Best Amusement Parks on Long Island for Families

Adventureland in Farmingdale has thrilling rides. Photo by Gina Massaro
Adventureland in Farmingdale has thrilling rides. Photo by Gina Massaro
5/10/24 - By Jaime Sumersille

Amusement parks on Long Island are ready to welcome you and your thrill-seeking family for summer fun. Whether 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 the amusement parks you enjoyed as a child, now is the perfect time to make plans to visit these LI theme parks.

Read on for details on how to enjoy our favorite amusement parks on Long Island this summer and for more entertainment inspiration, bookmark our Guide to Amusement Parks and Water Parks Near Long Island.


Subscribe to our newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox.

Many of these local Long Island amusement parks are only open on weekends during spring and switch to daily hours once school is out. See each amusement park's website for operating hours, coupons, and special offers.

Best Amusement Parks in Nassau County for Families

Bayville Adventure Park – Bayville

Open April through August plus select dates for special events in the fall ​and winter
A true, not-so-buried treasure, this pirate-themed amusement park is located across from Bayville Beach. In addition to its exciting amusement park rides and attractions like the 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 amusement park transforms into Bayville Scream Park in September and Bayville Winter Wonderland in November. Birthday party packages are available.

Best Family Amusement Parks in Suffolk County

Adventureland – Farmingdale

Open April-October; weekends in the spring and fall and daily during the summer; see the website for a full schedule.
Families have been enjoying the rides, attractions, and games at this amusement park on Long Island since 1962. Chances are you visited Adventureland back in the day. From big-kid amusement park rides that thrill, such as the Turbulence and Rattlesnake coasters, Frisbee, and Mystery Mansion, to its collection of kiddie rides, Adventureland provides amusement park fun for the entire family. Check out the newest attractions, the Junior Pirate Ship and Moon Chaser. A third ride, the Wave Twister, should be ready by Spring 2025. There are three water rides, a token-less 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 Adventureland's newly sponsored Catholic Health City Hall for general info, special-needs accommodations, first aid, and more. Birthday party packages are available. Take note: All guests need admission tickets whether they are riding attractions or not. 

RELATED40 Top Amusement Parks in the US for a Family Vacation

Bounce! Family Entertainment : Best Amusement Parks on Long Island for Families
You'll find fun for all ages at Bounce! Family Entertainment in Syosset. Photo by the author

Bounce! Family Entertainment — Syosset

Inside this large trampoline park you’ll find a toddler town with rides, which is a separate space for kids 6 and younger with foam pits, inflatables, and a trampoline court. Two aerial obstacle courses hang above the trampoline park below. One boasts a zipline. A separate section of rock climbing walls with various degrees of difficulty makes for fun competition and agility challenges. A multi-tiered, enclosed climbing structure lets the littles get lost in the land of soft play. Pop over to the other side of Bounce! for a huge arcade, bumper cars, laser tag, and even a bar for the 21+ crowd. Choose from one of four attraction-based packages, with laser tag and bumper cars being a separate add on. While spectators do not have to purchase admission, reduced-priced parent passes are available for those who want to get in on the fun. 

Scott's Pointe – Calverton

At a massive 80,000-sq.ft., Scott's Point boasts dozens of activities for families with children as young as 6 months old. Not only are they Long Island's only surf wave park, Scott Pointe has a full restaurant, two bars, rock climbing, interactive ax throwing, multiple simulators, virtual reality, laser tag, volleyball courts, live entertainment, and more. Choose a day pass or optional add-ons for the surf wave or golf simulator. Plus, an outdoor aqua park with inflatables, paddle boarding, kayaking, and bumper boats is slated to open this summer.

Splish Splash – Calverton

Opens for the 2024 season on Saturday, May 25; the season ends in September
Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 72 and head straight to Splish Splash, Long Island's favorite family-friendly water amusement 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—head-first. 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. Take note: The park is moving to a cashless payment system. Cabanas and lockers are available for rent. Birthday party packages are also available.

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 45-game arcade that offers two-for-Tiki Tuesdays. Virtual reality pods include 120 video options. The park is available for birthday parties and other catered events, including after-prom parties and corporate outings. Its swanky bamboo lounge can comfortably accommodate parties of up to 40, while a shaded picnic area can seat 250 or more. There’s an ice cream and snack bar and a gift shop stocked with Tiki-inspired apparel and collectibles.

Urban Air Adventure Park – Dix Hills and Lake Grove

These massive indoor adventure parks have something for kids of all ages., and tiered pricing options allow guests to choose their thrill level. 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 amusement 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. Be sure to check out the Dix Hill location's latest addition, mini go-karts. 

This article, originally posted in 2014, is updated annually.

Places featured in this article: