20 Amazing Amusement Parks in New Jersey, New York And Pennsylvania That THRILL Kids

Posted on: April 18th, 2019 by

We originally published our listing of Amazing Amusement Parks in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in 2015. This listing of local amusement parks is now updated annually.

 

Nothing sounds like summer more than the excited screams of children riding their first roller coaster. New Jersey has a variety of amusement parks ready for a visit from your family, and we’ll tell you where to find them!

 

We compiled a list of all of the great amusement parks in New Jersey – plus a few in our surrounding metro area. We think your kids will love a visit, and so will you!

 

 

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Amusement Parks in North Jersey

Here’s a look at some of the New Jersey amusement parks in North Jersey families should check out. These include amusement parks in Morris County and Warren County.

Morris County NJ Amusement Parks

The East Hanover Funplex

Year round indoor fun gets even better in the summer with the opening of Splashplex, an all ages outdoor waterpark.

    • The East Hanover Funplex is located at 182 Route 10 West in East Hanover.
    • Read our review of Funplex East Hanover – 5 Things You Need to Know About Funplex East Hanover.
    • Funplex is open year round!
    • Hours vary by season but are generally 4 PM – 10 PM weekdays and extended hours on the weekends.
    • Parking for The Funplex is free in their own parking lot.
    • Admission to Funplex is free; wristbands for rides and attractions start at $25. Arcade games and Splashplex admission is an additional fee. A summer season pass is available.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (973) 428-1166 or visit their site at funplexeasthanover.com.

 

Warren County NJ Amusement Parks

Land of Make Believe

With a water park and rides it’s a great choice for a warm day! Land of Make Believe is geared toward little ones so if you’re just starting out with amusement parks this is a perfect option.

    • The Land of Make Believe is located at 354 Great Meadows Rd in Hope.
    • Read our review of the Land of Make Believe review here
    • Open for the public WEEKENDS ONLY starting Memorial Day weekend (including Memorial Day Monday) thru 3rd weekend in June. Open for the public EVERY DAY from June 15 thru Labor Day. Land of Make Believe will also be open on the weekend after Labor Day.
    • Hours are from 10 AM – 6 PM.
    • Tickets for Land of Make Believe start at $32 for children. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Land of Make Believe is included in your admission price in their own parking lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (908) 459-9000 or visit their site at lomb.com.

At this time there aren’t amusement parks in Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Passaic County, Sussex County and Union County. If we find any we will let you know.

 

Amusement Parks in Central New Jersey

For Central Jersey amusement parks we are including the one theme park that exists in Monmouth County. 

Monmouth County NJ Amusement Parks

iPlay America

A fully enclosed indoor amusement park and arcade, iPlay America is one of our JFF favorites. Enjoy a 4D theater, laser tag, good food and fun rides inside. Admission into the building and parking is free, rides are pay as you go.

    • iPlay America is located at 110 Schanck Road in Freehold.
    • Read all about iPlay America here
    • iPlay America is open year round!
    • Hours vary by season but are generally weekdays 4 PM – 9 PM and extended hours on weekends.
    • Admission into iPlay America is free, and unlimited rides start at $11.99. Summer season passes are available. Arcade games are extra. 
    • Parking for iPlay America is free in their own parking lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (732) 577-8200 or visit their site at iplayamerica.com.

 

Fun times on the Freedom Rider at iPlay America

Fun times on the Freedom Rider!

Keansburg Amusement Park

Located right by the bay, Keansburg Amusement Park is a fun Jersey Shore place to spend a day!

