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Best Water Parks in New Jersey

Updated on May 24, 2012

Here are some of the best water parks in New Jersey including Land of make believe, mountain creek, splash world, hurricane harbor, pirate cove, sahara sams, runaway rapids, coco key water resort, splashin speedway, thundering surf and gillian's island. Water parks provide lots of fun for kids and adults. Most water parks open from May through labor day weekend. Feel free to vote in the poll and post your experiences in the comment section below.

List of best water parks in New Jersey:

Mountain creek, NJ
Mountain creek, NJ

1. Mountain creek:

Mountain creek is a seasonal water theme park and one of the best water parks in New Jersey. It is home to ski resort and terrain park and is just one hour drive from New York city. It offers 26 thrilling rides, slides and many attractions. Some of the features include speed slide, enclosed slide, funnel ride, mat slide, wave pool and interactive water play area. You can also rent cabanas for the day. The park is open early June through early September. Admission to the park is $35.99 for adults. They have reduced ticket price for visitors who arrive 3 hours before they close the park. You can check the website for online specials. The park is located in Vernon, New Jersey.

Main attractions include h2-oh-no, cannonball falls, bowl ride, tarzan swings, alpine pipeline, vortex and bombs away. H2-oh-no is a vertaical slide and cannonball falls is an enclosed slide. For kids and children, they have lil dippers, kids splash and fishing village. Kids splash has slides and fountains. Fishing village is a water play area and offers slides, water sprays, geysers and cannons.

2. Pirate Cove:

Kids in the park
Kids in the park

It has both a theme park and water park. The water park offers many rides and attractions for all ages. Highlights of the park include 1000 gallon dumping bucket, speed slide, tube rides, wading pool, life size pirate ship, carousel, picnic area, hay rides and train rides. Other features include boardwalk games with prizes and nine food areas. Admission to the park includes free parking and water activities.

The black hole is the thrillest water ride, and it is rated # 1 water slide in America. The sidewinder is also a thrilling ride. Pirate's plunge is a adventurous body slide and black beards pirate fort is a water play area for kids. Other main thing is 1000 gallon water dumping bucket.

3. Splash World:

Splash world water park, New Jersey
Splash world water park, New Jersey

This outdoor water park is located on Clementon, NJ. It is a combination of theme park and water park. The park has various water attractions for kids and adults. Attractions include interactive water play structure, lazy river, racing mat slide, sky river rapids family tube ride, laguna kahuna and black viper enclosed slide. Laguna kahuna is a water play area with water sprays, small slides and water tipping bucket. Shipwreck bay is a water fun zone for kids. The park is open from memorial day weekend through labor day. Admission ticket is $37.99 for adults and $27.99 for children.

4. Hurricane Harbor:

Hurricane harbor water park is inside the six flags theme park
Hurricane harbor water park is inside the six flags theme park

It is located inside a six flags theme park. The park has thrill rides, family rides and kids rides. Some of the features include bowl ride, speed slides, tube ride, wave pool, tornado funnel ride, adventure river and slides. The park is not included in the ticket price to six flags theme park. You can get discount if you buy a combo package.

Kids zone has water sprays, small slides, water bubblers, fountains, tipping bucket and water cannons. Admission tickets for both amusement park and water park is $39.99 for adults and children under 2 is free.

5. Splash Zone:

Splash zone outdoor water park in NJ
Splash zone outdoor water park in NJ

Splash zone is an outdoor water park and is located on wildwood. It offers body flumes, tree house interactive play area, family raft ride, adventure river and kids area. The park is available for group outings such as birthday parties and family gatherings. It can easily accomdate up to 400 guests. Admission price is $32 for adults and $24 for children.

More water parks in New jersey:

Sahara sam's indoor water park
Sahara sam's indoor water park

6. Sahara Sams:

Another great park in New Jersey is sahara sams. It is a 58,000 square feet indoor water park and just minutes from Philadelphia. The park has water flumes, tube river ride, samazon adventure, water slides and interactive games. Other features include arcade, indoor surfing, dining and party rooms. Some of the arcade games include guitar hero, skeeball and the hoop shot basketball game. For kids and children, they have crocodile flats water walk area, activity pool, lizard lagoon kiddie pool and water play zone.

7. Gillian's island and water park:

Gillian's island water park
Gillian's island water park

Gillian's island is located on Ocean city, New Jersey. It offers 35 family rides, water slides and miniature golf. The water park has serpentine body slide, lazy river, kids area, lil buc bay, big squirt, skypond journey slide and shotgun falls slide. Main attraction in this park is skypond journey single or double rider tube ride. Admission ticket price is $25.95 for adults.

8. Thundering surf:

Thundering surf, beach haven
Thundering surf, beach haven

Thundering surf is located on Beach haven. It offers eight gaint water slides, flow riders, body surf, lazy river, dancing fountains, gaint water bucket drop, cowabunga beach and adventure golf. Cowabunga beach is a multi level interactive play structure and adventure golf is a 18 hole golf course. Other features include miniature golf course, old fashioned ice cream parlor and infant pool.

9.Runaway rapids:

Runaway rapids in Keansburg theme park
Runaway rapids in Keansburg theme park

It is a outdoor water park located in Keansburg theme park. This water park offers lazy river, spa pools, toddler play area, go-karts, multiple slides, rope swings and kiddie lagoon. Keansburg theme park is home to many classic rides such as train ride, pretzel ride, little airlane ride and classic whip ride.

10. Coco key water resort:

Coco Key water resort, Mt laurel, NJ
Coco Key water resort, Mt laurel, NJ

It is a 55,000 indoor water park and located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. The park is just 12 miles from Philadelphia. It features body slides, raft slides, wave pool, kiddie slides, indoor spa, outdoor spa and lazy river. Other features include interactive water play center, video arcade games, dining, bar and party rooms. Admission is included for resort guests.

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I grew up in NJ and I'm pretty sure we went to Mountain Creek (it looks familiar, although the name does not ring a bell). They are a lot of fun, though, and a great break from the scorching, humid heat of a Jersey summer.

      You might want to add the locations of all of these in a Map Capsule - might be helpful for potential visitors!

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      I love all the parks you mention , although I think you forgot the Land of make believe &Pirate's cove in hope ,nj which i would put among the best, specially if you have young children.I like your hubs so have to start following you.

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      Great article and very useful for faans of water parks

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      ramurray3 5 years ago from New York City

      I just moved from NY to NJ. I find this very helpful.