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Weekend with kids: 13 best amusement parks in New York


Nadezhda Verbitskaya

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Just because you're in a bustling metropolis doesn't mean you can't enjoy theme park fun. To have fun with the whole family, check out our roundup of the best amusement parks near New York, advises PureWow.

1. Luna Park In Coney Island

Season: from April to the end of October.
Distance from New York: 30 minutes.
When you think of Coney Island, Luna Park is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Brooklyn's largest theme park in New York employs more than 1200 people each summer. And there are a number of attractions, some of which are over 100 years old. These include Cyclone, Thunderbolt roller coaster, Clockworkz, B&B Carousell and more. You can take advantage of three brand new attractions by purchasing an unlimited wristband online ($38 for children under 48 and $62 for adults) or pay-per-ride tickets for as little as $3 at the park. To get there, just take the Q, F, D, or N trains. If you just want to enjoy Italian ice cream and stroll along the promenade, entry is completely free. In addition, the park will feature green, open-air pedestrian plazas that will feature food, entertainment, and a brand new garden with drinks for guests.

Address: 1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY

2. Amusement park Fantasy Island

Season: from June to September 2.
Distance from New York: 1 hour 45 minutes.
Located on Long Beach Island in Beach Haven, New Jersey, Fantasy Island boasts an impressive 18 rides, 11 board games, a giant upgraded arcade, Scoops Up ice cream parlor, Shark Bites Grille, and a Surfside Snack Shack. In other words, lots of fun for the whole family. Unlimited rides on Fridays from 15:00 to 19:00 are only $30. And for children - $ 15 for two hours of trips to eight children's attractions on weekends from 16:00 to 19:00.

Address: 750 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ

3. Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park

Season: all year round.
Distance from New York: 1 hour 15 minutes.
If you and your little ones love roller coasters and Nickelodeon shows, this is a must visit place. This year-round indoor theme park is the largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere. It is located in the American Dream mall in New Jersey. And it boasts a whopping 35 rides for kids of all ages. Say hello to SpongeBob, Dora, Paw Patrol Chase and more between trips to Shredder, Aang's Air Gliders, Skid Blue, Ammo Collector and Skyline's Scream. While children under the age of 2 enter the park for free, any accompanying person, whether they ride the rides or not, will need an entrance ticket. Its cost varies from $39 to $89. Want more fun while you're there? Check out the DreamWorks Water Park next door.

Address: American Dream Wy, East Rutherford, NJ

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4. Six Flags Great Adventure

Season: from April to December 31.
Distance from New York: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Six Flags Great Adventure has 14 world-class coasters, a zoo with 1200 animals and 100 rides. And that's not to mention the countless shows, special events and themed areas. Starting at $45 for an all-day pass, this place will surprise you with plenty of food, games, and everything to do and see in the sprawling park between New York and Philadelphia. If you want something special, take your family on a Wild Safari for an additional fee. Please note that the park only accepts credit cards, including for parking. Although inside the park there are devices for transferring cash from card to card.

Address: 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson Township, NJ

5. Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks

Season: from April to October 10.
Distance from New York: 2 hours 30 minutes.
Open for over 50 years, Morey's is home to three amusement piers and two luxury waterfront water parks in Wildwood, New Jersey. It is located just 2,5 hours south of New York. With thrilling, extreme, kids and family rides, there is something for everyone. If you are traveling a decent distance, be sure to consider staying at one of their associated hotels, motels, and resorts. The parks have been recognized for their commitment to world-class safety and guest experience, and are powered almost entirely by solar energy.

Address: 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ

6. Urban Air Adventure Park

Season: all year round.
Distance from New York: 30 to 45 minutes, depending on location.
With three New Jersey locations in South Hackensack, Avenel, and Milltown, as well as Brooklyn, these trampoline adventure parks are great for birthday parties, field trips, or just a casual Saturday. Enjoy laser tag, climbing walls, indoor skydiving, go-karting, bowling, mini golf, obstacle courses, countless trampolines and more. And all this for less than $40. And if you can believe it, parents are jumping for half the price! Each location is less than an hour from New York City. But you can also take a quick PATH bus or train ride.

