Best Amusement Parks Near NYC Reachable by Public Transportation Submitted by Katie Nave Freeman on Fri, 06/14/2019 - 2:00pm If you're feeling nostalgic for a summer adventure filled with cotton candy and Ferris wheel rides, it might be time for some family-friendly fun at a nearby theme park. There's no shortage of amusement parks and water parks for New York City-based thrill-seekers, but if you don't have a car, some parks can seem out of reach. Fear not, we’ve rounded up the best amusement parks that are easily accessible from NYC via public transportation. Remember the sunscreen—and forget the parking (and rental) headaches. Find more summer fun in our Theme and Water Parks Guide. Read more.