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Bowcraft Amusement Park, Scotch Plains

(2.7/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
Bowcraft Amusement Park or Bowcraft Playland is a small amusement park located on U.S. Route 22 West in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Catering to families, it contains rides appropriate for both children and adults. Bowcraft Amusement Park is open weekends from May through October and daily June through Labor Day.

The park's history dates back to 1946, when an archery and skiing enthusiast named Ted Miller opened a small archery and ski equipment store, complete with a small ski slope on-site, and named it Bowcraft Park.

In the 1980s, the park included a miniature golf course, which was eventually removed to make room for an overall expansion of both the park itself and the parking area.

The park offers a choice between purchasing tickets for individual rides, or an all-inclusive \"Fun-Pass\" which gives the ticket holder unlimited riding.
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  • Went over the summer and just getting to the review now. The amusement park was old and dirty with some of the rides not even operational. The ticket package to ride is a complete shakedown. Super exp...  more »
  • Family owned and operated for many years. Really "kid" friendly! They strongly believe in safety! Grounds always well kept. Very nice food court!.  more »
  • We had our son's 5th birthday party there.The kids had a great time and so did the fellow parents.The price was fair and everyone had a good time.We won't have a party there again only because my son ...  more »
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  • It is what it is...it's a small amusement park for little kids. Small children will enjoy it. No long lines. It's no frills, plain and simple. My granddaughter is 10 y/o and she stills enjoy it...
  • My kids were asking me to take them somewhere so I just googled what's was the closest amusement park. Bow craft is a small but fun amusement park that will keep the kids entertrained. I feel the prices are a little over priced for the type of park it is and about half the rides in there were out of service. Not to mention that the rides are all outdated as well and this place can use a upgrade desperately. For regular entry is was about 90 dollars and you get 100 tickets for a family of 5. If you waited till 4pm then they charge $15 per bracelet and you have unlimited rides mind you the individual tickets, each ride is about 4 tickets to ride. To me is should be 1 ticket equals 1 ride. None the less my kids had a great time which is all that matters.
  • Perfect for someone who's 35". Don't bring the teens this is for the young ones that enjoy a good thrill. Great staff. Nice crowd - no long lines. The only reason it didn't get a 5 is because it is a little date, my son was on the boats and the poor kid running it was hitting the machine. He didn't panic and the ride ended no problem however it lasted a long time and no parent likes to see the operator hitting the control box when their kid is on the ride. Get the fun pass, plenty of time to get your money's worth!
  • I'm 36 years old I used to come here as a kid. Believe it or not they have some 30 year old rides here. The go kart track thing is using literally the same carts I used as a kid. The motorcycle round about thing is original 30 year p.o.s. the umbrella round about thing is same 30 year old p.o.s. the rides here have more rust than the titanic sitting at the bottom of the ocean. How they pass safety regulations is beyond my comprehension. Don't waste your money here place is a dud.
  • It's really stupid that you have to buy a ticket for yourself. Once you buy a ticket for your child which is just only 1 year old $30 for unlimited ride but in other hand only few ride available. ..It's too much cost ....But so far we enjoyed.