UPDATED MAY 2014: 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: $26.50. 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 4-game tokens; $7 go-kart and bumper boat driver tickets ($3 for passengers); $9 mini-golf per game; $2 for 25 pitches in the batting cages. Pay-one-price bracelet: $30.
A cartoon-themed park, Boomers has an indoor carousel and outdoor kids’ rides, more than 70 video games, a mini-golf course, bumper boats, batting cages, go-karts, and a rock wall.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari
3183 State Route 28, Old Forge
Hours: June 11–Sept. 1; hours vary, check the website.
Price: $29.95; $26.95 children ages 3-11; free for children ages 2 and younger; $1 discount when you buy tickets online. Free parking.
Located in Old Forge, about a 5-hour drive northwest of NYC, 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.
Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
111th Street and 55th Avenue, Queens
Hours: Open daily through Sept. 8. Hours vary; check the website. Monday-Friday 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-7pm.
Price: Single ticket: $1; 12 tickets for $10; 25 tickets for $20; 50 tickets for $38. Each ride is 3-4 tickets.
One roller coaster, family rides and games, and a carousel are right in the heart of Queens. Don't miss tons of great family-friendly performances throughout the summer as well, every weekend pretty much every Sunday at Flushing Meadows. The carousel was brought to Coney Island in 1964 for the World’s Fair and is the only ride left from the World’s Fair in Queens. Don’t miss the chance to ride this historical gem. Check website for a complete schedule.
Forest Park Carousel
Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Queens
Hours: Open through early November; check online for hours.
Price: $3 per ride or $5 for two rides; $23 for 10 tickets.
Attractions: Snack bar next door and a high striker game. Regular shows on Saturdays (2pm and 4pm) throughout the summer feature magicians, clowns, and more. Local area performers and sing-alongs. The carousel is more than 100 years old and was honored as a New York City landmark last year.
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom
1172 State Route 9, Queensbury
Hours: Hours vary; check the website.
Price: $54.99; $44.99 juniors (children shorter than 48 inches); free for children younger than 2
Open for weekends and selected weekdays starting Friday, May 23. Daily June 11 through Labor Day. It will be open Saturdays and Sundays in September, and then weekends in October, including Friday nights starting on the 17th.
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 shows and hanging out with costumed characters. New this year: The thrilling Extreme Supernova, a swinging pendulum ride, where 16 riders will spin and swing simultaneous up to 50 feet in the air.
Luna Park at Coney Island
1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn
Hours: Open daily from May 23-Sept 7; hours vary. Check online for full details.
Pricing: $1 per credit, $40 for 46 credits, $60 for 72 credits, and $100 for 125 credits; $32 for unlimited Luna Park Ride Wristband which includes 4 hours of unlimited rides on 22 rides in Luna Park. Check online for additional deals
Mild to extreme thrill rides, games and dining. New attraction this year: Thunderbolt, a 125-foot, 55 mph rollercoaster set to open this summer.
100 Playland Parkway, Rye
Hours: Opening day is May 10. Open weekends from May 24-June 22. Open Wednesday-Sunday June 26-Sept. 1.
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, and mini-golf. Indoor skating is still closed for construction, but hoping to be open for the 2014-2015 season. 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. Weekends only until June 13
Price: Season passes: $88; Full day: $33; $28 for children shorter than 42 inches and seniors; Half day: $27; $22 for children shorter than 42 inches and seniors
This water park features family fun and entertainment for all. Rides and slides including a lazy river and Bob the Builder Splash Works. New attraction: Safari Outpost, an animal show.
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton
Hours: May 24-Sept 1. Hours vary; check the website; Weekends only until June 14.
Price: $41.00; $31.00 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. New for 2014: Battle of Mutiny Bay, an interactive water battle ride.
Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
Main Street, Sylvan Beach
Hours: Open May 29; check online for updated hours
Price: Prices ranging from $9.95-$239.80 depending on package; check online for details
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.
Willson’s Woods Park, East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon
Hours: Open seven days a week, 8am-dusk, year-round.
