As a parent your kids will teach you about things you never expected to learn. Diggers happen to be just one of the things I’ve become pretty knowledgeable about so when I learned about Diggerland USA in West Berlin, NJ I added it to the list of places to see. I also decided it would be fun to include the grandparents and cousin, and we made a fun filled day of play for all generations at Diggerland USA.
We chose to go on a Sunday, and it was great. I recommend getting there right when it opens and make sure to take advantage of the deals for Military, Triple AAA and Seniors if the grandparents are joining. Kids under 36 inches are free.
Once we were all there we headed right over to the Big Diggers because both kids wanted to work those machines. It’s a little scary as a parent to see your 5 year old climb into a digger, but they take precautions and focus on safety at Diggerland. As they buckled the kids in and explained how to the controls work I could see them paying attention and learning to listen to directions all while smiling and having fun.
I also loved that my parents joined us. Since Camden and Cody were too small to drive some of the vehicles it was fun to see the grandparents get to experience the fun with the kids. I personally feel this is what keeps them young and the bonus is they are building memories together that they will never forget.
Not only do they have the diggers, and trucks, Diggerland also has rides. These rides you had to be at least 42 inches for. The sky shuttle gives you a view of the whole park. Greased Beast allows you to feel what it’s like to be dumped at 40 feet. Our personal favorite was the spin dizzy as we were lifted in a scoop and spun around in both directions giving a great view of the park.
If you’re kids are under this height never fear they have a great play ground for little ones to explore close by. They may also be able to ride the one of a kind Dig Around carousel (36 inches min) or the Barrel Train or Drive their own car at the Digger Derby.
My favorite part of the day was getting to drive the backhoe and lifting the scoop. What blows my mind is Eleanor was tall enough to drive this as well. So don’t rule out the older kids having fun. They get to do a lot of things by themselves. It was crazy to see her driving around, but her smile shows just how much fun she’s having.
One of the downsides is you can’t bring in outside food or drink. They do have a water fountain, so if you bring a refillable water bottle that’s an option. They also do have 2 food stations. It is not fast food as everything is made to order, so if you plan to eat in the park think ahead about 20-30 minutes. Or pack a cooler and eat in your car. The parking lot is right there so you won’t have to walk forever, but you do have to exit through the gift shop, so consider this your warning.
It can be a pricey day, but it’s a day at an amusement park for your kids and I’m so glad we decided to make it a multi generational trip. Overall I think it’s a great family field trip day. I’m glad my nephew was 36 inches. I know if they are under they are free, but if wouldn’t have been as much fun for him, so I recommend waiting till they are tall enough.
Make sure you check out our video recap of all the fun we had!
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Disclosure: I was provided with press tickets for my family, and we purchased tickets for the grandparents and other relatives. All thoughts are my own.