Summer Things to do

Amusement Parks Near Jersey City

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Amusement Parks Near Jersey City

We are always looking for new and interesting (not to mention fun) things to do with our kids and when it comes to the summer, amusement parks are a must-visit with the family. There are quite a few amusement/theme parks that are now open near Jersey City. Have a fun-filled day with family or friends on some thrill rides and take in the adventure for the day. If you are looking for other things to do around Jersey City, check out our ‘30 Places to Visit in New Jersey This Summer’ for some ideas.

Six Flags Great Adventure

1 Six Flags Boulevard in Jackson, NJ

Six Flags Great Adventure is a staple on the east coast making it the perfect addition to this list. While Six Flags has several locations, the largest one is right here in Jackson, New Jersey. Whether it’s flying like Superman, facing your fears on Kingda Ka, the tallest coaster in the world and fastest roller coaster in North America or twirling the day away on Pepe’ Le Pew’s Hearts Aweigh, there’s something for everyone at Six Flags! Ticket options include a daily ticket, gold season pass and a Six Flags Membership. Before you enter the park you can also explore the Six Flags Safari! To assist with their social distancing guidelines and attendance flow, they are employing an online reservation system to schedule guests for entry by day and to stagger arrival times to minimize proximity exposure. You can read more and reserve here.

Jenkinson’s Family Amusement Boardwalk

500 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Take a stroll down the boardwalk at Jenkinson’s! There are so many fun things to do for the whole family to enjoy! Jenkinson’s has tons of shops, candy stores, restaurants, rides, and so much more. They have awesome clean beaches to spend the whole day playing and relaxing. Win big with the boardwalk games, fill your belly with yummy treats and children can visit the onsite aquarium for just $8. If you decide to take a dive into the ocean or soak up some sun, don’t worry about the fee because the beach is free! They are open daily from 10 am-10 pm. Just to keep in mind, everything is open by at reduced capacity, and masks are required. Rides are running on a reduced schedule and some are closed to maintain social distancing.

Diggerland Construction Theme Park

100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ

At Diggerland, kids are encouraged to get messy! This is the perfect construction-themed park for kids. Pick things up and tear things down behind the wheel of a dumper truck! There are so many construction themed rides for you and your family to enjoy! Kids can enjoy operating diggers, backhoes, tractors, and more. Diggerland XL is the adult-friendly part of the park that allows adults to feel the thrill of operating heavy machinery. The park is an hour and a 1/2 drive from Jersey City. Their new water park is now open at limited capacity to enjoy too. At the moment, they are taking all the required precautions for safety. Read more here.

Keansburg Amusement Park

275 Beachway AveKeansburg, NJ 

Keansburg Amusement Park offers over 40 rides including kiddie family and thrill rides. They have rides appropriate for all ages. Also, they have reopened and masks are required on all rides. With the amusement park, they also have a water park called Runaway Rapids which is perfect to the beat heat when you visit there. Read more here.

Land of Make Believe

354 Great Meadows Rd, Hope, NJ

The Land of Make Believe and Pirate’s Cove is a family water park and amusement park! The park offers many rides like the Jump Around Frog, the Rockin Tug, Action River Ride and many more. The little ones will love the turn of the century Grand Carousel and Old McDonald’s farm with live farm animals! Get the whole family involved with boardwalk games and prizes. There are 9 food areas on-site that serve everything from burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, homemade fudge, caramel corn, ice cream, and more! The park offers free parking and a free picnic area too. Admission to the water park is free with amusement park admission. Masks are required.

Storybook Land

6415 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

For over 60 years, since its establishment in 1955, Storybook Land has been keeping the spirit of childhood alive in an entertaining and educational atmosphere. Storybook Land is a magical park for kids and families. The timelessness of childhood will ring true as your family literally walks through its all-time favorite stories and nursery rhymes at Storybook Land. Children’s classics are interspersed with exciting new family rides and attractions in a remarkably clean and enjoyable park setting! They are operating at 50% capacity at the moment and masks are required. Read more of their COVID-19 guidelines here. They are closed Sundays and Mondays.

Wild West City

50 Lackawanna Dr, Stanhope

This is the perfect place for the little cowboy or cowgirl in your life! Wild West City is a town rooted in traditional family values where history and entertainment create an unforgettable moment in time. They have reopened and masks are required. Wild West City is the only western heritage theme park on the East coast and their shows and activities have at their very core the important, ageless theme of the triumph of good over evil, where justice prevails and the good guys still win! Wild West City stands as a testimony to that unflinching, unwavering, courageous frontier spirit that shaped America. Read their COVID-19 statement here. 

Casino Pier

800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights

Casino Pier is an amusement park situated on a pier, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The pier opened in 1932 and formerly extended approximately 300 ft into the Atlantic Ocean, from the narrow strip of the Barnegat Peninsula in which Seaside Heights is situated. Now it’s filled with fun rides, a Ferris wheel, race cars and so much more. They also have a water park which is perfect for the summer heat. Masks are required and even though they have opened, you have to buy tickets online.

Fantasy Island

750 North Bay Ave Beach Haven, NJ

Boasting 17 amusement rides, over a dozen boardwalk games, an arcade, boardwalk grille, a classic carousel, private parties and so much more, Fantasy Island is a clean, safe amusement park that is fun for people of all ages. They are located in the heart of Beach Haven right on Long Beach Island and we are the ONLY amusement park on LBI. Bring the whole family! Fantasy Island is the kind of amusement park that has become a rarity, a warm, family-friendly place that will remind you of the wonderful times you had as a kid. Enjoy some cotton candy. Throw some skee-ball. Play a few games before jumping onto our spinning roller coaster, Tilt-A-Whirl, and iconic Giant Wheel. They have sanitizing stations, masks are required and capacities for both outdoor amusements and the arcade will be in place all summer long.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047

The show we love comes to life with this colorful and fun theme and water park! Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and the rest of the lovable Sesame Street gang and explore all the excitement at Sesame Place. Reservations are needed. Masks are required and they are taking other precautions that are listed here. Sesame Place is about an hour and a half away from downtown Jersey City.

Playland’s Castaway Cove

1020 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ

Playland’s Castaway Cove is an amusement park situated on a pier, in Ocean City, New Jersey. The pier opened in 1959 and features 28 ride and attractions, including 4 roller coasters. Take the kids for a spin on the 90-foot Ferris wheel as well for some gorgeous views. They are about 2 hours away from Jersey City so this can be a great place to spend the whole day with the family. Masks are required and they have a limited capacity.

Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park(Not Open Yet) 

830 5th Ave, New York, NY 10065

Victorian Gardens is a seasonal traditional-style amusement park that is set up at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, from spring through fall each year. Your little ones can enjoy traditional rides and carnival games like the Happy Swing and Whac-A-Mole while enjoying popular treats such as cotton candy and so much more! Live entertainment can also be seen on the weekends. This park is about a 51 minute drive or train ride from Jersey City.

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