Long Island’s amusement parks have new entertainment and attractions this season, including a People Dryer at Adventureland in Farmingdale that blow dries your body after a soaking ride on the flume; a baby camel at the Long Island Game Farm, Wildlife Park and Children’s Zoo in Manorville, and “International Crab Races” at Bayville Adventure Park during which hermit crabs compete to get to the finish line.
Here are 10 new offerings at Long Island amusement parks.
Adventureland adds a People Dryer
Got soaked on the flume and want to dry off? Step into this new addition: The People Dryer. Up to five people can step inside a shower-like, free-standing unit, pay $5, and have hot air blown on them for three minutes to dry off their clothes and hair.
Adventureland adds new bumper cars
Adventureland has a new bumper car ride this year called Formula One Bumper Cars that replaces the former bumper car ride.
The brightly painted red, yellow and blue new cars go up to 6 miles per hour, cruising around a new center island on the course. “There’s a little more direction to it,” operations manager Paul Gentile says of the three-minute ride.
The height requirement is lower on the new ride — 50 inches tall to drive, 44 inches to be a passenger — which opens the experience up for younger children, he says. The back wall has 2,100 LED lights, which enables the park to flash colorful messages such as birthday greetings or sponsored ads.
Recent riders gave the ride a thumbs-up. “I never bumped into a car,” Raymond Dormevil, 5, of Canarsie, Brooklyn, said after finishing a jolting ride with his dad, also named Raymond. “It’s fun,” Dad said. “It’s definitely fun.”
Said Andrea Romeo of Islip, while watching her son, Alex, 11, on the ride, which also had adults participating: “I don’t know who’s worse, the ‘big kids’ or the little kids. I’m just laughing at them.” Added Alex, on disembarking, “It was good how I could always turn around the wheel and go backwards.”
The ride is $6, or included with a pay-one-price bracelet of $29.99.
Adventureland gets a new sweet shop
A new store called 3 Generations Sweet Shop offers soft serve ice cream in custom flavors, including birthday cake, cotton candy and cool mint. Fudge and candy are also on the menu. An expanded dining area doubles the previous number of outdoor dining tables, bringing the total to 35, says Paul Gentile. New on the dining menu are options such as Philly cheesesteak, personal pizza and sausage-and-pepper sandwiches. Everything is $10.99 or less. The dining area was dubbed 3 Generations because Paul’s 24-year-old nephew has just joined the family-owned business.
Adventureland gets a new gift shop
A new gift shop in the middle of the park called The Moose Market offers ride T-shirts for between $8 and $15, with graphic ride logos of the new Formula 1 bumper cars, the Turbulence roller coaster that opened last year, the Little Dipper ride and more.
Christmas in July comes to Adventureland
Christmas in July comes to Adventureland for the first time this summer. For each new toy that park visitors donate during any day in July, they’ll get a free ride on the Turbulence roller coaster to use that day or anytime during this season. The toys will be donated to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. During the week of July 18-24, the area by the Adventureland stage and new 3 Generations Sweet Shop will be decorated in a Christmas theme, says Caitlin DiSclafani, a park manager. Santa will come from the North Pole to the park from 3 to 6 p.m. July 23 and 24, and will be available for photos for a token donation that will also go to charity. Ronald McDonald will walk through the park from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 24. A most-needed toy list is up on the Adventureland website.
INFO: 2245 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale; 631-694-6868, adventureland.us.
A baby camel joins the Long Island Game Farm
A baby camel — just 4 months old — is new at the Game Farm this year, joined by its mother and another female camel that is pregnant and due this summer. The Game Farm will host a naming contest for the baby, which is a girl — so watch the Game Farm’s Facebook page for details. The current adult camels are name Sahara and Summer.
The Long Island Game Farm adds a new Giraffe Encounter
A new Giraffe Encounter lets ticket holders — a special ticket is needed for the experience — mount a platform that brings them nose-to-nose with Clifford the giraffe. An education staff member will share fun facts about Clifford and give the group healthy treats to feed him, such as lettuce or carrots. Kids and adults will feel his purple tongue and his lips on their hand. As for cleaning up the slobbering afterward, the staff provides hand sanitizer and a hand-washing station. The encounter happens at 11:30 a.m. daily, and a limited number of tickets are available each day, first-come, first-served at the park’s gift shop. $6 per person in addition to the park entry of $18.95 per adult, $16.95 per child, younger than 3 free.
INFO: 485 Chapman Blvd., Manorville; 631-878-6644, longislandgamefarm.com.
Splish Splash adds a catering area
Splish Splash doesn’t have any new rides this year, but the park has added this: a catering area. The Picnic Grove at Kahuna Bay has five private pavilions and can accommodate groups from 50 to more than 1,200.
Splish Splash adds a new retail store
Also new at the park is an additional 2,500-square-foot retail store called East End Surf Company, which offers apparel, swimwear, souvenirs, plush and toys. And a new food venue on the boardwalk is Pink’s, which offers specialty hot dogs, burgers and fries.
INFO: 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton; 631-727-3600, splishsplash.com.
Bayville Adventure Park adds crab races
New this year are the Bayville International Crab Races. Eight to 12 hermit crabs the size of baseballs compete several times a day in scheduled races on a track. Cheer on your favorite crab; choose the winning crab and get a prize. Free with park admission. “We get out there with a big megaphone. We have a custom track we made with our logo on it,” says Anne Finley, park owner.
INFO: 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville; 516-624-7433, bayvilleadventurepark.com.