Sure, a construction-themed amusement park sounds cool, but until you see Diggerland USA in West Berlin for yourself, you will not believe your eyes. As you watch your kids confidently drive a real tractor, hear their squeals as they scoop up dirt with a mini-digger, or climb onto and ride a full-size excavator, you realize Diggerland USA is something else. With this gem in South Jersey, 20 miles from Philadelphia (West Berlin, to be exact), your family can experience an unforgettable day together filled with fun, thrills, and even a little education. The NJ MOM Squad had a chance to experience Diggerland, and it’s safe to say everyone—from the littles to mom and dad—had a blast. Tune in to our video below for a look at this amusement park’s highlights, and read on for what to expect when you visit. (featured photo taken at Diggerland USA)
Get in the spirit at the Diggerland USA Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show
Buckle up and drive through America’s only construction-themed park, where trucks, construction vehicles, and mesmerizing tunnels are all lit up for the holidays. From now until January 7, 2024, between 5:30 PM-9:30 PM, you can experience holiday fun right from your car and tune into their HoliDIG radio station to fill your car with holiday spirit. Littles will love to see all their favorite trucks, diggers, and loaders, along with festive scenes with colorful, glowing lights. Tickets are $34.95, and you can buy tickets at the gate, but it is recommended to buy your tickets online ahead of time. The Fork Lift Cafe will also be serving up some tasty treats during this festive event.
Diggerland Fall Festival fun
Come September, Diggerland transforms into a fall wonderland full of foliage, forklifts, and nonstop fun, with 40+ rides and attractions to enjoy during the Diggerfest Fall Festival. You won’t want to miss the pipe roll, fun maze, live music, and yummy fall food treats. Kids will love to visit the goats, chickens, and more at the petting zoo, try the autumn hay maze, climb aboard a hayride, decorate pumpkins, and play seasonal games (hi-striker, anyone?).
The fall festival frequently features the Parade of Machines, where Diggerland USA mascots, fire trucks, tractors, and more are displayed. When you’re ready for a break, try some tasty fall treats and sit by the bonfire (you can purchase s’mores). The new Lumberjack Claw lets children and families operate a real log loader with a huge arcade claw, and the Hook & Ladder seasonal emergency vehicle display is a great place to take photos.
Diggerland USA Highlights
Diggerland is the only construction theme park in the US, which means you know you’ll be in for a ton of one-of-a-kind experiences you can’t do anywhere else. There is so much to take in for little ones—from the mini-diggers where they can dig for treasures to the skid steers and tractors they get to steer themselves—it’s all totally hands-on and super fun. Our kids loved taking the dumper trucks around the track and hopping on the battle trucks for a little off-road adventure. The Dig-A-Round was a huge favorite—I mean, what kid wouldn’t love a merry-go-round where you ride in the scoop of an excavator?
For the bigger kids (and adults), there are rides that up the thrill factor. Head up into the Sky Shuttle—a telehandler that pushes you 50 feet into the air, or conquer that adrenaline rush on the Spin Dizzy—which lifts and spins you as you sit in an excavator bucket and hold on. For a bird’s eye view of the whole park, the Soaring Eagle zip line takes you on a 700-foot ride that shows you all of Diggerland USA (and then some). And we can’t forget Diggerland XL—a chance for adults to operate the full power of heavy machinery—excavators, loaders, and dozers, with guided instruction from a professional. And while the big machinery is the star attraction, it’s the little touches throughout the park add to the family fun. From a ropes course and bright, fun playground to an arcade and other on-theme games, there are surprises at every turn to wow your whole crew.
Host a Construction-Theme Birthday Party
Why not blow out those birthday candles at Diggerland USA and find the perfect party package for your little construction worker? Check out the Birthday Party packages at Diggerland, where you can party with up to 30 friends with everything from amusement park excitement to pizza and drinks. You can add to your party with birthday extras such as the Birthday Bundle, complete with a construction vest and hard hat, or add on Pizza, Pretzel Bites, Goodie Bags, and so much more.
Diggerland’s Waterpark, “The Water Main”
With a vast new wave pool and attractions, Diggerland’s 2-acre water park, The Water Main, is the place to go when summer begins. Kids will love jumping around the construction-themed splash pads, water slides, aqua balls, and more, and it’s all included in general admission. Claw Hammer Cove’s wave pool mimics a real ocean with zero entry and 4-foot waves. There are challenges within it, including the Rip Rap Run obstacle course that lets you walk on water and the exciting Carpool Lane—a crossing course for traversing the 24-foot-long pool using floating themed pads and the overhead horizontal handholds grid. In mid-course, get ready for a flood of rushing water from the overhanging water cranes. And you won’t have to stay wet—there are lockers to stash your stuff, and you can even rent a personal cabana for the day full of lounge chairs, a ceiling fan, a refrigerator, and more. Enjoy a comfy shaded area for eating and a cafe with food options to fuel you for the day, too.
Diggerland USA—What To Know Before You Go
One of the best things about Diggerland is that there is truly something for every age. During the holidays, the Diggerland USA Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show is a must-see. For the holidays, the park is only open for the drive-thru experience; the rides are not open at that time.
When the rides are open, parking is free (another win), and the park has several different food options. However, guests can’t bring in outside food or beverages. Most rides are included with the cost of admission, except the Diggerland XL experiences and The Soaring Eagle Zip Line, which have additional charges.
If your kids love construction equipment (what kid doesn’t?), or even if you’re looking for something fun and unique to do as a family, Diggerland is a must to put on your NJMOM bucket list. And for the most up-to-date info about the park, visit their Instagram and Facebook (share your selfie snaps on social media with the hashtag #diggerlandusa). Also, don’t forget to follow NJMOM on YouTube and subscribe to our channel for our latest videos.
We had so much fun at Diggerland—have you been?
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