Price: $7 weekdays; $8 weekends and holidays; free for children
The parks consists of an historic pool and bathhouse, wave pool with 3-foot waves, 18-foot-high water slide, cascades, and fountains in a water playground, spray deck, plus areas for picnics and fishing.
Wollman Rink, Central Park, Manhattan
Hours: May 24–Sept 7: 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, play the tried and true Whack-A-Mole game, or the magic bikes.
91 Shady Glen Road, East Durham
Hours: June 20–Sept 1; 10am-6pm weekdays, 10am-7pm weekends
Price: 27.99; $20.99 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 W., Scotch Plains
Hours: Daily, late May through Labor Day; hours vary; check the website
Price: Day Fun Pass: $26.50; $80 for 100 tickets; $37 for 40 tickets; $19 for 20 tickets. Rides are 4-5 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 23 through Labor Day; check website for hours.
Price: $39.99; $29.99 children shorter than 48 inches, seniors, and handicapped individuals; free for children younger than 2. Free for children under 36 inches; 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.
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin (right behind Sahara Sam’s water park)
Hours: 10am-7pm daily, 10am-8pm Saturdays; check the website for schedule changes.
Price: $34.95 for a full day ticket. Free parking.
Children and family can ride, drive, and operate modified construction equipment such as excavators and backhoes. The park is the only construction theme park in the U.S. Birthday parties will be available starting June 14.
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.
269 Route 35 N., Eatontown
Hours: Opens daily at 10am; closes Mon.-Weds. at 9pm; Thursday at 10pm; Friday at 11pm
Price: Varies based on activity
At this indoor amusement park, kids can explore 40,000 square feet of games, laser tag, games of chance and redemption, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars, and rides. Other attractions include the Monkey Mayhem carnival ride, and the Bounce House. FunTime America is available for birthday parties and summer camp field trips.
110 Schanck Road, Freehold
Hours: Summer hours begin June 9:Sunday-Thursday 10am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-12am.
Price: 50 cents for 1 ride credit; $10 for 22 credits; $25 for 60 credits; $50 for 125 credits; $75 for 200 credits (rides are between six and 16 credits per person). Unlimited-ride wristbands: $22.95-$29.95, good for 4 hours; check online for price changes.
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.
500 Boardwalk, 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. Attractions include Time Freak (player vs. player interactive game), XD Dark Ride Theater at South Beach Arcade, (multi-sensory interactive experience), and the South Beach Arcade. The park also hosts free weekly shows and special events; check the website for a schedule. New this year: The Kite flyer, a spinning hang glider-style ride.
Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark
275 Beachway Ave., Keansburg
Hours: Opens daily at 10am. Closing times vary; check the website.
Price: Amusement park: 75 cents for 1 ticket; $29.95 for 50 tickets; $54.95 for 100 tickets; $94.94 for 200 tickets. Go-karts adult track costs $6.95, a double seater is $7.95, and the kiddy track is $3.95 per person. 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. Attractions include body slides, a looping roller coaster, a wave swinger, bumper karts, and a haunted manor. New this year: Wave Swinger, a looping roller coaster, and many new food options.
Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope
Hours: Grand Opening Memorial Day, then weekends only through June 21. June 21-Sept. 1: 10am-6pm daily.
Price: $25; $27 children ages 2-18; $23 seniors; 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. The park is designed specifically for parents to participate with their children. A new addition to the park this year is the Wishing Wheel Ferris wheel.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
Hours: Weekends through June 7; daily from June 7 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website for a daily schedule.
Price: Combination ticket (includes all-day ride and waterpark wristband): $75; $57 for 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. New additions: Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar and Grill on Surfside Pier, and artBox on Adventure Pier.
Mountain Creek Waterpark
200 Route 94, Vernon
Hours: Open daily June 21–Sept. 1. Days and hours vary; 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: Open daily through Labor Day. Check the website for a full schedule.
Price: 1 ticket for $1; 45 tickets for $32; 90 for $60; 130 for $80; 220 for $125; Rides cost two to six tickets
On this boardwalk, there are thrill rides, pirate golf, go-karts, an arcade, and kids’ rides as well as food concession stands. Attractions include the Beach Buggies, Tropical Storm, Air Race, Happy Swing, Kite Flyer, Pirates Gold Rush, and Spin Zone.
Three new rides this year: Buccaneers, a giant swinging pirate ship; New Scream Machine, a little kiddy 20ft bounce ride (An old ride that has been improved); Speedway, a track ride.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis
535 N. Route 73 (GPS: 160 Cooper Road), West Berlin
Hours: Open year-round but hours vary by season. Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, check the website for hours.
Price: $34.95 for full day; $24.95 for half day; free for children ages 2 and younger and seniors ages 65 and older. 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, and full-service café. Attractions include 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. New this year: All new cabanas, retail outlets, and an entire new arcade.
Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari?
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Hours: Daily, May 22 through Labor Day, then Friday-Sunday through Nov 2. Open 10:30am; closing times vary.
Price: General Admission at the gate: $66.99; $39.99 kids shorter than 54 inches; free for kids ages 2 and younger. Online discounts available.
Wild Safari animal park has merged with Six Flags 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). The main park consists of 11 coasters, three kids areas, a top-name concert series, and the Hurricane Harbor water park. Construction is currently underway for Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, which will be the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride (set to open this summer). Mounted on the Kingda Ka roller coaster, the new ride will be 41 stories tall and reach speeds of 90 miles per hour
Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope
Hours: 10:30am-6pm weekends only through June 23; daily June 23 through Labor Day; weekends only from Labor Day to Columbus Day
Price: $16; $14 children ages 2-11; $11 seniors ages 62 and older. 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 in an 1880s-themed amusement park. Train and stagecoach rides, pony rides, and miniature golf cost extra. Children can visit a one-room schoolhouse, as well as seeing the chuck wagon. There is also a Conestoga wagon with a list of all the items necessary for reestablishing themselves.
Field Station Dinosaurs
1 Dinosaur Way, Secaucus
GPS Address: 1000 New County Road, Secaucus
Hours: Open weekends only May 24–June 1. Open daily (except Mondays) June 1–Aug. 29.
Price: Advanced pricing: Day pass is $20; $17.50 children ages 3-12; Explorers pass (includes 3D movie “Dinosaurs Alive”) is $23; $20.50 children ages 3-12; Commanders pass (includes access to air-conditioned commanders tent and 3D movie “Dinosaurs Alive”) is $35; $30 children ages 3-12. Prices increase when bought on site.
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).
CoCo Key Water Resort
3580 E. Main St., Waterbury
Hours: Saturdays and holidays 10am-9pm; Sundays 10am-8pm; Wednesday-Thursday 4-8pm; Fridays 4-9pm
Price: Rates vary but admission typically starts at $12 on weekdays and $34 on weekends and holidays; online discounts available.
This 55,000-square-foot indoor water park features thrills for the entire family. Transport yourself to Key West temperatures in the Northeast and enjoy the Lazy River, body and raft rides, an arcade, a kids’ play area, and water sports.
822 Lake Ave., Bristol
Hours: Open June 14-30, 11am-8pm daily. Throughout July and August: Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday-Sunday 11am-9pm; Saturday 11am-10pm. Open 11am-10pm on the Fourth of July.
Price: Platinum Pass: $74.99. Summer Pass: $50. Single day ticket: $39.99; $29.99 juniors shorter than 52 inches; $19.99 seniors ages 60 and older; discounts available online.
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: Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day; opens at 9am on weekdays and 8am on weekends; closing times vary.
Price: $6 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: $30 holidays; $22 weekends; $17 weekdays; $6 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. Ocean Beach Park has an Olympic-sized pool as well as a food court and banquet halls with catering abilities.
Quassy Amusement Park
2132 Middlebury Road (Route 64), Middlebury
Hours: Open daily June 6 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 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. New this year: Quassy Zoo, a fiberglass animal play center for children, as well as free WiFi for guests.
Camelback Mountain Adventures/Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark
1 Camelback Road, Tannersville
Hours: Mountain Adventures: Open 9am-7pm May-June; 9am-8pm July-Sept. 1. Camelbeach: Open daily beginning June 13; hours vary, check the website for a full schedule.
