Long Island isn't known just for its well-manicured lawns, relaxing beaches and shopping malls. Amusement parks bring out the adventurous side of families, from splashing down a slide at Splish Splash or cruising in a coaster at Adventureland.
There are many ways to tempt your wild side on Long Island. You can sail through churning rivers, dodge thrashing waves and feel the force of gravity as you fall eight stories in just three seconds. Some parks allow you to spin around in a bumper car, take in the view from atop a Ferris wheel and fight your way to the top of a rope-climbing course. Before long, you may even experience that rare magical moment when all of your kids are having fun at the exact same time.
Watch these video clips featuring 10 amusement park rides all Long Islanders should add to their bucket list.
Bootlegger's Run Water Coaster at Splish Splash
Test credit (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Pole Position Raceway
Racing go-karts at Pole Position Raceway (40 Daniel St., Farmingdale)
Why you should ride: Ten drivers at a time compete in side-by-side racing on two separate, quarter mile tracks. The go-karts can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour as drivers negotiate straightaways and hairpin turns.
Other attractions: Adult and junior karts available. Keep an eye out for special events, driving clinics and more. You can also find arcade games scattered throughout the facility.
Info: $25 per race youth and adult; $22 per race juniors (must be at least 4 feet tall); first race each week requires buying a $5 race license; racers must wear close-toed shoes; 631-752-RACE, polepositionraceway.com.
Hurricane Coaster at Adventureland
Hurricane Coaster at Adventureland (2245 Rte. 100, Farmingdale)
Why you should ride: This compact twister coaster, built in 1991, will drop you virtually straight down and complete a 180 degree turn. The ride is about 50 feet tall with a top speed of 35 mph; each ride is about 50 seconds long. This year, Adventureland is saying goodbye to the Hurricane as the theme park makes way for a new coaster in 2015. The last ride on the Hurricane will be in Fall 2014.
Other attractions: There are more than 27 rides including the Pirate Ship, Music Express, Bumper Cars, a Ferris wheel and the Haunted House. There is also a section devoted to the little ones as well as an arcade and food court.
Info: $26.50 pay one price (POP) ticket; 631-694-6868; adventureland.us
The Hurricane roller coaster at Adventureland in Farmingdale is closing after being operated for decades. It will be replaced by a new roller coaster in 2015.
Bumper boats at Boomers Family Fun Center
Boomers Family Fun Center (655 Long Island Ave., Medford)
Why you should ride: Each boat comes with its own water cannon. Or, go full speed for a broadside collision. To drive a passenger, you must be at least 18 years old.
Other attractions: Take a ride on the indoor carousel or try scaling the 20-foot rock-climbing wall. Outdoor rides include a roller coaster, batting cage, miniature golf and go-karts. There is also an arcade and a snack bar.
Info: $7 bumper boat driver, $2 passenger; $29.99 unlimited park rides; 631-475-1771; boomersparks.com
Nunley's Carousel at Cradle of Aviation
Nunley's Carousel (Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City)
Why you should ride: This historic carousel is 102-years-old and features 41 horses and one lion. Built in 1912, the carousel has traveled from Brooklyn to Baldwin to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, where it's now restored. Grab the brass ring for a free repeat ride.
Other attractions: Check out the Cradle of Aviation and the Long Island Children's Museum, which are located in walking distance of the carousel.
Info: $2 a ride; 516-572-4111; cradleofaviation.org
Go-karts at Country Fair Entertainment Park
Outdoor go-karts at Country Fair Entertainment Park (3351 Rte. 112, Medford)
Why you should ride:Race with up to 25 go-karts on an outdoor figure eight track. Rookie carts are available for riders between 55 and 60 inches. Children less than 55 inches must ride in a two-seater kart with an adult. Each lap is 1/8 mile and can reach 22 miles an hour.
Other attractions: You'll also find two 18-hole mini golf courses, batting cages, a driving range, laser tag and an arcade.
Info: $7 for go-karts;. 631-732-0579; countryfairpark.com
The Jungle Tree Top rope course at Bayville Adventure Park
Jungle Tree Top Adventure at Bayville Adventure Park (8 Bayville Ave., Bayville)
Why you should ride: Test your skill and stamina while you navigate the rope bridges as you ascend into the jungle canopy. The unique rope course hovers over the mini golf course, with great views of the beach and Long Island Sound. The minimum height requirement to play on the treetop adventure is 40 inches.
Other attractions: The pirate-themed fun park features bumper boats, indoor rock climbing, miniature golf, bungee bounce, a train ride, a 3D Fun House, maze, video arcade and an ice cream parlor.
Info: $10.25 for Jungle Treetop Adventure, $29.75 unlimited rides pass for the park; 516-624-7433; bayvilleadventurepark.com
Outdoor go-karts at Tiki Action Park
Outdoor go-karts at Tiki Action Park ( 1878 Middle Country Rd. Centereach)
A figure-eight, outdoor go-kart track offers a four-minute race with karts that can reach 18 mph. Choose between single or double karts as your entire family tackles the challenging turns. Why you should ride:
Other attractions: Hawaiian-inspired miniature golf, an a 40-game arcade featuring "Mission Impassable," a fun game that allows guests to pass through the web of laser lights and a snack bar.
Info: $7 single, $8.50 double; 631-471-1267; tikiactionpark.com
Greenport Antique Carousel
Antique Carousel (Mitchell Park, Front Street, Greenport)
Why you should ride: Restored antique 1920s carousel in the Glass Carousel Pavilion features vintage painted horses. The carousel offers free rides to the lucky few who can grab a brass ring. The carousel also features a band organ.
Other attractions: Mitchell Park features an open-air ice skating rink, a marina, a harbor walk and more. There are museums, beaches and more nearby in Greenport.
$2 per ride, Info: 631-477-0248 ext. 211 villageofgreenport.org
Go-karts at Karts Indoor Raceway
Go-karts at Karts Indoor Raceway (701 Union Pwk., Ronkonkoma)
Why you should ride: The indoor go-kart track features two tracks. The adult course, go-karts can reach speeds up to 32 miles an hour, is rigged to time individual drivers as they zip around the course. The junior course, for kids ages 5 to 9, has smaller karts that reach a maximum speed of 20 mph.
. Other attractions: The facility also has two minature bowling alleys, a 25-game arcade, remote-control slot-car racing and a snack bar
$9 for the first race and $7 each additional race; 631-737-5278 Info: , karts1.com.
Fans of indoor go-cart racing can catch the action at this Ronkonkoma park, shown here on July 9, 2014. (Credit: Randee Daddona)