15 Family-Friendly Waterparks In NJ To Visit This Summer


It’s summer—you know what that means, mamas? There are some fantastic waterparks in NJ where the whole family can have a ball getting wet. Between the plunging water slides of Clementon Park & Splash World, the interactive lazy river of Breakwater Beach Waterpark, and scenic oceanfront locations of Raging Waters Waterpark and Thundering Surf Waterpark, there is no shortage of options for water adventures. And it works for all ages—from play areas, rolling wave pools, and water slides of all sizes, so you can find a great place to take a toddler or a teen. Read on for the best waterparks in NJ to take your family to this summer. And don’t forget to check out our Guide to NJ Attractions To Enjoy for other fun things to add to your bucket list.

Featured image photo credit: DreamWorks Waterpark at American Dream Mall

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Here are the best waterparks in NJ for families

Northern New Jersey Waterparks

waterparks in NJ

Is this a dream? DreamWorks Water Park is the largest waterpark in the United States. Photo Credit: American Dream DreamWorks Water Park

American Dream DreamWorks Water Park
Located inside of American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ, this is the largest indoor waterpark in the United States, and being inside means it’s on, whether rain or chilly temps. Head to the slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools, and when your kids have had their fill (or their skin starts to wrinkle), dry off, and hit the shopping mall, with over 30 restaurants, mini-golf courses, aquarium, and an indoor skiing slope (because this being American Dream, you can ski in even 100-degree heat). Staying a while? The Dreamworks Waterpark also offers pool-side cabanas for up to four guests to kick your shoes off and get comfortable, as well as Sky Box Suites, which come in three sizes and offer luxury amenities like designer décor, flat-screen television, dining table with ample soft seating, 3-seater sofa and coffee table, private changing room and storage area, lockable door, and Coca-Cola beverages.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(833) 263-7326

Mountain Creek Waterpark
One of New Jersey’s most coveted destinations for active families, Mountain Creek uses its mountainous location to its advantage, making for an excellent, vertical park full of exciting features. The Zero-G enclosed waterslide stands 100 feet tall and sends guests plummeting through a trap door and completing two full loops before splashing down at the bottom. Go white water rafting on the Colorado River Rapids, a controlled river rafting ride through the natural Mountain Creek environment. This waterpark is all about action and adventure, but there is also tons to do for kids, including the Sprayground, Fishing Village, and the Lost Island River for those kids who aren’t ready for the bigger thrills. When you’re ready for a break, there are poolside snack bars, as well as cabanas (fitting up to 8 guests), lockers to keep valuables safe, and also a nearby hotel.
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
(973) 827-2000

Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove
A visit to Pirate’s Cove is the perfect way to cool off during a trip to the Land of Make Believe family amusement park. Children will love the life-size Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship, where they can find the waterslides on board or explore Blackbeard’s Pirate Fort before getting dumped with a giant 1,000-gallon bucket. Littles will enjoy splashing around at the Pirate’s Cove Wading Pool, America’s largest wading pool. And together, families can have a river tubing experience down Blackbeard’s Action River Ride. But don’t think Pirate’s Cove is all tame—the Sidewinder features an unbelievably steep four-story drop and is the only slide of its kind in New Jersey.
354 Great Meadows Road (Route 611), Hope, NJ 07844
(908) 459-9000

The SplashPlex-East Hanover
Did you know The Funplex at East Hanover (there is one in Mount Laurel, NJ too) has a full-fledged waterpark? Thrill-seekers can plunge speed waterslides, enclosed tube slides, open tube slides, and body slides. While the kids take water fun to the next level, parents can hang out at Cabanas for a resort-like experience. When the kids are ready to take it down a notch, the whole family can relax together while floating down the lazy river or by going for a swim in the infinity pool. Looking to dry off? This waterpark has different snack bars/restaurants and has indoor bumper cars, amusement rides, laser tag, a VR experience where you can fight dragons and knights, arcade games, and bowling.
182 NJ-10, East Hanover, NJ 07936
(973) 428-1166

Central New Jersey Waterparks


You know you are at one of the waterparks in NJ when the park is on the boardwalk. Runaway Rapids is right on the Keansburg Amusement Park. Photo Credit: @janekikoka

