If you have a kid (or adult) who thinks big machines are the coolest thing ever, there’s an amusement park built just for you: Diggerland USA. It’s a construction-themed amusement park where you can operate real heavy machinery. Read on to learn more about the park and the unique attractions it has to offer.
The Joys of Diggerland
One of my boys’ favorite places to visit is Diggerland, USA. I mean how could you go wrong with trucks, dirt, rides, food, and an arcade? It’s the perfect recipe for a family day full of fun and excitement.
So what is Diggerland? It is the only construction themed adventure park in North America where children and families can drive, ride and operate ACTUAL machinery. The park, which covers about 14 acres in West Berlin, New Jersey (20 minutes from Philadelphia), is comprised of over 25 attractions.
The majority of the attractions are made from modified JCB heavy construction equipment pieces. No worries, a Diggerland employee will be at every attraction to explain how to operate the vehicles and to make sure everyone stays safe.
Rides and Attractions at Diggerland
While the park doesn’t look huge, there’s so much to do there. Every time we’ve visited, we’ve easily spent about 5 hours exploring the park. You can drive skid-steer loaders, backhoes, tractors, mini-dumpers, and small excavators.
When you are done, you check out the Spin Dizzy, Backhoe Adventure, Sky Shuttle, the Dig-A-Round (Diggerland’s version of a Carousel) and the newest ride – the WorkMax.
If that’s not enough, you can also try the rock wall, take an off road adventure in a military truck, climb one of the world’s tallest ropes courses, spend time in the arcade, and my boys’ favorite, The Kid Zone. It has activities, including slides and a jungle gym, that keep the kids busy so you can relax and know that their child is safe and having fun in a place built just for them.
My 7-year-old son gets a thrill out of the ropes course. It’s four stories tall and is not for guests with a fear of heights. That’s why I happily stand with two feet on the ground! You suit up your safety harness, take a deep breath, and try to make it to the top. I hear (from my son) the best part is getting to the top and looking down. This kid has no fear and loves this activity.
I particularly like the ride, Spin Dizzy. It’s a modified JCB, where you sit securely in the bucket and let it spin you around at crazy speeds. If you are an adrenaline junkie, this is the ride for you. I can’t help but scream the entire time, it’s thrilling!
Height Requirements at Diggerland
All of the Diggerland attractions require riders to be at least 36 inches tall, some under the assistance of a parent or legal guardian. A few attractions require a 42-inch height to participate. If your child is under 36 inches, they get in free and can play in the KidZone, the Excavation Center Arcade, or view one of the daily machine stunt shows around the park.
You may be wondering: How messy will the kids get? Everything is paved and they will use a water spray in the dirt areas to keep the dust down. But hey, a little dirt never hurt anyone. It’s half the fun!
One important note, a lot of the rides require you to wear sneakers. I’ve made this mistake before and showed up wearing only flip-flops. Not only is it safer, but more confortable too.
Changes at Diggerland
More shade: There now are canopies over many of the waiting areas.
- New rides: The WorkMax is a compact, 4×4 Utility Terrain Vehicle with a 784 cc three-cylinder diesel engine designed for the many terrains and jobs in the construction, farm and military industries.
- New ways to cool down: Diggerland has added misting fans to keep visitors cool in the hot, humid weather.
Food Options at the Park
Outside food and beverages are not permitted in the park, however there is a full service café called, “The Dig Inn.” It sells your typical park food including:
- Chicken fingers
The dining pavilion inside the park is enclosed for warmth and shelter. There also are a few picnic tables outside the gates, if you choose to bring your own lunch.
Diggerland admission is not cheap, but you can spend an entire day there getting the most out of the fee. When we visited in 2015, admission for people taller than 42 inches was $29.95 (online) and those under 42 inches was $24.95 (online).
If you plan on staying over, make sure to visit Diggerland’s hotel partners. Each package includes tickets for your park visit.
It is truly a unique experience and we really enjoy playing at this park. If you plan on visiting Diggerland, make a weekend out of it by visiting its sister company, Sahara Sam’s Oasis, an indoor and outdoor water park located next door.