This post was sponsored by Morey’s Piers who provided us with complimentary passes to water parks, rides, and mini golf. 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.
Can You Handle the Fun?!
Last year we visited Morey’s Piers water parks for the first time, on behalf of Jersey Family Fun. We visit Wildwood Crest every year and after that day, my husband stated, “You realize, this is the new standard.” He was right! Our two children wanted to know what day we’d be going to Morey’s and I have to admit, I was looking forward to it too. We love our lazy beach days while on vacation, but our Morey’s day of adventure is a must do.
Choose Your Waterpark!
Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks offers three piers of rides, and two of those piers have some amazing water parks! Raging Waters is on Mariner’s Pier, behind the large iconic Ferris Wheel. Ocean Oasis is on Surfside Pier, closer to North Wildwood. Both offer play areas for young children as well as high intensity rides for the daring. It’s difficult to pick your favorite, but you won’t have to with a pass for both! Morey’s offers ticket options for one or both waterparks, amusement ride add-ons, and even just morning admission.
Morey’s Piers Hours of operation vary but in peak times the water parks are open by 9:30 AM. We were able to ride our bikes right to the entrance of Ocean Oasis, our first stop, and use the bike racks provided. We had no problems finding a chair when we arrived at 10 AM. Lockers are available for $15/day to keep personal items safe, or treat your party to a cabana! That will give you a place to sit, keep your gear, and get plenty of downtime. It was a sunny and hot day and the park was busy but not overcrowded. Ocean Oasis offers a lot of seating and shade and of course some amazing beach views. Where would we start?
We are big fans of American Ninja Warrior, so as we approached the entrance and saw the rope climbs, there was no doubt we’d be spending a lot of time there. In the Activity Pool you and your children can slide down an open slide, walk across the pool on lily pads, or show your strength as you rope climb across. After a few rounds where the kids improved on each try they were ready for some slides.
Full disclosure – I don’t do slides! Luckily my kids aren’t as scared as me so I took videos and photos as they enjoyed them! We were happy that our 6 year old son was able to go on almost all the slides, unlike other water parks with more restrictive height rules. Morey’s provides life vests for all weak swimmers so even if you’re a daredevil but not the best swimmer, you can still do the slides!
Dad and the kids got to race down the 6 lane WipeOut! slide, and the boys enjoyed flying at the end of Shotgun Falls. True daredevils can drop 5 stories down the Cliff Dive – if you dare! I could barely watch as thrill seekers went down and I was ready for some relaxation. The whole family floated along the Endless River with some impressive views! You’re never too big for water play, so we wandered to Bonsai Beach where little ones can climb the ropes, spray the water jets, slide down the smaller slides and just get wet. Have older kids or taking a adult day? Ocean Oasis has a swim up bar, hammocks and often has live music! We spent the majority of our day there but knew we wanted to experience Raging Waters too, so back on the bikes we went.
What about eating after all that play? We dined at Stubborn Brothers at Ocean Oasis but there are refreshment stands throughout the park. Even better, there’s no restriction on food brought into the park other than no glass and no alcohol. Bring your lunch and snacks and stay all day!
Raging Waters Water Park has some of the same rides as Ocean Oasis, like Shotgun Falls, Rocket Raft Runs and a lazy river. There are also tube slides and mat slides that are similar, but Sky Pond Journey is only at Raging Waters, and that was our first stop. It’s a great easy going raft ride for single or double riders, with no scary drops (meaning, this mom enjoys it!). Our ninja warrior found a new challenge with the Rope Swing (can he make it across the pool?) and another fun kids area with Shipwreck Shoals. Where he wasn’t tall enough to do the lilypads at Ocean Oasis, the kid sized ones at Raging Waters kept his attention for well over a half hour! Raging Waters offers two kid play areas and plenty of chairs nearby, so if you have older kids, settle in and let them play! Cabanas and lockers are available at Raging Waters as well so no worries about lost items. With admission into both (or either) beachfront water park, your day at Morey’s will be a highlight of your Wildwood vacation.
Any Time is a Great Time for Morey’s Piers Rides!
What is a trip to the boardwalk without rides? You won’t get boardwalk rides like these anywhere else – Morey’s is the leader in providing three piers of rides for all ages! Our combo passes got us unlimited rides so while we were on the tired side from our water park adventures, we couldn’t resist getting back to the piers to see what was new, and try out some rides we missed in past years.
The rides open up in the early afternoon, and there is special pricing if you ride before 6. It can be hot, but if you’re not looking for a combo pass with the water park it’s a great deal! There’s plenty of rides for all ages and thrill levels. Height requirements are clearly stated and the ticket booths have a measurement guide.
This year dad wanted to try out the Great Nor’Easter on Surfside Pier – but no one would join him! No problem as there are plenty of benches nearby for the spectators! The line moved quickly and the review was stellar! With 25 total rides on Surfside Pier we were able to spend family time on the Doo Wopper roller coaster, have the kids enjoy the Kiddie Train and Kanga Bounce, and then finish on the iconic Kong (more intense than it looks!). And if you’re looking to get wet Zoom Phloom log flume ride is the ride you want! As the sun set on the boardwalk it was a beautiful night to enjoy!
We had a short walk to Mariner’s Pier where I had one goal in mind – the Giant Wheel. I wanted that nighttime view of the boardwalk and we sure got it after going around at least twice on the 156 foot ride. Dad went to the roller coasters again, and enjoyed Sea Serpent solo, then took the kids on Rollie’s Coaster (a little less intense). Almost 30 rides await on Mariner’s Pier and of course the games and food are open and enticing as well. After a few more of the boardwalk standards (the swings, the carousel and Musik Express) it was time to head back to the house. The rides may keep going late (until midnight in peak season) but this family was tired and satisfied!
ONE MORE WAY TO PLAY!
New this year is the Star Lux Mini Golf by Morey’s across from the iconic Wildwood sign on Ocean Avenue. This is not your usual mini golf! Aside from its amazing views, this course offers 27 holes over three courses. You can choose 1, 2 or all 3 depending on your mini golf stamina! We loved the Boardwalk course, which is on the deck upstairs. It’s simple but each hole offers something unique about Wildwood, and trivia questions at the start. Downstairs there are two partially shaded courses – Ocean and Beach. We chose Ocean and were challenged by all the water features. Thankfully there are nets throughout to help you fish out your stray golf balls! We couldn’t make it through the third Beach course that night but we did a full 18 holes. The entire Star Lux course is so well maintained and holes are challenging but not impossible.
All that mini golf can work up an appetite. No need to travel – stop for a special treat of Kohr’s ice cream or even s’mores! There’s a fire pit at the ready as well as a Johnson’s Popcorn truck. We golfed at sunset and it was simply a beautiful night. There’s a new golf course in town and it’s safe to say – it’s already the place to be!
Nights at the boardwalk are a Wildwood must! Make it memorable with Morey’s!
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