7. playland

Season: from June to the end of September.
Distance from New York: 45 minutes.
Rye's Playland has become one of the most iconic amusement parks in the country since it opened in 1928. Ride the historic Dragon ships, stroll along the boardwalk, or simply admire the shores of the Long Island Sound National Historic Site. Younger children may enjoy a fairy tale with a princess or listening to music. So check out the Playland calendar before heading to the park. Love fireworks? Come here every Friday night during Labor Day for a spectacular show in the sky. Take the subway north of Manhattan. Purchase your tickets online at a lower price with a special discount for Westchester County residents. And if you think Playland looks familiar, it is. You've probably seen it in Tom Hanks' 1988 hit Big or Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" music video.

Address: 1 Playland Pkwy, Rye, NY

8. A

Season: from March to the end of October.
Distance from New York: 1 hour.
Board the LIRR or take a quick trip around Long Island at Adventureland! There is a wide range of rides for kids, thrills and water rides such as Tea Cups, Fireball, Turbulence, Frisbee, Mystery Mansion and Ursa Minor Water Ride. 30 rides are sure to please the whole family. Save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance online. Ticket prices start at $37. Adventureland also helps the Long Island community through the Adventureland Helping Hands Foundation. This non-profit organization supports local students and charities with scholarships and donations to make Long Island a better place for everyone.

Address: 2245 Broadhollow Rd, Farmingdale, NY

9. Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Season: from June to the end of October.

Distance from New York: 30 minutes.
Someone said that there are no height requirements? Right. This park, located next to the Luna Park, offers most of the rides and entertainment for anyone taller or shorter than 120 centimeters. More than 40 million people have used the iconic Ferris wheel on Coney Island. Be sure to ride the Phoenix Family Thrill rollercoaster. The amusement park is located just a few steps from the N, D, F and Q train stops.

Address: 3059W 12th St, Brooklyn, NY

10. Fantasy Forest Amusement Park

Season: from April to the end of October.

Distance from New York: 30 minutes.
Famed for its carousel, which debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair, Fantasy Forest is the only amusement park in Queens. It also houses the only Corona Cobra Coaster in the area. Best suited for younger children, this park has eight rides and four amusement park games. If you want to have a fun birthday party in the park, check out their birthday package. It includes a party host, a private party area, two tents, eight picnic tables, 15 bracelets for unlimited rides (and gift bags!). As well as individual e-invitations in the theme of the Fantastic Forest. Take train 7, Q58 or LIRR to the park located near the Queens Zoo entrance.

Address: 5351 111th St, Queens, NY

11. Field Station: Dinosaurs

Season: May to November 13th.
Distance from New York: 30 minutes.
This place is for fans of Jurassic Park. Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class paleontological expedition in Bergen County's Overpeck County Park, full of shows, games, parties. All this is included in the price of the entrance ticket. Walk the scenic paths in the wooded park along Overpeck Creek. And look out for 30 realistic life-size dinosaurs moving and roaring. This is an educational adventure your kids won't soon forget. For public transport, take bus 182 (toward Hackensack).

Address: 3 Overpeck Pk Driveway, Leonia, NJ

12. Adventurer's Amusement Park

Season: from April to the end of August.
Distance from New York: 30 minutes.
This amusement park in Bensonhurst may be small in size, but it's great for families. It is in the more accessible amusement park district of New York City. Enjoy 21 rides and three games plus karting and mini golf all summer just steps away from Gravesend Bay, the D train and the B6 bus. Are you planning to celebrate a birthday? Ask about their party packages. The birthday boy will receive a special gift, and all guests will receive an additional pizza, drink and a bag of chips. Follow their social media and website for events where DJs can perform. Admission is free, as is parking.

Address: 1824 Shore Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY

13. Area 53 Adventure Park

Season: all year round.
Distance from New York: 15 minutes.
Book a three-hour time slot for $44 weekdays or $54 weekends at this park in East Williamsburg. Complete with a ropes course, paintball, rock climbing, roller skating, slides, it's no wonder this is a popular place to celebrate New York's birthdays. They also have two other Area 53 locations in five boroughs, one in DUMBO and one in the Bronx with outdoor paintball. Adults, finally something special for you: on Tuesdays from 20:00 to 24:00 and Wednesdays from 17:00 to 23:00 you can play paintball. Reservations start four weeks in advance, but we recommend making it as early as possible.

Address: 616 Scholes St, Brooklyn, NY



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