Amusement and water parks abound near the luxury apartment complex
The dog days of summer are aptly named, especially when it comes to the month of August. The weather is hot and oppressive, the season is winding down, and children are faced with the dreaded prospect of having to go back to school. There’s a sense that all of the fun that comes along with summer is now in the past as August rolls along, but such need not be the case. Those living at the Grand Meridia apartment complex in Rahway, New Jersey, have a bevy of amusement and water parks they can visit to brighten their day.
One popular destination for the 30,131 people living in Rahway is Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari. (1) Residents of the Grand Meridia can take their family on a short drive and visit the park that features animal attractions, live entertainment, thrill rides, and attractions that the youngest children can enjoy. Families can race go-karts in the Great American Road Race, smash into each other with bumper cars, and cool off with the Saw Mill Log Flume. There are plenty of thrill rides to challenge one’s inner daredevil, but the queen of them all is the new Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth that is the tallest pendulum ride in the entire world. Standing 17 stories in height, the ride will propel riders back and forth on a rotating pendulum going 75 mph. (2)
Another popular spot for those living at the Grand Meridia is the New Jersey State Fair that is held on the Sussex County Fairgrounds. The state fair lasts from August 2nd through August 11th and offers a wide range of amusements for the entire family to enjoy. (3) There are lots of agricultural exhibits and competitions, carnival rides, performing arts tent, demolition derby, and a petting zoo. Horses are an integral part of the state fair dating back to 1923. Called the Sussex County Horse Show, this event features three rings of equestrian action, such as the USHJA National Hunter Derby, Rost Memorial Jumper Stake, Hollow Brook Wealth Management SJHOF Classic, and the amateur and professional versions of the 3′ Horsemanship Challenge. (4)
A long-standing tradition for many families residing at the Grand Meridia and throughout New Jersey is visiting Playland’s Castaway Cove. This amusement park is located on the boardwalk of the Jersey Shore. In operation for over 50 years, this park features more than 32 rides, many of which are suitable for young children. Both young and old will have fun playing games in the arcade or playing miniature golf on the themed Seaport Village Golf and Golden Galleon Pirate Golf courses. There are roller coasters that the entire family can enjoy, and then there are the more challenging thrill rides like Alien Abduction, Double Shot, Tidal Wave, Extreme Cyclone, Air Race, and Squadron 33. (5)
Hadi Abreu of the Grand Meridia says, “August can be rough as families get ready for the start of the school year and people are waiting for the temperature to finally start dropping as summer begins to wind down. However, a lot of residents of the Grand Meridia love to have some final bit of summer fun by visiting one of the many water and amusement parks found throughout the state. A personal favorite of mine is Keansburg Amusement Park, which has the distinction of being New Jersey’s oldest amusement park as it opened in 1905. The park has go-karts, an arcade, a fishing pier, lots of rides for young children, batting cages, and a good number of thrill rides. Keansburg’s companion park is Runaway Rapids, a water park that boasts an interactive playground for children, numerous kid-friendly water attractions, and thrilling water slides. Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean the fun has to. There are lots of great options throughout the state that offer a fun day of relaxation and exhilaration for the entire family.” (6)
6) Quote from Hadi Abreu of the Grand Meridia