This post was sponsored by Morey’s Piers who provided us with complimentary passes and food vouchers. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about New Jersey Attractions we think your family may enjoy.
Get Ready for a Full Day of Fun!
For the last 7 years my family has spent a vacation week in Wildwood Crest. Between the pool and the beach and the morning bike rides, we hadn’t experienced the water parks of Morey’s Piers. Thinking the kids were too young, or we just couldn’t find the time, we would get to the rides but never the water parks. This year all that changed, and as my husband stated, “You realize, this is the new standard,” meaning the kids will never again want to skip a Morey’s day!
Raging Waters on Mariner’s Pier
Our first choice of day saw rain and impressive thunderstorms which closed the waterparks, so on the next sunny day we packed towels and sunscreen and water and off we went to Raging Waters Water Park. Raging Waters is on the middle pier, Mariner’s Pier, behind the large iconic ferris wheel. Hours of operation vary, but we entered at their 9:30 am opening and were able to find a chair for each member of our group. Chairs were mostly taken by 10:15 am so early arrival is suggested if you plan to have some downtime while the kids play. Lockers are also available for $15/day to keep items safe. We parked our stuff near Camp Kid-tastrophe, but when my children saw the Shipwreck Shoals area, they couldn’t be pulled away. Smaller slides and a cargo net challenge could have kept them content for hours. Lines weren’t long so kids didn’t get frustrated. But we couldn’t wait – the adults were ready for more!
My 5 year old son, 9 year old daughter, and 10 year old friend mastered the Rocket Raft Run, after the whole family floated in the River Adventure. Even the least thrill seeking person – me of course – enjoyed the Sky Pond Journey ride where the ride never gets too intense. There are 5 large slides and a super fun activity pool that has a fun slide, swinging ropes, and more cargo nets for bigger kids. Even closer to noon, when the park was more crowded the lines weren’t prohibitive. We spent about 2 ½ hours at Raging Waters but definitely could have spent longer (the park closed at 6 pm that day).
Having been to other water parks where my son (42″) is limited in what he can ride, we were so happy he could join us on many slides. Slides empty into shallow water so as long as your little one has a life vest (provided by Morey’s), they can ride with the big guys!
I observed families bringing food in without issue, which is a GREAT perk. There were plenty of concessions stands and also the Wreckers Beach Grill to quench thirst or fill your belly. Since we wanted to visit the second park, we headed out and onto the tram car (included with the Morey’s ride and water park combination pass) to head to Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club.
Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club on Surfside Pier
Ocean Oasis has a similar activity pool and lazy river to Raging Waters as well as Shotgun Falls, but overall offers more of a low key, beach club feel. One side of the park has a swim up bar and hammocks. There are also firepits near the cabanas and more live music playing nearby. The kids area (Bonsai Beach) also had small slides and structures to climb on in shallow water. Kids could easily spend extended time there while parents rest on a nearby chair. Ocean Oasis might be the more low key water park, but the most intense ride was there! There are also 5 slides at Ocean Oasis, but none like Cliff Dive, where you drop 5 stories … none of us was brave enough! We enjoyed Bonsai Beach and the Puddle (a small pool just for swimming), and then headed back to the hotel for a rest.
Food at Morey’s – Boardwalk Fare and Healthy Options
On the boardwalk you can expect pizza, fried food, ice cream and fries. Moreys offers all that, of course, and more! Before starting our second water park visit, we headed to Stubborn Brothers, a casual dining area with amazing beach and water park views, and delicious healthy food. If you need a break from water park fun, you can’t go wrong getting a table at Stubborn Brothers, listening to some live music and eating some super tasty and healthy food. We ate a Caesar salad, Caprese salad, and the kids had the chicken tenders kids meals.
In the evening, we enjoyed some fresh tacos to go from Taco Joint, at Mariner’s Pier. Plenty of table seating was nearby for to-go eating, or table service was available. Once again we were impressed with the selections! The food was tasty and filling and didn’t leave us feeling sluggish as we walked to the next pier. Later on we enjoyed the obligatory fried food with a large order of fried Oreos from La Bakerie at Mariner’s Pier because how can you resist? You won’t go hungry at Morey’s and you’ll even feel good about your choices.
Any Time is a Great Time for Morey’s Piers Rides!
You can’t walk onto the boardwalk at Wildwood and not see the ride piers – the iconic Ferris Wheel, the huge roller coasters and the high thrill sling rides. Morey’s offers three piers with rides for all ages and each is one you’ll want to visit. We returned to the boardwalk after a rest at the hotel and were ready to ride until we dropped. The rides open up in the early afternoon though, so if you’re only there for the day, you can certainly keep going.
Remember, there are only 2 thrill seekers in our family but there were plenty of rides for all of us. Height requirements are clearly stated and the ticket booths have a measurement guide. We started our ride adventures at Mariner’s Pier around 6 pm and there were no lines. We enjoyed some family competition on the bumper cars and Sunny’s Lookout Lighthouse before cruising on a Flying Galleon over Raging Waters waterpark. Pirates of the Wildwoods was a fun ride for my pirate enthusiast, but abide by the sign at Ghost Ship! That attraction is definitely better suited for ages 10 and up as Morey’s warns, but a calming ride on the carousel soothed the fears.
We then headed to Surfside Pier and right to the new Kong ride. Being up high gave us a great view of the whole pier at sunset and the ride was more intense than we thought! But you can control how high your plane goes, so once we adjusted it all of us had a fun ride. It and the Great Nor’easter are the big thrill rides on the pier, but my crowd loved the kid rides, Dante’s Dungeon, and the Flitzer roller coaster. Even in the dark the Zoom Phloom log flume ride was thrilling riders! Surfside Pier at night was the place to be!
Our combo pass wristbands were great in keeping our visit going quickly and we didn’t have to say no to any ride for lack of tickets! Lines were short until about 8/8:30 pm but even then they were reasonable. Rides stay open until midnight in peak season, and stores and food places on the boardwalk will be open as well.
A night at the boardwalk is a Wildwood must! Make it memorable with Morey’s!
Want to Visit Morey’s Piers?
Morey’s offers water park only and ride only admissions, or pay as you go pricing. There are specials every day as well! Check their website for ticketing options.
For more Morey’s Piers photos, check out our Facebook albums, Morey’s Piers Raging Waters and Ocean Oasis photos and Morey’s Piers – Mariners and Surfside Ride Piers photos.