    • The Keansburg Amusement Park is located at 275 Beachway Avenue in Keansburg.
    • Keansburg Amusement Park rides are by ticket. The waterpark is admission by 2 hour increments. 
    • Read our review of Keansburg Amusement Park at 10 Things to Do at Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids.
    • Keansburg Amusement Park opens for weekends beginning April 6 and weekday hours start Memorial Day weekend.
    • Keansburg Amusement Park closes for weekdays on Labor Day but remains open weekends the through September.
    • Hours vary, but are generally 10 AM – 10 PM.
    • There is a parking lot behind the amusement park for a $5 weekday fee or $7 weekend fee. On street meter parking is also available. 
    • Admission to the rides is by individual tickets and the waterpark is by hour starting at $14.95 for toddlers. Season passes are available.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (732) 495-1400 or visit their site at keansburgamusementpark.com.

We haven’t found amusement parks in Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and Somerset County. If you know of any, please comment below and let us know.

 

Amusement Parks in South Jersey

South Jersey is home to the most amusement parks in New Jersey. Enjoy these NJ Amusement parks at the Jersey Shore and in South Jersey including those in Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County and Ocean County.

Atlantic County NJ Amusement Parks

Steel Pier

The classic Atlantic City boardwalk once again has rides! Steel Pier offers rides for all ages right on the Atlantic Ocean.

    • The Steel Pier is located at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
    • Rides are by ticket; games and food are available as well.
    • Steel Pier opens for the season beginning April 6 for weekends, weekday hours start on June 14.
    • Steel Pier closes for the season on September 2 but remains open weekends throughout October 12. 
    • Hours vary by season.
    • Ride admission is by individual ticket, tickets are $1.25.
    • Parking for the Steel Pier is available in lots or casino parking garages nearby, at a fee.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (866) 386-6659 or visit their site at steelpier.com.

 

Storybook Land

A family favorite for over 60 years! Storybook Land brings children’s classics to life through rides, attractions and cute displays kids will love.

    • Storybook Land is located at 6415 E Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township.
    • Tickets are by general admission, pay one price. Ticket prices at Storybook Land start at $25.50. Season passes are available.
    • Storybook Land opens for the season weekends beginning April 6, weekday hours begin on May 1.
    • Storybook Land closes for the season December 30, with limited weekday hours after Labor Day.
    • Hours vary by season.
    • Parking for Storybook Land is free in their own parking lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (609) 646-0103 or visit their site at storybookland.com.

 

Burlington County NJ Amusement Parks

The Mt Laurel Funplex

    • The Mt Laurel Funplex is located at 3320-24 Route 38 in Mt Laurel.
    • Read our review of The Funplex- Mt. Laurel here. Funplex offers free admission and free parking, and plenty of options for ride passes! Year round indoor fun gets even better in the summer with the opening of Splashplex, an all ages outdoor waterpark.
    • The Funplex Mt. Laurel is open year round!
    • Hours vary by season but are generally 4 PM – 10 PM weekdays and extended hours on the weekends.
    • Parking for The Funplex is free in their own parking lot.
    • Admission to Funplex is free; wristbands for rides and attractions start at $20. Arcade games and Splashplex admission is an additional fee. A summer season pass is available.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (856) 273-9061 or visit their site at funplexmountlaurel.com

 

Camden County NJ Amusement Parks

Diggerland USA

Diggerland USA is the only construction themed adventure park in the US where children and families can drive, ride and operate actual machinery. The park, which covers about 14 acres in West Berlin, New Jersey (20 minutes from Philadelphia), has over 25 attractions.What more can we say except how much we love the unique Diggerland USA! With new rides and activities being added all the time, if you’ve ever been, it’s time to go back! As much fun for the adults as the kids, plan to spend all day digging, riding, now even flying.

    • Diggerland USA is located at 100 Pinedge Ct in West Berlin.
    • Click over to read everything you want to know about Diggerland USA
    • Diggerland USA opens for the season weekends in mid-March, and daily in June with open hours for school holidays through the end of the calendar year.
    • Diggerland USA closes for the season weekdays on Labor Day, but remains open weekends through late November.
    • Hours vary by season but are generally 10 AM – 6 PM.
    • Diggerland USA tickets begin at $29.95. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Diggerland USA is free in their own parking lot.
      • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (856) 768-1110 or visit their site at diggerlandusa.com.

