Amusement Parks in Hamden

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A lifelong small-scale-speedmobile builder and driver, Rapid Raceway co-owner Rick "Rapid" Raducha initiates aspiring 1:32-scale motorists into the ways of the controller with two massive slot-car courses. Racers can challenge the grooves of the 145-foot Grandstand track, where they’ll command their electrified speedsters through its tricky S-curves before flooring it on two 13-foot straightaways. Or, fast fingers can test their abilities on The Whip, which Rapid Raceway says is America’s fastest road course, featuring two 34-degree banked turns and an 89-foot lap length that leaves drivers little time to break for NASCAR’s traditional blueberry-scone halftime show. Today's deal provides a rental car and remote so that casual competitors don't have to propel cars through mind-control, though slot-car gurus are welcome to bring their own models. Rapid Raceway also sells scale racing parts and accessories and does repairs and custom design.

161 Woodford Ave
Plainville,
CT
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The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center throws its visitors into the shark tank. And the tropical lagoon. And the salt marsh. As executive director Bryan DeLuca noted in the New York Times, the center (formerly Atlantis Marine World) is one of the most interactive aquariums in the area, which snagged it a place on Parents magazine's list of the 10 Best Aquariums for Kids. The Atlantis-themed aquarium’s educational exhibits combine myth with science as they bring guests face to gills with creatures such as eels, jellyfish, seals, and clownfish. In addition to its indoor and outdoor exhibits right on the banks of the Peconic River, the aquarium delights guests with aquatic adventures such as snorkeling or receiving a photo op and kiss from loveable sea lion Java, who still dreams of one day being turned into a beautiful princess.

431 E Main St
Riverhead,
NY
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Cousins Dean Del Prete and Paul Sattler started playing paintball for fun in 1986. Noticing a lack of places to play or find equipment, the pair took advantage of this business opportunity and founded Cousins Paintball the following year, creating a one-stop shop for players. They started out with the only paintball field on Long Island, and since then, they have grown to encompass 10 New York locations with scenario and speedball fields. Today, teams equipped with full mask and semiautomatic paint markers wander across their 20- to 80-acre spaces, searching for the opposing team's flag. Eco-friendly paint ensures trees do not suffer lasting damage, and themes such as hide-and-seek and cops and robbers add variety to a full day of games.

2900 Route 112
Medford,
NY
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At Club Kids, the idea that children possess boundless energy is shown—like the thought that life can survive south of the Mason-Dixon Line—to be a fabrication. Tots can clamber up a miniature rock wall and tube-filled playscape or visit the luxurious, exfoliating ball-pit to detox from a hard day of crayon-eating. Observe as youths develop their pupal pro-gaming skills on arcade machines or take twirls on the indoor merry-go-round and electric go-karting course. Club Kids also sells bounties of toys, tyke-sized clothing, and customized stuffed animals. Individual memberships net unlimited admittance to the 11,000-square-foot arena for kids ages 4–12, and the family membership lets siblings in on the fun as well.

117 Washington Ave
North Haven,
CT
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Regardless of the weather outside, CoCo Key Water Resort simulates an 84-degree Key West day. As licensed lifeguards keep watch over the indoor water park, guests race down three 40-foot body and raft rides, drift along the adventure river, or join peers in the activity pool to play water basketball or embark on a lily-pad adventure. After toweling off, visitors can try their hand at the arcade's more than 55 games, which include Need for Speed, skee-ball, and Hoop Fever, where players sink free throws while their mothers check their foreheads. CoCo Key Snack Shack and Pizza Hut Express vend tasty snacks to all, while the Wet Rooster Bar and Palm Grotto Spa cater to adult patrons.

3580 E Main St
Waterbury,
CT
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Children leap and somersault through the Bounce! Fun Center's multiple inflated slides, bounce houses, and obstacle courses while their parents watch on, confident in the fact that their young ones are protected from harsh landings by pockets of giving air. During special events, kiddies can take a breather from leaping to catch a family-friendly movie, explore their creativity with a craft project, or simply try their hand at one of the center's arcade cabinets. Bounce! can also set up inflatables at clients' homes to entertain guests at birthdays, block parties, and knitting circles.

18 Knollwood Dr
Clinton,
CT
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