3 Day Road Trip: Amusement Parks


For a thrill seeking adventure, consider a three-day amusement park road trip around New Jersey. With fourteen amusement parks throughout the state, New Jersey is the one of the best places to get your adrenaline pumping.

Day One

Starting in northern New Jersey, kick off a weekend of theme parks and amusement rides at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. Jenkinson’s offers rides for all ages on its famous boardwalk. Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Water Park is another great option for thrill seekers of all ages, offering rides, games, go-karts, and a waterpark. A short drive away in Jackson, New Jersey is the king of all amusement parks, Six Flags Great Adventure. With tons of fun for all family members, including live entertainment, shopping and great food, Six Flags has something for everyone. For a list of accommodations near the park, click here. Another great option in the area is Funtime America, an indoor amusement park focused on arcade games and activities like laser tag.

Day Two

Begin your drive south to the central part of the state, and stay along the coast for great views and access to even more rides and family fun. Most of the amusement parks in this part of the state are along the beach, making your experience that much more special. Be sure to check out the Thundering Surf Water Park and Adventure Golf as well as Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven. Take an ice cream break at Skipper Dipper, a Long Beach Island tradition serving ice cream, old-fashioned shakes and sundaes since 1978. Drive to Seaside Heights and hop on the rides at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark. Call it a night and rest your head at the family friendly Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club in Beach Haven.

Day Three

End the trip down south for one more day of beach-going amusement park fun. Atlantic City is home to Steel Pier, a classic carnival themed amusement park along the boardwalk. For some water fun, venture to Ocean Oasis Waterpark in Wildwood or Boardwalk Adventures Water Park in Ocean City. Located behind the Surfside Pier, Ocean Oasis provides the perfect opportunity to take a thrilling plunge on their infamous Cliff Dive Slide or sit back and relax in the family cabanas. Boardwalk Adventures has something for everyone including water rides, mini golfing and climbing.