Dive into a water park
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Water parks and summer go hand in hand. Luckily, New Jersey is home to plenty of wet and wild parks, but none are more splashy than the new DreamWorks Waterpark, located inside the American Dream mega-mall in East Rutherford. Many other water parks operate in larger theme parks on the shore and around the state. Here is a selection of water parks that flow in their own way.
On the site of the infamous Action Park, this water park (a ski resort in winter) features five slides, a wave pool, cliff jumps and more, all famed for its safety. Lockers and cabins are available for hire. Refreshments can be purchased at the park’s two concession stands.
200 Route 94, 973-827-2000
Reopening in 2021, this rural park is designed to appeal to adults and children of all ages. Descend seven waterslides or navigate the lake in boats ranging from rowboats to a paddle steamer for 20 people. Swim or wade on the white sand beach, or have a family picnic on the park-like grounds. New for 2021 is Papoose Land, a lakeside play structure for children 4 feet and under.
155 Tomahawk Trail, 973-398-7777
No matter what the weather is outside, the temperature at DreamWorks Water Park is always a gentle 81 degrees. Year round, enjoy epic attractions like North America’s largest indoor wave pool and slides up to 14 stories high.
1 American Dream Way, 833-263-7326
After closing its doors last year, this popular indoor water park is once again ready to welcome guests. About 150,000 gallons of water are used to power attractions like an aquatic gym, a lazy river, and nearly 300 meters of waterslide. Also in the spotlight: an indoor / outdoor spa reserved for adults and a paddling pool for the little ones. To continue having fun, book a stay at the adjoining ML hotel.
915 Route 73, 856-802-3988
This indoor / outdoor water park offers the best of both worlds, whatever the weather. Inside there are slides, a man-made river, New Jersey’s only FlowRider indoor surf simulator and more. Outside, enjoy a wave pool, a traditional pool and a playground with water games for children. Play in the arcade and grab a bite to eat in the full-service coffee bar.
535 North Route 73, 856-767-7580
Beach Haven, LBI
Considered the oldest continuously operating water park in the world, Thundering Surf opened in 1977 with four concrete slides. That number has grown to six tube slides and one treadmill slide. La Lazy, the park’s Crazy River alternates between a 30-minute Lazy mode and a 20-minute Crazy mode. Facilities include rental of lockers and cabins, as well as three concession stands.
300 Taylor Avenue, 609-492-0869
This oceanfront water park on the Ocean City promenade features the pirate-themed Lil ‘Buc’s Bay playground, three slides, and a man-made river. Dry off with a swing at OC Adventure Golf. For something a little more extreme, jump 25 feet in the air with the OC Air Jumpers, or climb OC Adventure Peak, the park’s 35-foot climbing wall.
728 Promenade, 609-399-0483
Located on the Wildwood Boardwalk, this outdoor water park combines beach views with over 10 attractions. Hurricane Island, the park’s multi-level play structure, stands out with its interactive water games, three slides and giant 1,000 gallon tilting bucket. Drink and dine at the park bar and two restaurants. Cabins are available for hire.
3500 Promenade, 609-729-5600
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