We all like a little thrill sometimes; and with this summer heat, I’m sure you’re also looking for ways to cool off. Well, fear not. There’s a way to fix both of those problems at the same time—and that is with a speed boat tour. These New Jersey speed boats offer amazing views, crazy speeds, and a near guarantee that you’ll get wet. Before your trip, make sure to apply sunscreen, and wear something that you don’t mind getting soaked in.
1. Silver Bullet Tours – Wildwood, NJ
Wildwood is home to some of the fastest and largest speed boats New Jersey has to offer. I took a tour a few weeks ago, and trust me, they’re fast. With twin Volvo Penta turbo-charged engines, it’s sure to give you a thrill.
Cruises start at 9:30 a.m.and continue throughout the day, lasting about 90 minutes each. The tours take you through bays and waterways until you reach the Atlantic Ocean. On the way, you’ll see many of the historic sites Cape May County is known for. And keep your eyes peeled—there are plenty of dolphins for you to see.
You can also purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while aboard. There’s even a happy hour around 4:30 p.m.!
2. East Coast Jet Boat Adventures – Cape May, NJ
This Cape May jet boat is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. The boat is designed for high speed and trick maneuvers like a 360-degree spin, so make sure to hold onto your hats. The captain will also point out wildlife and historical areas.
In 60 minutes, this ride is sure to make the most of your time. As the only New Zealand-style boat on the East Coast, it is operated with two supercharged engines, making it perfect for its tricks and speed.
3. Screamer Speedboat – Ocean City, NJ
Enjoy a 50-minute speedboat ride along the coast of Ocean City with the Screamer Speedboat. While aboard, you’ll reach top speeds and even get to see dolphins. The boat seats up to 38 passengers and is 44 feet high.
Patrons can privately charter a boat for a special celebration. There are also sunset rides and happy hour party boat cruises for you to enjoy.
4. Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch Speedboat Adventure – Wildwood, NJ
Another Wildwood native, the Thunder Cat is celebrating its 22nd season in operation. The boat sails along the coast of Wildwood and Cape May, where you’ll witness the historic sites, dolphins, and might even see other wildlife such as sea turtles and migratory birds.
Trips are 90 minutes long seating 49 passengers, with the exception of the shorter 8 a.m. tour. Make sure to bring some cash, as you can also get drinks, snacks, and items from their gift shop.
5. Delaware River Jet Boat Rides – Milford, NJ
Head to Hunterdon County and you’ll get to witness the scenic views of the Delaware Water Gap from the one and only jet boat tour on the river. There are two boats to choose from: The Snyder or the Rockproof. The Snyder offers a 30-minute tour, while the Rockproof lasts an hour and a half.
On the tours, you’ll learn about the history and wildlife of the Delaware River. It also includes a free barbecue meal at The Famous River Hot Dog Man, shuttle service, parking, a key check, and life vests to keep you safe.
You may even see some wildlife on the tour, like river otters, ospreys, various fish, or even an American bald eagle.
Have you ever been on one of these New Jersey speed boats? Let us know in the comments!
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