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Family-Friendly Amusement Parks in the New York Area

Family-Friendly Amusement Parks in the New York Area

Here are the coronavirus safety restrictions and reopening information for the amusement parks and theme parks in the New York area.

Our guide to amusement parks covers all the excitement your family needs this summer, all within reach of the New York Metro area! Each park's opening guidelines have been updated in response to coronavirus restrictions, but always call before you go to make sure your park of choice is open. Whether you can't wait to get back on your favorite coaster or water ride or would prefer something a little more socially distant (like the Six Flags drive-through safari that allows you to see 1,200 animals from the comfort of your car) we've got your amusement park needs covered.

According to the CDC, families should only consider visiting attractions that are close to home. Traveling a distance that requires stopping for gas, bathroom breaks, or food can put you and others at risk for coronavirus contamination. Of course, avoid crowds and make sure to stay at least six feet away from other people to maintain social distancing. 

Amusement parks are allowed to reopen in New York as part of Phase Four, which Long Island and the Mid-Hudson region have began.

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What are amusement parks doing to keep my family safe?

Looking to our neighbors in New Jersey, Six Flags Great Adventure is opening with new safety guidelines, including reduced attendance levels and extensive new safety and hygiene protocols. Some New York parks are making similar plans, including The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, with requirements like advance reservations, face masks, non-invasive temperature checks, and social distancing.

What can my family do to stay safe when visiting amusement parks?

Bring everything with you.

It’s better to bring items with you than to have to purchase them when you’re out and about, says Giuseppe Aragona, M.D., general practitioner and medical advisor at Prescription Doctor. This includes hand wipes and hand gels to clean your hands and other surfaces frequently, food and drinks, extra clothes, diapers, and anything your family tends to need when you’re away from home. Try to pack your items in disposable containers so you can throw everything away at the end of your visit and won’t bring home any potential contamination.

Check ahead of time

Before visiting any amusement park, be sure to check the website and social media pages for updated COVID-related policies. Be prepared to make timely reservations, pack masks, and talk to your kids about proper social distancing. Then try to verify if there is a restriction on the number of people permitted to enter the park on any given day, says Leann Poston M.D., M.B.A., M.Ed., of Invigor Medical. You’ll want to visit parks that are imposing restrictions on capacity, for everyone’s safety.

Prepare the kids.

This amusement park visit won’t be exactly like other park trips have been in the past, so you want to lay that out for your kids. Explain to them what they will and will not be allowed to do, chat about social distancing, and then make sure their masks fit well.

Keep to yourselves.

“As a virus that is presumed to spread through droplets (i.e. cough, sneeze, speaking) covering our mouth and nose continues to act as an important protective measure. In addition, standing 6 feet apart will help mitigate this risk further,” says Daniel Sinyor, MD, pediatrician at Crystal Run Healthcare. As much as possible, try to stay in your tight-knight family group to help keep cross-contamination percentages low, adds Aragona. Keep your hands to yourself and try to prevent little children from touching anything when you’re at an amusement park. When using the restrooms, try to wait a few minutes before entering if someone just left to allow any aerosolized fluids from the toilet flushing to settle on surfaces, Dr. Poston recommends. Wash your hands thoroughly as you leave the restroom and apply hand sanitizer if possible.

Amusement Parks in New York

Not reopening for 2020. See park's website for details regarding 2020 passes and drive-in movie night packages.

2245 Route 110, Farmingdale
Open since 1962, Adventureland has roller coasters and thrill rides; family, kiddie, and water rides; and games. Season passes, gift cards, birthday party packages, and group rates available. New this year: Mystery Mansion, a two-story dark ride to replace the Ghost House.

Adventurer’s Park
Temporarily closed

1824 Shore Parkway, Bensonhurst
Calling all adventurers! With family rides, water boats, and mini golf, this amusement park opens daily for the summer starting on Memorial Day. Check website for attractions.

Enchanted Forest Water Safari
Will not open for 2020 season

3183 State Route 28, Old Forge
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
Temporarily closed

111th Street and 55th Avenue, Queens
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
Closed for the 2020 season

Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Queens
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
Temporarily closed

1172 State Route 9, Queensbury
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: Pandemonium, an electrifying new attraction that delivers 360 degrees of twirling mayhem and dazzling lights, built for 24 riders.                                                  

Luna Park at Coney Island
Temporarily closed

1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn
Mild to extreme thrill rides, games, and dining. New attraction this year: Astro Tower is a 137-foot tall tower that drops and bounces you up and down with sunning views from the top of the ride.

Playland Park 
Park is closed for 2020 season; Playland Beach, Mini Golf, Boardwalk, Seaside Walk, and the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary remain open.
100 Playland Parkway, Rye
Along with many rides, Rye Playland has a beach, pool, boardwalk, and pier with lake boating, picnic area, and mini golf. There are fireworks every Friday night in the summer, starting in July.

Splashdown Beach
Will remain closed for 2020 season.

16 Old Route 9 West, Fishkill
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: The Megaladon, a prehistoric beast designed to send thrill-seekers into a near-vertical zero-gravity experience.

Splish Splash
Will remain closed for 2020 season.

2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton
Hours: May 26-Sept. 3. Hours vary; check the website; Weekends only until June 16.
Price: Weekdays: $43.99; $33.99 children shorter than 48 inches and seniors; free for children 2 and younger. Check the website for weekend and season passes
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 this year: the Riptide Racer, the ultimate water slide for four racers at a time, and Bombs Away, two dueling, 300-foot slides perched on a tower over 50 feet in the air.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
Closed for the season

112 Bridge St., Sylvan Beach
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 Waves
Pool open daily, weather permitting; Swimming features (waves, aqua playground, splash pads, slides) closed

Willson’s Woods Park, East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon
Hours: Open daily: Session One: 11am-2pm; Session Two: 3-6pm; Park Passes valid Monday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Price: $4 adults and children; free for children under 5 but counted as part of maximum occupancy
What you need to know: Pool and park are open to Westchester residents only. Visitors will be required to verify their residency with their Westchester County Park Pass or driver’s license. Park is open daily with two sessions: Session One: 11am-2pm and Session Two: 3-6pm. visitors must wear a mask if they cannot social distance; mask not required in water

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.

Victorian Gardens
Closed for summer 2020 - may not reopen 
Wollman Rink, Central Park, Manhattan
Enjoy rides and games for the whole family, plus live entertainment every weekend. Soar in circles on the Kite Flyer and play the tried and true Whack-A-Mole game.

Zoom Flume
Closed for summer 2020—see website for season pass information

20 Shady Glen Road, East Durham
Features safe and fun water activities such as the adrenaline-pumping bowl slide, Typhoon Twister; giant winding water slides, including a 300-foot splashdown in the canyon; and the Wild River’s 600-foot chute. You can also catch a wave in the Riptide Cove Wave Pool followed by a gentle float down the Lazy River. For the little ones, Pelican Pond is a mini water adventure.

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Amusement Parks in New Jersey


100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin (right behind Sahara Sam’s water park)
Hours: Water park 10am-4pm; Park rides 12-6pm
Price: Day Ticket: Both Parks – $39.95 ONLINE; Cabana Rental for the Day – $99.95
What you need to know: Facial coverings required; main 6-foot social distancing; pre-purchased ticket holders must make a reservation visit date

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. New in 2018: Five new rides have recently been added to Diggerland including the massive, 700-foot Soaring Eagle Zip Line, which spans nearly the entire print of the park; the Ventrac 3400Y (a compact tractor ride), the Elevation Station (a scissor lift ride), the Rugged Riders, and the Farm Tractors.

Fantasy Island Park
Currently closed due to power outage. Open normally.

320 Seventh St., Beach Haven
Hours: Arcade: 12-11pm; Rides & boardwalk games: 5-11pm
Price: Cards can be purchased for any amount: $1: $1 card; $10: $10 card, etc.
What you need to know: Maintain six feet apart social distancing; Masks required

Features various activities such as the family-style arcade, carousel, the giant Ferris wheel, and many other rides, all in a Victorian-era setting. New in 2018: the Fairy Tale Forest, a magical new experience featuring more rides, attractions, entertainment for children.

Field Station Dinosaurs
Opening Aug. 15.

