Ah, Spring in Central New York. It's the time of year when our thoughts turn from snowbanks to "when the heck is Darien Lake going to open?" and "when can we go back to the place where the fun never stops?"

Darien Lake is open limited weekend hours starting May 6, 2017. However, in case you were wondering about the water rides, SplashTown Water Park is not scheduled to open until May 20th. They have been doing lots of promotions and concert announcements for the upcoming season. Find out about Season Passes and other tickets at their website.


Enchanted Forest Water Safari restarts the fun on June 14, 2017. There will be shorter hours for the first few weeks, where the fun stops at 4pm on week nights, and 6pm on weekends. Meanwhile, there's lots of activity as they prepare for the season. They're now hiring, so if you know anyone looking for an outdoors summer job, this is the place for them.


The historic Sylvan Beach Amusement Park is back once again, opening Memorial Day weekend - Saturday, May 27, 2017. This park holds so many memories for generations of Central New Yorkers. Will you be spending time there with your family this summer?


The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom is open for the season on the weekend of May 13-14, 2017. Hopefully all the snow will be gone by then. They will be operating limited hours on weekends only for the month of may, and the water park doesn't open until May 27th. Great Escape is also offering special deals through partner businesses, along with the usual season passes at their website.

Hidden between Buffalo and Niagara Falls is another theme park to add to your list this summer. Fantasy Island in Grand Island, NY is opening for weekends starting May 13, 2017 as well. It's the perfect diversion during any trip to the Falls, and if you head that way a lot, their Season Passes are some of the least expensive around. It's a smaller park but still lots of fun for the kids.

Legoland Florida
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We were the first in Central New York to break the story of Legoland coming to Goshen, NY and we continue to bring you the latest developments.

Those opposed to the project and its supporters have continued to debate the plans. A group of supporters presented a petition through the StandUnited platform to Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus and the Board of the Town of Goshen, pleading with them to allow the project to move forward. Meanwhile the STOP Legoland in Goshen group on Facebook has over 300 followers and continues to post why they feel the park is a bad fit for the community. Last we had heard, Merlin Entertainments PLC was still hoping for a 2019 or 2020 opening season. We'll keep you posted when we learn more.

Which amusement parks will you be visiting this year?


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