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 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 #NJMOM 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)
Diggerfest Fall Festival is back and bigger than before
Come September, Diggerland transforms into a fall wonderland full of foliage, forklifts, and nonstop fun where you can experience the park with the leaf-changing season. There are 40+ rides and attractions to enjoy during the Diggerfest Fall Festival. You won’t want to miss the pipe roll, fun maze, carnival games, live music, hole-n-face boards for photo ops, and delicious fall food options. 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 (giant checkers, anyone?). And this year, the Diggerfest area is its biggest celebration yet, with even more activities to enjoy like balloon animals, parachute games, firetruck rides, and a show horse.
Diggerfest is fall fun for the whole family.
The fall festival frequently features the Parade of Machines, where Diggerland USA mascots, fire trucks, tractors, and more are on display. When you’re ready for a break, try some tasty fall treats and sit by the bonfire (you can purchase s’mores). On select weekends of October 8-9 and 15-16, the carnival show will be coming to Diggerland. Catch one of the three performances a day, featuring a tight rope, juggling, rescue dogs, and this year, a silk act. All the fall fun of the Diggerfest Fall Festival continues until November and is included in the price of admission (a few of the games and activities are an additional cost).
Diggerland USA Highlights
Diggerland is the only construction theme park in the U.S., which means you know you’re going to 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 since 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.
Then, 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.
Summer at Diggerland
With the temps heating up and the chance to be outside, summer is a fantastic time to spend at Diggerland. Open every day until early September and then weekends after that, it’s a great time to plan a trip—you can check out the newest attractions and scope out the waterpark, all with the price of one admission. At the waterpark, splash around in the massive new wave pool, Claw Hammer Cove, transverse the Carpool Lane with two parallel courses crossing a 24-foot-long pool or glide down open and closed flume body slides at The Pipeline. Test your skills on the classic water obstacle course Rip Rap Run, wade in Bulldozer Bay, or feel the whirlpool effects at Digger River & Vortex. Your littles can also cool down at the splash playground, Jackhammer Bay, or sink a shot at the Aqua Shot basketball nets. In the amusement park, kids will love the rebooted Shake N’ Roll V2, which has new rollers, giving them all the independence of driving on their own on the specialty course. And there is the new custom build Crazy Cranes, which offers the experience of using a tower crane without being 250 feet in the air. Kids will also love the Mini-Dig as they operate the arm of a JCB 8018 mini-excavator with a hook, picking up shapes and adding them to their matching holes. And don’t forget to stop by the newly renovated Crawl Space, where kids can climb and get their energy out while weary parents can park themselves on the benches nearby.
Diggerland USA 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 it’s hot. Kids will go love jumping around the construction-themed splash pads, water slides, aqua ball, and more, and it’s all included in general admission. At Claw Hammer Cove, the wave pool mimics a real ocean with zero entry and 4-foot waves. Within it, there are new challenges, 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 new 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. Everyone in our group had a blast, from the toddler set to the grown-ups, and found rides and attractions inside the park catering to their age group. This makes it an especially great outing with multiple kids or families of different ages.
Parking is free (another win), and there are several different food options within the park. However, guests can’t bring in outside food or beverages. Day passes are $45.95 during the Fall season and $49.95 in the summer when the water park is open. 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. Also, don’t forget to follow NJMOM on YouTube and subscribe to our channel for all of our latest videos.
We had so much fun at Diggerland—have you been?
This post is sponsored by Diggerland USA, where kids and adults can drive, ride, soak and slide their way to fun.
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