 

Spin DIzzy ride during Diggerland Camp Out Camp Out & Dig In in Berlin New Jersey

On his favorite ride, the Spin Dizzy at Diggerland.


 

Clementon Park and Splashworld

    • Clementon Park and Splashworld is located at 144 Berlin Road in Clementon.
    • This South Jersey amusement park has been around for over 100 years! Now with a fun water park, it’s time to explore this gem.
    • Clementon Park opens for the season with weekend hours on May 24, weekday hours begin June 13.
    • Clementon Park closes for the season weekdays on Labor Day, but remains open on weekends until October 13.
    • Hours vary but are generally 11 AM – 8 PM.
    • Daily admission begins at $34.99 when purchased online. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Clementon Park and Splashworld is available for $10 in their parking lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (856) 783-0263 or visit their site at clementonpark.com.

 

Cape May County NJ Amusement Parks

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier

    • Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is located at the Boardwalk in Ocean City.
    • Your classic boardwalk rides in the family friendly town of Ocean City. Rides are indoor and outdoor, and are ticket based. 
    • Gillian’s Wonderland Pier opens for the season in April – indoor rides first. More details coming soon.
    • Gillian’s Wonderland Pier closes for the season … date coming soon!
    • Information about hours coming soon
    • Tickets at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier are ticket based.
    • Parking for Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is available in municipal lots and by parking meters.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (609) 399-7082 or visit their site at gillians.com.

Morey’s Piers

    • Morey’s Piers is located at 3501 Boardwalk in Wildwood.
    • Read our Morey’s Piers reviews. Morey’s offers THREE piers of rides! There’s some major roller coasters and plenty for the little ones. Want more than rides? How about two waterparks AND a tram car to connect them all.  
    • Morey’s Piers opens for the season on April 13 for weekends, weekdays in early June.
    • Morey’s Piers closes for the season weekends in October, weekdays in early September.
    • Hours vary by pier and waterpark.
    • Tickets for Morey’s Piers have many options – rides available by ticket, or wristband; waterpark admission available with boardwalk rides or without. Season passes for both or either also available.
    • Parking for Morey’s Piers is available in local parking lots, or on street by meters.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (609) 729-3700 or visit their site at moreyspiers.com.

 

moreys piers rides

 

Playland’s Castaway Cove

    • Playland’s Castaway Cove is located at 1020 Boardwalk in Ocean City.
    • Over 30 rides for kids of all ages right on the famed Ocean City boardwalk. Don’t miss the go karts! 
    • Playland’s Castaway Cove opens for the season weekends on April 13, more information about opening and closing dates coming soon.
    • Hours vary … more information coming soon.
    • Rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove are by individual ticket.
    • Parking for Playland’s Castaway Cove is available in municipal lots and by parking meters.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (609) 399-4751 or visit their site at oceancityfun.com.

Ocean County NJ Amusement Parks

Blackbeard’s Cave

    • Blackbeard’s Cave is located at 136 Atlantic City Blvd in Bayville.
    • Blackbeard’s Cave is open for the season in April. More details coming soon.
    • Hours are 2 PM to 10 PM.
    • Admission into the facility is free, rides and attractions at Blackbeard’s Cave are ticket based. Daily passes are available for $20 and $35.
    • Parking for Blackbeard’s Cave is free in their own parking lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (732) 552-4646 or visit their site at blackbeardscave.com.

Casino Pier

Seaside Heights boardwalk has seen some tough times in the last decade but don’t count them out! Casino Pier is open and operating the classic boardwalk rides you remember. There’s also a water park for those hot summer days.

