New York Theme Parks and Amusement Parks

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••• Coney Island, the original amusement park, is still vital today. © Arthur Levine.

As the home of Coney Island, the state of New York lays claim to one of the world's first and most famous amusement parks. Brooklyn's venerable seaside fun center is still chugging along after all these years along with other parks spread throughout the state. Find info to plan your next visit to a midway. Parks are arranged alphabetically.

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Farmingdale (Long Island)
Medium-sized park geared mostly to younger children. Includes a steel coaster and a few other thrill rides.

Coney Island, Brooklyn
The venerable park closed at the end of the 2008 season. The Cyclone roller coaster remains open, as does other Coney Island amusements. In 2010, Luna Park opened on the site of the former Astroland.

Coney Island
Coney Island, Brooklyn
An overview of the classic amusement area.

Darien Lake
Darien Center (between Buffalo and Rochester)
Note that this park used to be owned by Six Flags and was known as Six Flags Darien Lake.
Affiliated Water Park: Darien Lake Water Park
Major theme park and water park. Includes a hotel, campground, and performing arts center.

Deno's Wonder Wheel Park
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Home of the world-famous wheel.

Enchanted Forest
Old Forge
Primarily a water park. Dry rides include a carousel, Ferris wheel, and kiddie rides.

The Great Escape
Queensbury (near Lake George)
Operated by Six Flags
Affiliated Water Parks: Six Flags Great Escape Lodge Indoor Water Park
Splashwater Kingdom outdoor water park.
Major amusement park and water park. Includes a hotel and indoor water park.

Huck Finn's Playland
Albany, New York
The small amusement park is located next to and operated by a furniture store.

Most of the rides are for young children. The handful of family rides include a Scrambler and a Tilt-A-Whirl.

Luna Park
Brooklyn, New York
A newish park with an old name. Part of the revitalization of Coney Island.

Magic Forest
Lake George
Geared to the younger set. Magic Forest is much more laid back than The Great Escape. Includes kiddie rides, a petting zoo, and shows.

Martin's Fantasy Island
Grand Island (near Niagra Falls and Buffalo)
(716) 773-7591
Medium-sized park features The Silver Comet wood coaster, plus other thrill rides and kiddie rides. Also includes a wave pool and some water slides.

Midway Amusement Park
Ellery (Western part of the state)
Charming small trolley park with a vintage carousel, kiddie coaster, Tilt-A-Whirl and other classic rides.

Nellie Bly Park
The small kiddie park closed in 2005.

Rye Playland
Rye (Westchester County, north of the city)
Great classic park with original art-deco architecture and ambiance. Rides include the Dragon wooden coaster, a beautiful carousel, a freefall ride, and a splashdown ride. Located on a seaside boardwalk.

Santa's Workshop
North Pole (where else?), NY (150 miles north of Albany, near Lake Placid)
Small, Christmas-themed park with a few rides and shows.

Open in the summer and some weekends before Christmas.

Seabreeze Amusement Park
Park on Lake Ontario features the classic Jack Rabbit wooden coaster and the Quantum Loop steel coaster. Also includes Raging Rivers waterpark.

Sherman's Amusement Park
Caroga Lake (in the Adirondacks)
(518) 835-4110
Small, lakeside park with a carousel and a steel kiddie coaster.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
Sylvan Beach (near Syracuse)
Small park on the shores of Oneida Lake. Includes LaffLand, a classic Pretzel dark ride. (Pretzel was a company that manufactured many haunted-house-like dark rides, few of which remain in operation today.)

Victorian Gardens Amusement Park
New York City (in Central Park)
Small park with about a dozen kiddie rides, face painting, storytelling, clowns, and interactive games.