UPDATED JUNE 2016: 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: $1.50 per ticket (rides cost three to five tickets). Pay-one-price bracelet: $29.99. Free admission and 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. New this year: Formula 1 bumper cars, which are more family-friendly with a lowered height requirement; and a new food court, gift shop, and sweet shop.
1824 Shore Parkway, Bensonhurst
Hours: Check the website for times.
Price: Single ticket: $3.25; 10 tickets for $28; 30 tickets for $70; Go-Karts for $7 ($12 with a passenger).
Calling all adventurers! With family rides, water boats, and mini golf, this amusement park opens daily for the summer starting on Memorial Day. New attraction: Gasoline Go-Karts, where kids can drive through a racecourse.
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); $7 mini-golf per game; $2 for 25 pitches in the batting cages. Pay-one-price bracelet: $19.99.
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, and go-karts.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari
3183 State Route 28, Old Forge
Hours: June 15–September 7; hours vary, check the website.
Price: $32.95; $29.95 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 Oct. 12. Hours vary; check the website. Monday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-8pm.
Price: Single ticket: $1; 11 tickets for $10; 24 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.
Fantasy Shore Amusement Park
700 Father Capodanno Blvd., Staten Island
Hours: daily, June through Labor Day weekend; check the website for hours of operation
Price: 1 ticket: $1; 12 tickets: $10; 25 tickets: $20; 50 tickets: $38. All rides are 3-4 tickets.
Staten Island’s only amusement park offers three games and four rides, including the Verrazano Viper roller coaster, Staten Island Railroad, Teaside Seacups, and the Midland Beach Pro Tow. The park is located next to the Midland Beach Fishing Pier.
Forest Park Carousel
Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Queens
Hours: Open weekends through November 1; check online for hours. Open daily Memorial Day to Labor Day. Monday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-8pm.
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 in 2013.
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom
1172 State Route 9, Queensbury
Hours: Hours vary; check the website.
Open for weekends and selected weekdays starting May 14; daily June 15 through Labor Day. It will be open Saturdays and Sundays in September, and then weekends in October, including Friday nights starting on the 16th.
Price: $58.99; $46.99 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 shows and hanging out with costumed characters. New this year: Greezed Lightning, an all-new looping thrill ride that rockets guests 360 degrees.
100 Playland Parkway, Rye
Hours: Opening day is May 7. Open weekends in May and June. Open Tuesday-Sunday June 21–Sept. 5.
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 proof of residency.
Along with many rides, Rye Playland has a beach, pool, boardwalk, and pier with lake boating, picnic area, and mini-golf. Indoor skating is also now open. There are fireworks every Friday night in the summer, starting in July. The summer season for the beach begins Memorial Day weekend. Starting June 28, admission is $15 after 5pm, Tuesday-Thursday.
16 Old Route 9 West, Fishkill
Hours: May 28 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website. Weekends only until June 17
Price Season passes: $95; prices can vary, check the website for details; Full day: $35; $30 for children shorter than 42 inches and seniors; Half day: $28; $23 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: Arctic Mammoth, a thriller raft ride with drops and vortex loops.
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton
Hours: May 28–Sept. 5. Hours vary; check the website; Weekends only until June 17.
Price: $42.99; $32.99 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.
Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
112 Bridge St., Sylvan Beach
Hours: Open May 23; 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 and Galaxi Coaster. Also available are kiddie rides and games, all on the shores of Oneida Lake.
Willson’s Woods Park, East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon
Hours: Daily, 8am-dusk, year-round.
Price: $15; $8 park pass holder; $10 guests of park pass holders; $5 children ages 5-11; free for children younger than 5
The parks consists of an historic 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 28–Sept 11: Monday-Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday, 11am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-8pm
Price: $8 weekdays; $9 weekends and holidays; free for children shorter than 36 inches (with a paying adult). $23 for unlimited-ride wristbands on weekdays; $26 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. New attraction: a mini Ferris wheel.
20 Shady Glen Road, East Durham
Hours: June 18–Sept 5; 10am-6pm weekdays, 10am-7pm weekends
Price: $30.99; $24.99 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. New for 2016: Typhoon Twister, a water slide that starts more than 150 feet above the canyons, twisting through tubes and a giant bowl and splashing into the pool below.
Luna Park at Coney Island
1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn
Hours: Open daily from May 23-Sept 7; hours vary. Open on weekend from September 11 until November 1; Check online for full details.
Pricing: $1 per credit, $40 for 46 credits, $60 for 75 credits, and $100 for 135 credits; $35 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: Brooklyn Barge, a mild thrill ride full of rocking and whirling motions, perfect for families.
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: $27.95; $90 for 100 tickets; $40 for 40 tickets; $21.50 for 20 tickets. Rides are 3-4 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 27 through Labor Day; check website for hours.
Price: $42.99; $29.99 children shorter than 48 inches, seniors, and handicapped individuals; 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. Check the website for updates.
