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It’s the summer’s last stand, and the kids are all home from camp.
You can keep them busy wrecking the whole house,
or if that’s not your thing 🙂 (as we strongly suspect), why not take them to one of these 15 fantastic discount amusement parks we’ve put together for you?
Some are nearby to home, and some are near popular frum vacation spots.
ALL of them are discounted for YOU!
Most can even be saved for Chol Hamoed Sukkos… So what are you waiting for?
NEW YORK AMUSEMENT PARKS:
Great place for all AGES!
Adventureland is a terrific family park with more than 30 nostalgic and new attractions for EVERY AGE! Among them, a giant pirate ship swings like a pendulum, the cars on the Turbulence Coaster spin freely as they travel along the tracks, and the ferris wheel lifts passengers up and around in cars shaped like hot air balloons. Adventure Falls adds water to the mix, sending boats down a steep flume and drenching riders so they don’t have to sit in the water fountain to feel refreshed.
Located on Long Island, New York
Value for your money!
Bayville Adventure Park provides thrills and chills for visitors of all ages.
Attractions such as Jungle Tree Top Adventure, The Lost Temple Maze, and a rock climbing wall encourage healthy competition, while Pirate Adventure Golf invites guests to practice their short game and best parrot impression. The park also has an indoor arcade, an ice-cream parlor, and, weather permitting, other outdoor attractions including a bungee bounce and the Jungle Tree Top Adventure.
Located on Long Island, New York
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CONNECTICUT AM– USEMENT PARKS:
Since its founding in 1846, Lake Compounce — the oldest continuously operating amusement park in America — has grown into a mecca for family-friendly entertainment and adrenaline-boosting rides. Delightful yelps and laughs punctuate the thunderous roll of passing roller coasters along the walkways.
In addition to their stable of tried-and-true amusement park classics, Lake Compounce is outfitted with death-defying coasters (and a full-fledged water park). Step through the gates and take a spin on the following:
- Phobia Phear Coaster: The first triple-launch coaster in New England with LSM technology reaches 65 miles per hour and performs a shriek-inducing inversion 150 feet in the air.
- Down Time: Riders ascend to the top of this tower before plummeting 180 feet at 60 miles per hour.
- Mammoth Falls: Take the whole family aboard a raft and travel down a series of curving slides with splashes of water.
- Your little thrill seekers will love Kiddieland outfitted with more than 20 ride perfect for ages 0-5 years old.
NOTE: The waterpark, while separated, is in close proximity to the main amusement park, which may cause tzniyus issues in the summertime.
Located in Lake Compounce, Connecticut
Don’t be fooled. Though it looks like a relatively small coaster, the Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement Park packs some serious thrills. A turnaround through a pitch-black tunnel and ample amounts of “air time” have made this coaster a favorite for many; in fact, The Coaster Critic put it on the list of the top 25 wooden coasters in 2012. Along with Frantic, a new 360-degree spinning ride for the 2015 season, more than 20 thrilling attractions are sprinkled across the park grounds.
Once home to a summer resort, Quassy Amusement Park first began with a picnic area, paddleboats and a carousel. But Quassy really took shape around 1952, when the owners purchased some children’s rides. A couple of the rides are still around today, including a boat ride that skims the surface of a circular trough filled with water, and two-seat jet fighters that send flyers up in an aircraft worthy of Flash Gordon. Of course, new kids’ attractions have arrived over the decades, including the Frog Hopper, a seating platform that soars up a 16-foot tower and then descends with a series of quick, gentle drops.
Other areas cater to the whole family. The Grand Carousel spins with jumping horses and other animals that have the patience to sit perfectly still.
The largest attraction at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark is Lake Quassapaug, and the park makes great use of its waterfront location. In addition to the park, visitors can take a boat tour or charter their own voyages on paddle boats.
Located in Connecticut
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For three days, Historic Richmond Town will be buzzing with plenty of live music, amusement park rides, games and more. Stroll around through local historical exhibits, stunt shows and street performances. With everything from craftsman demos to funny eating contests, ferris wheels to face painting, it’s the perfect send off to summer.
Plus, all that fun’s for a good cause; the fair raises funds to support the educational programs at Historic Richmond Town.
Centrally Located in Staten Island, New York
Open daily in the summertime—with operating hours stretching to 11 p.m. on balmy Friday and Saturday nights—the park is an ideal spot for a wholesome date or fun-filled outing for the family.
- Race around a twisting and turning track in a brightly colored go-kart. Two-seaters are available for adults to chauffeur a young passenger who’s not tall enough to drive on their own.
- Shoot for a hole in one on the verdant mini-golf course, where water hazards and irregularly shaped greens add to the kid-friendly challenge.
- Swing for the fences in batting cages equipped with pitching machines calibrated for baseballs, softballs, and different speeds.
Centrally Located in Staten Island, New York
NEW JERSEY AM– USEMENT PARKS:
Centrally Located in Freehold, New Jersey
Bonus: This centrally located Keansburg Amusement Park also features Go-Karting, indoor Arcades, and a beach behind it that we have found to be empty on may occasions and gone wading or swimming in the ocean.
Centrally Located in Central New Jersey
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Note: While technically over the border into Pennsylvania, this great amusement park is very close to New Jersey.
Located in Pennsylvania, on the New Jersey border near Philadelphia
PENNSYLVANIA AM– USEMENT PARKS:
Located in Pennsylvania on the way to Lancaster
Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Heading to Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit, MI, Cleveland, Canton or Cincinnati, Ohio?
Located just minutes outside Pittsburgh, Kennywood offers a unique mix of classic rides and modern thrills, including six roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Kennywood’s three wooden coasters date back to the 1920’s and are treasured as much for their historic value as the fact that they all continue to deliver fun in its purest form
One of only two amusement parks named a National Historic Landmark, visiting Kennywood can be like traveling back in time to a simpler era. You won’t find the overly sanitized glitz and glamour of more modern parks here—yet nestled amongst the 90-year-old Merry Go Round and beloved family rides like the Turtle, you’ll still encounter thrills that will take even the most adventurous person’s breath away.
Try the Phantom’s Revenge, one of the fastest roller coasters in the world, or the Black Widow, which spins guests around as it hurtles 146 feet in the air, sending riders almost upside down at speeds close to 70 miles per hour!
Located minutes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
UPSTATE NEW YORK AM– USEMENT PARK:
Perfect stop on the way to Niagara or Ontario!
Since the mid-1960s, Darien Lake has served as a destination for families to camp, swim, and enjoy the outdoors in summertime. Of course, a lot has changed since then: the lake has grown from a small beach to an expansive theme park, one filled with a number of thrill rides and water rides.
The theme park boasts over 50 rides, a 10-acre water park, and (2) family ride areas for kids! Darien Lake provides a great memorable experience for families that transcend generations – and has been a family tradition for decades! Enjoy the nightly Ignite the Night: Colorblast to make it a perfect ending to your fun-filled day!
Located in North-Western New York
NEW HAMPSHIRE AM– USEMENT PARK:
Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
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