Chill Out at New Jersey Water Parks

Outdoor and Indoor Fun

With miles of beaches lining its famed shoreline, New Jersey may seem like an unlikely place to have a bunch of water parks. However, many of the parks are actually located along the state's boardwalks and boast ocean views. Sure, folks seeking relief from summer's heat could head to a beach. But if they want to enjoy some water slide thrills as they cool down, only a water park will do.

Most of the parks are outdoors and are open seasonally. But there are a few indoor water parks, including the country’s largest, that are open year-round. You wouldn't be able to romp in the ocean during the colder months (unless you have an unusually high tolerance for chilly water or a really good wet suit), but you can still have some bathing suit-clad fun at indoor water parks.

The following New Jersey water parks are arranged alphabetically.

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Breakwater Beach in Seaside Heights

Breakwater Beach at Casino Pier New Jersey
Casino Pier

Breakwater Beach is a medium-sized outdoor water park with a New England theme located at Casino Pier along the Jersey Shore. Attractions include a lazy river, an interactive water play center, a mat-racing slide, speed slides with launch chambers, and a wave pool.

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CoCo Key Water Resort in Mount Laurel

CoCo Key Water Resort New Jersey
The Hotel ML

This is a medium-sized indoor water park resort with a Key West theme located at The Hotel ML. The water park is open to registered hotel guests, and day passes are also available to the general public. Attractions include body slides, raft slides, a lazy river, an indoor/outdoor spa, and an interactive water play center with smaller slides and a tipping bucket.

Note that CoCo Key is “indefinitely closed” due to COVID-19. It is unclear when it will reoipen.

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DreamWorks Water Park in East Rutherford

DreamWorks indoor water park New Jersey

Arthur Levine 

At 370,260 square feet, or 8.5 acres, the gargantuan DreamWorks Water Park is North America’s largest indoor water park. Located at the American Dream mega-complex, its massive wave pool alone occupies 1.5 acres (making it the world’s largest indoor wave pool). Themed to DreamWorks animation franchises such as Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, the park includes many slides and attractions. Among the more thrilling attractions are the 142-foot-tall Thrillagascar and Jungle Jammer, the tallest water slides on the continent (at either indoor or outdoor water parks).

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Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson

Jurahnimo Falls at Six Flags NJ
Six Flags

Hurricane Harbor is an enormous outdoor water park. Unlike many other amusement parks that offer water parks, it requires separate admission from Six Flags Great Adventure. Attractions include a halfpipe slide, a funnel ride, speed slides, body slides, tube slides, a mat-racing slide, two family raft rides, a wave pool, and an interactive water play center.

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Mountain Creek in Vernon

Mountain Creek water park New Jersey
Mountain Creek Resort

Mountain Creek is a huge outdoor park located at Mountain Creek resort, which features skiing in the winter. It has alternately been known as Action Park (and in its early years was the site of a number of park-related injuries; its attractions are considerably safer now). Attractions include the High Anxiety funnel ride, speed slides, enclosed slides, a wave pool, lots of activities for small children and an interactive water play area.

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OC Waterpark in Ocean City

OC Waterpark New Jersey
OC Waterpark

OC is a small outdoor water park located on the boardwalk. Attractions include water slides, a lazy river, and a children's splash area. The park also includes a climbing wall, a jumping attraction, and mini-golf.

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Pirate's Cove in Hope

Pirates Cove New Jersey Water Park
Land of Make Believe

Pirate's Cove is a medium-sized outdoor park that is included with admission to the Land of Make Believe theme park. Attractions include a bowl slide, a halfpipe slide, a lazy river, an interactive kids' area, and other water slides.

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Raging Waters in Wildwood

Raging Waters Morey's Piers New Jersey
Morey's Piers

Part of Morey's Piers along the Jersey Shore, Raging Waters is a large water park. It includes over 50 slides and attractions including Hydroworks and Shipwreck Shoals water play areas, body slides, a lazy river, and tube slides.