Overpeck County Park, Henry Hoebel Area, Fort Lee Road, Leonia
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am-6pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10-8pm; Closed Mondays EXCEPT Labor Day (Sept. 7) 10am-6pm
Price: Day pass $10; FREE under 2
What you need to know: All tickets must be purchased in advance; face masks and social distancing required

Take the 9-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. Participate in more than 40 live shows, games, and workshops. At the Paleontology Lab, kids get a book and can dig for fossils like a paleontologist, and dig for fossils at the big site. Brand new for 2018: a blacklight puppet show called Dinosaur Daredevil! Archeopteryx Cleared for Take-off! and a brand new dinosaur, the Spinosaurus.

iPlay America
TopGolf Swing Suite, laser tag, arcade, and outdoor dining open. Rides opening soon

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: $10 for 20 credits; $25 for 50 credits; $50 for 110 credits. 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. Check website for latest attractions.

Jenkinsons Boardwalk
Beach, batting cages, adventure lookout ropes course, aquarium, amusement park, fun house, mini golf, and arcade open
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
Hours: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: daily, 12pm-close, see website for times. Batting cages open at 1pm daily. Adventure lookout ropes course opens at 2pm daily. Aquarium opens at 10am daily. Amusement park open 2-10pm daily. Fun house open at 1pm daily.
Price: Aquarium $15 Adults, $9 Children 3-12, Seniors $10, FREE under 2; Beach Rates: Weekdays $10, Weekends $11, Children 5-11 $3, Under 5 FREE; Amusement Park: 1 credit $.50, 20 credits $10, 50 credits $25, 110 credits $50, 250 credits $100; Adventure Lookout $7, Junior $5, Package $25; Mini Golf $11 Adults, $8 Children
What you need to know: masks required in ALL indoor attractions, shops, inside Amusement Park, on the rides, and anywhere when you cannot maintain 6 feet

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.

Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark

275 Beachway Ave., Keansburg
Hours: Park closes Monday-Thursday between 10-11pm and weekends and holidays between 11pm and 12am; Waterpark open 10-6pm Sat & Sunday; 11-6pm Mon-Fri
Price: Ticket information found here. Individual ticket $1; Sheet of 50 $38; Book of 100 $69; Book of 200 $129
What you need to know: Amusement park goers must wear masks; Waterpark goers must wear masks when waiting on line to enter and waiting on line to make purchases; Masks not to be worn in water

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, a haunted manor, and the chance to swim with a live mermaid.

Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove
Open as of July 2—see website for details

354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope
Hours: Daily through Sept. 7, 10-6pm; Water park closed at 5:30; Amusement rides close at 5:45. Park will also be open the weekend of Sept. 12
Prices: Adult $33; Children 3-18 $33; Senior $30; Children under 36 months FREE

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. New in 2018: An exhilarating new ride called the Scream Machine 360.

Morey’s Piers
Open as of July 2—see website for details

3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
Hours: Amusement Rides: 1-11pm at Mariner’s; 5pm-11pm Surfside; Adventure Closed; Water Parks: 9:30-6pm Raging Waters; Ocean Oasis Closed
Prices: Amusement Park $29.99 weekday special until 5pm; 75 ride ticket package: $87.50; 150 Ride ticket package: $150; 250 ride ticket package: $215; Raging Waters: General Admission 3-64 $52.99; Age 65+ $25
What you need to know: face coverings required; maintain social distancing requirements

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 in 2018: The Wild Whizzer, a spinner coaster for the whole family. 

Mountain Creek Waterpark

200 Route 94, Vernon
Hours: Daily, 11am-5pm
Price: $24.99 Day Tickets; Under 2 FREE; SEason Passes $49.99
What you need to know: Face covering/mask is required at times during your visit but should NOT be worn in the water; maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet
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
Open as of July 2—see website for details

1020 Boardwalk, Ocean City
Hours: Open daily from 6-11pm
Price: Price: $1-Individual Ticket; $38-50 Tickets; $65-90 Tickets; $85-130 Tickets (Family Book); $130-220 Tickets (Mega Book)
What you need to know: Customers must wear a face covering
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, Spin Zone, Golden Galleon, and Tidal Wave.

Sahara Sam’s Oasis
Outdoor water park and arcade open. Indoor water park closed.

535 N. Route 73 (GPS: 160 Cooper Road), West Berlin
Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday-Sunday, 10am-7pm
Price: $39.99 for full day; $32.99 for half day; free for children ages 2 and younger and seniors ages 65 and older. Online discounts available.
What you need to know: Reservations are required prior to visiting; guests are required to wear a mask when waiting to enter the park, waiting in line at the cafe and when walking to and from the cafe and bathrooms. Masks are not required when swimming, sitting in chairs or when sitting at picnic tables.

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.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari
Open as of July 3—see website for details

1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Hours: Daily, 11am-7pm
Price: $42.49 valid any 2020 operating day through Sept. 7 

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. Inspired by the movement of a gyroscope, the Cyborg Cyber Spin is an unrelenting and intense anti-gravity experience that spins you on three axes high above the ground.

Wild West City
Open as of July 2—see website for details

50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope
973-347-8900 or 973-347-8901
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:30am-4pm; Friday-Sunday, 10:30am-5pm
Price: Adults, $24; Children 2-11, $20; Seniors $18
What you need to know: Face coverings required
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.

Amusement Parks in Connecticut

Lake Compounce

822 Lake Ave., Bristol               
Hours: Daily, 11am-7pm; Crocodile Cove Hours: 11am-6pm
Price: Online: $24.50 for adults; $24.50 juniors (under 52”); $24.50 senior; Gate Prices: Adult $48.99 weekday, $50.00 weekend; Junior (Under 52”) $38.99 weekday, $40.99 weekend; Senior $26.99 weekday, $29.99 weekend
What you need to know: Face coverings required, temperature checks upon entrance, social distance of six feet required between parties

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
Beach and boardwalk open—see website for details

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: Parking charge includes admission for up to five guests. Weekdays $18; Weekends $25; $10 after 6pm
What you need to know: Maintain 6 feet of distance from all others; maintain 15 feet between beach blankets; 5 people maximum per group; wear face covering where close contact; closed until further notice - waterslides and rides

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
Open daily through Labor Day—see website for details

2132 Middlebury Road (Route 64), Middlebury
Hours: Park hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-9pm; Waterpark hours: Daily, 11am-7pm 
Price: Amusement Park Rides & Splash Away Bay Waterpark Pass: $29.99 adults; $25.99 seniors; $25.99 children; After 5pm pass $16 for children and adults
What you need to know: Face masks required; social distancing of 6 feet required

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.

Amusement Parks in Pennsylvania

Camelback Mountain Adventures
Open daily—see website for details

243 Resort Drive, Tannersville
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm; Weekends, 10am-6pm
Price: Soaring Camel 4000 Twin Zip-Flyer $42; Double Barrel 1000 Dual Zip Line $20; Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster (just driver) $15; Mountain Segway Tour $50; Half Tree Tops Course $40

Features TreeTop Adventure Courses, zip flyers, zip lines, mountain segways, and Pennsylvania's only Mountain Coaster. Opening soon: The Pocono Pipeline Mountain Slide.

Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark
Closed Aug. 5-7 as a result of tropical storm

309 Resort Drive, Tannersville
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm 
Price: $44; $34 for seniors and those shorter than 40 inches; free for ages 2 and younger. $48 weekends
What you need to know: Face coverings required in all public areas; must maintain 6ft physical distance
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
Closed for the summer 2020 season

4352 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Tipton                           
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. Enjoy the Lazy River and Wave Pool at the Laguna Splash Water Park.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Dorney Park open; Wildwater Kingdom closed for 2020

3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
GPS Address: 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11am-7pm
Price: $35 General Admission Online; Pre-Paid Parking $10
What you need to know: Reservations required for single day ticket holders; face coverings required in all areas; health screenings prior to visit and temperature checks upon arrival

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 with more than 40 moving and practically breathing life-sized dinosaurs. New in 2018: The Tidal Wave Cafe, a new nautical-themed restaurant coming to Wildwater Kingdom.

Dutch Wonderland

2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10am-6pm
Prices: One Day Admission (Ages 3 and older) $22.99
What you need to know: Must wear face coverings. Temperature checks upon arrival. Maintain six feet distance from others

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.

