What’s New at Rye Playland Amusement Park This Summer
A mainstay of Westchester summers is Rye Playland, whose rides, boardwalk, and other attractions have been drawing people from in and around the county for 91 years. Features have evolved over the decades, and this year brings new entertainment, new discount opportunities, a “floating” art installation, and the first new ride in a decade. Read on for the scoop!
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The newest Playland ride, the "Dragonator," is debuting this month, the first new ride in more than a decade. The consists of a spinning disk that runs along a U-shaped track, with riders facing outwards around the periphery.
Expanded Entertainment Offerings
Playland has also been introduced new family entertainment that recurs throughout the season. This includes:
- Funky Fairy Tales: Rapunzel – Puppet shows in Kiddyland, performed twice daily.
- Katy the Kat’s Comedy Show – Daily comedy show for younger audiences in Kiddyland.
- Play it, DJ! – Get primed to do the Harlem Shake and Freeze Dance in Kiddyland.
- Coaster’s Country Jamboree – Nashville comes to Rye, with line dancing, backyard games, and other hoedown-themed fun.
- Laser Light Show – Pop music and choreographed lighting effects bring entertainment to evening visitors, with twice-nightly shows. Held at the Music Tower Theater.
Too little (or squeamish) for the new spinning coaster? Stick with the gentle rides in Kiddyland. Photo courtesy of Karen Hessel via Twitter
New this year, Playland is celebrating each town, village, and city in Westchester County with Playland “Town Days,” when residents of those towns receive discount coupons valid for one free mini-golf entry, two-for-one ride admission, one free beach or pool admission, $1 off one food value meal, and a $5 discount for parking on a return visit. To obtain these perks, proof of residency required. Stop by the Fountain Plaza Administration Building upon arrival.
Remaining town days for the season are as follows:
- Friday, July 19 - Larchmont Day
- Tuesday, July 23 - Lewisboro Day
- Wednesday, July 24 - Mamaroneck Day (Town/Village)
- Thursday, July 25 - Mount Kisco Day
- Friday, July 26 - Mount Pleasant Day
- Tuesday, July 30 - Mount Vernon Day
- Wednesday, July 31 - New Castle Day
- Thursday, August 1 - New Rochelle Day
- Friday, August 2 - North Castle Day
- Tuesday, August 6 - North Salem Day
- Wednesday, August 7 - Ossining Day (Town/Village)
- Thursday, August 8 - Peekskill Day
- Friday, August 9 - Pelham Day
- Tuesday, August 13 - Port Chester Day
- Wednesday, August 14 - Pound Ridge Day
- Thursday, August 15 - Rye Day (City/Town)
- Friday, August 16 - Rye Brook Day
- Tuesday, August 20 - Scarsdale Day (Town/Village)
- Wednesday, August 21 - Sleepy Hollow Day
- Thursday, August 22 - Somers Day
- Friday, August 23 - Tarrytown Day
- Tuesday, August 27 - Tuckahoe Day
- Wednesday, August 28 - White Plains Day
- Thursday, August 29 - Yonkers Day
- Friday, August 30 - Yorktown Day
Floating Forest combines lighting effects and ceramic jellyfish for an oceanic experience.
Public Art Installation
“Floating Forest,” the first public art installation on the boardwalk in more than fifty years, combines lighting effects and ceramic jellyfish suspended from the ceiling at varying heights to create a walk-through oceanic experience—fittingly, along the beach. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 6:30pm.
Coming soon: A Playland museum is being developed to showcase the nine-decade history of Playland and its prominence in Westchester. Stay tuned for more.
Of note, the Grand Carousel will remain closed throughout the 2019 season due to construction.
Remember, all this is merely what’s new at Playland. There’s lots more in store at the park, so brush up on its offerings.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of Rye Playland