Waterparks in New Jersey

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New Jersey is home to the best waterparks in the country for families. 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. Toddler play areas, real surfing simulators, large indoor waterparks, rolling wave pools, private cabana rentals, and water slides of all sizes can be found throughout New Jersey, making it easy for every #NJMOM to find a destination for her little ones.

Here are the best waterparks for families in New Jersey:

Mountain Creek Waterpark
One of New Jersey’s most coveted destinations for active families, Mountain Creek is more than a winter facility.  This waterpark uses its mountainous location to its advantage, making for an awesome, vertical park full of exciting features.  The new Zero G enclosed waterslide stands 100 feet tall, and sends guests plummeting through a trap door down to 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 in Kids World: Junior Rapids, Lil’ Dippers, Tide Slide, Fishing Village, and Lost Island River are all low-key attractions for your little water lovers.
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ
For more information, please call (973) 827-2000 or visit http://www.actionpark.com

Runaway Rapids at Keansburg Amusement Park
Runaway Rapids is a perfect family waterpark.  Interactive Play areas will let your children explore while encountering countless, fun water features.  Get showered by the Water Mushroom, swing high from a rope before plunging into a pool with Nestea Plunge, chill out at the Mini Spa Pool, or test your coordination on the Moon Walk.  Toddler’s Reef is an aquatic haven for little cuties to climb, splash, wade, and have fun together.  Parents and older kids will have no shortage of options, with an array of large tube slides that send you soaring through the air before plummeting into a large pool.
275 Beachway Avenue, Keansburg, NJ
For more information, please call (732) 495-1400 or visit https://keansburgamusementpark.com/

Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove
A visit to Pirate’s Cove is the perfect way to cool off during a visit to the Land of Make Believe family amusement park.  Children will love the life size Buccaneer Pirate Ship where they can find the waterslides aboard, or explore the Sidewinder Fort before getting dumped with a giant 1000 gallon bucket.  Little ones will have fun at the Wading Pool & Slides, America’s largest wading pool between 0 – 18 inches in depth.  And together, families can have a river tubing experience down Blackbeard’s Action Tubing Ride.  Pirate’s Cove has no shortage of extreme water slides; 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
For more information, please call ((908) 459-9000 or visit http://www.lomb.com/

Crystal Springs Family Waterpark
The Township of East Brunswick presents New Jersey’s first municipal waterpark, offering easily accessible, safe, and fun water activities for the whole family.  This facility features seven main attractions: recreational pool, lap pool, splash pad, kiddie pool, activity pool, lazy river, and water slide.  In addition to aquatic fun, mom and dad can utilize the picnic area with grilling stations free of charge to create a fun barbecue style lunch for the children in between activities.
380 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, NJ
For more information, please call (732) 390-6833 or visit https://www.eastbrunswick.org/crystalsprings

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
If you are looking for the latest in waterpark technology and fun, take a ride to Jackson and visit Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Great Adventure.  The brand new Caribbean Cove is an adventure playland with over 55 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 that has a “Maximum” Six Flags thrill rating.  Hurricane Harbor features specific family rides where the whole gang can ride together; Big Bambu Reef Runner lets families pile into a large raft that faces a six foot plunge at the end of the ride.  Choose between Boreas, Eurus, Zephrus, and Nortus – four high-speed tube slides for maximum thrills.  Or mellow out at the Blue Lagoon wave pool.
1 Six Flags Boulevard at Route 537, Jackson, NJ
For more information, please call (732) 928-2000 or visit https://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharbornj

Asbury Splash Park
This outdoor spray park is the perfect supplement to a day at the beach, or for a fun day trip destination on its own.  Asbury Splash Park is located right on the bustling, family friendly Asbury Park Boardwalk, making it a scenic location for kids to play, and for parents to catch some sunshine.  Your little ones will love the colorful waterpark features, and will be excited to wait for the Tipping Tea Cup to tip over and shower them with crystal clear water.  When the kids gets hungry and are ready to towel off, many dining and snack locations are only steps away on the boardwalk, making it easy to keep the whole family happy all day long.
900 Ocean Avenue at Second Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
For more information, please call (732) 897-6538 or visit http://asburyparkamusements.com/splash/#

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Splashplex Waterpark
Did you know The Funplex at East Hanover has a full fledged waterpark?  Thrill seekers can plunge down the five story tall Gold Rush waterslides, or spiral round and round on Prospector’s Journey.  Jump on a raft with a friend and ride the Coal Mine Railway, a family style enclosed waterslide.  While the kids are taking water fun to the next level, parents can hang out at the brand new 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?  Go for a walk on the Boardwalk and play one of many games, before stopping at the new Splashplex Cafe for a snack before heading back for another round of water adventures.
182 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ
For more information, please call (973) 428-1166 or visit http://funplexeasthanover.com/attractions/splashplex/

