Discover Prehistoric Thrills, Aquatic Wonders, Gravity-Defying Stunts, Mouthwatering Food & Drinks and More at Long Island’s Great Escape
EMPIRE STATE FAIR
Named as a 2018 Best of Groupon Attraction, This Fun-Filled Mecca Located at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum Will be Open on Select Dates From May 3-19
Experience Over 100 Rides and Attractions Including The All-New Jurassic Kingdom, Live Shark Encounter,Wolves of the World And More! Make Time to Devour Mouthwatering Food and Soft Drinks
Uniondale, NY– Are you looking for fun and thrills? How does traveling back in time to the Jurassic Period, swimming with nature’s most fascinating predators or log rolling in the great outdoors sound to you? Experience all these adventures and more at Long Island’s Great Escape, Empire State Fair. Named as a 2018 Best of Groupon attraction, the Fair will take place at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum on select dates from May 3-19, 2019. Spread over 25 acres, this amusement lover’s paradise will enthrall all fun seekers while not breaking anybody’s budget.
Empire State Fair will be open on Thursdays from 6pm-11pm, Fridays from 6pm-12am, Saturdays from 2pm-12am and Sundays from 2pm-11pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at NYCB LIVE. Gate admission tickets are $12 for all ages and include plenty of free entertainment. Parking costs $5 per car. Plus everyone can tailor-make their experience by taking advantage of the Fair’s ticketing options. For those who are all about the rides, Unlimited Ride passes can be purchased for $25 on weekdays (Thursdays and Fridays) and $30 on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Please note these don’t include live animal rides. Additionally, for those who don’t believe patience is a virtue (and there’s one of them in most families), Fast Passes are available for $15 each that give access to VIP lines on select popular rides. Plus there will be special Bargain Nights:
Dollar Day (Friday, May 3, 6pm-midnight) all rides and games are $2 per person (per ride and per game). Select food or drink items are also $2
Cheap, Cheap Night (Thursday, May 9, 6pm-11pm) Ride all ride wristbands cost $22 for all ages
Kids Go Free Night (Thursday, May 16, 6pm-11pm) Gate admission is free for ages 12 and younger
Are you feeling the need…the need to feed on tasty food and adrenaline-filled rides?! Strap yourselves in and if you have a pair of stretchy pants at home, it’s time to get them on. The fairgrounds will feature over 100 rides and attractions for all ages including a massive Kiddie Land and loads of exhilarating thrill rides for all the big kids and grownups! For a more serene flying experience, fairgoers can enjoy the centerpiece of the Empire State Fair, the Giant Wheel, that will give everybody a spectacular view of the fairgrounds.
Back to the gastronomical thrills, you better bring your appetite. After all, you don’t want to miss out on the most delicious food in the area do you? At the Empire State Fair everyone can find tasty treats and refreshing beverages served by some of the country’s finest vendors ranging from corn dogs, bacon-inspired dishes and cotton candy to donut burgers, fresh-squeezed lemonade and deep fried anything! But for anyone who’s keeping in shape or eating healthily, you can be rest assured there are loads of healthy foods too including Greek salads, shish kebobs and more.
The Empire State Fair has an all-new slate of free entertainment. Leading off this year’s lineup is the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. We know what you’re thinking and don’t worry… plaid shirts and beards are optional! Lumberjacks have a proud history of using their renowned strength and skills to do the dangerous work of chopping and preparing trees for domestic use. Celebrating their legacy and abilities used today, this captivating exhibition features world-class lumberjacks as they perform amazing feats including log rolling underhand chopping, springboard chopping, axe throwing, crosscut sawing and more. Full of laughs and excitement, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show has performed over 33 years all over the world including Japan, Bermuda, Europe, Australia and Africa.
Are you looking to keep the excitement going but need to cool down? Get ready to plunge into the Live Shark Experience. By using an underwater mask that enables a diver to communicate to others outside the water, they will give a play-by-play of what’s happening in the aquarium. This is a unique opportunity to understand what it feels like to dive and interact with sharks which are among nature’s most fascinating and yet feared animals in the animal kingdom.
Keeping up the outdoor spirit, fairgoers will revel in awe and amazement at the Wolves of the World. Renowned for being the great ancestors of dogs, wolves are also known for their own unique characteristics. In this captivating demonstration, fairgoers will see natural behaviors of wolves including their alertness, pack structure, ability to climb, jump and so much more.
Now wait a second, didn’t we say something about time traveling…? You bet Jurassic we did! Jurassic Kingdom. is a one-of-a-kind edutainment exhibition that not only enables audiences opportunity to see dinosaurs in action, it gives them the opportunity to touch and interact with them throughout the show. Fairgoers will journey back in time when the most fascinating and fearsome dinosaurs roamed the earth. Upon arriving at the Jurassic Period, audiences will learn about various fossils that introduce the show’s dinosaurs. Then everybody will see the dinosaurs of Jurassic Kingdom including Terry- the talking, comical pterodactyl, Jack- the two-month-old brontosaurus, Sarah- a newborn triceratops, Lucy- a five-year-old velociraptor and Sparky- a two-year-old tyrannosaurus rex.
Upon returning to present day, fairgoers who are still hungry for adrenaline filled experiences can go to Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team. With over 30 years of experience, World Class BMX Superstars and a fresh approach, the BMX Freestyle Team put on a mind-blowing, gravity-defying stunt experience that audiences will never forget.
Rounding out the Empire State Fair‘s lineup of free shows is the Educational Petting Zoo. Adults and children alike can get up and close with a myriad of animals of the world while seizing the opportunity to take hilarious selfies. Everyone can also saddle up for enthralling animal rides. Please note that these rides cost $5 and are not part of the Ride All Rides Wristband.
For more information including directions, attraction schedules, ride heights, corporate outings and more, go to www.empirestatefair.com or call the Fair Office at 516-408-1500.
ABOUT THE EMPIRE STATE FAIR
Empire State Fair at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is dedicated to providing the best value in family entertainment. Empire State Fair is a place where families may enjoy quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, exciting games and prizes as well as a wide and diverse selection of delicious foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages. As the fourth generation enters the family business, our family and our team of managers share the vision of providing the highest quality service and products while maintaining traditional values and integrity including a pledge to reduce the environmental impact of the Fair. As a company we strive to provide a fertile environment for innovation and creativity. Careful planning and a concerted effort by all involved to develop and promote the Fair as a place where families may enjoy an exciting and affordable day of special activities is always our mission.
ABOUT BROOKLYN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre; and Webster Hall. BSE manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets and its NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL’s New York Islanders.
NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, reopened on April 5, 2017 after undergoing an extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration.
State Fair Group
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