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A Theme Park Haven that Isn't Orlando

Updated: Feb 18

There's a theme park dense area hidden away in the Mid-Atlantic area between Philadelphia, Trenton, and New York City that is packed full of activities for a family-friendly vacation! Read on to see what fun is available from a construction-themed amused park, to an indoor waterpark, and even an indoor ski hill. There is truly something for everyone.



West Berlin, NJ


Only 20 minutes from Philadelphia, Diggerland USA is the only construction theme & water park in America. Families can Drive, Ride & Operate specially engineered real machines for a safe, clean & fun time. Once you've had your fill of operating machinery, your family can head over to The Water Main to swim and slide in our construction-themed water park.



Langhorne, PA


With family-friendly rides, water attractions, character meet and greets, and live Sesame Street shows, your entire family will be entertained all day long! From your child's first roller coaster to a family-sized water slide, there will be plenty of whirls & splashes to experience together. An important note for families: Sesame Place® Philadelphia has become the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center.



Easton, PA


Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience, Crayola’s premier, one-of-a-kind family attraction! Dozens of colorful and creative activities and a full day of fun awaits families in Easton, PA, just a short drive away from Philadelphia. Explore the playground, do character meet and greets, watch exciting shows, create your own crayon, and of course, be creative! When you get hungry, the onsite café allows guests to design their own pizza and indulge in colorful cupcakes.



Jackson, NJ


Your family can enjoy the many rides around the theme park which will suit everyone in your family from your adrenaline junkie teen to your curious toddler. Enjoy some lunch and a sweet treat before heading out to continue your day in the park. After you've had your fill of rides, head on over to the safari drive thru boasting 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers and lions all that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own car!



East Rutherford, NJ


Do you have a Nickelodeon lover in the family? This is the place for you. Enjoy kiddie and thrill rides that showcase all your favorite shows, from Blue Clues to PAW Patrol to Dora the Explorer to Sponge Bob. In between rides, be sure to check out the high ropes course, arcade, toddler play area, and live character entertainment. If your child is a night owl, you can take advantage of the Twilight ticket to enjoy the park the last two hours they are open.



East Rutherford, NJ


Come enjoy the largest indoor waterpark in North America at the place that also boasts the largest largest indoor wave pool AND selection of water rides worldwide. There are water slides, tube rides, play structures, lazy river, a giant wave pool, poolside cabanas, and a balmy 81 degree air temperature year-round!



East Rutherford, NJ


North America's first and only indoor, real snow, year-round ski and snow resort is the third park located in the American Dream complex (Nickelodeon Universe and Dream Works Indoor Waterpark). Take a ski or snowboard lesson, go sledding, rent a Sno-Go bike, or let your little one simply play around in the snow play area.



Freehold, NJ


"Imagine the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore brought inland and blended with a city street complete with quaint shops, all energized by the excitement of indoor rides and attractions giving our guests nearly 4 acres of fun. That’s iPlay America, NJ’s largest indoor amusement park." Notable activities include a two-story laser tag facility, three-level play facility, go karts, and a TopGolf Swing Suite featuring golf, baseball, dodgeball, football and hockey challenges.


Egg Harbor Township, NJ


Last, but certainly not least, is Storybook Land. They are a family-owned and -operated children's theme park featuring more than 15 rides and dozens of themed attractions for your children to enjoy. The part aims to blend classic storytime favorites with a family-friendly amusement park setting for everyone to enjoy. The park operates from spring to fall and are also open for special Halloween and Christmas events at the end of the year.

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