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin (right behind Sahara Sam’s water park)
Hours: 10am-7pm daily; check the website for schedule changes.
Price: $36.95 in the park, $29.95 online; $28.95 children shorter than 42 inches, $24.95 online
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. Two packages for birthday parties are also available for a party of 10 (birthday child, 10 children, and 12 chaperones), with food and drinks included.
Fantasy Island Park
320 Seventh St., Beach Haven
Hours: Daily, June 17 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 $1 each; $20 for 20 tokens; $40 for 40 tokens; $15 (pay-one-price days) every Friday from 4-7pm.
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 starting June 1 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 30,000 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 Memorial Day: Monday-Thursday, 10am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-11pm; Sunday, 10am-9pm. Check website for updates on hours and special hours for holidays and events.
Price: 50 cents for 1 ride credit; 125 credits (25 bonus credits): $50; 200 credits (50 bonus credits): $75. Rides are 6-16 credits per person. Unlimited-ride wristbands: $22.99-$29.99; 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. New for 2016: Sky Trail High and Low Ropes Course and Freedom Rider Spinning Roller Coaster.
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
Hours: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: Daily, 12pm-close (11pm or 12am)
Price: $25 for 60 credits; $50 for 140 credits (rides are between three to eight credits per person). Wristband special: $20 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), 7D 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. The park also hosts free weekly shows and special events; check the website for a schedule. New for 2016: An Adventure Lookout ropes course and a spy tikes course for children shorter than 48 inches.
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; $31.95 for 50 tickets; $59.85 for 100 tickets; $99.45 for 200 tickets. Go-karts adult track costs $6.95, a double seater is $7.95, and the kiddie track is $3.95 per person. Rides are two to nine tickets each; does not include go-karts). Waterpark: $27.95 for three hours; $25.95 for two hours; $12.95 for children shorter than 42 inches. Discounts and combination tickets available; check the website for details. $5 parking.
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 18. June 1–Sept. 5: 10am-6pm daily.
Price: $27; $29 children ages 2-18; $25 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 5; daily from June 6 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website for a daily schedule.
Price: Combination ticket (includes all-day ride and waterpark wristband): $79; $59 for children shorter than 48 inches. You can also purchase amusement ride and waterpark passes separately; see the website for pricing.
Morey’s Piers spans more than 18 acres along six beach blocks. It includes three piers and two beachfront water parks: 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: KONG, a standing roller coaster that goes 60 feet in the air while guests fly in planes around the famed guerilla, and Kang’A Bounce, a family ride where guests bounce around in kangaroo-themed seats.
Mountain Creek Waterpark
200 Route 94, Vernon
Hours: Open daily June 26-Sept. 9. Days and hours vary; check the website for the full schedule
Price: $41.99; $29.99 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
1020 Boardwalk, Ocean City
Hours: Open daily through Labor Day. Check the website for a full schedule.
Price: 1 ticket for $1; 47 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. New this year: Gale Force Roller Coaster, Wild Waves Roller Coaster, Whirlwind Roller Coaster, and the Alien Abduction.
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 June 13 through Labor Day, check the website for hours.
Price: $34.95 for full day; $26.95 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 10,000-square-foot wave pool. Free parking is available, and the park is accessible by the NJ Transit bus. New this year: The Mirage, a 10,000 square foot indoor expansion featuring two head-first mat racer slides and a leisure pool; set to open Memorial Day weekend.
Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Hours: Daily, May 26 through Labor Day. Open 10:30am; closing times vary.
Price: General Admission at the gate: $69.99; $44.99 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 13 coasters, three kids areas, a top-name concert series, and the Hurricane Harbor water park. Construction is currently underway for The Joker, a 4-D free-fly coaster that lifts you straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill and flips at least six times.
Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope
973-347-8900 or 973-347-8901
Hours: 10:30am-6pm weekends only through June 19; daily June 20 through Labor Day; weekends only from Labor Day to Columbus Day
Price: $17.25; $15.25 children ages 2-12; $13.50 seniors ages 62 and older; free for children younger than 2. Rides are $4 each. Call for group rates.
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
40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia
Hours: Open weekends only May 28-June 26. Open daily (except Mondays) June 28-Sept. 4.
Price: Advanced pricing: Day pass is $15, adults and children ages 3-12; Explorers pass (includes 3D movie “Walking with Dinosaurs”) is $20, adults and children ages 3-12; Commanders pass (includes access to air-conditioned commanders tent and 3D movie “Walking with Dinosaurs”) is $40, adults and children ages 3-12; free for children younger tha 2. 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). At the Paleontology Lab, kids get a book and can dig for fossils like a paleontologist, and dig for fossils at the big site.
