Alfie?Adventureland Amusement Park's resident mascot and caped crusader?must have some good genes. The superhero hasn't aged much over the decades, even though the rest of the park has changed considerably since its opening day in 1962. Alfie now welcomes guests into a park with more than 30 nostalgic and new attractions. Among them, a giant pirate ship swings like a pendulum, the Hurricane Coaster flies through a 180-degree turn, and the ferris wheel lifts passengers up and around in cars shaped like hot air balloons. Adventure Falls adds water to the mix, sending boats down a steep flume and drenching riders so they don't have to sit in the water fountain to feel refreshed.
Games of skill, an onsite arcade, and a sit-down restaurant complement the thrills, as does occasional live entertainment. The fun continues well into the evening, when the park lights up like a giant Christmas tree. The spectacle is for more than just show?in recent years, Adventureland has resolved to go green, and has added more than 50,000 LED lights as well as solar panels to help power the maintenance facility.
"We do not carry Bud, Coors, or Miller."
So reads a line on the website of Croxley's Ale House, but it might as well be a mission statement: for more than 20 years?long before the crazes of drinking microbrews or having fun took off?thirsty patrons have headed to Croxley's for flavorful tastes of Long Island craft beers. Such dedication to serving local libations earned Chris Werle & Jeffry Piciullo the Pioneer Award at the 2013 Golden Tap Awards Gala, a testament to their "forward thinking" and dedicated spirit.
At all six locations throughout Long Island and New York, Croxley's Ale House serves local and high-end beer on tap paired with hearty feasts of hamburgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, and fish and chips. Along with sipping Belgian brews at the Smithtown location's open-air beer garden, visitors can gather for games around one of the more than 40 HD TVs or belly up to the bar for twenty-cent wing nights on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
Slides, climbing structures, and three inflatable jumpers and obstacle courses outfit Wood Kingdom's 5,000-square-foot indoor playground, while a separate snack area and private birthday room quarantine feasting children from frolicking ones. Elsewhere, knowledgeable staffers in the family-operated business' indoor and outdoor showrooms walk patrons through an extensive stock of home-playground equipment and outdoor furnishings, including trampolines with safety enclosures, basketball hoops, and gazebos. Wood Kingdom personnel subsequently delivers, installs, and maintains each piece of equipment, ensuring that sheds continue to reject move-in offers from portals to the underworld and swing sets are properly assembled.
The licensed aviators at Positive Rate Gear Up command a trio of Piper aircraft, which they use during flying lessons and their own aerial jaunts. The squad includes seasoned veterans ranging from commercial airline pilots to recreational fliers, and takes on students who are working toward wings of their own. The club's nest at Republic Airport exposes trainees to a busy Class D airspace, allowing them to become accustomed to sharing the air and negotiating heavy traffic caused by 10-cloud pileups. The team also teaches discovery flights aimed at beginners that help them understand cockpit instrumentation and controls as they try their hand at a few aerial maneuvers.
As licensed commercial pilots with a number of certifications, Nomis Flying Club’s instructors are no strangers to the rigors of flight school. Although they guide students through an intense curriculum, they still strive to foster a convivial, friendly atmosphere, tailoring classes to suit each student’s goals.
Additionally, in an effort to foster a flying community, Nomis Flying Club members gain access to fully fueled planes and an airport clubroom, where they can swap landing and windswept-hairstyling tips with other passionate aviators.