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01/30/2012 05:32 pm ET

Water Parks in New Jersey: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Water parks in New Jersey run the gamut from indoor parks open year-round to extreme thrill parks, and they all offer fun for the whole family. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on parks, here is our guide to all of the key information visitors need to know about New Jersey water parks. --Holly Quinn

Mountain Creek Water Park


Mountain Creek Waterpark, convenient to New York City, North Jersey and Northwestern Pennsylvania, offers extreme water fun away from the Shore. When they say "mountain creek," they aren't kidding--the park was built into the side of a mountain and is the summer companion to Mountain Creek Ski Resort.

Cliff Diving

Mountain Creek Water Park offers two cliff dives for expert swimmers: Little Moe, at 18 feet high and Big Moe, at 23 feet high. Thrill-seekers also come for Bombs Away, a super-slide ending with an 18-foot drop, H2-oh-No!, a 99-foot vertical body slide, and High Anxiety, a multi-passenger ride through a giant funnel.

Thrill Rides And Chill Rides

In addition to thrill rides, Mountain Creek Waterpark offers a wave pool, tube rafting, Tarzan swings and six attractions just for kids. Families can rent cabanas for the day for lounging and ordering meals.

Meal Deals

Visitors can purchase $9.99 meal deals from the on-site Luigi's Pizzeria or Pete's Burger Barn in advance or in person, or order from Mountainside BBQ. No outside food is allowed in the park, but there is a picnic area just outside the gate.

Safety Record

In 1996, there was a park on the site of Mountain Creek Waterpark called Action Park, which had a less-than-stellar accident and safety record. Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Mountain Creek Waterpark.

Address: 200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
Phone: 973-864-8444
Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10:30 a.m. (10 a.m. most Saturdays) to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays). The park may close early due to inclement weather.
Price: Those taller than 48", $35.99; seniors and those under 48", $25.99; children 2 and younger, free. Parking is $4 per car.

Sahara Sam's Oasis


Want the fun of a water park during the off-season or on a rainy day? Sahara Sam's Oasis offers indoor water attractions that are only offered elsewhere in the region at seasonal outdoor water parks--and, it's open year-round.

Surf's Up, Simulated

Indoor surfing is one of the biggest draws--Sahara Sam's Flow Rider surf simulator is the only year-round surfing simulator in the area. Visitors can ride with either a body board or flow board.

The Samazon

Other attractions at Sahara Sam's include water slides, water flumes and a tube river ride and "Samazon Adventure," which is billed as the world's tallest ropes course. The facility also has a children's area and arcade.

Standard Park Fare

Sahara Sam's has a full-service cafe featuring snacks and soft drinks, as well as beer and cocktails. No outside food is allowed unless it's medically necessary; patrons may leave and return the same day with their wristbands.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Sahara Sam's.

Address: 535 N Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091
Phone: 856-767-7580
Hours: Hours vary, but are usually from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. daily.
Price: General admission, $31.95; nonswimmers, $14.95; children 2 and younger, free. Twilight rates, special passes and cabana rentals are available.

Other Noteworthy Parks Near New Jersey

Hurricane Harbor
Breakwater Beach
Raging Waters
Pirate's Cove
Gilligan's Island Water Park

What's your favorite water park in New Jersey?

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