822 Lake Ave., Bristol
Hours: Open June 17-30, 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: $84.99. Summer Pass: $55. Single day ticket: $42.99; $31.49, juniors shorter than 52 inches; $20.49, 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; $24 weekends; $18 weekdays; $8 weeknights; $10 fireworks nights; 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 7 through Labor Day. Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: Pay-one-price: $27.99; $23.99 for children shorter than 45 inches. Pay-per-ride: $3.75 per ticket; $42 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: Reverse Time thrill ride and Slide City in the waterpark.
Camelback Mountain Adventures
243 Resort Drive, Tannersville
Hours: May–June 17, 10am-7pm; check the website for summer hours.
Price: Price varies by activity.
Mountain Adventures features TreeTop Adventure Courses, zip flyers, zip lines, mountain segways, and Pennsylvania's only Mountain Coaster.
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark
309 Resort Drive, Tannersville
Hours: Open daily beginning June 15; hours vary, check the website for a full schedule.
Price: $39.99; $29.99 for seniors and those shorter than 40 inches; free for ages 2 and younger.
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 Park & Laguna Splash Water Park
4352 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Tipton
Hours: Daily, June 4–Aug. 28; weekends only in May and September. Park opens at 11am; closing times vary. See website for details, schedule subject to change.
Price: All-day fun pass: June through August: $29.95; May and September: $21.95; $15, Monday-Friday after 5pm; $.50 individual ride ticket (all rides require more than one ticket).
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 Lazy River and Wave Pool at the Laguna Splash Water Park is new this year.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
GPS Address: 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
Hours: Daily, May 23 through Labor Day, then select weekends in September and October. Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: $55 ($47 online); $46 ($38 online) 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 9: Open weekends only, 10am-6pm.
Price: $40.99; $35.99 seniors ages 60-69; $27.99 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: $86.50.
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, where kids can make discoveries every day.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey
Hours: Grand opening April 29. Daily, May 26 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: $62.95; $39.95 children ages 3-8 and seniors ages 55-69; $25.95 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: $65.65-$83.65.
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 21-22, then May 27-30. Open daily June 3–Aug. 21; weekends only Aug. 27–Sept. 18. Opens at 10:30am, closing times vary (see the website).
Price: $42.99; $33.99, seniors ages 60 and older; 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, Jumpin' Jungle, Raccoon Lagoon kiddieland, and the one-and-only Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.
4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin
Hours: May 25–Aug. 23: daily. Aug. 27–Sept. 18: weekends. Open Labor Day. Sept. 30–Oct. 29: Phantom Fright Nights, Friday and Saturday, 6pm-12am, and Columbus Day, 6-11pm
Price: Day pass: $43.99; $28.99, children shorter than 46 inches; $21.99, seniors ages 55 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger. Night Rider (after 5pm): $27.99; $19.99 children shorter than 46 inches; $14.99 seniors, plus $1 amusement tax on all tickets at the gate. Season tickets available, check the website for discounts.
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 this year: a fully overhauled Noah’s Ark walk-through funhouse, the only one still in operation, where guests can encounter dozens of animals, plus the twists, turns, jumps, and jolts that classic funhouses are famous for.
Knoebels Amusement Resort
391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg
Hours: June 17 through Labor Day: 11am-10pm daily (11am-9pm Sundays). Check the website for additional hours.
Price: Pay-per-ride option: $1-$3 per ride. All day pass: $39 ($47 with access to wooden coasters); $25 children 48 inches and shorter ($31 with access to wooden coasters).
Take a dip in the 900,000-gallon Crystal Pool that includes waterslides, diving boards, and a play area for young children. You can stay overnight at one of two campgrounds or one of our cottages. In addition to more than 60 rides, visitors can also play a round of golf at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Club.
Lakemont Park & Island Water Park
700 Park Ave., Altoona
Hours: May 28–June 5 open weekends; June 8–Aug. 16 open Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-8pm. Hours vary; check the website for complete details.
Price: All-Day Ride and Slide: $10.95 weekends ($8.95 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 select dates April 30–Dec. 31; check the website for a complete schedule.
Price: $65 ($55 online); free for children younger than 2. $17 parking fee. Preferred parking is $20; VIP parking is $30.
Sesame place is celebrating its 35th anniversary! The park features rides, water slides, colorful shows, and parades, all with some of your favorite furry friends from Sesame Street. To kick-off the 2016 season, a brand-new show, The Magic of Art, will debut in the Sesame Place Neighborhood Theater (formerly Monster Rock Theater). This fun and interactive show features Abby Cadabby, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Telly as they prepare for Sesame Street's big Art Show. The park's newest land, Cookie's Monster Land, features five rides, a three-story net climb, and a soft play area.
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 13 through Labor Day: Tuesday-Sunday 12-10pm.
Price: Pay-one-price wristband: $35.99; $27.99 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. All new wave kids zone in the water park. 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: $61.99; $51.99 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. New this year: Fireball, a giant looping roller coaster, and SUPERMAN™ The Ride Virtual Reality Coaster.