May 15

Helping Hands Foundation Tony Gentile Memorial Scholarship

Adventureland has been a Long Island institution since 1962; providing a safe place for generations of families to spend time together and to make memories has been the goal of the Farmingdale amusement park since its inception. Although many Long Islanders are familiar with the park’s classic rides, tasty treats and annual traditions like Pumpkin Park and fundraising nights, only few were lucky enough to know one of the men behind the Adventureland we know and love.

Tony Gentile was many things; a risk taking businessman, an apprenticed butcher, a New Yorker from Brooklyn just to name a few. However, first and foremost, he was a family man. The father of 5, grandfather of 17, married Vivian, the love of his life, after they met in business school. Tony began a lifelong journey into the business world, with nothing but the support of his family and friends. His first job was as a butcher in Brooklyn. By the time he was a young parent, he and his two younger brothers eventually outgrew the small butcher store they worked in and decided to pursue the opportunities in the Brooklyn meat market. Soon after however, the grueling hours, the long commute and the changing atmosphere of the meat industry caused Tony and his brother Johnny to answer an ad in the paper that read “Fast Food Restaurant For Sale at a Local Amusement Park.” Along with their dear friends and business partners, Peter Amoruso and Dominic Cosola, this partnership purchased what is now the Adventureland Restaurant in the late 1970s. Despite not having any experience in the restaurant industry, the foursome knew they had what it takes to run a successful business together.

Tony was able to use his background in accounting to run and operate the financial end of the restaurant, while Johnny and Pete oversaw the day to day operations of the business and staff, which they continue to do today. In the early 1980s the opportunity arose to expand their involvement and invest in the running of the entire amusement park. The situation of the park was as grim as when the four man partnership took over the restaurant. They decided this was a rare but wonderful opportunity; the restaurant had turned into a healthy business and they knew they were good partners. It was decided that Tony would manage the park, and Johnny and Pete would run the restaurant.
Fast forward to the 1990s; Adventureland is establishing itself as a local landmark with new and innovative rides, live music and new games. During this time Tony and his team created community events like Pumpkin Park, designated as a safe Halloween event for Long Island families, developed philanthropic relationships with local nonprofits like The Helen Keller School and became more and more involved with community groups like Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts and Nassau-Suffolk Services for Autism. The Adventureland team decides to take on new business ventures in family entertainment, and with the help of long time associates Chip Cleary and Udo Stork, they build Splish Splash and Bullwinkle’s (now Boomers), both of which were sold in 1999.

Tony Gentile left behind a legacy that millions of Long Islanders continue to be a part of today. Adventureland, Splish Splash and Bullwinkle’s were founded on the ideals of family fun close to home. His philanthropy in the Long Island community continues through Adventureland and the Helping Hands Foundation. Today, the children and grandchildren of the successful partnership are moving Adventureland forward and continue to bring the local landmark to the next level of Long Island family fun.

Tony was a successful businessman because he took chances and trusted in the honesty of people, but he was a great businessman because he was driven to succeed for the benefit of his family, friends and the community. He wanted to give back to the community and people that gave so much to him. That drive, passion and integrity are what the Helping Hands Foundation’s Scholarship recipients embody. We recognize the very special legacy of
Tony Gentile by awarding five $1,000 scholarships to Long Island seniors attending a Long Island college or university in the upcoming fall semester.

May 12

Partnering with Adventureland

A partnership with Adventureland represents more than a mutual goal; it symbolizes a shared vision of how to best serve our Long Island communities. Adventureland strives to make a tangible contribution to the often elusive and expensive goal of “family fun for everyone.” Adventureland offers a multitude of rides, games and services to families of all sizes, people of all abilities and organizations of all ambitions.

If you are searching for the opportunity to become more than just a logo, consider a partnership with the place that holds millions of childhood and family memories. Consider Adventureland, a brand that has roots firmly grounded in the Long Island community and memories that last a lifetime. For more information about the Employee Discount Program, Employee Outings and Partnership Opportunities, please call us at 631-694-6868 or email

May 07

Employee Discount Program & Outings

Employee Discount Program

Provide your employees with a benefit they can enjoy with their families all season long! Our consignment program is designed to allow your employees to purchase Adventureland P.O.P. passes at a discounted rate in advance, valid any day during our normal operating season. Employees just redeem the P.O.P. pass at one of our ticket booths and they receive a Pay One Price bracelet that gives them unlimited riding for a whole day!

