Adventureland Amusement Park
|Adventureland, on Route 110 in Farmingdale, is the last of Long Island's large amusement parks. With rides for small kids and large, indoor and outdoor spaces and well-manicured grounds, there are good reasons why it has survived.|
Adventureland boasts grounds that are nice enough to just drop by for a stroll, which is really something when you consider that admission to the park is free. In order to go on the rides, you must buy tickets. Each ride requires between three and five tickets (which cost a dollar each). Bracelets are available for a pay-one-price option, and there are two POP periods during the day. The grounds are well-maintained and paved throughout, making it easy to navigate with a stroller. The main thoroughfare is open, for the most part, so excited kids who can't help but wander are not so easily lost.
The Wave Swinger and the balloon-themed Ferris Wheel are most visible from Route 110, and are the landmarks that most people identify the park from. There is one entrance on 110, and it leads to a long one-way road with parking on either side. Traffic can get really backed up here, as people entering jockey for position in one of the prime spots along the road. We recommend you just get through this area as quickly as possible. There is a large lot in the rear where the traffic is much lighter and the walk into the park is very easy. If traffic is backed onto 110 (as it often is), there's a huge parking lot at the Target next door that allows easy walking access to the front of the park.
The front end of the park is the home of Kiddieland, where you'll find all of the rides geared to those under 44 inches. Many of the rides here are smaller facsimilies of larger rides found elsewhere in the park (the Free Whale is a smaller version of the Pirate Ship). In addition to the standard going-around-in-circles rides like the helicopters and the caterpillar, there are a few more elaborate rides like the Tour de Paris, where the riders in themed cars enjoy a track that winds and climbs its way around a miniature Eiffel Tower. Most of the rides in Kiddieland require three tickets.
The anchor of any amusement park is the carousel, and Adventureland boasts an elaborate one. It's a two-level ride with a mix of galloping and stationary horses and buggies. The large capacity means that there's not often much of a wait, although the carousel can take a few minutes to get spinning while everyone settles in. There is plenty of shaded seating in this area as well, for parents who have kids old enough to ride alone and need a break from the sun.
On those hot summer summer days, Adventureland provides ample opportunity to get wet. There is the Little Dipper for kids too small to enjoy the larger Log Flume. On the Viking Voyage you'll find the standard kiddie spinning-vehicle ride with a twist -- an elephant in the middle that sprays voyagers with water. Finally, there is the Crocodile Run, where riders spin their boats through the water in an attempt to wet everyone around them. Even the spectators can get a good splash from the sidelines.
The Music Express starts the section of the park with rides for bigger kids. This colorful take on the traditional alpine spin is fast and bright. There's also the Frisbee, a large spinning swing and the Twister Tower, a platform spin with a pirate theme. Finally, the Haunted House is mostly a ride in the dark with a few scares thrown in.
The Hurricane is Adventureland's roller coaster. It's rather small by modern theme park standards, but it provides a fast ride with some strong dips and turns. Most importantly, it doesn't take an hour to get onto like Space Mountain does. There is also a kiddie coaster right next door called the Lady Bug. This is a great introduction to coasters for small children.
The Bavarian Village in the rear of the park is a nod to a common park theme on a smaller scale. Here you'll find various food items and souvenirs, as well as a nice village square to sit down and enjoy your Dippin Dots. There's a second row of similar buildings called German Town at the front of the park that is home to many traditional carnival games. The Bavarian Village is also where you'll find restrooms (with changing areas) and lockers if you need to stow your stuff.
In a separate area just off the rear entrance you'll find the Pirate Ship, Antique Cars and the entrance to the Log Flume. This area always seems less crowded than the rest of the park -- many people either pass it en route to the bulk of the rides or miss it altogether. It's a good spot to get one last ride in before heading to the car.
Adventureland is open every day during the summer, from 11:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. (depending on the weather). During the school year, it's only open on weekends and holidays. The POP bracelets are $19.99 for kids under 48 inches, $24.99 for everyone over 48 inches. The two POP sessions are opening until 7:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. until closing. Parking is free, as is admission to the park. There is a large arcade full of video games for kids who get tired of the rides.
Adventureland Amusement ParkOfficial Site: http://www.adventureland.us/
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