (the nation’s longest), or cool off at Camelbeach, the state’s largest waterpark. For inside fun, attempt the escape rooms and laser tag.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Dorney Park opened in 1884 and has seven coasters, together with the mega-sized Steel Force, alongside 40 different rides and points of interest and a water park contained in the water park. New for 2021: Wildwater Kingdom’s multi-level, beach-themed water play construction, Seaside Splashworks.


All the 35 rides are child pleasant, and the park is simply steps away from the Old Mill Steam Campground.


Originally constructed for workers of the Hershey’s Chocolate Company, Hersheypark has since turn into a sprawling, 121-acre haven with 14 curler coasters amongst its over 70 rides.

Knoebels Amusement Resort

Knoebels options dozens of rides for youths and thrill seekers, however its distinctive declare to fame is as “America’s largest free-admission amusement park.” (Rides aren’t free, however the parking is!)

Sesame Place

Super kid-friendly points of interest, water rides, parades and a walkable Sesame Street neighborhood which makes it really feel like an app come to life. It’s additionally the primary theme park on the earth designated as a Certified Autism Center.

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