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The Land Of Make Believe amusement park was founded in 1954 by Hermann Maier, a music teacher, who wanted a place where children and parents alike could participate and use their imagination.  In addition,  he wanted a park that would incorporate education and history.  Built on 30 plus picturesque acres on a converted dairy farm, The Land Of Make Believe, was the first amusement park where parents did not need to be spectators.

 In many ways little has changed since Maier opened the doors.   Still a family operated business, Chris Maier, continues to run the park with his father's dream in mind.   This family has given other's a place where the kids and parents can have fun together. You'll find Exciting Rides, Shows, Attractions, Games, Water Park, and Picnic Area on the premises.  The Land Of Make Believe offers low prices, short lines, free parking and friendly staff for park visitors. 

This 30 acre park is designed for children under 12 years of age.  If you have teenagers who are looking for very extreme rides, donít expect them to have the time of their lives at The Land of Make Believe.   It offers kid-friendly rides, a water park area called Pirate's Cove, and interactive children's shows.  For young children, this place can truly be a magical experience, and the memory of a lifetime.

Pirate's Cove water park includes a life size pirate ship, wading pool and an infant water area as well as a host of exciting rides, including Pirate's Plunge and a mammoth water slide.


The Land Of Make Believe has a variety of family rides to pick from including a Roller Coaster, Tilt-A-Whirl, Civil War Locomotive, Grand Carousel, Action River Ride,  Buccaneer Pirate & Wading Pool, "Black Hole" Waterslide, Grand Carousel,  and Pirates Fort.

The rides are complemented by fun learning attractions like the Middle Earth Theater where children and parents dressed in costume are the stars, and Old McDonald's Farm complete wit farm animals.


The Land Of Make Believe is a premier family water & amusement park located in New Jersey.  It is located in the town of Hope, New Jersey, one hour from the Lincoln Tunnel or George Washington Bridge in New York,  and 90 minutes from Philadelphia. This award-winning park is truly a perfect day trip destination for families.

Entrance Fees

Ticket prices include ALL Rides, Shows, Attractions, Family Picnic Grove, AND Pirate's Cove Water Park!  Method of payments include Cash or Discover ONLY. Check their official website for pricing details.

Seasons at Land Of Make Believe

The Land Of Make Believe is open from Memorial Day to the weekend after Labor Day.  It is open weekends only from  Memorial weekend until the 2nd weekend in June.  Starting with the 3rd Saturday in June the park is open to the public daily from10 am to 6 pm.

Things To Bring On Your Trip To Land Of Make Believe

  • camera
  • sun glasses
  • sun tan lotion
  • comfortable walking shoes
  • picnic lunch optional

 Food at Land of Make Believe

The Land of Make Believe has an array of goodies to satisfy everyone in the family.  Burgers,  Hot Dogs, Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Nuggets, fresh cut Cheese Fries, or Mama Santa's Pizza can be found in the 9 food areas in the park.  Want something sweet?  Try their homemade rich and creamy Fudge, fresh spun Cotton Candy, old-fashioned Waffle and Ice Cream Sandwiches or Caramel Corn.  Families are also invited to bring their own picnic lunches and feast in the spacious picnic grove where there are plenty of tables for a comfortable meal.


Directions to Park

  • FROM ALLENTOWN: Take Route 22 East to Route 519 North to Hope turn right at blinker light, at bottom of hill turn right on to Route 611, then proceed to park entrance.
  • FROM PHILADELPHIA: Take I-95 to Route 31 North. Turn left on to Route 46 West to Route 519 North to Hope. Turn right at blinker light, then right at bottom of hill on to Route 611, then proceed to park entrance.
  • FROM NORTH JERSEY USING GARDEN STATE PARKWAY: Take Parkway South to Exit 159 on to Route 80 West to Exit 12.
  • FROM CENTRAL JERSEY USING GARDEN STATE PARKWAY: Take Parkway Exit 145 on to Route 280 West to Route 80 West to Exit 12.
  • FROM LINCOLN TUNNEL: Take Route 3 to Route 46 West to Route 80 West to Exit 12.
  • FROM STATEN ISLAND: Take Goethals Bridge to New Jersey Turnpike North to Route 280 West to Route 80 West to Exit 12.


The Land Of Make Believe

354 Great Meadows Road - Rt. 611
Hope, NJ 07844

Phone: (908) 459-9000