Spring has sprung, and Long Island amusement parks are ready for you and your family. 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 parks you enjoyed as a child, now is the perfect time to explore these six local amusement centers.
For more theme and water park fun in our Amusement Parks Guide, loaded with reviews of local and regional spots.
Most of the parks highlighted below are open only during the weekends during spring; they open full time once school is out. See the parks' websites for specific operating hours, as well as coupons or special offers. Sign up for their newsletters or “like” their Facebook pages for even more deals. Facebook pages also provide up-to-the-minute information on weather-related park closures, so check them out before embarking on your next outdoor adventure!
Adventureland — Farmingdale
2245 Route 110
Families have been enjoying the rides, attractions, and games at this Long Island amusement park since 1962, Chances are you may have visited Adventureland back in the day. From big-kid rides that thrill, such as the Turbulence Coaster and Frisbee, to kiddie rides, including the new and improved helicopter ride and everything in between, Adventureland means fun for the entire family. There are also water rides; a token-less indoor arcade that includes new games such as the Walking Dead and Quick Drop; two new Midway Games—Bottle Flip and Top Spin; a gift shop; sit-down, family-style restaurant; and numerous snack stands. Food options include the 3Generations Food Court and 3Generations Sweet Shop. Also new in 2017: CityHall, which guests can visit for general info, special needs accommodations, first aid and more. Birthday party packages are available.
Pirate-theme mini-golf is sure to thrill at Bayville Adventure Park.
Bayville Adventure Park — Bayville
8 Bayville Avenue
A true not-so-buried treasure, this pirate-themed amusement park is conveniently 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, a new attraction coming at the end of this month is Adventure Tower, which will feature a giant slide and rock climbing. Three on-site restaurants—Beaches and Cream Ice Cream Parlour, Shipwreck Tavern and Breakers Sports Bar and Grill—should satisfy the cravings of pirates big and small. Open now through August; the park transforms into Bayville Scream Park in September and Bayville Winter Wonderland in November. Birthday party packages are available.
Boomers! Long Island — Medford
655 Long Island Avenue
Boomers! Long Island has something for everyone, including outdoor rides and attractions such as go-karts, bumper boats, a roller coaster, plenty of kiddie rides, two carousels (indoor and outdoor), miniature golf, an indoor rock wall and an indoor arcade with state-of-the-art games for kids of all ages. After a day of rides and games, stop by its newest addition: a Nathan’s restaurant. Birthday packages are available. The park is open year round with outdoor rides generally closed for the winter months beginning in November.
Country Fair Entertainment Park — Medford
3351 Route 112
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, GAGA ball, and an arcade. Its newest attraction, opening this season, is Spin Zone bumper cars, which will have the whole family spinning in circles. There is a new, on-site restaurant that serves brick-oven pizza, burgers, and ice cream, and a bar that serves 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. The park is open March through November.
Enjoy a four-person water-slide experience at Splish Splash in Calverton.
Splish Splash — Calverton
2549 Splish Splash Drive
Take the Long Island Expressway to the very end and head straight to Splish Splash, Long Island's favorite family water park. Its more than 95 acres include exciting water slides, rides and attractions. For those daring (and tall) enough, there’s Cliff Diver, Abyss and a unique water coaster, Bootleggers Run. Or head to the Lazy River or Soak City for a more relaxing experience. There is a large kiddie area with plenty to keep little ones cool and happy, including the Octopus Pool and Pirates Cove. Throughout the summer, expect to see exciting events such as the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson and Hawaiian Luau. There are a number of restaurants, snack bars and gift shops. Cabanas and lockers are available for rent. Birthday party packages are also available. Splish Splash is open May through September.
Tiki Action Park — Centereach
1878 Middle Country Road
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, "Mission Impassable" laser maze, and an updated arcade that boasts 10 new games this season. The park is available for birthday parties 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. The park is open March through November/December.
Top photo: Adventureland, a Long Island institution since 1962, is situated on the Nassau-Suffolk border. Photos courtesy of the parks.
This article was originally posted in 2014. It was updated in May 2017.