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Round up the family for a summer filled with amusement park rides, adventure courses, and endless fun in the region.
Take to the sky for your thrill-seeking this summer by visiting this ropes and zipline park at Catamount Mountain Resort, which straddles the New York-Massachusetts border. With 12 aerial trails and 180 challenge elements it is one of the largest in the Northeast.
This popular Hudson Valley tradition is operating open-air cars only this year. The Catskill Flyer ride is an hour long and travels from Kingston through farmlands and up Hurley Mountain. Go on a Sunday (starting May 30) if you want to enjoy a packaged ice cream treat during your trip. Open on weekends through September.
Upon the park’s completion this year, it will be the largest LEGOLAND yet, with seven LEGO-themed lands. Take a day to visit or book a longer stay at the park’s hotel. Opening date undetermined.
Strap-in for North America’s longest zipline canopy tour at the Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl, and catch a one-of-a-kind glimpse of the scenic Catskill Mountains. Start with the Mid Mountain Tour for light thrills, or take on the Skyrider Tour if you’re not afraid of some higher speeds.
Westchester’s historic Playland Park is back providing fun for all ages, including rides aplenty from the almighty Dragon Coaster to its classic Kiddyland. If rides aren’t your thing, partake in arcade games, mini golf, swimming (in the pool or at the beach), a boat ride, or take a stroll on the boardwalk where you can look out at the Long Island Sound. Opening date undetermined.
Living up to its trademark of “America’s Biggest Little Water Park,” SplashDown is chock full of plunges, pools, and play areas for all ages and thrill levels. Check out the Humunga Half-Pipe, the only slide of its kind in New York. Opening to be determined.
This Upper Hudson Valley summer staple features the Typhoon Twister, a one- or two-person bowl slide that careens 300 feet into a canyon below; the 10,000-gallon-a-minute Wild River Ride; and the Black Vortex, a terrifying plunge through total darkness, among many more rides and slides for all ages.