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 car) headaches with these picks.
Following a summer of pandemic-canceled fun, most of our favorite area amusement parks are reopening in some capacity. Expect these seasonal thrills to look a little different in 2021. Most parks are still maintaining a cap on capacity, timed-entry tickets are the rule rather than the exception, and mask mandates are all in effect as the season starts.
Find more summer fun in our Theme and Water Parks Guide.