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Fun activities for kids in New Jersey are ample. Parents are given many choices, so finding something in line with their kids’ interests is always possible. If you are moving to this part of the US soon or you currently live there, knowing the top 20 kids' attractions in NJ will help you increase the quality of your time together and enable you to have a lot of fun.
Here is our selection of the attractions that both locals and visitors enjoy. Study them carefully and then choose the most appropriate adventure for you and your family.
Liberty Science Center (Jersey City)
Learning center located in Liberty State Park on Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty, with access to ferry service to Statue and Ellis Island immigration museum. Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, live simulcast surgeries, hurricane- and tornado-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, teacher-development programs, and Western Hemisphere's biggest planetarium—the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater.
Kidz Village (Jersey City, Woodbridge, Kenilworth)
Indoor play center organized in different creative theme rooms. Children aged ten and under can enjoy a great variety of interactive, age-appropriate activities. From the indoor jungle gym and rooms with pretend businesses where children can work and play together, to a spacious central area for parents who can sit worry-free and watch their kids play,
Interactive kids’ indoor play area where children age 10 and under can climb, play, explore, and use their imaginations in a clean, bright and colorful world filled with a variety of fun, engaging, age-appropriate activities. Our Central and Northern NJ locations feature activities ranging from an indoor jungle gym filled with slides and bridges to kids’ games and creative theme rooms to engage in imaginative play.
Diggerland USA (West Berlin)
Only construction theme park in US, with adults and kids (free admission for those under 36 inches tall, with some equipment restricted to those above that height) driving dump trucks, tractors, excavators, as well as zip lines and rope courses.Free admission to park for those under 36 inches in height to a number of attractions, including a Barrel Train. Adjacent waterpark opened 2020 operates seasonally.
Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks (Wildwood and North Wildwood)
One of New Jersey's largest amusement complexes, offers over 100 rides and attractions across three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks located on The Wildwoods' boardwalk. Owned and operated by Morey family since 1969. Mariner's Landing located in Wildwood traditional amusement park highlighted by 156-foot tall Ferris wheel, along with classic amusement rides such as Super Scooters, Teacups, Musik Express, Ignis Fatuus, Sea Serpent. Adventure Pier includes Grand Prix Raceway and classic wooden coaster The Great White which starts by dropping into tunnel beneath boardwalk, then climbs 110-foot lift hill before dropping 100 feet, reaching speeds over 50 miles per hour. Other attractins include Skyscraper ride, a maze, boat tag game and helicopter tours.
Nickelodeon Universe (East Rutherford)
Largest indoor theme park in North America spanning 8.5 acres. Opened October 2020 within long-delayed American Dream retail entertainment mall. Features more than 35 rides, roller coasters and attractions. Nickelodeon costumed characters such as SpongeBob, Dora The Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles greet visitors. Five roller coasters include Shellraiser, featuring plunging 122-foot drop.Skyline Scream world’s tallest indoor spinning drop tower thrill ride with views of Nickelodeon Universe and Manhattan cityscape. Family friendly rides include giant double-decker sippy cup all-ages merry-go-round; tots Ferris wheel.
Safari Off Road Adventure (Jackson)
Located within Great Adventure Amusement Park, admission included with general theme park admission and season passes. Houses 1,200 animals on 350 acres from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions..Previously conducted with visitors on small bus, in 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns, attraction returned to a drive-through experience for private vehicles, with tickets bought separately from main park. Camp Aventura midway through section contains much of Great Adventure's bird and reptile collection, while also offering guests opportunity to feed giraffes and take zip-line over park.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and Jenkinson's Aquarium (Point Pleasant Beach)
Mix of amusement rides, two roller coasters, fun house, bars, restaurants, miniature golf, arcades with skee-ball, pinball, exciting rides, and other attractions.. Jenkinson’s Aquarium exhibits include Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, seals and 'Wally', two-toed sloth, with touch tank allowing visitors to touch live animals ranging from a sea star to a sting ray.
Largest model train exhibit in US, along with outdoor 1890s replica narrow gauge steam train with 20-minute ride. Doll museum, 2,000 pipe theatre organ and art galleries.Hosts community and theatre/musical groups throughout year.
iPlay America (Freehold)
Indoor amusement park.with four acres of games, rides and attractions, including go-karts, laser battle arena, 4D theatre, arcade with bowling, skee-ball, pinball. Topgolf Swing Suite features interactive computer video golf and other sports. Kite Flyer, Skyscraper, Reverse Time, and play 2-level laser tag all indoors so weather is never an issue. Game Time Bar & Grill features multiple flat-screen TVs so your game is always on.Food includes Jersey Shore boardwalk-style hot dogs, cheesesteaks, funnel cakes, old-fashioned candy. Hosts birthday parties, special events and live music in event center
Mountain Creek Waterpark (Vernon)
Operates seasonally, located on grounds of Mountain Creek ski resort. .Features Alpine Mountain Coaster, and zip-line. Colorado River white water raft ride. interactive water play fort styled like an Adirondack fishing shanty. water playground with slides, spray jets and two cool waterfalls; two-. G .Hightide Wavepool is one of the largest pools of its kind, sculpting over 450,000 gallons of water into a perfect set of waves. Canyon Cliff Jump lets water parkers leap off a ledge in front of dozens of spectators. more than 30 other activities from which you can choose.
Climb, zip & adventure at Treescape Aerial Adventure Park this Spring, Summer & Fall. TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park is a unique blend of wooden platforms built high in the trees and connected by exhilarating combinations of rope walks, obstacles, climbing elements, and zip lines all located in our beautiful forested setting. Our Park offers the thrill of climbing through the treetops to complete a wide range of challenges for adventurers of all age levels,
Sussex Skylands (Hamburg)
experience a genuine pirate adventure. After painting their faces and putting on unique costumes, your kids will sail down the Metedeconk River with the pirate crew. They will fire water cannons while fighting enemy pirates and give their best to find the hidden treasure. All these events will turn into an unforgettable adventure for your kids.
8. Wild West City i(Stanhope)
Old West lifestyle western theme park. Meet Jesse James and his gang, help the Marshal catch the criminals, learn about the Gold Rush, and many more. You and your kids will love this thrilling yet highly educational type of entertainment.
9. Amazing Escape Room
whole family to practice their skills, collaborate, and succeed in escaping. 10 – 12 people are put in the room and are given many tasks to complete, clues to find, and puzzles to solve, to escape in under 60 minutes. By observing what the participants do via camera, a Game Master gives instructions to help them when they encounter a problem.
10. Glassworks Studio (Morristown)
Participate in various glass fusing projects with the assistance of helpful and experienced staff. Regardless of their age, children can make stunning designs themselves with the employees' professional guidance.
Visiting Glassworks Studio is an excellent idea.
Alt-tag: Marbles made of glass.
Alt-tag: Marbles made of glass.
A few more attractions to considerBesides the attractions mentioned above, there are a few more your kids will undoubtedly enjoy. How about visiting:
Tina Brown is a copywriter who enjoys writing about various places, attractions, and cultures. Currently, she is conducting all the preparations to open her own travel agency and help people visit the most exciting places all around the world. Tina lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.
Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Waterpark
Privately held company operating six family entertainment centers and two water parks located in California, Florida, and New Jersey. Indoor and outdoor water attractions for all ages and state-of-art arcade for gamers. 5-story head-first mat racing slides, indoor lazy river tube ride,