Theme Parks in New York State with kids

Get ready to spin, scream, laugh, drop and soar because it’s Theme Park time in New York State. Theme Parks are a great way to spend the day with the family - no matter what age.

From the fastest and loudest theme parks, to those family friendly amusement parks, The Empire State offers you the perfect places to go for that family fun. 

The smallest dare devils in the family will always find age appropriate rides perfect for them, and often in the same park that those older thrill seekers can close their eyes and brave the tallest and fastest thrill rides! 

There is ALWAYS plenty of kids fun at the many theme parks you can find across this great state.

Hold on tight…because New York State is ready to give your family a host of fun things to do with kids all year round - Theme Park style!

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  • Martin's Fantasy Island

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    Grand Island

    Thrill rides including the Silver Comet rated one of the top 45 wooden coasters and loads of family rides, plus water park featuring a wave pool, lazy river and the cannon bowl and shows.

  • Six Flags Great Escape

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    Queensbury

    Over 30 rides and attractions which will give the entire family those theme park thrills! Great New York family fun!

  • Seabreeze Amusement Park

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    Rochester

    A family fun amusement and watermark overlooking Lake Ontario filled with roller coasters, thrill rides, live shows and a whole waterpark for every one to enjoy.

  • Luna park at Coney Island

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    Brooklyn

    Boardwalks, beaches, rides....iconic Coney Island has something for the entire family!

  • Darien Lake

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    Darien Center

    Not only a huge theme park for all ages, but a water park too! Great family fun in New York State for the whole family, with some rides that break records!

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  • Queens Zoo Wildlife Center

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    Flushing

    A beautiful zoo with a feel of a national park, in Flushing, NY. Naturalistic settings offer great animal experiences, all native to the Americas.

  • New York Aquarium

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    Coney Island

    A great New York Aquarium with over 8,000 animals, where kids can learn all about ocean animals from all over the world, as well as conservation too!

  • Central Park Zoo

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    Manhattan

    From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat encounter fascinating animals from all over the globe plus Tisch Children's Zoo lets little animal lovers meet gentle creatures up close.

  • Long Island Game Farm

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    Manorville

    Explore a fun zoo and game farm with hundreds of animals, both exotic and indigenous, with plenty of interactive areas for kids too!

  • Atlantis Marine World

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    Riverhead

    Prepare for a voyage of undersea discovery at the only public Aquarium on Long Island, offering interactive fun, adventure, and education. Take a Shark Dive, snorkel with tropical fish, feed a ...

  • Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo

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    Rome

    More than just an observational zoo, this fun New York State discovery zoo is aimed at giving kids an engaging and interactive animal experience!

  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

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    Syracuse

    Once just 4 acres, this Syracuse zoo is now home to 700 animals across 43 acres! Great animal fun for the whole family in New York State!

  • Aqua Zoo

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    Alexandria Bay

    America's only family owned and operated seasonal Aquarium! View over 50 sparkling clear exhibits of fresh and saltwater fish, coral and invertebrate from around the world! Touch live sea creatures! ...

  • Prospect Park Wildlife Center

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    Brooklyn

    Youngsters can meet prairie dogs nose-to-nose, and walk among wallabies. The Animal Lifestyles building's centerpiece is a spectacular habitat for baboons.

  • Bronx Zoo

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    Bronx

    The world's largest urban zoo features world-class exhibits featuring get you eye-to-eye with massive crocodiles, majestic tigers, and inquisitive gorillas.

  • Staten Island Zoo

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    Staten Island

    The Staten Island Zoo was the first zoo anywhere to exhibit all the 32 varieties of rattlesnakes known to occur in the United States. Through wildlife exhibitions, promotion of species conservation ...

  • White Post Animal Farm

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    Melville

    Animal fun, train rides, fun events, and a famous fall festival, all at this great family farm experience in New York State!

  • Seneca Park Zoo

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    Rochester

    An expansive zoo experience with a friendly local park feel, top exhibits include the penguin pool, the cougar viewing tunnel and the rare white rhinos.

  • Buffalo Zoo

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    Buffalo

    Fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and year round fun, adventure and history in Buffalo!

  • Aquarium of Niagara

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    Niagara Falls

    Explore all things ocean at the Aquarium of Niagara, with feedings, shows, and wonderful creatures of the ocean ready to be explored!

  • Hidden Valley Animal Adventure

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    Varysburg

    Tours, safaris and sleigh rides to take you over 2 miles of trails with new animals and unexpected sights at every turn. Unpredictable and exciting for children in New York State!

  • Adirondack Animal Land

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    Gloversville

    Visit the LARGEST zoo in upstate New York, with over 500 animals across 80 acres! Amazing animal fun for the whole family.

  • The Animal Farm Petting Zoo

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    Manorville

    Hundreds of animals, most from the rescue program, at this New York zoo, as well as playgrounds, puppet theater, a train AND a FREE pony ride!

  • New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

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    Watertown

    32 acres of beautiful, threatened or endangered animals, as well as the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. A great day out for those animal loving families!

  • Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

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    Binghamton

    Offers a conservationist zoological experience with naturalistic enclosures containing a wide range of animals, reptiles and birds; plus educational activity stations.

  • Old McDonalds Farm

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    Sackets Harbor

    Over 1,000 animals to enjoy at this New York farm, with hay rides, pony rides, mini golf and two inflatable playgrounds...just to name a few!

  • The Wild Animal Park

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    Chittenango

    Extensive and impressive zoo collections with great daily public programming, plus inflatable indoor play and petting zoo area.

  • Fun 4 All Play Centre

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    Port Jefferson Station

    Great open play in New York State with tunnels, slides, treehouse play, towers, bouncers and preschool play areas!

  • City Treehouse

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    New York City

    An indoor children's play and learning center offering innumerable charming features ideal for kids under 8. Expect to stay all day!

  • Kids Fun House

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    Ridgewood

    A fun, colorful indoor playground and arcade for kids.

  • Chelsea Playground

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    Staten Island

    Fun indoor play on Staten Island with imaginative play, 3 levels of play structure, kids village, rock climbing, and more! Great for younger kids.

  • Jumpin Jeepers

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    Mahopac

    A clean, indoor children's play center with a two-story play structure, bounce house, imaginative play area, and dedicated toddler zone. We also have some ride on toys and arcade games.

  • Bounce U Brooklyn

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    Brooklyn

    Indoor bounce fun in Brooklyn, with open bounce sessions and super fun birthday parties! A great day out for those active little ones!

  • Kids n Action

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    Brooklyn

    Kids n Action offers a wide range of real and adventurous indoor rides for all ages, including an indoor roller coaster!

  • Le Play Cafe

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    Bellmore

    Indoor play center and coffee lounge for kids 6 months to 6 years old. Open play 7 days a week and birthday parties available too.