Open as of July 3—see website for details

100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey
Hours: 11am-7pm daily
Price: 1-Day Ticket $54.95 (includes FREE All-Day Drink Deal when you purchase online by August 13);  2-Day Ticket $47.50 per day; $40 for juniors ages 3-8
What you need to know: Reservations required; face coverings required; temperature screening prior to entering

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 ( New for 2018: Breakers Edge, a thrilling new rollercoaster, and Whitecap Racer, the longest mat racing slide in the world.

Idlewild and SoakZone
Opening to the public July 11—see website for details

2582 Route 30, Ligonier
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10:30am-6pm
Price: General Admission $19.99; Seniors $9.99; Buy 1 Day, Get 2nd $27.99
What you need to know: Wear face coverings; temperature checks upon arrival; Six-foot distance from others

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, Bigfoot's Mudslide, and the one-and-only Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

Kennywood Park
Opening to the public July 11—see website for details

4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10:30am-7pm
Price: General admission $22.99; Juniors $22.99; Seniors $9.99
What you need to know: Wear face coverings; Temperature checks upon arrival; Maintain six-foot distance from others

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 in 2018: the second-largest Thomas & Friends attraction in North America will revitalize the Olde Kennywood Railroad.

Knoebels Amusement Resort

391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg
Hours: Daily, 12-8pm
Price: Ride all day with coasters $40; Under 48" $25; Sundown with coasters $25; Sundown under 48" $16
What you need to know: Face coverings required; Maintain social distancing

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
Batting cages, mini golf, go-karts, and Lakeside Cafe open daily; All other attractions open Thursday-Sunday; Treehouse Water Park closed for the season

700 Park Ave., Altoona
Hours: Park open 8am-9pm for walkers; Batting cages, mini golf, go-karts and Lakeside Cafe open daily from 12-9pm; All other attractions open Thursday-Sunday, 12-9pm daily
Prices: All Day Unlimited Ride & Play Pass $17.95; Evening Unlimited Ride & Play Pass $15.95; Batting Cages $2/1 token for 20 pitches; Universal Tickets $1 - Rabbit Hole Mini Golf 5 Tickets Per Round; Keystone Falls Mini-Golf 8 Tickets per round 12+; 5 Tickets per round 3-11; Motorway Go-Karts 6 Tickets Per Single Riders, 8 Tickets Per Double Rider; Roller Coasters 3 Tickets Per Ride; 2 Tickets Per Ride for Kiddie Coaster
What you need to know: Face coverings recommended 

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Sesame Place
Temporarily closed

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne 
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
Prices: Ticket and Water Attraction morning/afternoon sessions (10am-2pm/2:30-6pm) $49.99; Two-day ticket $70.99
What you need to know: Reservations required; temperature screening upon arrival; face coverings required for guests over age of 2

Sesame Place is the nation's only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street. You can splash and play with your favorite Sesame Street friends, dine with Elmo, and dance along to the daily Neighborhood Street Party Parade this summer.

Waldameer Park & Water World

3100 W. Lake Road/220 Peninsula Drive, Erie
Hours: Open daily 12-8pm, Water World 11-7pm
Prices: 1-Day Combo Pass $45; Under 48” $35.40; Senior $34.50; 1-Day Rides Pass $34; Under 48” $24; Seniors $24; 1-Day  Water World Pass $31; Under 48” $25; Seniors $25
What you need to know: Masks required to enter Waldameer and Water World - masks may be removed while using Water World attractions

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 and The Battle of Lake Erie, a family water complex featuring 103 water attractions, seven slides, and a 400-gallon tipping bucket. New in 2018: the Balloon Race ride in Kiddieland and the new tube slide in Water World, CannonBOWL.

Amusement Parks in Massachusetts 

Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor
Temporarily closed

1623 Main St., Agawam
Hours: May 25-Sept. 3: daily; after Sept. 3: weekends and select Fridays; 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: $67.99; $57.99 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: Galactic Attack Virtual Reality Coaster and The Joker 4D Free Fly Coaster. New in 2018: Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a colossal swing ride will send guests screaming to new heights towering over 147 feet.

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