    • The Casino Pier is located at 800 Ocean Terrace in Seaside Heights.
    • Read our 2018 review of Casino Pier! 
    • Casino Pier opens for the season on April 13 with limited availability of rides and attractions until mid-June.
    • Casino Pier closes in mid-October.
    • Tickets for Casino Pier have many options – rides available by ticket, or wristband; waterpark admission available with boardwalk rides or without.
    • Hours for the attractions vary, and vary by season.
    • Metered parking is available throughout Seaside Heights, and there are private parking lots available.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (732) 793-6488 or visit their site at casinopiernj.com.

 

casino pier ride

 

Eagleswood Amusement Park

With rides, miniature golf and an arcade, Eagleswood offers enough for little ones who may get overwhelmed at the larger parks. Visit it on your way to LBI, or when you’ve had enough beach time!

    • The Eagleswood Amusement Park is located at 597 Main Street in West Creek.
    • Wristbands required for rides.
    • Eagleswood Amusement Park opens for the season on … dates coming soon!
    • Hours – information coming soon.
    • Tickets at Eagleswood Amusement Park are by ride, or $18.95 for an unlimited wristband.
    • Parking information coming soon.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (609) 978-6606 or visit their site at eagleswoodamusementpark.com.

Fantasy Island Amusement Park

An LBI classic! Rides, games and more just steps from the beach.

    • Fantasy Island Amusement Park is located at 320 7th Street in Beach Haven.
    • Fantasy Island Amusement Park opens for the season on – schedule coming soon!
    • Hours coming soon!
    • Rides at Fantasy Island are by individual ticket.
    • Parking information coming soon.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (609) 492-4000 or visit their site at fantasyislandlbi.com.

 

Jenkinson's Boardwalk Amusement rides

 

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Jenkinsons offers so much you may not even make it to the beach! With an aquarium, fun house, miniature golf, ropes course, arcade and rides, it’ll be one of your family’s favorites. 

    • Jenkinson’s Boardwalk is located at 300 Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach.
    • Read our Jenkinson’s Boardwalk reviews
    • Jenkinson’s Boardwalk opens for the season with weekend hours starting April 13, more information about hours coming soon.
    • Hours vary, more information coming soon.
    • Rides are available by ticket or wristband. 
    • Parking for Jenkinson’s Boardwalk is available in municipal and private lots nearby, or on street. There is no free parking available.
    • To buy your Jenkinson’s Boardwalk tickets in advance or learn more call (732) 892-0600 or visit their site at jenkinsons.com.

 

Six Flags Great Adventure Safari

Feed a giraffe while you visit Six Flags Great Adventure.

 

Six Flags Great Adventure

If you’re looking for thrills at amusement parks in New Jersey you can’t beat Six Flags. But even if you’re not looking for the major coasters you will have something to smile about! The Looney Tunes characters, the kids shows, the sky ride and the neighboring Hurricane Harbor make Six Flags one of our favorite New Jersey attractions. Bonus that they’re open from March-December!

    • Six Flags Great Adventure is located at 1 Six Flags Blvd in Jackson.
    • Read our Six Flags Great Adventure reviews
    • Six Flags Great Adventure opens with weekend hours only starting April 6, weekday hours begin May 23.
    • Six Flags Great Adventure weekday hours end on September 2 but remains open weekends until 1/1/2020.
    • Hours vary by day and season.
    • Tickets for Six Flags Great Adventure start at $51.99 when purchased online. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Six Flags Great Adventure is available for $25 in their own parking lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (732) 928-2000 or visit their site at sixflags.com/greatadventure.

 

At this time there are no amusement parks in Cumberland County, Gloucester County, or Salem County. If that changes we’ll let you know.

