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.

A Three Story Playground

Even the most committed future foreman will need to take a break, and the enormous Diggerland USA play structure will do the trick nicely. Located just between the rock climbing wall and the merry-go-round, this playground is the perfect spot to let your little ones go wild while your bigger kids construct more of their own fun.

  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
  • Diggerland USA by Jeff Bogle
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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