Diggerland USA

If you are like my son and husband and have ever had a desire to ride heavy construction equipment, this post is for you! Last week, we visited Diggerland USA in Berlin, New Jersey. Diggerland is a construction themed amusement park, where instead of roller coasters and merry go rounds, you get to operate real construction equipment.

The park itself is on the smaller side with only 25 rides and attractions that are arranged fairly close to each other and don’t require a ton of walking. We visited the park on a Saturday and expected long lines, but surprisingly, most attractions only had a short wait.

The park is geared toward younger children and Alex was very pleased to learn that he was just tall enough to do all the rides solo. (Did I mention that this kid grew almost an inch and a half in the last few months?! What happened to my baby!) He is also convinced that he knows how to drive now since he got to operate all the machines by himself.

The rides at Diggerland aren’t your typical amusement park rides. Most of them involve  operating real, heavy construction machinery, that has been altered for safety. Even though they are real machines, everything is totally kid friendly and the operators are available to show you how to operate everything.  There are more traditional rides too like the Spin Dizzy, which is an altered excavator that spins you around in its bucket and really lives up to its name.

The park also has a really cool ropes course. Tommy and Alex were both brave enough to complete the whole thing. I am not the greatest with heights, so I volunteered to be the official photographer for their climb. They made it to the top of the four story course with ease and said that it wasn’t too scary. The was also a rock climbing wall and an arcade within the park, but we didn’t do either.

The park also has two concession stands that sell the typical amusement park fare. Alex was very happy with his blue slushie. We opted to skip lunch at the park and got some food down the road from the park, where there are quite a few restaurants to choose from.

A few tips before you visit Diggerland:

  • Buy your tickets online to save a few extra bucks on admission.
  • Wear sunblock and/or bring a hat. The park itself has no trees and there was a lot of sun while we waited in line.
  • Even though the signs say no outside food or drinks, water is allowed.
  • There are absolutely no signs for the park until you are basically at the parking lot, so be careful not to miss it.

Enjoy your visit!

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  1. That sounds like so much fun and a brilliant idea. I can just imagine how awesome it must be for a little boy, or girl 😉 to actually operate a big machine on their own.

  2. This fun Park is definitely for those who are a bit more adventurist than I am, but it looks like your son had a ball. I had not heard about this place but it is a cool concept.

  3. Perfect activity for kids. They looked like they had so much fun too . Thanks for sharing.

  4. This place looks amazing! Both of my kids would love visiting here and trying to ride every ride. They would especially love the Spin Dizzy ride and they love spinning around in circles on their own. It is also not too far away from where we live, so it would be a good weekend roadtrip.

  5. My husband and I just had a conversation about this place the other day! He is a big child, so he was really excited a place like this exists!

  6. Oh my gosh, this is honestly the funniest thing I’ve seen. I had NO idea this existed but I know for sure there are tons of people in my life that would enjoy it. HOW COOL! Thank you for sharing this – I’m so excited to know about it!

  7. Diggerland looks like an amazing experience for kids! Even as an adult, I know that I’ll have a good time! Marking your post for my next NJ trip soon!

  8. What a wonderful and perfect place for the kiddos! I wish I would’ve known about this when my son was younger. He would have LOVED this!

  9. Seems like quite an activity-filled fun outing option for kids…and grown-ups : ) . It’s nice when kids can experience and enjoy things they might otherwise just be reading about.

  10. its so funny how some kids can watch construction equipment for a long time. they really should come to NYC and see it. would lose its appeal I’m sure lol

    anyway, its cool that a place like that exists for everyone (grown ups too!) who like machinery.

    • We live in NYC and my husband works in the construction industry. It really just doesn\’t get old for some people. Haha

  11. I love the idea of this! When I was younger, my little brothers wanted to be construction men. They would have had a blast at a park like this!

  12. I had never heard of this place. But I am for sure putting it on my list of places to go with the kids. They would LOVE it!!! It looks like you had a blast.

  13. This is the right place and learner for children and parents who loved doing activities. I’m really sure that every children who are coming here will enjoy every activities here. It looks like you had a blast. Will check it out later!!

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