Inflatable Water Parks Around NJ to Cool Off
Only one thing beats swimming in a New Jersey lake on a hot day, and that's swimming, bouncing, and running across the lake. Floating obstacle courses are the latest summertime craze, and these inflatable water parks are popping up in lakes and bays statewide. These obstacle course-meets-water-filled-bouncy house hybrids are incredibly fun—especially for older kids—so suit up, grab a life vest, and jump in!
Find more ways to beat the heat in our Garden State Guide to Beaches and Lakes.
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Note that some spots are residents-only or have height requirements in place, so click through to each venue's website for up-to-date regulations before heading out.
Inflatable Water Parks in North Jersey
Darlington County Park – Mahwah
The upper lake at Darlington County Park is home to a Wibit Splash Zone obstacle course, which houses two fantastic areas for adults (for those 48-inches and taller) and kids (for those 39-59 inches). Life vests must be worn at all times in either zone. Note that the park has a per-person general admission fee for visitors over age 5, and there's an added cost for a 1-hour splash zone session, though there are weekday and in-county resident discounts. Little one too small for the splash zone? Don't worry! There are sandy beaches, swimming, playgrounds, and picnic areas to enjoy as well.
The Wibit course in Captain Michael Kilroy Memorial Park includes plenty of obstacles and a trampoline.
This man-made lake has a Wibit floating adventure course with trampoline features and a diving dock. In the park, there's a playground, a splash pad area, and a sandy beach. There are annual memberships and daily rates available (cash only), with discounts for residents.
Sunrise Lake at Lewis Morris Park – Morris Township
Sunrise Lake has swimming, boating, a sandy beach, and an inflatable obstacle course for older kids who must be at least 7 years old and pass a swim test to run, jump, climb, and splash across it. An extra fee applies for a 30-minute session on the course. On select weekday afternoons, you can enjoy private Wibit rental for up to 20 people for $125. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance.
Tons of wet-and-wild fun awaits on Island Aqua Park's gigantic inflatable water park and at its sister location in Stone Harbor.
Inflatable Water Parks in South Jersey
Island Aqua Park – Margate City, Stone Harbor
The newly opened Island Aqua Park is big and built for majorly wet fun. Kids ages 6 and up can enjoy the park in Margate City without an adult in the water, though an adult must sign the waiver. Prices are $35 for one hour or $50 for two hours. A separate location is also open at Stone Harbor with the blob launchpad, slides, a climbing wall, rope, and more. Expect to pay $35 for 45 minutes there. Island Aqua Park doesn't accept reservations at either location, so it's first come, first served.
Lake Barnegat – Lacey Township
Ocean County residents are in luck! Lake Barnegat has a great floating playground, which is open in summer 2021 for county residents only. The cost is $10 per session for Lacey Township residents and $15 for non-Lacey Township (but Ocean County) residents. Note that life jackets are required, and participants must be 8 years of age or older to use the inflatable water park.
Totally Tubular Aqua Park – Ocean City
This floating playground offers 5,000 square feet of wild, wet fun with 18 unique features to explore! Snag a 45-minute time slot ($35/person), and kids ages 6 and up will have a blast bouncing and slipping into the water. Life jackets are provided. Make reservations online.
All photos courtesy of the respective venues