Runaway Rapids at Keansburg Amusement Park
Runaway Rapids is a perfect family waterpark right on the Boardwalk of Keansburg’s Amusement Park. Kids can explore interactive play areas while encountering numerous fun water features. Get showered by the Water Mushroom, swing high from a rope before plunging into a pool with Nestea Plunge, or test your coordination on the Moon Walk. Runaway Rapids has plenty of other watery attractions, from their lazy river to their tipping bucket and bridge to many more laid-back swim areas like the Toddler’s Reef, Lost Lagoon, and Comfort Cove. They have multiple in-park snack bars, lockers, changing rooms, picnic pavilions, and also suggest a group-rate food package if you’re bringing the whole family along. Don’t want to get wet? They offer a Dry Spectator Ticket option as well.
275 Beachway Avenue, Keansburg, NJ
For more information, please call (732) 495-1400 

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
If you look for the latest in waterpark technology and fun, take a ride to Jackson and visit Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Great Adventure. Caribbean Cove is an adventure oasis with multiple water features and a beach entry pool. Looking for something more extreme? Climb seven stories and jump right into the Tornado, a water ride unlike any other (with a “maximum” Six Flags thrill rating). Hurricane Harbor also has family rides where the whole gang can ride together, like the Big Bambu Reef Runner, where you all pile onto a raft and then brace for the six-foot plunge. Other rides include Boreas, Eurus, Zephrus, and Nortus—all four high-speed tube slides for maximum thrills. When you’re ready to mellow out, hang out at the Blue Lagoon wave pool. This park has various snack bars, ATMs, locker rentals, showers and nursing areas, and private cabanas.
1 Six Flags Boulevard at Route 537, Jackson, NJ 08527
For more information, please call (732) 928-2000 

waterparks in NJ

Crystal Springs is unique because it’s one of the first waterparks in NJ that is a municipal waterpark. Photo Credit: @vikolya1985 

Crystal Springs Family Waterpark
The Township of East Brunswick is home to New Jersey’s first municipal waterpark, offering easily accessible, safe, and fun water activities for the whole family. This facility features several main attractions—a recreational pool, lap pool, splash pad, kiddie pool, activity pool, family pool, lazy river, and water slide. In addition to aquatic fun, there is a family-friendly concession stand that sells food and pool accessories such as sunscreen, goggles, and more.
380 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
For more information, please call (732) 390-6833

waterparks in NJ

Spiral down some slides at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach, and there are so many waterparks in NJ worth checking out. Photo Credit: @casinopier_bwb

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark
Located right in the heart of Seaside Heights Boardwalk, this waterpark is in the center of lots of boardwalk action with gorgeous views of the ocean. With multiple large and small slides and a wave pool, and an Interactive Play Area with multiple levels of watery fun, including the 800-gallon Nantucket Bucket that could dump water on you at any time. The Lazy Crazy River is not your ordinary “lazy” river—it’s filled with water cannons, fountains, and bubbles ready to burst when you least expect it. This waterpark also offers plenty of lockers to keep your belongings safe, rentable, private cabanas, changing rooms, and shower area, as well as concession stands when it’s time for a treat.
800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
For more information, please call (732) 793-6488

Southern New Jersey Waterparks

The SplashPlex- Mount Laurel
Like the one in East Hanover, this waterpark has varying levels of slides, a wave pool, three different cafes with boardwalk themes, mini-golf, amusement rides, picnic pavilion steps away from an indoor amusement park for when your kids are ready for shade. And exciting news this summer—there are five new slides, and the waterpark has doubled in size.
3320 NJ-38, Mt Laurel Township, NJ 08054
For more information, please call (856) 273-9061

Sahara Sam’s Oasis
Waterparks don’t have to be a trip just for the summertime—Sahara Sam’s extensive indoor facilities make this a “must” for families all year round. This impressive space feels like an underwater fantasyland, with the winding Congo Bongo lazy river wrapping around activities including the Tim-Buk-Tu adventure playland, Crocodile Flats obstacle course, Sam’s Slamdunker water basketball court, and The Flow Rider, New Jersey’s only indoor surfing simulator. Enjoy Cleopatra’s Cove, in between rides on Mount Kilimanjaro, a water slide that families can ride together. Littles can splash about in their own play space, The Lizard Lagoon. Sahara Sam’s has no shortage of outdoor fun either—the Rip N’ Roll wave pool, Blue Lagoon Leisure Pool, and Splish Splash Park are just some fun-in-the-sun activities for your kids. Sahara Sam’s has all the amenities; cabanas, a restaurant that’ll cater to everyone’s favorite foods, and an arcade.
535 North Route 73, Berlin, NJ 08091
For more information, please call (856) 767-7580

