Looking to plan some exciting day trips with the family this summer? Consider heading to one (or more!) of the many amusement parks located less than a two-hour drive from Staten Island. Take a look at our roundup below, and start working on your action-packed summer itinerary.
Luna Park at Coney Island
1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
lunaparknyc.com • 718-373-5862
Price: 2-hour Family Fun Wristband: $40; 2-hour Thrill Seeker Wristband: $40
Hours: Depending on the day and weather, hours vary.
Mild to extreme thrill rides, games, and dining. The Family Fun Wristbands allow access to Convoy, Tea Party, Windstarz, Speed Boat, Seaside Swing, Brooklyn Barge, Magic Bikes, Circus Coaster, Lynn’s Trapeze, Coney Tower, Coney Clipper, Coney Island Hang Glider, Luna 360, Clockworkz, Electro Spin, Atlantic Aviator, Brooklyn Flyer, Tickler, Circus Candy, Fire Patrol, Rainbowheel, AeroMax, Grand Prix, and Mini Mouse. The Trill Seeker Wristband gives access to Coney Island Cyclone, Steeplechase, Sling Shot, Zenobio, Soaring Eagle, Astro Tower, Endeavor, and Thunderbolt.
2245 Route 110, Farmingdale NY
adventureland.us • 631-694-6868
Price: $39.99 ages 2-24; $ 24.99 ages 25 and older; free for children 1 and younger.
Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm (closing time in May will be 7/8 p.m.)
Open since 1962, Adventureland has roller coasters and thrill rides; family, kiddie, and water rides; and games. Gift cards, birthday party packages, and group rates available.
New this year: Sports Tower.
(Formerly Nelly Bly)
1824 Shore Parkway, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
adventurerspark.com • 718-975-2748
Price: $4, single ticket
Hours: See the calendar on the website. Park hours are subject to change without notice.
Calling all adventurers: This amusement park features family rides, water boats, go karts, bumper cars and more. Check the website for more attractions.
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
storybookland.com • 609-641-7847
Price: $26.95 per person. Season tickets available.
Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday 11:00 – 5:00
A nursery rhyme themed amusement park primarily for families with young children.
Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
111th Street and 55th Avenue, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens NY
fantasyforestnyc.com • 718-788-2676
Price: $3.50 per ticket
Hours: See the calendar online for open dates and hours
One roller coaster, family rides and games, and a carousel are right in the heart of Queens. Don’t miss tons of great family-friendly performances throughout the summer as well, every weekend pretty much every Sunday at Flushing Meadows. The carousel was brought to Coney Island in 1964 for the World’s Fair and is the only ride left from the World’s Fair in Queens. Don’t miss the chance to ride this historical gem. Check the website for a complete schedule.
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ
sixflags.com/greatadventure • 732-928-2000
Price: $39.99 and up
Hours: Check the morning of your visit, as park hours are subject to change. A full calendar is on the website, but guests are encouraged to check the morning of their visit, as park hours are subject to change.
Wild Safari animal park has merged with Six Flags to become the world’s largest theme park (more than 500 acres). The Safari Off Road Adventure features 1,200 animals from six continents, which you’ll view from an open-air Safari vehicle driven by an expert. The main park consists of a variety of rides, from thrilling coasters to rides for kids.
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
jenkinsons.com • 732-892-0600
Price: Aquarium: $15; $9 children 3-12; $10 seniors; free for children younger than 2. Beach: Weekdays $11 weekdays; $12 weekends; $3 children ages 5-11; free for children younger than 5. Amusement Park: 1 credit $.50, 20 credits $10, 50 credits $25, 110 credits $50, 250 credits $100. Adventure Lookout: $7, Junior $5. Mini Golf: $11; $8 children.
Hours: Check the website as hours are updated often and vary per attraction.
Features several rides and attractions for small children to teens. Attractions include Time Freak (player vs. player interactive game), 7D Dark Ride Theater at South Beach Arcade, (multi-sensory interactive experience), and the South Beach Arcade. The park also hosts free weekly shows and special events; check the website for a schedule.
Field Station Dinosaurs
Re-opening June 19, 2021
Overpeck County Park, Henry Hoebel Area, Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ
fieldstationdinosaurs.com • 855-999-9010
Price: $17; free for children younger than 2
Hours: June 19-Sept. 5: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm; Sept. 5-Nov. 14: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm; also open Nov. 11-12.
Enter a natural oasis featuring more than 30 life-sized, realistic-looking animatronic dinosaurs (including the largest ever made). The exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies. Participate in more than 40 live shows, games, and workshops. At the Paleontology Lab, kids get a book and can dig for fossils like a paleontologist, and dig for fossils at the big site.
Keansburg Amusement Park
275 Beachway Ave., Keansburg, NJ
keansburgamusementpark.com • 732-495-1400
Price: Waterpark: $33 for 3-hour entry.
Hours: Park closes Monday-Thursday between 10-11pm and weekends and holidays between 11pm and 12am; Waterpark open Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm; Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm. Check the website for updates.
Ride Prices: Individual ticket $1; Sheet of 50 $38; Book of 100 $69; Book of 200 $129
Features dozens of rides for kids and teens, and a water park with a lazy river and more than 19 slides with varying speeds, plus plenty of rides designed for smaller children, including a kids’ lagoon area. Attractions include body slides, a looping roller coaster, a wave swinger, bumper karts, a haunted manor, and the chance to swim with a live mermaid.
Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope, NJ
lomb.com • 908-459-9000
Price: $31.89; $28.14 seniors; free for children younger than 36 months
Hours: See website for schedule.
Thrill rides and water rides rule at the 30-acre Land of Make Believe, with its free-fall ride, Pirate’s Cannonball, and rocking tugboat ride, along with Blackbeard’s Pirate Fort. The park is designed specifically for parents to participate with their children. New this year: the spinning coaster, Twisted Timbers.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ
americandream.com/venue/nickelodeon-universe • 833-263-7326
Price: Ages 10+ Non-Peak Days starting at $59/Peak Days varies $69 to $85. Ages 3-9: Non-Peak Days starting at $49/Peak Days varies $59 to $75. Kids 2 and under are free. Military and senior citizen discounts available.
Hours: See website for schedule.
See your favorite Nickelodeon characters — Spongebob, Ninja Turtles, Paw Patrol, Dora, Blaze and more — at this theme park located inside American Dream Mall, with rides, games, slime and more.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
moreyspiers.com • 609-729-3700
Price: Rates vary; check the website for detailed information. Multi visit pass: $155 for four visits during the 2021 season.
Hours: Hours vary per attraction. Check the website for detailed information.
Morey’s Piers spans more than 18 acres along six beach blocks. It includes three piers and two beachfront water parks: the Adventure Pier, which features coasters, thrill rides, and a raceway; the Surfside Pier, with kiddie and family rides; the Mariner’s Landing Pier, where you can ride traditional rides such as the Ferris wheel and teacups, play in the arcade, and enjoy Boardwalk treats; the Raging Waters waterpark, with kiddie play areas, water slides, and activity pools; and the Oasis Waterpark + Beach Club, which features more water rides for kids and adults.
Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, NJ
wildwestcity.com • 973-347-8900
Price: $29.50; $24.50 children ages 2-12; $22 seniors
Hours: Check the website for updates.
Watch the best of the Wild West come to life in a real Western town. Enjoy live action shows all day long on outdoor Main Street. Get a bird’s eye view of the town on the Stage Coach, hop aboard the train, deep into outlaw territory and for younger buckaroos ride a pony. Explore the town’s shops and museums which replicates the historic 1880’s town of Dodge City, Kansas.
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA
sesameplace.com/philadelphia • 215-702-3566
Price: Most tickets are date-specific, but a single any-date ticket is $79.99 online for ages 2 and older. Children 23 months and younger are free.
Hours: Check the website for a calendar of hours.
Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street. The park has partnered with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to become the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA
hersheypark.com • 717-534-3900
Price: See website for calendar.
Cost: Check the website for rates.
The park features more than 65 rides and attractions, from 20 kiddie rides to 12 breathtaking roller coasters (including the new family coaster the Coco Cruiser) and everything in between. Also features more than 10 water rides on the Boardwalk. Hershey’s Chocolate World is located just outside the main gate to Hersheypark (hersheys.com/chocolateworld).
3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
dorneypark.com • 610-395-3724
Price: $35 General Admission Online
Hours: See the website for a calendar for open dates and hours.
This park features rollercoasters and water rides including Steel Force, the longest steel roller coaster on the East Coast, and HYDRA, the first and only floorless coaster in Pennsylvania. Play in the waterpark, which features three levels of water games and the 70-foot-tall Lighting Falls water slide. This year, the park will debut Seaside Splashworks, a multi-level, beach-themed water play structure, this Memorial Day weekend. This new family attraction will be the largest structure in the water park and features more than 75 play elements to engage the entire family.
2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster
dutchwonderland.com • 866-386-2839
Hours: Check the website for an operational calendar with open days and hours.
Price: $38.99 ages 3 and older
Designed for families with young children, this park features 37 kiddie and family rides, including two kid-friendly coasters, bumper cars, a merry-go-round, and more. Duke’s Lagoon features water slides, splash zones, and lounge areas.
3320-24 NJ-38, Mt. Laurel, NJ
thefunplex.com • 856-273-9061
Price: Beginning Memorial Day: $27, arcade only; $45, waterpark only; $45 rides only; $55 for rides and waterpark.
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 10 am.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
An indoor amusement park and oudoor water park with rides, arcade games, live entertainment and laser tag.
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold, NJ
iplayamerica.com • 732-577-8200
Price: iTykes pass, $11.99; iRide band, $27.99; iRide plus band, $34.99; Power play pass, $34.99
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday and Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Featuring indoor rides, attractions, boardwalk games and one of NJ’s largest arcades.
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ (right behind Sahara Sam’s water park)
diggerlandusa.com • 856-768-1110
Cost: Check the website for updated information.
Hours: Weekends, 11am-6pm; May 22-Sept. 16: see website for details
Families can drive, ride and operate specially engineered real machines, then head over to The Water Main construction theme water park. Over 40 attractions, several in park dining options, an arcade and a gift shop. Also offers birthday parties, group events, camping events, corporate outings, and team-building events. New attractions include Mahindra ROXOR A/T Jeep and air cannons that launch lemons at construction-themed targets (additional charge.)
Fantasy Island Park
750 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, NJ
fantasyislandlbi.com • 609-492-4000
Cost: Prices vary per activity.
Hours: Hours vary; check website for updates.
Boasts 18 amusement rides, games of all types, an arcade, food, a classic carousel, private parties and more. Located in the heart of Beach Haven right on LBI, attractions include skee-ball, a spinning roller coaster, Tilt-A-Whirl, Ferris Wheel, and more.
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