Playland Park is the largest park in the US run by the government and still has many historical rides (Derby Racer, Old Mill, Carousel) from the park's earlier days, providing personality. The personality also comes through in many older buildings. The coasters may be only average, but there are many flat rides and dark rides to enjoy. Over the past decade the food at the park has been upgraded by bringing in outside vendors.
So this is an interesting park. We went to this park on our hike to New Jersey and we stopped in on a Wednesday night, one of the fireworks nights. The Dragon coaster is actually pretty good. The other nice thing is that you can either pay one price or pay per ride, depending on how many times or rides you want to ride. Worth a visit.
I am so glad a friend of mine talked me into going to Rye Playland. The park has a nice mix of old woodies, carnival rides, and dark rides. The Derby Racer is a must, so fun, so fast, so amazing! The park also has a whip that will literally whip your butt, I had a bruise for weeks afterwards and loved it!
Save time for the Auto Scooters and be sure to take several laps on the Dragon Coaster. Unfortunatley you won't get to ride the kiddie woodie, no adults allowed :(
POP and stay all night, fireworks on select nights, check their website for details.
The park is located right on a lake so as you can imagine it's very nice. It has historic significance, it's where BIG was filmed with Tom Hanks. It has a few coasters but the atmosphere gives it 3 and a half stars. The Dragon is a good out and back coaster but it's tame. The laying down coaster (can't forget the name) is painful!! If you've ever been on one ,you know what I'm talking about. Overall very nice park with few selections of rides.
Even if the coasters are few and flat, you owe it to yourself to visit this beautiful, art deco park for its atmosphere and its historic rides which include a real tunnel of love (Old Mill) that's long enough to facilitate pregnancy, and the awesome Derby Racer, which was built before safety devices were invented. It's like an out of control merry go round on which it's your responsibility not to die.
Playland Park is a great historic amusement park with a bunch of great old flat rides and an amazing selection of dark rides. For the best experience, I recommend visiting this park in the late afternoon on a Friday or Wednesday because the park is beautiful at sundown and has a great atmosphere at night (don’t forget the fireworks). If you go, do not miss the Whip, Derby Racer, or Dragon Coaster. The park contains five credits however you will not be able to get to ride the Kiddie Coaster due to height restrictions. If you are only interested in credits, then you will only need 1 – 2 hours at this park, but if you want to experience the true quirkiness of Playland (both attractions and patrons) then I suggest 3 – 4 hours in this classic amusement park.
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