The Land of Make Believe is a moderately sized tri-state area family amusement and water park located in Hope, New Jersey. It is billed as a safe, wholesome good time promising non-stop action for the entire family and has won a number of awards over the years for its unique atmosphere and the all-around enjoyable experience it offers patrons. The park in its entirety covers an area of approximately 30 acres and has been in business for over half a century.
As is the case with most amusement parks, the main draw for potential visitors to the Land of Make Believe is the eclectic selection of rides and attractions. Rides that suit the thrill seekers natural sense of adventure are well represented and include such favorites as the Thriller roller coaster; the heart-stopping Free Fallin' drop attraction; and the Tornado, a swing ride with a twist that is great fun for the entire family. Traditional carnival favorites are part of the mix as well, including an old-fashioned tilt-a-whirl, a beautifully carved antique carousel, and a miniature Civil War locomotive that treats park goers to a leisurely ride around the park to enjoy the sights.
Those looking to beat the heat and enjoy a splash or two will love Land of Make Believe's unique collection of water slides and splash attractions. The Pirate's Plunge treats riders to a thrilling ride down a sleek and streamlined body slide. Blackbeard's Pirate Fort features a 1,000-gallon water bucket for those that enjoy a thorough soaking. The Buccaneer Pirate Ship is a beautiful life-size pirate shop model that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and includes a number of water slides and nets. Last but not least, there is the Black Hole, an exciting and unique water slide measuring 40' high and 400' long. The Black Hole is especially notable for being named America's #1 rated water slide.
Land of Make Believe also features a number of enjoyable things to do when you're ready to take a break from the rides for a while. Enjoy an old-fashioned hay ride drawn by a real farm tractor or a trip to the Old McDonald's Farm petting zoo. Test your skill and compete with your friends for charming prizes in the Boardwalk area or head to the Middle Earth Theater for a one-of-a-kind interactive experience for children and parents to enjoy together. Even explore an authentic WWII airplane cockpit or visit with Captain Ricky, the park's official mascot.
Food options are varied and include all the traditional amusement park choices that theme park lovers have come to look forward to. Grab burgers, ice cream, fudge, hot dogs, cheese fries, and much more at any one of the park's 9 different food areas. Alternatively, plan a family picnic or get together at the park's beautiful family picnic grove. Access to the picnic grounds is free with purchase of your admission ticket, as is parking. Class trips and group excursions are also accommodated if advance reservations are made.
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