Travel time: 2 hours by car
If you're torn between an outdoor water park and an amusement center, consider heading to Sahara Sam's Oasis (535 NJ-73, West Berlin, NJ; 856-767-7580, saharasams
.com. Tickets starting at $29.95 per person, kids 2 and under free.), outfitted with surf-and-turf entertainment for families. Hydrophilic kids can zip down slides, float through a lazy river and even hang ten on the FlowRider surfing simulator at the indoor splash center year-round, or soak up the sun while paddling in outdoor wave pools and H20 game areas, open May through September. Just last summer, the lot behind the watermark transformed into Diggerland USA (100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ; 856-768-1110, diggerlandusa.com. Tickets starting at $24.95, kids under 36 inches free.) where landlubbers can operate and drive real backhoes, tractors and dump trucks. In addition to the obstacle courses and rock-climbing wall, try carnivalesque rides made from construction vehicles, like the Spin Dizzy, which spins passengers up, down and around on the arm of a 20-ton excavator.