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Experience the Best Rides and Thrills In New Jersey

Visitors seeking rides and thrills in New Jersey will find plenty of amusement parks and water parks scattered around the state. Whether you have a few hours or a whole day to explore, the Garden State’s parks deliver tons of fun.

Smaller Parks

Playland’s Castaway Cove on the Ocean City Boardwalk is one of the oldest amusement parks in New Jersey. Enjoy over 30 rides and the thrilling GaleForce roller coaster. It stands 125 ft. tall and has a 64mph launch speed.

Morey’s Piers is a seaside theme park in Wildwood. Spread out over three piers, the park offers more than 100 rides and attractions plus two beachfront waterparks.

Clementon Park and Splash World is one of the oldest theme parks in the United States. Enjoy the Ring of Fire roller coaster, the classic Hellcat wooden coaster, Torpedo Rush, and dozens of other fun rides.

Steel Pier at the Atlantic City Boardwalk extends over the Atlantic Ocean and offers more than 25 carnival rides, an arcade and lots of tasty treats. The Crazy Mouse ride takes the coaster experience up a notch with spinning cars.

Wild West City is a western-themed park in Stanhope. Browse Main Street and see 22 live-action shows. Enjoy stagecoach rides, train excursions, panning for gold, and a barnyard zoo. Stop by the Golden Nugget Saloon for refreshments and live music.

Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove is a children’s park in Hope. Kids can have fun on traditional rides like the carousel or swings. The park also offers a pint-sized roller coaster and a pirate ship.

Storybook Land specializes in tame rides for small children. The park in Egg Harbor Township recreates scenes from popular children’s stories and nursery rhymes.

Many of the boardwalks in New Jersey offer rides, games, family activities and arcades. Visit Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven or Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City.

Water Parks

During the warmer months you’ll find plenty of water parks in New Jersey where you can cool off and experience water slide excitement. Ride Zero G at Mountain Creek in Vernon. Standing 10 stories tall, it’s the world’s highest double looping water thrill ride. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson offers Cannonball, Wahini, and Jurahnimo Falls. All three rides go from zero to 40mph in seconds.

Drop five stories in three seconds on Cliff Dive at Ocean Oasis Water Park & Beach Club in Wildwood. WipeOut, is a thrilling six-lane water race course. Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark in Seaside Heights is notable for Salem’s Scream. It gets its name because the floor drops out from under riders and it has a 50-ft. drop. Thundering Surf Water Park in Beach Haven offers Flowrider, so everyone can experience the fun of simulated surfing.

It’s also available for boogie boarding during the day. Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlin boasts an indoor waterpark open year-round plus a two-acre outdoor park open from May-September. The four-seater Mt. Kilimanjaro water slide is a raft ride that’s fun for the whole family. Runaway Rapids in Keansburg offers 18 water slides. Mega Bunga Falls delivers a heart-stopping drop and Soaring Thunder provides plenty of thrills as you slide around curves on your way to the big splash at the bottom.

Funplex in Mount Laurel offers five-story waterslides, a 500-ft. lazy river for floating, plus bowling and bumper cars. Aquastrictor includes a plunge through a translucent tube on the slide down. OC Waterpark in Ocean City features 35 family-friendly rides, plus water slides and a water playground. Serpentine Body Slide is eight stories tall. Raging Waters in Wildwood offers a variety of water attractions including a lazy river for floating. On River Adventure you’ll float past grottos, a geyser and waterfalls.

No matter which amusement parks you choose to visit, you’ll enjoy a variety of family-friendly attractions, live entertainment and fun rides for all ages. Be sure to savor a few New Jersey treats like salt water taffy, custard, caramel popcorn, and waffle sandwiches.

Top Attractions in New Jersey

Fun Time America

Opened in 1995, Fun Time America is a fun-filled indoor amusement park located in Cliffwood in northern New Jersey. The park features a variety of rides and attractions in the 40,000 square foot facility, including Apache Helicopter, Laser Tag, and Monkey Mayhem. Other interactive attractions include the Venturer Motion Simulator and the Science Center – the latter offers up-close-and-personal views of exotic reptiles like boa constrictors, montior lizards, and iguanas. Hungry visitors will certainly want to pay a visit to the U.S.A. Cafe for a quick bite to eat.

Keansburg Amusement Park

Overlooking Raritan Bay, Keansburg Amusement Park in northern New Jersey features rides for everyone from toddlers through adults. Kids love riding the small rides including, Jolly Caterpillar, Frog Hopper, Swing Ride and the Mini-Train. With 16 family rides, families have fun together on the Tea Cups, Carousel, Flying Dragons, and more.

Those ready for an adrenalin rush, get their hearts pumping on the park's thrill rides including, the Wild Cat Roller Coaster, Moby Dick, Double Shot, and Cliff Hanger. Cool off on the park's water rides including Mountain Blast, Soaring Thunder, Lost Lagoon and the Mega Bunga Falls.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari is a 510-acre theme park in Jackson. Featuring 14 hair-raising roller coasters, it’s a thrill-seekers dream come true. Kingda Ka is the world’s tallest coaster at 456 ft. high, and the Nitro coaster offers a chilling 215-ft drop at a 76-degree angle. Justice League is a 4-D action packed ride providing interactive thrills. The full-sensory journey features wind, fire, mist, and fog effects and lifelike animatronic characters including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

Board six passenger cars that twist, tilt and spin while barreling around 360-degree turns. The elaborate action attraction allows you to battle alongside your favorite super heroes as they take on super villains like Lex Luthor and The Joker. You’ll also find lots of family attractions, children’s activities, and live entertainment. When you tire of the rides, explore Safari Off Road Adventure. The 350-acre wildlife preserve is home to 1200 animals.

During the summer months cool off at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor next door. Throughout the year, Great Adventure offers seasonal events like Fright Fest at Halloween and Holiday in The Park, when the park becomes a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights.