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.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
Hours: Check the website or call for times.
Price: Combination ticket (includes all-day ride and waterpark wristband): $75; $55 for children shorter than 48 inches; free for children 2 and younger. 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 in 2018: The Wild Whizzer, a spinner coaster for the whole family.
Mountain Creek Waterpark
200 Route 94, Vernon
Hours: Open daily June 9-Sept. 3. Days and hours vary; check the website for the full schedule
Price: $45.99; $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 June through October. 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, Spin Zone, Golden Galleon, and Tidal Wave.
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 7 through Labor Day, check the website for hours.
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.
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
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Hours: May 24-Sept. 3: daily; after Sept. 3: weekends and select Fridays; opens at 10:30am, closing times vary.
Price: General Admission at the gate: $76.99; $48.99 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. Inspired by the movement of a gyroscope, the Cyborg Cyber Spin isan unrelenting and intense anti-gravity experience that spins you on three axes high above the ground.
Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope
973-347-8900 or 973-347-8901
Hours: May 5-June 15: weekends only; June 16-Sept. 3: daily; Sept. 4-Oct. 8: weekends only; 10:30am-6:30pm
Price: $18; $16 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.
822 Lake Ave., Bristol
Hours: May 26-Sept. 3; hours vary, check the website
Price: Platinum Pass: $84.99. Summer Pass: $57. Single day ticket: $47.99; $35.99, juniors shorter than 52 inches; $24.99, 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: $7 walk-in admission (includes beach and boardwalk access); $8 for swimming pool access; $7 for miniature golf. Parking fee (includes admission for everyone in the car: $30 holidays; $23 weekends; $17 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: June 1-Sept. 3: daily; Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: Pay-one-price: $28.99; $24.99 for children shorter than 45 inches. Pay-per-ride: $2.50 per ticket; 12 tickets: $25 (each ride is 1-2 tickets)
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.
Camelback Mountain Adventures
243 Resort Drive, Tannersville
Hours: May through Labor Day, operating hours vary with each attraction; call or check the website for summer hours.
Price: Price varies by activity.
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
309 Resort Drive, Tannersville
Hours: June 15-22: daily, 10am-6pm; June 23-Aug. 26: daily; 10am-7pm; Aug. 28-Sept. 3: daily, 10am-6pm; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: $44; $34 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: June 2-Aug. 26, daily; select 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; $14.95 Monday-Friday after 4pm; $.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. Enjoy the Lazy River and Wave Pool at the Laguna Splash Water Park.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
GPS Address: 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
Hours: May 25 through Labor Day, then select weekends in September and October. Hours vary; check the website for a full schedule.
Price: $59; $42 for kids shorter than 48 inches and seniors 62 and older; free for children 2 and younger. Other online discounts available.
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.
2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster
Hours: May 26-Sept. 3, daily; weekends only after Sept. 3-Oct. 7; see website for times.
Price: $44.99; $38.99 seniors ages 60-69; $28.99 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: $93.50 regular admission; $79.50 seniors
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.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey
Hours: May 24-Sept. 3 (Boardwalk opens May 26-Sept. 3). Park opens at 10am, closing times vary; check the website for the full schedule.
Price: $66.95; $44.95 children ages 3-8 and seniors ages 55-69; $26.95 seniors ages 70 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger. Two- and three-day admission tickets available. Season passes available.
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). New for 2018: Breakers Edge, a thrilling new rollercoaster, and Whitecap Racer, the longest mat racing slide in the world.
Idlewild and SoakZone
2582 Route 30, Ligonier
Hours: Open daily May 25-Aug. 19; weekends only Aug. 25-Oct. 28. Opens at 10:30am, closing times vary (see the website).
Price: $44.99 weekends; $41.99 weekdays; $26.99 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, Bigfoot's Mudslide, and the one-and-only Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.
4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin
Hours: May 24-Aug. 21: daily; Aug. 25-Oct. 27: weekends
Price: Day pass: $48.99; $32.99 children shorter than 46 inches; $25.99, seniors ages 55 and older; $9.99 seniors 70 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger. Night Rider (after 5pm): $29.99; $21.99 children shorter than 46 inches; $16.99 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 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: May 23 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: $41 ($49 with access to wooden coasters); $26 children 48 inches and shorter ($32 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
Closed for renovations. Will open in spring 2019.
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Hours: Open select dates April 29–Dec. 31; check the website for a complete schedule.
Price: Any Day Ticket, $70; $65; free for children younger than 2. $20 parking fee; $25 preferred parking.
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: Check the website or call for times
Price: $39.50 all-day price for both parsk; $30 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 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.
Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor
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.