Thinking about hitting a water park this weekend? Whether going to an indoor one where temps are always in the 80s or an outdoor one by the beach in the summer, there is no shortage of waterparks in NJ and the tri-state area where the whole family can have a ball getting wet. And it works for all ages—with toddler play areas, rolling wave pools, lazy rivers, and water slides big and small, there’s something for everyone, especially waterpark resorts where you can escape for a quick getaway. Read on for the best waterparks in NJ to take your family indoors and out. And don’t forget to check out our guide to NJ attractions too. (featured photo credit: DreamWorks Waterpark at American Dream)
Here are the best waterparks in NJ and surrounding areas for families
Indoor waterparks for any time of year
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), you can hit the 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 poolside cabanas for up to four guests to kick their shoes off and get comfortable, as well as Sky Box Suites, which offer luxury amenities like designer décor, flat-screen television, a private changing room, and Coca-Cola beverages.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
With its tropical theme and indoor and outdoor parks, Big Kahuna is a “must” for families year-round. This impressive space feels like an underwater fantasyland, with the winding Tiki Tides lazy river wrapping around activities including the Little Lizard Landing adventure playland, Komodo Crossing obstacle course, Aqua Arena water basketball court, and The Flow Rider, an indoor surfing simulator. Big Kahuna’s has no shortage of outdoor fun either—the Tidal Waves wave pool, Hibiscus Bay, and Little Kahuna Lagoon are just some fun-in-the-sun activities—and you’ll find amenities for a full-day stay like VIP Cabanas, an island-themed cafe, and arcade.
535 North Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091
The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
Welcome to the biggest indoor waterpark in NY with state-of-the-art features and a luxury lodge experience. It’s always a balmy 84 degrees inside, thanks to the transparent roof that lets the sun peak inside and holds the heat. So while you’re floating along the lazy river fringed with palm trees and lush vegetation, you’ll have views of the majestic Catskill Mountains steps away (and miles of hiking trails you can easily access from the resort). Take a spin down the Krakken water slide, try the thrilling Nor’Easter, or race your family on the Jiggerty-Jaggerty. The kids will flock to the Later Gator Crossing, the Cannon-Ballers, or the little ones will love the Puddle Ducks. Besides the waterpark action, you can find luxe suites, family fun adventures, and many great dining choices on site.
555 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY 12701
Great Wolf Lodge
Get ready to get wet at this popular resort with a Western feel and lots to entertain the whole family for a weekend. Cool off at the interactive four-story water fort treehouse with slides and toys. Float away in the Crooked Creek, try the tandem tube ride Alberta Falls, or take a 40-foot drop at Coyote Cannon and then relax in the family hot tubs (or the adults-only one for the two of you). Kids will also love the “dry” activities, where they can wave a wand on a Magiquest Adventure, go mining for gemstones, go bowling, play indoor glow golf, or visit the Build-A-Bear Workshop. Suites are roomy enough for families, and dining is family-focused, with many allergy-friendly menu options.
1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, PA 18355
You will find three parks at the resort, including an outdoor pool, indoor waterpark, and entertaining arcade. The resort’s centerpiece is the indoor waterpark filled with over 220,000 square feet of fun—twist down the Barreling Baboon slide, race your kids down the slide with the Cheetah Race, or test your balance on the Flowrider and practice your bodyboarding and surfing skills. If you are looking for more, float in the Lazy River, let the kiddos frolic in Coral Cove, or your littles can even turn into a mermaid for the day. Suites go up to five bedrooms, and Kalahari makes sure there’s plenty for parents to do as well, including a spa and signature restaurants offering gourmet fare and artisan cocktails.
250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA 18349
H20ooohh! at Split Rock Resort
Rain, snow, sleet, or freezing temps won’t stop your family from enjoying some indoor waterpark fun at Split Rock Resort. With over 50,000 square feet of water attractions, get ready for three four-story slides, a wave pool, Leapin’ Lillypads, and everyone’s favorite, the dumping bucket. Don’t miss a ride on Pennsylvania’s first Flow Rider and test your balancing skills. There is also a hotel, golf, and dining on-site too.