 

six flags view from cable cars

 

Other Amusement Parks near New Jersey

Amusement Parks in Pennsylvania

  • Dorney Park is located at 3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA.
    • Read our Dorney Park review here.
    • Dorney Park opens for the season weekends in April and the waterpark opens Memorial Day weekend.
    • Hours vary, check website for details.
    • Tickets for Dorney Park start at $34.99. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Dorney Park is $20.00 at the park and $18.00 on the website in advance.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (610) 395-3724 or visit their site at dorneypark.com.
  • Dutch Wonderland is located at 2249 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA.
    • Dutch Wonderland opens for the season weekends in early May and weekday hours begin Memorial Day weekend. They remain open through mid-October, weekend only hours begin Labor Day.
    • Hours are generally 10 AM – 8:30 PM but do vary.
    • Tickets for Dutch Wonderland start at $35.99. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Dutch Wonderland is $5/day and available in their private lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (866) 386-28394 or visit their site at dutchwonderland.com.
  • Knoebels Amusement Resort is located at 391 Knoebels Blvd, Elysburg, PA.
    • Knoebels Amusement Resort opens for the season weekends in April and weekday hours begin May 22. They remain open through the end of October, weekend only hours begin Labor Day.
    • Hours vary.
    • Admission to Knoebels Amusement Resort is free! Rides are pay as you go or by pass. 
    • Parking for Knoebels Amusement Resort is freeand available in their private lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (570) 672-2572 or visit their site at knoebels.com.
  • Hershey Park is located at 100 W Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA.
    • Hershey Park opens for the season weekends in April and weekday hours begin May 23. They remain open through the end of 2019, weekend only hours begin Labor Day.
    • Hours vary.
    • Admission to Hershey Park begins at $46.95. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Hershey Park begins at $15 and is available in their private lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (717) 534-3900 or visit their site at hersheypark.com.

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  • Sesame Place is located at 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA.
    • Sesame Place opens for the season weekends in April and weekday hours begin Memorial Day weekend. They remain open through the end of 2019, weekend only hours begin Labor Day.
    • Hours vary.
    • Admission to Sesame Place begins at $49.99. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Sesame Place begins at $23 and is available in their private lot.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (215) 752-7070 or visit their site at sesameplace.com.

 

Hersheypark Hershey Triple Tower

Choose your Thrill at the Hershey Triple Tower.

 

Amusement Parks in New York

  • Adventureland is located at 2245 NY-110, Farmingdale, NY.
    • Adventureland opens for the season weekends in April and weekday hours begin Memorial Day weekend. They remain open through the end of 2019, weekend only hours begin Labor Day.
    • Hours vary.
    • Admission to Adventureland is free. Rides are by tickets or a ride pass begins at $33.99. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Adventureland is free.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (631) 694-6868 or visit their site at adventureland.us.

 

  • Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is located at 3059 Deno Vourderis Place, Brooklyn, NY.
    • Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park opens for the season weekends in April and weekday hours begin in June. They remain open through Labor Day.
    • Hours vary.
    • Admission to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is free. Rides are by tickets.
    • Parking for Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is on street or in independent parking lots.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (718) 372-2592. or visit their site at denoswonderwheel.com.

 

  • Luna Park, Coney Island is located at 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
    • Luna Park opens for the season weekends in May and weekday hours begin Memorial Day weekend. They remain open through the end of October, weekend only hours begin Labor Day.
    • Hours vary.
    • Admission to Luna Park is free. Rides are by tickets or a ride pass begins at $33.99. Season passes are available.
    • Parking for Luna Park is free.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (718) 373-5862 or visit their site at lunaparknyc.com 

 

  • Rye Playland is located at 1 Playland Pkwy, Rye, NY.
    • Rye Playland opens for the season weekends in May. More details coming.
    • Hours vary, more details coming.
    • Admission to Rye Playland starts at $20 for riders, $10 for spectators. Prices are reduced for Westchester residents.
    • Parking for Rye Playland starts at $10/car.
    • To buy your amusement park tickets in advance or learn more call (914) 813-7010 or visit their site at playlandpark.org.

 

Which of these local amusement parks in New Jersey is your favorite to visit with your family?

 

To arrange a feature on your amusement park contact Jennifer Auer publisher, jenniferauer@jerseyfamilyfun.com.

 

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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