West Berlin, New Jersey might not seem like the hippest day trip destination within a 90-minute drive of Manhattan, but the brand new construction vehicle inspired theme park Diggerland USA is a childhood dream come to life, for boys and girls alike. Once there, you’ll realize you’d have gladly driven twice as long to have so much fun. Where else can your child operate heavy machinery, race mini-Land Rovers, drive dump trucks, climb a 4-story ropes course and take a spin on a one-of-a-kind carousel? Here are 13 reasons why Diggerland USA is worth the drive down the Turnpike.

Welcome to Diggerland USA

With an open-air indoor arcade, rides for kids of all ages and lots of shady spots for parents to rest, the just-opened Diggerland USA is bound become a must-visit destination in the Tri-State Area. You'll also love that wristbands allow for all-day reentry, which means you can leave the park's expensive food concessions behind to cool off at a local restaurant (we recommend Victory Sports Bar & Grill (795 New Jersey 73), located just 5 minutes down the road, with big screens showing all the World Cup matches and other games. Bonus: Kid's eat for $1.99 on Sundays and 2 kids eat free with each adult diner every Tuesday!)

Keep flipping through the photos to learn about the park's top rides and attractions.

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Go: Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin, Nj

Ages: All ages are welcome, but the park is best for kids who are at least 36 inches tall (the shortest height requirement for rides, though some require kids to be 42 or 48 inches tall). Shorter and younger kids can still enjoy the Kid Zone playground.

Cost: Full-day tickets to Diggerland USA are $29.95 online ($34.95 at the gate), with free admission for guests under 36″ tall and over the age of 65.

Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily through Labor Day (weekend-only hours begin in September)

Have you checked out this one-of-a-kind theme park yet? Tell us about your trip in a Comment. 

–Jeff Bogle

All photos by Jeff Bogle