Looking for a wonderful way to cool off on a hotter-than-hot day? Get yourself to a water park in New Jersey without delay. No matter which water park you visit, you’re bound to get wet and have some fun. Of course, some water parks are more entertaining than others. If you read this list and commit it to memory, you won’t waste any more time deciding what to do with the kids on a summer weekend.
Recently reopened Action Park in Essex County is just right for kids who’ve outgrown kiddie pools but aren’t quite ready for the Hydrus at Casino Pier. This water park in New Jersey offers a Soaring Eagle chair ride and an alpine roller coaster to entice park visitors to cool off and stay a while. If you like heart-stopping free fall drops, be sure to climb aboard the Bombs Away coaster. Whitewater rafting more your thing? Embark on Action Park’s Colorado Rover ride for an adventure you won’t soon forget.
It isn’t a water park in New Jersey, but Camelbeach Mountain Water Park is well worth the drive to get there. Here one may thrill to a range of rides, including the Venus SlydeTrap, zip-lines, Aquatopia and the Bombora FlowRider which rather accurately simulates the cowabunga style surfing experience in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.
Great Wolf Lodge in Scrotun, PA offers a dandy little water park just minutes away from New Jersey. Little kids don’t care about fancy Poconos resorts. What they do care about are things like zero-depth water pools, splash zones and small-size slides they can manage. Sure, there are newer parks in the Poconos, this spot remains a favorite water park for little kids. Eat at the newly opened Grizzly Jack’s restaurant and be sure to go for a round of aquatic basketball at Raccoon Lagoon.
Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA is another water park in New Jersey. Cute shows and innocently non-scary rides are the hallmark of this family-first amusement park. If you want to amuse a minivan full of preschoolers for a morning or afternoon, bring another adult and get to Sesame Place.
Kalahari is an African-themed amusement park with a retractable roof that provides family fun no matter what the weather. Bodyboard on the FlowRider or board a giant water coaster called the Anaconda. Of course, the pricey park offers kiddie-safe options, including a splash area for little ones who are taking their first steps. Find Kalahari in Pocono Manor, PA.
Hurricane Harbor in Jackson is a massive water park in New Jersey with prices to match. Ride the Big Bambu raft ride or plunge yourself into horror at 76-foot-tall Jurahnimo Falls. Kids have fun at the Discovery Bay play area, but it may be a bit boring for teens. Already gigantic, Hurricane Harbor is currently expanding their in-the-water play section, reports NJ Family magazine. Hint: For shorter lines, visit the park during the week.