10 Best Amusement Parks for Kids In and around NYC
There’s nothing more exciting in the summer than spending time at an amusement park with the whole family. Luckily for us New Yorkers, we have a ton of parks located in and around town that make for a perfect day trip!
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Nickelodeon Universe of the American Dream
1 American Dream Wy, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
22 mins from Midtown
This unique experience is within the American Dream and is sure to make your summer even more memorable! The Nickelodeon Universe theme park is one of the largest indoor parks in the Western Hemisphere and has a record-breaking ride that visitors can try.
Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
3059 W 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11224
35 mins from Midtown
If you’re looking for an amusement park not too far from the city, go to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park! There are plenty of kids rides that will keep the kids busy for hours and of course, it wouldn’t be a Deno day if you don’t ride the world famous Deno’s Wonder Wheel.
1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11224
35 mins from Midtown
You can’t spend a summer in NYC without spending a day at Luna Park! Not only do they have a ton of rides for families to try, but they also have a great selection of food to add a little sweetness to your day out.
1 Playland Pkwy, Rye, NY 10580
45 mins from Midtown
This fun amusement park has been welcoming families since 1928 and continues to be a popular destination over time. The great thing about Playland is that families can go and try all the attractions and rides as well as plan a day at the beach after the Playland Pool and Beach!
2245 Broadhollow Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735
55 mins from Midtown
Whatever kind of experience you’re looking to get when visiting a park, Adventureland has it all! From kiddie rides, or thrill rides, there are many attractions for families to choose from. If you want to beat the summer heat while you’re visiting, try some of their water rides or spend the afternoon at their arcade.
Legoland New York
A Legoland Blvd, Goshen, NY 10924
1 hour and 10 minutes from Midtown
If your kiddos are interested in all things Lego then you should travel to Legoland New York. This themed amusement park has everything you could ask for and more, with many themed attractions and movies. If you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, you can also stay at their fun Lego Hotel!
Place the Sesame
100 Sesame Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047
1 hour and 15 minutes from Midtown
Spend the day with some of your kids favorite TV characters at Sesame Place. This amusement park has family-friendly rides and water attractions to be enjoyed by children as young as 2 years old! The park also offers live sesame street movies, meet and greet and hosts many different events throughout the season.
Six Flags Great Controversy
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson Township, NJ 08527
1 hour and 24 minutes from Midtown
With new attractions every season, Six Flags Great Adventure is the perfect place for families to spend the summer! From amazing rides and great food to their Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure, there is something for everyone to do during their visit.
100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091
1 hour and 30 minutes from Midtown
With over 40 attractions throughout the park, Diggerland has something to enjoy for kids of all ages! In addition to regular favorites, the amusement park has some new attractions and water experiences that families can try out this year such as the Mini Dig: Shapes ride and Claw Hammer Cove.
100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 17033
2 hours and 4 minutes from Midtown
Everyone knows Hershey from their delicious chocolate treats, but have you ever been to their iconic amusement park? Hersheypark has many different rides and games for families to try, as well as great restaurants where you can get delicious food and sweet treats! Looking for a way to cool down? Be sure to check out their waterpark on your visit.