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    Here are the coronavirus safety restrictions and reopening information for the amusement parks and theme parks

    Amusement Parks in New YorkOpen:Luna Park at Coney Island

    Cost: 2-hour Family Fun Wristband: $40; 2-hour Thrill Seeker Wristband: $40
    Hours: Depending on the day and weather, hours vary.

    Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel

    Cost: $3.50 per ticket
    Hours: See the calendar online for open dates and hours
    COVID Safety Guidelines: Masks required for ages 2 and older. Social distancing enforced. Temperature checks.
    One roller coaster, family rides and games, and a carousel are right in the heart of Queens. Don’t miss tons of great family-friendly performances throughout the summer as well, every weekend pretty much every Sunday at Flushing Meadows. The carousel was brought to Coney Island in 1964 for the World’s Fair and is the only ride left from the World’s Fair in Queens. Don’t miss the chance to ride this historical gem. Check the website for a complete schedule.

    Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

    Closed for the season
    112 Bridge St., Sylvan Beach
    Features a dozen rides including The Himalaya and Galaxi Coaster. Also available are kiddie rides and games, all on the shores of Oneida Lake.


    Amusement Parks in New JerseySix Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari

    Cost: $39.99 and up
    Hours: Check the morning of your visit, as park hours are subject to change. A full calendar is on the website, but guests are encouraged to check the morning of their visit, as park hours are subject to change.

    Jenkinsons Boardwalk

    Cost: Aquarium: $15; $9 children 3-12; $10 seniors; free for children younger than 2. Beach: Weekdays $11 weekdays; $12 weekends; $3 children ages 5-11; free for children younger than 5. Amusement Park: 1 credit $.50, 20 credits $10, 50 credits $25, 110 credits $50, 250 credits $100. Adventure Lookout: $7, Junior $5. Mini Golf: $11; $8 children.
    Hours: Check the website as hours are updated often and vary per attraction.

    Fantasy Island Park

    Arcade opening May 8; rides opening May 29.
    Cost: Prices vary per activity.
    Hours: Hours vary; check website for updates.

    Field Station Dinosaurs

    Opening June 19
    Cost: $17; free for children younger than 2
    Hours: June 19-Sept. 5: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm; Sept. 6-Nov. 14: Saturday-Sunday, 12am-5pm; also open Nov. 11-12.

    Amusement Parks in ConnecticutOpenQuassy Amusement Park

    Cost: Prices vary; check the website for details.
    Hours: Check the website for acalendar of hours for both the amusement park and water park.

    Westchester County1. Croton Point Park

    Croton Point Park is home to the Croton Dam and a huge waterfall, which is the centerpiece of the park. Rich in natural and human history, the park is also the site of historic wine cellars that are thought to be the oldest in New York State and the Croton Point Nature Center.


    What are amusement parks doing to keep my family safe?

    Looking to our neighbors in New Jersey,Six Flags Great Adventure is opening with new safety guidelines, including reduced attendance levels and extensive new safety and hygiene protocols. Some New York parks are making similar plans, includingThe Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, with requirements like advance reservations, face masks, non-invasive temperature checks, and social distancing.

    What can my family do to stay safe when visiting amusement parks?Bring everything with you.

    It’s better to bring items with you than to have to purchase them when you’re out and about, says Giuseppe Aragona, M.D., general practitioner and medical advisor atPrescription Doctor. This includes hand wipes and hand gels to clean your hands and other surfaces frequently, food and drinks, extra clothes, diapers, and anything your family tends to need when you’re away from home. Try to pack your items in disposable containers so you can throw everything away at the end of your visit and won’t bring home any potential contamination.

    Check ahead of time

    Before visiting any amusement park, be sure to check the website and social media pages for updated COVID-related policies. Be prepared to make timely reservations, pack masks, and talk to your kids about proper social distancing. Then try to verify if there is a restriction on the number of people permitted to enter the park on any given day, says Leann Poston M.D., M.B.A., M.Ed., ofInvigor Medical. You’ll want to visit parks that are imposing restrictions on capacity, for everyone’s safety.

    Prepare the kids.

    This amusement park visit won’t be exactly like other park trips have been in the past, so you want to lay that out for your kids. Explain to them what they will and will not be allowed to do, chat about social distancing, and then make sure their masks fit well.