BERGEN COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT / Splash Zone at Darlington County Park

Kids love bouncy houses and water sports, so why not merge the two and spend the day playing at one of New Jersey’s inflatable aqua parks? Inflatable courses are popping up across the state and boast things like a giant iceberg or climbing wall. The kids will love turning an ordinary day at the lake or beach into an afternoon of climbing and bouncing around. Just remember your basic water safety tips, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Captain Michael Kilroy Memorial Park
Wayne Twp.
Capt. Kilroy Park has a man-made swimming lake with a sand beach, a children’s playground, lighted basketball and volleyball court, a softball field, a picnic area, locker rooms and a concession stand. The amenities include a Wibit Play Area in the water as well as a diving dock – a perfect place to host your child’s next summer birthday party.

Island Water Sports
Margate and Stone Harbor
Experience the ultimate water fun, all in the bay. Bounce around on the famous blob launchpad, slides, rock climbing wall, jungle gym, rope climb, cliffs and more. Everyone must wear a life vest, which is provided.

Courtesy of Lacey Township website

Lake Barnegat
Lacey Twp.
This beautiful lake area is taking the fun up a notch with an inflatable, floating obstacle course that’s open to Ocean County residents only. This floating playground is also available for events like birthday parties or family gatherings. For everyone’s safety, lifejackets are required when playing on the inflatable course and you must be 8 years or older to hop on. 

The Splash Zone at Darlington County Park
Kids and adults can play together in The Splash Zone. Sessions are from 10:40 am – 3:20 pm for children 48 inches or taller, which includes one 10-minute safety usage orientation plus a 50-minute experience. At 4:40 pm, kids at least 39 inches are welcome to join in on the fun. The Splash Zone is cleared at the end of each hour. Adults can take part as well. Life jackets must be worn at all times.


Sunrise Lake Beach Club
Mendham Twp.
Test your skills on the inflatable Wibit obstacle course. You must be at least 7 years old and pass a swim test. If you need extra time to pay, rent out the Wibit for your own private access – it’s a great team builder for sports teams, corporate groups, clubs and organizations. Consider hosting a birthday party here, or plan your camp/scout visit. Hours are 12:30-6 pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from June 21 to August 25.

Totally Tubular Aqua Park
Ocean City
There are more than 8,500 square feet of activities with 20+ unique features for kids aged 6 and up. Sessions are 45 minutes and start on the hour, but the park is tide-dependent, so time slots vary by day. Life jackets are provided, and the park is monitored by supervisors at all times.

Jennifer Amato contributed to this story.

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