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Outdoor Swimming Pools and Water-parks Near Jersey City

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Outdoor Swimming Pools and Water-parks Near Jersey City

The scorching summer heat urges us to look for ways to cool off while having a great time. Swim at an outdoor pool in and near Jersey City, or spend the day in a waterpark loaded with family-friendly activities! Luckily, there are a few outdoor swimming pools and waterparks near Jersey City to cool off. Therefore, we have created a list of pools and waterparks that will be open/opening this month. New Jersey offers a variety of options for your family whether you’re hoping to swim, fish, paddleboard, or kayak too.

Outdoor Swimming Pools

Lafayette Pool & Aquatic Center(Open)

303 Van Horne St

Lafayette Pool’s location is very convenient to downtown Jersey City and Liberty State Park. The pool offers a kiddie pool with water features and a slide, a larger pool, and a snack stand. The center is open until September 9th, Monday – Friday, from 7 am – 7 pm. (7 am -9 am for adult/lap swim only, 9 am – 10 am for free swim lessons for kids, and 10 am – 7 pm for everyone). Weekend hours are 10 am – 6 pm. This pool is open only to Jersey City residents. Isn’t this a great waterparks/pools in Jersey City?

Pavonia Pool(Open)

914 Pavonia Ave

Pavonia Pool is located in the West Side neighborhood of Jersey City. The pool is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 am – 7 pm (8 am-9 am for the adult swim), Tuesday and Thursday from 8 are to 5:30 pm (8 am-9 am for adult swim, 9 am – 10 am for free swimming lessons for children) and weekends from 10 am – 6 pm. This pool is only open for Jersey City residents.

Firefighter’s Memorial Park Pool(Open)

906 Palisade Ave, Union City

To use the pool, you must have a Hudson County photo ID. No one will be admitted without proper swimwear. If you have any questions/concerns regarding the schedule, please contact Bruce Walter Recreation Center at 201-392-3696 or Ron Dario Swimming Complex at 201-867-4496 between 7 am – 3 pm. There are specific guidelines that you have to follow if you would like to visit this pool. Read them here. 


H2Oooohh at Split Rock Resort(Open)

428 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony, PA

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Located in Lake Harmony, PA, this indoor water park has over 53,000 feet of fun! They are open from Thursday to Sunday. This park has three 4-story waterslides, a wave pool, an activity pool, a jungle gym, dumping bucket. Split Rock Resort Plans To Reopen H2Ooooh! July 1st for waterpark fun in line with current attraction directives. You can find more information here. 

Mountain Creek Waterpark

200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 

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Did you know this ski resort turns into a fun water park and attraction during the warm summer months? The park is located in Vernon, NJ, and is about an hour and a fifteen-minute drive from Jersey City. The park feature 22 wet attractions, which are separated into four different zones. These zones include an area for the youngest kids, the world’s tallest double looping thrill slide Zero-G (!), cliff jumping, white water rafting, water slides, and more.

Crystal Springs Family Waterpark(Open)

380 Dunhams Corner Road, East BrunswickNJ

The Crystal Springs Family Waterpark is open and welcoming families! The daily admission rate will be $15/person and will only be available for purchase online. Once 250 tickets are sold, there will be no additional tickets available for that day. You will be able to purchase tickets in advance for dates throughout the summer by going to the Ticket Sales Page. You must purchase a ticket for every individual coming to the park, and only those with tickets purchased for the day of your visit will be able to enter the park. Tickets will not be sold at Crystal Springs. Read more here. 

Thundering Surf Waterpark(Open)

300 Taylor Ave, Beach Haven, NJ

Thundering Surf is definitely one waterpark to check out! All protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of all! Hours 9:30-5:30 pm. Thundering Surf Park is around 1 and 45 minutes from Jersey City, but it is totally worth it. They have something for everyone, including a toddler area, lazy river, multiple tube slides, and more!

Sahara Sam’s Oasis Outdoor and Indoor Waterpark(Open)

535 NJ-73, West Berlin, NJ

A day at Sahara Sam’s is perfect for the family. All visitors (season pass holders, prior ticket purchasers, and those purchasing new tickets) will need to make a reservation before visiting. Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park of West Berlin, New Jersey, was founded in March of 2009. The facility offers families of the greater Tri-State community affordable, high-value entertainment the entire year, with 58 of its 68-thousand square feet under a retractable roof system. Park features include arcade systems, surfing simulators, a wave pool, leisure swim areas, numerous water attractions, slides, and more.

Runaway Rapids at Keansburg Amusement Park(Open)

275 Beachway Avenue, Keansburg, NJ

Perfect for the whole family, Runaway Rapids is such a fun waterpark for families. Runaway Rapids is a fun filled waterpark with pool about an hour away from downtown Jersey City. They have a ton of water park activities, from giant slides to a lazy river. You have to wear a mask when waiting in line, and social distancing precautions are being taken at the park to keep everyone safe. You can find more information here. 

Pirate’s Cove at The Land of Make Believe(Open)

354 Great Meadows Road – Rt. 611, Hope, NJ 07844

This is a family water park and an amusement park, which is about an hour away from Jersey City, is now open. Pirate’s Cove is filled with amazing rides for kids of all ages, including America’s Largest Wading Pool, pirate-themed water slides and rides, and a water playground. Face masks and social distancing are required. Low Pay-One-Price Admission includes ALL Rides, Shows, Attractions, Family Picnic Grove, and WaterPark! FREE Parking! Adults: $33.00 and Children (3-18): $33.00.

Hurricane Harbor New Jersey

1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson Township, NJ 08527

People sliding down a ride at waterpark

Visit with your Six Flags Great Adventure & Hurricane Harbor Season Pass or Membership this year. Hurricane Harbor is about an hour away from Jersey City. Reservations are required so keep that in mind before you plan your trip there. They have pulse-pounding water slides, relaxing lazy rivers, and family-friendly play areas – to name a few!

Are you looking for a water experience that isn’t as mechanically powered? Visit one of New Jersey’s gorgeous beaches or lakes. Looking for a more cost-effective and local solution? There are several park sprinklers and pools in and around Jersey City to choose from!

Updated August 12th 2021

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