First, I am not reviewing the entire boardwalk here. I do like to walk the boardwalk but with all the head shops sleezy clothing shops it is not exactly the type of place I want to take kids. However the Casino Arcade has a great family deal. For $30 you can get a huge pizza and 4 drinks plus 2 $10 play cards for the kids. No you won't win enough points to bring home anything valuable, but the pizza is good and you get to have some fun for the cost of dinner. They also give you 4 carousel ride tickets - good for young kids. Just the presence of the carousel gives it a nice atmosphere.
As for the waterpark, it is not the biggest, but you also never stand on line for an hour and a half to get on a water slide either . There is something for everyone. You can set the kids free to go down the big slide and have them meet you later while you enjoy the hot tub (not too hot) or lazy river. It is clean and the food is not prohibitively priced like another NJ waterpark. Even the gift shop is not priced out of reach.
TIP: Locals need to visit during Easter weekend. You can buy discounted books of tickets for the water park, go-carts next door and rides on the pier. If you are not local you can buy them online that weekend but will need to pay shipping. The tickets say good in year purchased but they will tell you that as long as they own the property they will honor the tickets. I have been doing this for years and find it to be true.
I suggest 2 to 3 hours for the water park but if you also go to the pier, rides and go-carts you will be there all day.
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