428 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony, PA 18624
Aquatopia at Camelback Mountain
With 13 water slides to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a family vacation to the Camelback Resort. The Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is open year-round and allows you to enjoy 84-degree water in the middle of the winter. Don’t miss the indoor cabanas, poolside amenities, and interactive toddler area too. You can also spend your day at one of the five indoor activities such as Rock Climbing, Laser Tag, Escape Rooms, and Virtual Reality Experiences. When the weather turns hot, check out their Camelbeach Outdoor Waterpark with thrill-seeking rides and a wave pool boasting the Pocono mountains in the background.
193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372
Outdoor waterparks for summer fun
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, and 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 07734
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
For the latest 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 slides. 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, like The Big Bambu and Reef Runner, where you all pile onto a raft and then brace for the six-foot plunge. Other rides include Boreas, Eurus, Zephyrus, 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
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, cabanas (fitting up to 8 guests), lockers to keep valuables safe, and a nearby hotel.
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
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
Crystal Springs Family Waterpark
The Township of East Brunswick is home to New Jersey’s first municipal waterpark, offering accessible, safe, and fun water activities for the whole family. This facility features several main attractions—a recreational pool, lap pool, spray park, kiddie pool, activity pool, family pool, lazy river, and water slides. 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
The Splashplex-East Hanover
An extension of the Funplex, the action turns wet outside during the summer at their 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 your crew is ready to take it down a notch, the whole family can relax together while floating down the lazy river or swimming in the infinity pool.
182 NJ-10, East Hanover, NJ 07936
The Splashplex- Mount Laurel
Like the one in East Hanover, this waterpark has varying levels of slides, an activity pool, three different cafes with boardwalk themes, mini-golf, amusement rides, and a picnic pavilion steps away from an indoor amusement park. And recently, five new slides have been added, and the waterpark has doubled in size.
3320 NJ-38, Mt Laurel Township, NJ 08054
Diggerland – The Water Main 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, 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 Diggerland USA and The Water Main. And don’t miss their brand new wave pool with waves up to 4-feet-high.
100 Pinedge Drive West Berlin, NJ 08091
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 Kahuna, 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 to Clementon Park to experience kid-friendly rides, including the Vintage Carousel, Railway, and Giant Ferris Wheel.
144 Berlin Road, Clementon, NJ 08021
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 ocean views. Check out the large and small slides, 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 any time. The Revolutionary Wild 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, private cabanas, changing rooms, a shower area, and concession stands when it’s time for a treat.
800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
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
Morey’s Piers & Raging Waters Waterpark
This South Jersey water haven has been 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
Tomahawk Lake Waterpark
Visit the 20-acre lake and stay for the water slides. Tomahawk Lake Waterpark is celebrating its 70th year. Take the Crazy Horse Run, Apache Plunge, or the serpentine body slide known as the Sitting Bull. If you are looking for a coaster ride sled down Geronimo or take a single or double tube down the Black Snake. After an afternoon of waterpark fun, check out the 18-hole golf course, volleyball area, and the old-fashioned picnic area with more than 800 tables.
155 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta Township, NJ 07871
Thundering Surf Waterpark
Celebrating 45 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, and 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 water bottles.
Bay & Taylor Avenues, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008
If you’re heading to the amusement park, make sure you plan to get wet too at this waterpark with younger kids in mind. Ease on down Big Bird’s Rambling River, let loose in Ernie’s Waterworks, or get splashed in the 10,000 galloon Teeney Tiny Tidal Wave. Your littles will love Elmo’s Silly Splash Slides and Abby’s Fairy Falls. It’s the perfect respite on a hot day when you’ve had your fill of the amusement rides.
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
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