Price: Mountain Adventures: Price varies by activity. Camelbeach: $39.99, $37.99 online; $29.99 for seniors and those shorter than 40 inches, $27.99 online, free for ages 2 and younger.
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
Hours: Daily, June 1–Aug. 24; weekends only in May and September. Park opens at 11am; closing times vary.
Price: $18.95; $11.95 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. The Music Express is new this year, as is a new gift shop.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
GPS Address: 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
Hours: Daily, May 2 through Labor Day, then select weekends in September and October. Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: $52.99 ($42.99 online); $32.99 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). Check out the new waterslide, Snake Pit.
2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster
Hours: Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Labor Day through Oct 12: Open weekends only, 10am-6pm.
Price: $37.75; $32.75 seniors ages 60-69; $24.75 seniors ages 70 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger (includes unlimited rides and free admission to Wonderland Mini-Golf and admission to water park and entertainment). Combination tickets with Hersheypark are available: $67.50-$81.50.
Designed for families with young children, this park features 37 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. New attraction: Exploration Island, a dinosaur-themed park set to open Memorial Day weekend.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey
Hours: Grand opening May 9. Daily, May 21 through Labor Day (Boardwalk open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day), then weekends only through Sept. 29. Park opens at 10am, closing times vary; check the website for the full schedule.
Price: $59.95; $37.95 children ages 3-8 and seniors ages 55-69; $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 12 breathtaking roller coasters (including the new family coaster the Coco Cruiser) 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: Open May 22-26, then May 31–June 1. Open daily June 6–Aug. 21; weekends only Aug. 22–Sept. 14. Opens at 10:30am, closing times vary (see the website).
Price: $38.99 ($27.99 online); $29.99 seniors ages 60 and older ($23.99 online); free for children younger than 3.
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. New Daniel Tiger meet and greet, a popular children’s animated character on PBS.
4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin
Hours: Open daily May 15–Aug. 24, then weekends through Sept. 14. Open Labor Day and Columbus Day. Park opens at 10:30am, closing times vary. Sept. 26–Oct. 25: Phantom Fright Nights on Friday and Saturday nights.
Price: Day pass: $40.99; $27.99 children shorter than 46 inches; $20.99 seniors ages 55 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger. Night Rider (after 5pm): $25.99; $13.99 seniors, plus $1 amusement tax on all tickets at the gate. Season tickets available.
Experience the 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 miles per hour 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 Kennywood history. New Johnny Rockets restaurant!
Knoebels Amusement Resort
391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg
800-487-4386 or 570-672-2572
Hours: June 13 through Labor Day: 11am-10pm daily (11am-9pm Sundays). Check the website for additional hours.
Price: Pay-per-ride option: 75 cents to $3 per ride. All day pass: $36 ($44 with access to wooden coasters); $23 children 48 inches and shorter ($29 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: May 24–June 11 open weekends; June 11–Aug. 24 open Wednesday-Sunday. Hours vary; check the website for complete details.
Price: All-Day Ride and Slide: $9.95 weekends ($7.95 after 5pm); $5 Wednesday-Friday; free on Memorial Day and Labor Day. July 4: Park is open 11am-11pm, admission is $10 and includes fireworks.
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 roller coaster. 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: Open May 3 through Dec. 31; check the website for a complete schedule.
Price: $63 ($58 online); free for children younger than 2. $17 parking fee. Preferred parking is $20; VIP parking is $30.
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. Later in the spring, the park will be opening Cookie’s Monsterland. It will include a three-story net climb, a soft play area, and five rides. This season the park will debut a new musical mystery show, Elmo the Musical: Live at Sesame Place.
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: $29.75; $21 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 Music Express rock and roll ride.
Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor
1623 Main St., Agawam
Hours: Park opens at 10:30am; water park opens at 11am; closing times for both vary. Check the website for a complete schedule.
Price: General admission: $59.99; $49.99 children shorter than 54 inches; free for children ages 2 and younger. 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. Bonzai Pipelines, a 65-foot tall waterslide complex featuring six outrageously fast and intensely looping body slides.