Awesome Amusement Parks for Long Island Families
Feeling the need for speed and splash? Long Island amusement parks are ready to welcome you and your thrill-seeking family for summer 2021. If your kids are eager to check out the latest rides and attractions, or you can’t wait to make new memories with your family at parks you enjoyed as a child, now is the perfect time to explore these local amusement centers, which have reopened with safety top of mind.
Read on for details on safety protocols and how to enjoy these parks in 2021. For more entertainment inspiration, see our Guide to Long Island Amusement and Water Parks; plus, we've got more regional destinations sure to delight your family, too.
Many of these parks are only open on weekends during spring and open full time once school is out. See each park's websites for operating hours, coupons, and special offers.
Editor's note: While we've attempted to provide highlights of these parks at their best, some of the features and amenities listed below are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a face mask and pack plenty of hand sanitizer. Some photos in this post were taken before the pandemic.
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Bayville Adventure Park – Bayville
Open April through August; open for special events in the fall
A true, not-so-buried treasure, this pirate-themed amusement park is located across from Bayville Beach. In addition to its exciting rides and attractions such as Lost Treasure of Captain Blackheart Bay Adventure Mini Golf, Bumper Boat Safari, and Tomb Stone Creek Treasure Hunt, it also offers a Jungle Tree Top Adventure ropes course and Bradley Bay's Rock Climbing Challenge. Three on-site restaurants should satisfy the cravings of pirates big and small. Open through August; the park transforms into Bayville Scream Park in September and Bayville Winter Wonderland in November. Birthday party packages are available.
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Go on a thrilling roller coaster ride on Turbulence at Adventureland in Farmingdale.
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Adventureland – Farmingdale
Open April-October; weekends in the spring and fall and daily during the summer; see the website for full schedule.
2021 update: Purchase tickets in advance online to guarantee admission; walk-up admission is not guaranteed, and all visitors must have a ticket. Adults over age 25 accompanying children are eligible to purchase a chauffer pass at a reduced rate.
Families have been enjoying the rides, attractions, and games at this Long Island amusement park since 1962. Chances are you visited Adventureland back in the day. From big-kid rides that thrill, such as the Turbulence and Rattlesnake coasters, Frisbee, and Mystery Mansion, to its collection of kiddie rides, Adventureland is fun for the entire family. Check out the newest attraction, the Sports Tower, which makes its pandemic-delayed debut. There are three water rides, a tokenless indoor arcade, midway games, a gift shop, a sit-down, family-style restaurant, and plenty of snack stands. Also, new this year: Parents can grab an adult beverage at Tony's Tavern. Guests can visit City Hall for general info, special-needs accommodations, first aid, and more. Birthday party packages are available.
Do you dare to enter the Spin Zone at Country Fair Entertainment Park in Medford?
Country Fair Entertainment Park – Medford
Open daily March-November, weather permitting
There is so much to do at this park, your family won’t know where to start. There is a figure-8 go-kart track, two mini-golf courses, a 30-bay driving range, batting cages, an outdoor laser tag field (open in June), and an arcade. The Spin Zone bumper cars will have the whole family spinning in circles. An on-site restaurant serves brick-oven pizza, burgers, and ice cream. There's also a bar serving craft beer, wine, and cocktails. In addition to birthday party packages, the park also offers year-round catering for large affairs, from weddings to company events and Sweet 16 parties.
Have an epic water battle on a pirate ship at Splish Splash in Calverton.
Splish Splash – Calverton
Opens for the season on Saturday, May 29; season ends in September
2021 update: Temperature checks are required at entry, and face coverings are required when you're not in the water. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online.
Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 72 and head straight to Splish Splash, Long Island's favorite family water park. Its 95-plus acres include water slides and other rides and attractions. For those daring (and tall) enough, there’s Abyss, and a unique water coaster, Bootleggers Run. On Riptide Racer, four guests line up on mats and race to the finish line—headfirst. Bombs Away features dueling 300-foot slides perched on a tower. Everyone can head to the Lazy River or Surf City for a more relaxing experience. A large kiddie area offers plenty to keep little ones cool and happy, including the Octopus Pool and Pirates Cove. There are a number of restaurants, snack bars, and gift shops. Cabanas and lockers are available for rent. Birthday party packages are also available.
Enjoy mini golf at Tiki Action Park, but be sure to avoid the water hazard!
Tiki Action Park – Centereach
Open March through November or December, weather permitting
Say aloha to a fun-filled day at Tiki Action Park, where your family can enjoy Hawaiian-inspired mini-golf, complete with waterfalls, caves, streams, Hawaiian music, and a 10-foot tiki fountain. There is a thrilling go-kart track, a Mission Impassable laser maze, and a flashy 50-game arcade that offers two-for-Tiki Tuesdays. New virtual reality pods include 120 video options. The park is available for birthday parties—including free attractions on your actual birthday—and other catered events, including after-prom parties and corporate outings. There’s an ice cream and snack bar and a gift shop stocked with Tiki-inspired apparel and collectibles.
Climb or jump high at Urban Air Trampoline Park.
Urban Air Adventure Park – Lake Grove
2021 update: Capacity is currently limited, and reservations are required for admission on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Book online in advance.
This 48,000-square foot indoor adventure park has something for kids of all ages. While the littlest members of your brood enjoy the indoor playground and trampolines, big kids (and their parents) can channel their inner ninja warrior on the 30-foot-high ropes course and climbing wall. At the Sky Rider coaster, guests are strapped into a harness and catapulted along a track that runs throughout the ceiling of the massive indoor park—high above everyone else playing below. Catch some serious air in the Slam Dunk Zone, battle it out on jousting beams, and get dizzy in the Spin Zone bumper cars. Then fuel up at the Urban Cafe. A second Long Island location is in the works for Dix Hills.
This article, originally posted in 2014, is updated annually.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the parks