CoCo Key Water Resort
This aquatic family destination is like no other for families in New Jersey.  CoCo Key Water Resort is an all inclusive indoor waterpark and hotel, designed specifically 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.  Your little water lovers will have fun at Dip-In, an area designated for CoCo Key’s littlest guests.  Mom and dad can relax together at Palm Grotto Indoor/Outdoor Spa.  A fully stocked arcade and on-site dining will round out a perfect day, and your family will sleep well at The Hotel ML’s luxurious rooms and suites after a day of water adventures.
915 Route 73, Mt. Laurel, NJ
For more information, please call (877) 494-2626 or visit http://www.mtlaurelcocokey.com

Clementon Park & Splash World
This two-in-one amusement park fulfills any family’s need for waterpark adventure and classic amusement park thrills.  Admission grants each guest access to both Clementon Park and the adjacent Splash World, assuring that boredom is not on the menu for your family’s day trip.  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, bring your little ones over to Clementon Park to experience the many family rides, including the Vintage Carousel, Victorian Railway, Giant Ferris Wheel, and a myriad of rides especially for children.  Clementon Park and Splash World is a diverse amusement facility for families with children of all ages, and a South Jersey favorite.
144 Berlin Road, Clementon, NJ
For more information, please call (856) 783-0263 or visit https://www.clementonpark.com/

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 will make your children feel like they are playing in an aquatic 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 the brand new indoor leisure pool, Cleopatra’s Cove, in between rides on Mount Kilimanjaro, a water slide that families can ride together.  Your little ones can splash about in their own age appropriate 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.
535 North Route 73, Berlin, NJ
For more information, please call (856) 767-7580 or visit https://www.saharasams.com

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark
The legendary Seaside Heights Casino Pier is also home to Breakwater Beach Waterpark, a perfect beachside location for family fun.  Breakwater Beach is home to the Family Play Station, one of the largest interactive water play areas on the North Atlantic Coast.  A designated Toddler Area is perfect for little ones looking to splish, splash, and slide with other little water-loving friends.  The Lazy Crazy River is not your ordinary “lazy” river!  Water cannons, fountains, and bubbles could be around any corner when you least expect it.  When your family is ready to warm up, jump into one of the Hot Springs, large enough to fit multiple families.  Food concession stands are on site for your convenience, to make for an even easier day out with your loved ones.
800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ
For more information, please call (732) 793-6488 or visit http://casinopiernj.com/breakwaterbeach/

Thundering Surf Waterpark
“Family Fun for All Ages” is this waterpark’s motto.  Together, families can float down the lazy river with water activities along the way, ride one of eight tube water slides, or sunbathe on the family sundeck.  Take your visit to the next level by riding a wave on the Flowrider, a Thundering Surf simulator for all ages.  Rent one of the park’s hostess catered Cabanas to create a space especially for your family to set up camp, with 2 lounge chairs, 4 deck chairs and table, 2 complimentary beach towels, and 4 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 on the diverse course with fun features, green trees, and scenic ponds along the way.
Bay & Taylor Avenues, Long Beach Island, NJ
For more information, please call (609) 492-0869 or visit http://www.thunderingsurfwaterpark.com/

Morey’s Piers & Raging Waters Waterpark
No trip to Wildwood is complete without a day at Raging Waters Waterpark right on the Wildwood boardwalk at Morey’s Piers.  This South Jersey water haven is a favorite family fun destination for decades, as no two visits to this waterpark will ever be identical.  Speed slides, river adventures, interactive pirate ship and forts, body slides, fountain pools, rope swings, and family activity pools are only some of this extensive park’s amusing features.  The layout of Raging Waters is a dynamic, multi-leveled design, giving your children the feeling of 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 own inner tube.  Wreckers Beach Grill on the boardwalk features a broad menu with something for everybody in the family, including seaside salads, specialty sandwiches and burgers, rustic style pizzas, family style platters, and a kid’s menu.  Morey’s Piers & Raging Waters Waterpark is the perfect summertime adventure for all ages, making it a tradition for families across New Jersey.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
For more information, please call (609) 522-3900 or visit https://www.moreyspiers.com/play/raging-waters-water-park/about

OC Waterpark
Whether you are visiting Ocean City for a weeklong beach vacation with the family, or just looking for a day trip for the kids, OC Waterpark is one of New Jersey’s beloved beachside waterparks right on the boardwalk for your convenience.  In addition to the popular spiraling, plunging, and speeding water slides, OC Waterpark features a children’s water playground where little ones can explore the pirate ship, climb the lighthouse, and play under raining palm trees.  Your children will love Adventure Peak, a 35 foot climbing wall that kids can climb together while trying the five challenges at the top.  Private gated Cabana rentals are available for families looking to have their own space for relaxing and changing.  All Cabana rentals include a $30 credit to the OC Waterpark Concession Stand.
Plymouth Place & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ
For more information, please call (609) 399-0483 or visit http://ocwaterpark.com/

 

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Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!

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