I know of Morey's Piers but are there any others that are really worth visiting? Are there any unique rides that shouldn't be missed at Morey's other than the roller coasters? How long would it take to hit the highlights of Morey's? We would be visiting in the afternoon so I thought lines might be shorter.
Thanks for any insight!
I haven't been to Morey's for about 10 years but they did have some neat looking older attractions, most probably gone by now. I'd say you could hit the highlights in two or three hours.
I don't know how long you'll be in the area for but one park I was really pleasantly surprised with was Playland Park which is a "beach park" along the Long Island Sound. It's near the north east end of the Bronx, maybe 2 hours from Great Adventure if there's not much traffic? Now the crowds and the employees are less charming than the park, but it does have a lot of feel to it, especially at night. It looks like a park that was built in the 30s and last updated in the 50's. It has nice midway lights, old buildings that were kept well that you don't see anymore,ice skating indoors, a pool and old fashioned stadium pool seating (although I think it's being renovated), the BEST Old Mill ride left, a mirror maze, and like 3 haunted houses. No extreme rides, but it's really a cool old fashioned park if you can get past the crowds, way more charming than anything along NJ shores.
Fist pumping will come in handy at Seaside Heights.
I started typing a long post about Playland, but then realized it was kind of rude to hijack this thread! I will save my Playland post for a separate post :).
I suggested this route because going any further south would mean you need to go to AC or Wildwood for boardwalk amusement piers. Your query sounded like you were not intending to stay over night on your shore trip and going to them is like another 8 hours.
Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights and Seaside Park have web sites that have a lot of info. Check them out first.
We are actually planning on spending a night around Atlantic City the night after going to Great Adventure that day. Then we are planning on driving to Williamsburg the next day and maybe stopping by a pier along the way (or maybe we would need to stop the day before for casino pier). Using google maps, I found that it doesn't take too long to drive to the south in of Jersey and take the Lewes-Cape May ferry. If the ferry time efficient, or would driving around be better? (we are also trying to avoid DC traffic)
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