Employee Outings

Want your employees to experience Adventureland together? We offer a variety of group rates and packages customizable to your organization’s needs! Options including food packages, games vouchers, arcade tokens, and even gift cards are available for you to pick and choose from in order to suit your group’s needs. From private events that allow exclusive access to our rides, to day long festivities for your employees and their families, an outing at Adventureland is a fun and unique way to show your appreciation to your staff!

May 05

Corporate Events/Partnerships

Since the spring of 1962, L.I. Adventureland has earned the reputation as being the leader in family fun within the Long Island community. With a convenient location, dozens of adult and kiddie rides, an expansive arcade, tasty treats and over fifty years of experience, Adventureland has established itself as a local landmark, serving guests from all over Long Island and the tri-state area.

While Adventureland’s nostalgia is ever-present in our classic rides, like the Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Train, our constant innovative drive can be seen in our green energy initiative, social media presence, Helping Hands Foundation and our new for 2015 custom Mack Rides Rollercoaster, Turbulence. This state of the art spinning rollercoaster is the fastest, tallest and most family friendly coaster ever to reside at

2245 Broadhollow Road. Furthermore, Turbulence will be the first coaster of its kind on Long Island, and will offer riders a unique trip along the tracks every time, as each car spins independently of each other to give riders three hundred and sixty degrees of thrills.

Apr 26

Arcade at Adventureland

Adventureland’s state of the art arcade just got even more awesome! We’ve added more games and more prizes to put your skills to the test. Go to our climate controlled Arcade located next to the Adventureland Restaurant to try new games like Power Drop Extreme, Monster Drop and Pirates Hook! New for 2016, Flying Tickets puts your judgment to the test as you navigate your bird through a series of pipes to win tickets. The further you make it, the more tickets you can win! Also new for this season; Crossy Roads! Win tickets by helping your character cross the road–be sure to avoid cars, trains, trucks and other obstacles.

Got the need for speed? Play Duo Drive and try to beat your competitors while collecting points! In the Adventureland Arcade you can enjoy classic games like Air Hockey and Skee Ball, and play new and exciting skill games like Fish Bowl Frenzy and Jurassic Park. How good is your aim? Win points by playing Down the Clown–knock down the clowns to score some serious tickets! Try a new thrill by experiencing the Hurricane Simulator! Prepare for high winds, drizzling rain and lightening in this simulator located right out the Arcade on the restaurant patio. A visit in the Adventureland Arcade is sure to be great time for guests of all ages! Our arcade games accept Adventureland game tokens, so be sure to stop at the change machines located throughout the Arcade to get your tokens! When it’s time to leave, simply cash in your tickets at a ticket redemption kiosk and get a ticket print out of the points you’ve collected.

Redeem your ticket at the redemption counter and pick your prize! We have a ton of awesome prizes to choose from; candy, remote controlled; you name it! Want to save for a big prize? Keep your tickets and cash in on your next trip–just make sure you use your tickets by the end of the season. Adventureland’s Arcade–bringing you new and exciting games to test your skills!

Apr 11

New Sweet Shop for 2016

Attention all candy and coffee lovers! Adventureland’s brand new 3Generations Sweet Shop is now open! Completely remodeled and redesigned with families in mind, this spacious, bright and immaculate sweet shop is the first of its kind at Adventureland. It’s located right across from the Lady Bug Roller Coaster and the Adventureland Stage, right next to the brand new 3Generations Food Court. Stop in and recharge with fresh coffee, available hot or iced in a variety of flavors. Go green by using an Adventureland reusable tumbler! Got a sweet tooth? Then you can’t miss out on our homemade fudge–available in flavors like Oreo, Peanut Butter, M&M and more! The 3Generations Sweet Shop also features an expansive candy counter with favorites like Swedish Fish, Reese’s Pieces and more! Craving chocolate? We’ve got you covered! This brand new sweet shop has all your favorites, covered in chocolate! Chocolate dipped Oreos, chocolate covered marshmallows, even chocolate covered rice krispies! Looking to try a fun and fresh dessert? The search is over—Adventureland’s 3Generations Sweet Shop has Flavor Blend Ice Cream! Flavor Blend Ice Cream technology lets you customize your soft serve cone or cup—simply select your flavors and watch as rainbow colored flavor ice cream appears before your eyes! Swirls of Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana, Strawberry, Cotton Candy blend together to give you the most awesome ice cream experience ever! Get one flavor, get two flavors, or get them all on one cone or cup! Customize your soft serve ice cream even more with toppings! Be sure to stop by the 3Generations Sweet Shop for all your coffee, candy and ice cream needs on your next trip to Adventureland!