Diggerland Waterpark
Soak and swim in the brand new 2-acre Water Main at Diggerland USA. Kids will love playing on the construction-themed splash pads, shooting hoops at the in-pool basketball area, as well as going on water slides, doing a swim vortex, and so much more. Don’t miss Rip Rap Run, where you can splash through different obstacles, the splash playground Jackhammer Bay, or take an exciting ride down the Pipeline. There is also a shaded eating area, a cafe, personal lockers, and spacious personal cabanas. And just in case you are wondering, regular admission and a season pass cover the entrance fee for both Diggerland USA and The Water Main.
100 Pinedge Drive West Berlin, NJ 08091
For more information, please call (856) 393-5760

Clementon Park & Splash World 
This two-in-one amusement park fulfills any family’s need for waterpark adventure, and classic amusement park thrills with a single admission. Kids can explore Shipwreck Bay and Laguna Kahua, get the blood pumping on Torpedo Rush and Sky River Rapids, or cool down on the Lazy River and Big Wave Bay. When you are ready to grab a towel, head over to Clementon Park to experience kid-friendly rides, including the Vintage Carousel, Victorian Railway, and Giant Ferris Wheel.
144 Berlin Road, Clementon, NJ
For more information, please call (856) 783-0263

OC Waterpark
OC Waterpark is one of New Jersey’s beloved beachside waterparks on the boardwalk. In addition to the popular spiraling, plunging, and speeding water slides, there’s a water playground where little ones can explore the pirate ship, climb the lighthouse, and play under raining palm trees. Older kids will love Adventure Peak, a 35-foot climbing wall with five challenges at the top. In addition, this waterpark offers multiple slides for all ages, a mini-golf, a lazy river, and air jumpers, as well as many places for toddlers.
Plymouth Place & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08826
For more information, please call (609) 399-0483

Morey’s Piers & Raging Waters Waterpark
No trip to Wildwood is complete without a day at Raging Waters Waterpark at Morey’s Piers. This South Jersey water haven is a favorite family fun destination for decades, as no two visits to this waterpark seem ever to be the same. You’ll find speed slides, river adventures, an interactive pirate ship and forts, body slides, fountain pools, rope swings, and family activity pools. Because the layout of Raging Waters is a dynamic, multi-leveled design, kids feel like they’re playing in a tropical paradise. The giant lazy river twists and turns throughout the entire pier, allowing for fun views of every ride and activity from the comfort of your inner tube.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
For more information, please call (609) 522-3900

Waterparks in NJ

Waterparks in NJ are barrels of fun, especially Thundering Surf in Beach Haven. Photo Credit: @chrisetterichards

Thundering Surf Waterpark
Celebrating 44 years of creating family memories, Thundering Surf is the longest, continuously operating waterpark in the world. It’s loaded with multiple slides, a lazy river, a surfing simulator, as well as areas for young kids like the Toddler Area and Cowabunga Kids, an interactive splash park. Together, families can float down the lazy river with water activities along the way, experience tube water slides, or sunbathe on the family sundeck. You can also rent one of the Cabanas to create a space for your family to set up camp, with lounge chairs, deck chairs and tables, a complimentary locker, and complimentary bottles of water. The fun doesn’t have to stop when it’s time to change out of swimsuits—end the day with a family game of Thundering Surf Adventure Golf which features, green trees and scenic ponds along the way.
Bay & Taylor Avenues, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008
For more information, please call (609) 492-0869 

CoCo Key Water Resort is an all-inclusive indoor waterpark and hotel explicitly designed for families to enjoy a weekend getaway with tons of fun.  In addition to a large number of exciting water slides, CoCo Key features active water areas that kids will love, including Lily Pad Adventure, Coral Cove’s Slam Dunk, and Parrot’s Perch. The Coconut Grove Lazy River wraps around the indoor waterpark for a relaxing break. A fully stocked arcade and dining are nearby, and your family will sleep well at The Hotel ML after a day of water adventures.
915 Route 73, Mt. Laurel, NJ
For more information, please call (877) 494-2626

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Ali, raised on an alpaca farm by bakery owners in Princeton, NJ, is a Jersey girl through and through. Upon meeting her Red Bank-based in-laws, she fell in love with the Jersey shore and all it has to offer — from great hiking trails, to the fun towns, to the beach only minutes away. She especially loves being close to her soon-to-be husband’s large Irish family, where the 30+ first cousins are now starting families of their own- and can’t help but spend all her time with all of their babies. In her spare time, you can find her wandering around quaint NJ towns, oil painting, trying her hand at baking complicated desserts, and hiking Sandy Hook trails.

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