2245 Rte. 110 Farmingdale, NY 631-694-6868
Around since 1962, Adventureland features more than 20 rides for people of all ages, including the Hurricane Coaster, Pirate Ship, Silvers Twister, Frisbee, Music Express, Bumper Cars, a Ferris wheel and the Haunted House. There's an arcade, food court and miniature golf course.
What you need to know: Pay-one-price wristbands are $20.99 for kids 4 feet tall and under and $24.99 for everyone taller. The park offers two pay-one-price sessions, from opening until 7 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to closing (park hours vary daily). Single ride tickets cost $1, the least-expensive ride is three tickets, or $3. Parking is free, adjacent to the park.
Best time to go: “The best time to come to any amusement park is when you see clouds in the sky,” says operations manager Bob Amoruso, because it's cool out and because there aren't as many visitors. “People are afraid of the threat of rain. Weathermen aren't always correct, as we know. If you come on the perfect day, you're going to experience crowds.”
Ride most likely to make you nauseous: The Frisbee. Picture yourself attached to one of the spinning discs, and you know what this ride entails. Fair warning: Don't go on it right after lunch. But, according to a group of middle-school kids from Brooklyn who recently spent the day at the park, the Frisbee is the most fun attraction of all. And, it's a good place to dry out after the water flume — the spinning action makes it feel like you're being blow-dried.
Skip this one: Haunted House. The scariest part is, it's pitch black. Otherwise, the best part is getting out of the sun for a few minutes.
Best bet for the little ones: The Little Dipper. The mini-sized water flume caters to those kids who want to follow Big Brother onto the big kids' flume but aren't tall enough.
Special teen night: TGIF teen nights are 4 p.m. to midnight on select Fridays for $24.99. Parents can drop off children ages 13 and over for teen night at Adventureland, which includes unlimited rides and, beginning at 6 p.m., a DJ/live entertainment. Tweens welcome, but are required to have a parent tag along.
In the arcade: For those of you who live your life a quarter-mile at a time, climb aboard one of the four Fast 'N Furious motorcycles and race someone.
Sweet snack: Homemade fudge ($11 a pound). Butterfinger, Rocky Road, Snickers, Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, Reese's Pieces and more. Can you say “sugar high”?
Smoking policy: The park became smoke-free in 2008. A small gazebo area outside of “City Hall” is the only designated area to light up.Hours: Open April-October, daily end of June-Labor Day, call for hours