Storybook Land - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey - Family Theme and Amusement Park


Storybook Land is a moderately-sized, 20-acre amusement and theme park located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. The park has been open and operational for over 50 years and prides itself on offering an old-fashioned, whimsical family experience to visitors of all ages that is not only fun-filled, but educational as well. However, special emphasis is definitely placed on fun for the children who visit the park. The general theme and overall feel of the park revolves around fairy tales, folk legends, and nursery rhymes. It has been privately owned and run by the Fricano family since it was first opened in 1955.

As is the case with many amusement parks, the main draw to Storybook Land is the selection of rides and attractions available to visitors. Unlimited admission to the rides is purchased via a pay-one-price admission fee that is paid upon entry to the park, so there is no need to purchase separate tickets for each ride. As Storybook Land strives to offer a classic, old-fashioned amusement park experience to its guests, many of the rides are carnival-style classics such as the beautiful painted carousel that is considered to be the park's highlight by many.

However, there are many unique rides as well to offer visitors a little something different. The Old Tymers antique car ride is a fun experience for guests of all ages and provides a wonderful way to enjoy some of the park's beautiful landscaping, as does a magical ride on the J&J Railroad. Bubbles the Coaster is Storybook Land's own version of a classic roller coaster. Also popular are the Whirly-Bug Ferris wheel, the Tea Time tea cups, the Rockin' Tug, and the Turtle Twirl.

Storybook Land also is home to the Storybook Land Tram which is a wonderful way to get around the park and enjoy the scenery for those who don't wish to walk or who simply want to take a load off for a moment or two. The Tram runs seasonally as needed. Children must be at least 36'' tall in order to safely ride the tram with or without adult accompaniment.

Some amusement parks change directions a little bit when autumn rolls around to treat regulars to a little something different and Storybook Land is no exception. They offer fall programs for schools that include such seasonal activities as Elmer's "Hay-Mazing'' Maze, old-fashioned hay rides, and a children's mini-pumpkin decoration event. Advanced reservations are required, so those interested are invited to contact the park directly for more information.

Food options at Storybook Land cover all the bases when it comes to standard child-friendly amusement park menus at its three dining areas. The Dining Depot offers access to a spacious seating area and affordable yet delicious options that range from meal items like pizza, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese sandwiches, and cheeseburgers to snack items like popcorn, ice cream, and brownies. The Gingerbread House is a somewhat smaller location, but offers many of the same options including burgers, hot dogs, and snacks. Last but not least is the Caboose Cafy where guests can grab a quick snack or drink in between rides or on the go.

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