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Hurricane Coaster at Adventureland - Long Island, NY (about 50 minutes from NYC by car)
While not the amusement park in the Jesse Eisenberg-starring movie of the same name, Adventureland has those quaint, family-wholesome vibes going on, so you can still pretend it's the summer of 1987 and that relatively tame—though still twisty, twirly—steel coasters like the Hurricane are straight-up terrifying. Aside from mental time traveling, Adventureland is one of the cheaper options of the bunch. While an all-access bracelet will only set you back $24.99, you also have the choice of redeeming $1 tickets in exchange for one ride (rides typically require three-to-five tickets). Plus, not enough places in this world come with employees who high-five you.