Amusement parks

Carly Vittoria, 14, of St. James, rides a

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Beyond the well-manicured lawns, relaxing beaches, shopping malls and movie theaters is an adventurous side of Long Island waiting to be discovered by you and your kids.

Sail through churning rivers, dodge thrashing waves and feel the force of gravity as you fall 8 stories in just 3 seconds. Spin around in a bumper car, take in the view from atop a ferris wheel and fight your way to the top of a rock wall. Before long, you may even experience that rare magical moment when all of your kids are having fun at the exact same time.

--Nina Marie Ruggiero

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    Adventureland Amusement Park in Farmingdale is a popular

    Adventureland Amusement center, Kids 2245 Rte. 110 Farmingdale Long Island's oldest amusement park (1962) includes kids rides, thrill rides, water rides, adventurous rides ...

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    Atop the treetop obstacle course at Bayville Adventure

    Bayville Adventure Park Miniature Golf, Amusement center, Kids, Miniature Golf 8 Bayville Ave. Bayville A pirate-themed fun park with bumper boats, rock climbing, tight-rope walking and more. ...

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    In an undated photo, James Gross, 10, rides

    Boomers Family Fun Center Batting cage, Amusement center, Miniature Golf, Kids, Miniature Golf 655 Long Island Ave. Medford Why it's fun: Take a ride on the indoor carousel or try scaling the 20-foot ...

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    Country Fair Entertainment Park Amusement center, Batting cage, Miniature Golf, Driving range, Kids, Miniature Golf, Laser tag 3351 Rte. 112 Medford GO KART 60 inches for drivers (55 inches rookie cars); under 55 inches must ride ...

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    Wild Wild West Paintball is part of the

    Five Towns Minigolf and Batting Range Batting cage, Miniature Golf, Amusement center, Kids, Miniature Golf 570 Rockaway Tpke. Lawrence Make it an all-sports kind of day at Five Towns. Try the mini-golf course, or ...

  • Jackson Slater, 8, of Shelter Island and N.Y.C

    Greenport Antique Carousel Amusement center Front Street Greenport Restored vintage 1920s carousel in the Glass Carousel Pavilion, donated by the Northrop-Grumman Corporation in ...

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    Megan Gianchetta, 6, of Smithtown, enjoys the kid-size

    Karts Indoor Raceway Amusement center, Kids 701 Union Pkwy. Ronkonkoma Hot and humid summer days aren't a problem at this air-conditioned indoor facility, which has ...

  • Eight year old Christina Massetti of Albertson ridies

    Nunley's Carousel Amusement center Charles Lindbergh Blvd. Garden City Built in 1912, the carousel operated at Nunley's Amusement Park in Baldwin from 1940 to ...

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    Eric and Emily Hampson of Ridge slide down

    Splish Splash Waterpark Amusement center, Kids, Outdoors, Pool 2549 Splish Splash Drive LIE Exit 72W Calverton 96 acres with 20 water slides, kiddie area, 2 wave pools, lazy river, Mutiny Bar ...

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    Carly Vittoria, 14, of St. James, rides a

    Tiki Action Park Attractions, Amusement center, Miniature Golf, Kids, Miniature Golf, Laser tag, Go-karts 1878 Middle Country Rd. Centereach Tiki Action Park has go-carts, mini-golf, a 40-game arcade, Laser Maze and other features. A ...