A warm summer night with your kiddos, perched atop a ferris wheel, snackin’ on some funnel cake…does it better than that? This is prime season for trips to the amusement park, and from roller coasters to ropes courses, ferris wheels to tilt-a-whirls, safaris to waterparks, our state has some seriously great options for thrills and fun for every age. NJMOM is coming through with your guide to New Jersey’s best bets for amusement park fun with the fam. Looking for more fun things to do? Check out NJMOM’s guides to Gardens and Nature Centers, Zoos, Lighthouses, and Aquariums in New Jersey.
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Get ready to ride at one of New Jersey’s top theme parks:
Six Flags Great Adventure is Jersey’s biggest theme park, with rides galore, a safari, and a waterpark. Since its opening in the 1970s, the park has grown and evolved, constantly upping the thrill game for all those adrenaline-seekers with new coasters and attractions. But, 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 Safari Off Road adventure offers a chance to see some 1200 animals from six continents like elephants, rhinos and giraffes! On a hot day, head over to Hurricane Harbor for tons of slides and splashes to kick back and cool off. With tons of food options and something to please every age group, Great Adventure is a memory-making must-do for families in New Jersey.
1 Six Flags Blvd. Jackson, NJ 08527
Morey’s Piers is made up of 3 piers, all packed with rides and activities for all ages, set right on the Wildwood boardwalk. 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 little boats, planes, and kid-sized race cars the littles love to a 140-foot drop tower that gets the big kids’ heart 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
iPlay America is the only indoor amusement park in New Jersey, featuring a totally different experience when it comes to thrills and fun. With all kinds of rides (even an indoor roller coaster!), laser tag, an indoor ropes course, go-karts, a 4D theater, and tons of carnival-inspired games, a visit here will be a day to remember. You can eat, ride and play starting at just $16.99. Take on your kiddos in a game of whac-a-mole or putt around in the new Top Golf Swing Suite before a round of mini-bowling and some pizza or sweets at one of iPlay’s 7 restaurant options.
110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Every summer the Seaside Heights boardwalk is filled with locals and tourists alike who flock to Casino Pier for rides and fun overlooking the Atlantic. After it was demolished from Sandy, Casino Pier has slowly rebuilt itself back and adds new attractions each year. This year, the littles will go crazy 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
Fantasy Island Amusement Park‘s location really can’t be beat. Right in the heart of Beach Haven, this intimate amusement park is perfect for your little cuties on your visit to Long Beach Island. This is a smaller park geared toward mostly younger kids, but there are still rides that older ones will enjoy, not to mention a great 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 summer family memories are made of!
320 Seventh St., Beach Haven, NJ 08008
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. The fun doesn’t stop when you bring the family to a day at the Funplex. Bonus: at the Mount Laurel location, you can bowl under fun lights, with jammin’ music, and big screen TV’s. The Funplex has special events all year round, so be sure to check out their website for more information on what’s next.
3320-24 Route 38, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
182 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936
Located in Egg Harbor Township, Storybook Land has been keeping children’s imagination’s going for ages. Not only is it entertaining for your littles, but it’s educational too. Your family can journey through classic stories that have lived on through the ages of time, from your parents’ generation to yours, and now your littles. A few favorites include Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Mother Goose, and Little Red Riding Hood. While there are many walk-through displays to visit, there are tons of themed rides, too – like the Beanstalk Bounce and the Out-on-a-Limb swings. The park hosts special events year-round, as well. It’s time to get lost in a story!
6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Land of Make Believe is all about, well…making believe and 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 to be had 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
Other amusement parks around New Jersey:
Steel Pier in Atlantic City
Mountain Creek Waterpark in Vernon
Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant
Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City
Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids in Keansburg