18 NJ Amusement Parks To Get Your Thrills Out This Summer

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A warm summer night at an NJ amusement park with your kiddos perched atop a Ferris wheel, snackin’ on some funnel cake—does it get any better? This summer is prime season for trips to the amusement park, and our state has some seriously great options for thrills (including some of the world’s tallest and fastest roller coasters) for every age.

Whether it’s screaming at the top of your lungs on a coaster or taking a tame spin with your toddler, NJ amusement parks have it all.

Scroll down to find one that fits your family, and if you want thrills wet, these waterparks in NJ will not disappoint. (featured photo credit: American Dream – Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park)

Get ready to ride at one of NJ’s amusement parks

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There is no shortage of thrilling rides at Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Photo taken at Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure is Jersey’s biggest theme park, with a ton of rides, a safari, and a water park. Since the 1970s, the park has been upping the thrills for all those adrenaline-seekers with new coasters and attractions, including the Jersey Devil, one the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest single-ride coasters.

Beyond the incredible thrills, there’s also plenty to do for little ones with kiddie rides, Looney Tunes character shows, an arcade, and family rides that you can all do together. The 350-acre Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure offers a chance to see 1,200 animals from six continents, like elephants, rhinos, and giraffes.

On a hot day, head to Hurricane Harbor for tons of slides and splashes to kick back and cool off.
1 Six Flags Blvd. Jackson, NJ 08527
(732) 928-2000

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New Jersey is home to the largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere at American Dream. Photo Credit: Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream 

Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park

Step into the biggest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere with some of the world’s steepest, tallest, and longest rides. Your little ones will love Blaze’s Monster Truck Rally, Pup Pup and Away! and Shimmer and Shine’s Jumping Genies ride at Nickelodeon Universe. Check out the Rugrats Reptar Go-Round, SpongeBob’s Jellyfish Jam, or the Bikini Bottom Crosstown Express for family-friendly rides. Got thrill seekers? Make a beeline for the Skyline Scream, The Shredder, and Aang’s Air Gliders to take their excitement to the next level. And if you are lucky, you might even meet your favorite characters like Blue’s Clues, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and SpongeBob Squarepants while exploring the park.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(833) 263-7326

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The largest indoor waterpark in North America with the biggest indoor wave pool. Photo Credit: DreamWorks Waterpark at American Dream 

DreamWorks Water Park

Experience the largest indoor waterpark in North America at American Dream in East Rutherford. Enjoy summer all year long inside an 81-degree tropical climate. Freefall down the Jungle Jammer, or take a ride down the Mad Flush slide if you are feeling brave. The Kungfu Panda Temple of Awesomeness is the perfect multi-level play structure to keep pint-sized family members entertained with geysers, dump cups, and the enormous tipping bucket in the world (yes, the world!). If your kiddo would rather hang ten, there is a place for private Dream Surf Sessions or boogie board in 1.6 million gallons of water in the world’s biggest indoor wave pool.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(833) 263-7326

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You can’t go wrong with a combination of the beach and amusement rides at Morey’s Piers. Photo taken at Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers is three piers along the Wildwood boardwalk packed with rides and amusements in each one. This park is a perennial favorite (dating back to 1969) and one of the shore’s biggest and best boardwalk amusement parks. Morey’s has a bit of everything, from the petite boats, planes, and kid-sized race cars the littles love to a 140-foot drop tower that gets the big kids’ hearts pounding. For some wet and wild fun in the sun, check out Morey’s two water parks—Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
(609) 522-3900

iPlay America

iPlay America is a large indoor amusement park in New Jersey featuring a different experience of thrills and fun. With all kinds of rides (even a roller coaster), laser tag, Ballocity, go-karts, and carnival-inspired games, a visit here will be a day to remember. Take on your kiddos in a game of whac-a-mole or take a swing in a Top Golf Swing Suite before a round of mini-bowling and some pizza or sweets at one of iPlay’s restaurant options.
110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ  07728
(732) 577-8200

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Casino Pier is back and better than ever this year. Photo taken at Casino Pier

Casino Pier

Every summer, the Seaside Heights boardwalk is filled with locals and tourists flocking to Casino Pier for rides and fun overlooking the Atlantic. After the damage from Sandy, Casino Pier has slowly rebuilt itself and has been adding new attractions each year. Littles will go wild for the Mermaid Parade, Elephant Express, Crazy Cabs, and Centrifuge. Of course, don’t miss the classic favorites like the swings, bumper cars, or tilt-a-whirl. Breakwater Beach, the water park next door, has a giant wave pool and plunging slides to make a splash with the family.
800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
(732) 793-6488

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NJ Amusement Parks are sprinkled throughout the state, and Fantasy Island Amusement Park is in the perfect location near the beach. Photo taken at Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island Amusement Park

Located in the heart of Beach Haven, Fantasy Island Amusement Park is an intimate amusement park perfect for your little cuties on your visit to Long Beach Island. It’s geared toward mostly younger kids, but there are still rides that older ones will enjoy, not to mention a massive indoor arcade. Your littles will love the vintage-style carousel, designed like the old carousels from the 1900s. With great kiddie rides, fun games, a little mini-coaster, and an ice cream shop right inside, a night at Fantasy Island is the stuff of summer family memories.
320 Seventh St., Beach Haven, NJ 08008
(609) 492-4000

The Funplex

With locations in East Hanover and Mount Laurel, The Funplex is an indoor-outdoor theme park that offers dozens of arcade games, rides, go-karts, laser tag, and a water park. Bonus—you can bowl under fun lights, jammin’ music, and a big-screen TV. The Funplex has special events all year round, and don’t miss the Splashplex Water Park at both the Mount Laurel and East Hanover locations.
3320-24 Route 38, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 273-9061
182 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936
(973) 428-1166

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Bring your imagination to life at Storybook Land. Photo taken at Storybook Land

Storybook Land

Located in Egg Harbor Township, Storybook Land has kept children’s imagination’s going for ages. Your family can journey through classic stories that have lived on through the ages, from your parents’ generation to your kids. A few favorites include Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Mother Goose, and Little Red Riding Hood. While there are many walk-through displays, littles will love the themed rides—like the Beanstalk Bounce and the Out-on-a-Limb swings.
6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 646-0103

Land of Make Believe

Land of Make Believe is all about using your imagination. The goal of this family theme park is that adults and parents would no longer be “passive spectators” but rather have just as much fun as their kids. It’s an amusement park in a charming setting as well as an award-winning water park. From tilt-a-whirls to a thrilling roller coaster, there’s fun around every corner. Play boardwalk games, make your way through mazes, and visit the World War II Airplane Cockpit.
354 Great Meadows Rd., Rt. 611, Hope, NJ 07844
(908) 459-9000

Field Station: Dinosaurs

Are you ready to come face-to-face with a T-Rex in the Garden State? Though not a traditional ride-based amusement park, this spot is where modern science and prehistoric dinosaurs come together in New Jersey to entertain dino lovers and their families. Kids will get their thrills embarking on a wild scientific expedition to see over 30 life-size, realistic, and moving dinosaurs. Don’t miss fun workshops and competitions, including the Build A Dinosaur with LA-Q, DinosOrigami, or visit the Fossil Dig Site. You can also check out shows like the T-Rex Feeding Frenzy or the Field Station Challenge.
40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ 07605
(855) 999-9010

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Diggerland USA is perfect for your little construction worker. Photo taken at Diggerland USA

Diggerland USA

Can you dig it? There is no better place for your little construction lover to drive, ride, and operate specifically engineered real machines than at Diggerland in West Berlin. Take the heavy-duty steel off-road Roxor off-road, learn how to use a 7,092-pound big digger, or dig up treasure with the mini-dig. Your little ones will also enjoy the turnpike tractors, skid steers, and dumper trucks. And if the temps are heating up, take a break at The Water Main, a construction-themed water park on-site with plenty of places to soak, swim, and slide.
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091
(856) 768-1110

Wild West City

Howdy partner! Take a step back to the Wild West, all while never leaving Stanhope, New Jersey. Experience Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1800s with demonstrations, dramatizations, and historical characters at Wild West City. While you are there, pop into the authentic Main Street buildings, see the Native American art and artifacts, and look out for the Wild West City Stagecoach. Take a ride on the train or a pony, learn how to pan for gold, or learn all about the printing press to see how they created newspapers decades ago. But don’t make a wrong move, or you’ll end up in the circa 1890 jail cell.
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, NJ 07874
(973) 347-8900

Steel Pier

Founded in 1898, Steel Pier on the Atlantic City Boardwalk is a unique amusement park that jets out over the ocean. Take a spin on one of the classic rides like the Carousel, the iconic Wheel, and a Swinging Carousel that lets you fly over the crowds and see the sea in a whole new way. There are plenty of kiddie rides, too, like the Beach Buggies, Balloon Wheel, and the Silly Steamer, as well as carnival games, food, and those nostalgic Rolling chairs down the boardwalk.
1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(866) 386-6659

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Jenkinson’s Boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey is an NJ amusement park full of fun. Photo Credit: istock/sainaniritu

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Take a walk on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach and enjoy the games, rides, long stretches of beach, and food stands with local seafood and treats. Hop aboard the train around the amusement park, or take a spin on the kiddie convoy trucks. Jenkinson’s is the perfect place to introduce the littles to an amusement park. There are rides for the bigger kids too, and don’t miss Jenkinson’s Aquarium nearby for a full day of fun.
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(732) 892-0600

Playland’s Castaway Cove 

Choose from over 32 rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove, where kids and adults can have a good time on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Take a ride on the Speedway with the family, or get your thrills out on Alien Abduction. One of the most popular South NJ amusement parks, Playland’s Castaway Cove also has golf with two mini golf courses and three courses and go-karts to add to the fun.
1020 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
(609) 399-4791

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier 

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier has offered thrills in Ocean City for almost a century. You’ll find rides like the Fire Engines inside or a spooky Haunted Dark Ride on the Lower Deck. Jump high on the Bungee Jump on the Midway Deck, or ride on the Swings on Gillian’s Fun Deck. Kids of all ages will have a blast at this historic NJ amusement park.
600 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
(609) 399-7082

Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids

With kiddie rides, a water park, and go-karts, Keanburg Amusement Park provides hours of fun. Start on the Fast Trax with two tracks to choose from, then head over to the amusement park with rides, games, and three large family arcade areas. Grab some boardwalk-style food, and if it’s hot out, Runaway Rapids water park has over 18 slides, a kiddie lagoon, splash zones, a crazy lazy river, and a separate toddler play area. Adults can even pop over to the two relaxing spa pools too.
275 Beachway Avenue, Keansburg, NJ 07734
(732) 495-1400

Which NJ Amusement Parks are on your bucket list? We would love to hear more in the comments below.

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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