Best amusement parks near NYC
Travel Time: Five hours from NYC by car
Yes, this one’s worth that drive. The place is chock-full of amazing water slides like the Hydro Racers, where you compete against fellow riders by hurdling headfirst down the slide (no sweat). There are also water-free attractions, like the classic carnival tilt-a-whirl, and a regular schedule of fireworks, theme days and character meet and greets to top off your trip.
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Find the best amusement parks in America
Is there a more iconic summer snapshot than that moment you crest the top of a roller coaster drop? Long lines and high temps be damned: Amusement parks are the season incarnate. We’ve rounded up 10 of the nation’s most mind-blowing thrill spots. Be sure to secure your personal belongings before reading.