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Hold tight for the rides of your life

Wild rides come in all forms on Long Island - driving the parkways during rush hour, braving the mall parking lots on weekend afternoons. But there are bona fide thrill rides, too. From a newly installed mechanical bull at a bar in Levittown to a family-friendly go-cart track in Ronkonkoma, here's a look at some of the Island's wilder rides.

RIDE THE BULL

Tequila Murphy's: 3275 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-934-0217

Cost: Included with bar's $5-$10 cover charge
Best for: Ages 21 and older only

The energy at this Tex-Mex-themed bar is centered around the mechanical bull, which is set in a ring with padded floor cushions. It's only in business when the "bullmaster" is present - typically Friday and Saturday nights, occasionally on Wednesdays. Some riders muster up motivation by ordering one of the venue's signature "fish bowl" cocktails. Riders must sign a liability waiver.

TAKE A SPIN

Karts Indoor Raceway: 701 Union Pkwy., Ronkonkoma, 631-737-5278, karts1.com

Cost: $9 a ride ($30 for five)
Best for: Groups of friends, families

The adult track is a challenging 725-foot loop that can be slick on the turns - so drivers who want to go fast and furious need to stay focused. Meanwhile, junior drivers (ages 5-9, at least 40 inches tall) have their own course to race on, making this a family-friendly destination.

ON THE RAILS

Hurricane Coaster at Adventureland: 2245 Broadhollow Rd. (Route 110), Farmingdale, 631-694-6868, adventureland.us

Cost: $5 a ride (or $21.99 unlimited park rides)
Best for: Teens and adults

While you won't find any monster-size roller coasters here, it's a myth that Adventureland's rides are strictly for kids. The Hurricane roller coaster, which zooms up to 35 miles an hour, elicits screams and frightened laughter from adult riders all the time. The 90-second ride lifts riders as high as 58 feet off the ground. Riders need to be at least 48 inches tall.

A BIG-TIME JUMP

Sky-dive Long Island: 525 Jan Way, Calverton, 631-208-3900, skydivelongisland.com

Cost: From $225 for first-time jumpers
Best for: Resilient adults

Those wild (or is it crazy?) enough to consider jumping out of an airplane have been coming to Calverton for years to hurtle themselves on a 13,500-foot free fall while tethered to an experienced instructor. The drop lasts less than a minute, the parachute floats to a landing in four to five minutes. Weight and clothing restrictions abound. Riders who have a change of heart before boarding the plane can get a refund, less a $50 deposit. 

GET WET

Tunnel of Terror at Splish Splash: 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton, 631-727-3600, splishsplashlongisland.com

Cost: $36.99 unlimited day pass
Best for: Tweens, teens, adults

The water park's newest ride, which debuted last summer, is a freaky waterslide that sends riders whizzing through completely dark tunnels on a raft that spins 360 degrees as Dr. Von Dark narrates the journey (it's his ride, after all). Opening day is May 29. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall. Memorial Day weekend, admission tickets are reduced to $20 (May 29-31).

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