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Runaway Rapids in Keansburg

Runaway Rapids water park in New Jersey at Keansburg
Keansburg Amusement Park

Located adjacent to Keansburg Amusement Park on the Jersey Shore, Runaway Rapids is a large outdoor water park. Attractions include Castaway's Creek lazy river, the Volcanic Revenge uphill water coaster, and the Splash, Rattle & Roll interactive play area.

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Sahara Sam's Oasis in West Berlin

Sahara Sam's Oasis New Jersey
Sahara Sam's Oasis

Sahara Sam's Oasis is a good-sized indoor waterpark with a family raft ride, tube slides, a wave pool, an activity pool, a FlowRider surfing attraction, an interactive water play structure with tipping bucket, a lazy river, and body slides. It also includes outdoor water attractions during the warmer months as well as an arcade. Unlike most indoor water parks, Sahara Sam's is not connected to a hotel. There are some nearby (unaffiliated) hotels.

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Splashplex at The Funplex Mt. Laurel

Splashplex New Jersey
The Funplex

Splashplex is a small outdoor park located at The Funplex. Attractions include speed slides, tube slides, an activity pool, an interactive water play structure, and a lazy river. Indoor and outdoor dry rides and attractions are also available. In 2021, Splashplex opened The Island, which includes a new mat racing slide, the WhipSplash halfpipe water slide, and a relaxation pool. The park also added premium cabanas.

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Splashplex at The Funplex East Hanover

Splashplex at Funplex East Hanover

Another small Splashplex park located at (a different) The Funplex. Attractions include speed slides, a splash pad, tube slides, an activity pool, an interactive water play structure, and a lazy river. Indoor dry rides and attractions are also available. In 2019, the complex added bowling, go-karts, and a drop ride.

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Splash World at Clementon Park in Clementon

Splash World at Clementon Park New Jersey
Clementon Park

Splash World is a medium-sized outdoor park that is located adjacent to Clementon Park and included with admission to the amusement park. Attractions include the Torpedo Rush speed slides with launch chambers, the Vertical Limit mat racing slide, the Viper tube slide, Big Wave Bay wave pool, a lazy river, Sky River Rapids family raft ride, the Laguna Kahuna interactive water play structure with a dump bucket, and Shipwreck Bay, a water play area for younger children.

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Splash Zone in Wildwood

Splash Zone New Jersey
Splash Zone

Splash Zone is a good-sized outdoor park along the Jersey shore. Attractions include a Tree House interactive play area, body flumes, speed slides, family raft ride, Adventure River, and a kiddie area.

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The Water Main at Diggerland USA in West Berlin

The Water Main water park at Diggerland USA in New Jersey

Diggerland USA

Opened in 2021, The Water Main is included with admission to Diggerland USA, the unique theme park that features construction equipment. The water park has construction-themed splash pads, water slides, a swim vortex, water basketball, a lazy river, and a water obstacle course,

For 2022, The Water Main will be expanding with a new wave pool as well as misting stations and water play elements. A new activity pool will include an obstacle course with floating pads, overhead handholds, and cranes that will dump water on participants. The park will also introduce more cabanas and additional food stands.

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Thundering Surf in Beach Haven

Thundering Surf New Jersey
Thundering Surf

Thundering Surf  is a small park outdoor on the Jersey shore. Attractions include a lazy river, water slides, a FlowRider surfing attraction, and a water play area for young kids. The park also includes mini-golf.

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Tomahawk Lake in Garfield

Tomahawk Lake
Tomahawk Lake

Tomahawk Lake is a small picnic park (yes it's on a lake) with water slides, bumper boats, beach swimming, and a Kiddie Waterworld area. The park also offers mini-golf.

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More Parks

Splish Splash water park in New York.
Splish Splash

If you want to travel to nearby places, there are additional parks to explore: