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The best water parks in NJ for families

These water parks in NJ are perfect for an epic family adventure. Take it easy with a lazy river ride or amp things up with sweet slides!

Photograph: Courtesy Morey's Piers

Make some waves with the best water parks in NJ this season! These New Jersey spots are an easy day trip from the city, and they're perfect for beating the heat on a sweltering weekend. Some of the picks on our list also include indoor water parks, so you'll be able to enjoy slides, water rides, water playgrounds and more even if the weather outside isn't ideal.

Looking for more options beyond our top New Jersey water park picks? Be sure to browse our list of the coolest indoor water parks near NYC and other water parks near NYC for more ideas.

Best water parks in NJ for families

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Morey's Piers: Raging Waters & Ocean Oasis Water Park

Morey's Piers: Raging Waters & Ocean Oasis Water Park

Travel time: 3hrs by car

When the temperatures spike, your kids will breeze right by the three amusement piers on their way to two fun-filled water parks in this town on the Jersey Shore. At Raging Waters, grab an inner tube and float past geysers, waterfalls and more on the River Adventure, whiz down speed slides or play with water cannons in the Shipwreck Shoals kiddie play area. Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club has equally wet-and-wild entertainment in store, with the WipeOut!—a six-lane racer slide where families can duke it out—a rocket raft run and a cliff dive, which sends riders down a wicked-fast water slide that drops five stories in three seconds. 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ (609-729-3700, moreyspiers.com). All ages.

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The Land of Make Believe and Pirate’s Cove

The Land of Make Believe and Pirate’s Cove

Travel time: 2hrs by car

Try the 12,000-square-foot wading pool with a dump bucket and climbable playground (Pirate Fort), then head to the awesome water slides like Cannonball and the Black Hole. For older kids, there’s a new-ish water slide called Pirate’s Escape where they’ll enter a futuristic chamber and the floor comes out from beneath them, sending them zipping down a long green tube slide. Last, for a totally calm water adventure, try tubing along lazy waterway Blackbeard’s River. 354 Great Meadows Rd (Route 611), Hope, NJ (908-459-9000, lomb.com). Ages 2 and up.

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Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark

Travel time: 2hrs by car

This two-in-one adventure makes it easy to spend the day in beautiful Seaside Heights. The pier itself plays host to arcade games and numerous attractions like bumper cars, the Pirate's Hideaway coaster and the Disk'O. At Breakwater Beach, you'll find all the water park rides your kiddos could ever want, including chilled out options like the Wild River (a lazy river with water cannons) and The Perfect Storm (a multilevel water playscape with an 800-gallon dump bucket). Adventurous older kids may prefer a little more of a thrill—in that case, check out Patriots Plunge (slide racing with water), Two if By Sea (a huge tube slide for single and double tubes) and Salem's Scream (a 50-foot scream-inducing speed slide). 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ (732-793-6488, casinopiernj.com). All ages.

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CoCo Key

CoCo Key

Travel time: 2hrs by car

A short drive to New Jersey will transport you to a family getaway so memorable, you’re sure to return for a day trip or two during those long winter months. The thrills are plentiful in this water resort: Take a peek at Parrot’s Perch, featuring an interactive aquatic jungle gym, countless water cannons and a 300-gallon dumping bucket for loads of drenching wet fun. If you’re feeling brave, you can barrel your way through the enclosed winding darkness of Barracuda Blast, or venture to the chill inducing Shark Slam, a four-story-high slide that will whip you through 300 feet of wet n’ wild fun. For a little friendly competition, try the Lily Pad Adventure, a challenging activity pool for kids and adults alike. And for the wee bunch, the Dip-In offers entertainment of miniature proportions: hours of fun for the tiniest guests, with a foot deep wading pool overlooking the park, complete with baby slides and even a little bungee! 915 Route 73, Mt Laurel, NJ (877-494-2626, mtlaurelcocokey.com).

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Runaway Rapids

Travel time: 1hr 30 min by car

Looking to cool off ASAP? Runaway Rapids (Keansburg Family Waterpark) delivers refreshing rides, pools and play areas to families with kids of all ages. For very little ones, there's the Toddler's Reef (with plenty of large play equipment), the Frog Slide and Light Green Slide. Older kids might appreciate slides like the White, Dark Green or Magenta slides, or the Mega Bunga (a short, high slide that'll send you soaring through the air into a deep pool). 275 Beachway Ave, Keansburg, NJ (732-495-1400, keansburgamusementpark.com). All ages.

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Splash Zone Water Park

Splash Zone Water Park

Travel time: 3hrs by car

Splash Zone of Wildwood, NJ offers your ultimate local day trip, complete with some of the most thrilling water rides around. You can enjoy rides as a family (like the Beast of the East, a five-person raft ride) or try out slightly more intimidating rides like The Terminator, Speed Dominator and the Creamator...gulp!). Teens 13 and up will also likely drag you you to the FlowRider for some Flowboarding (it's a wave pool engineered for wakeboarding), which definitely requires a little bit of balance and skill. 3500 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ (609-729-5600, splashzonewaterpark.com). All ages.

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Mountain Creek Resort Waterpark

Mountain Creek Resort Waterpark

Travel time: 2hrs by car

With things like the world's tallest double-looping thrill slide (Zero-G) calling your name, it's hard to keep away! This park offers things like high dives, slides with huge drops, a Tarzan swing, raft rides and more, and we'd definitely recommend it for the older set. Be aware that it's definitely geared towards older kids and has an outdoorsy feel with some steep climbs, so it may be best to leave tots and tykes home with a sitter. 200 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ (973-827-2000, mountaincreek.com). All ages.

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Sahara Sam's Oasis

Sahara Sam's Oasis

Travel time: 2hrs by car 

If you're torn between a water park and an amusement center, consider heading to Sahara Sam's Oasis, outfitted with surf-and-turf entertainment for families. Hydrophilic kids can zip down slides like Snake Eyes and Mount Kilimanjaro, float along the Congo Bongo lazy river and even hang ten on the FlowRider surfing simulator at the indoor splash center. Wave through the Crocodile Flats obstacle course and sink some three-pointers at Sam’s Slamdunker water basketball area. While most of the excitement and watery fun is available year-round, there are a few cool features you have to wait until Summer to experience, like the wave pools and H20 game areas at the outdoor Beach Club, and when the little ones want to dry off, they can get their fill of fun with trucks at nearby Diggerland. 535 North Route 73, West Berlin, NJ (856-767-7580, saharasams.com). All ages.

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Hurricane Harbor

Hurricane Harbor

Travel time: 1hr 30 min by car

Six Flags' Hurricane Harbor offers just the kind of amazing experience you'd expect from their theme parks—an epic one. Little ones will love exploring discovery bay, a network of climbable, slide-able structures, or a float down the Taak It Eez Ee Creek in an inner tube. Bring the older set to chill in the Blue Lagoon wave pool, zoom around on the King Cobra (a snake-themed slide), or zip down slides named after Greek gods: Boreas, Eurus, Zephyrus and Nortus. Top off the day with a trip around the Tornado: a 132-foot water tunnel! 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ (732-928-2000, sixflags.com). All ages.

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