It’s that time of year again, when we’re all starting to notice the mercury levels steadily rising and, as a direct result, we’re all beyond eager to seek out ways to cool off. Thankfully, living in one of the rentals near Perth Amboy, NJ, you have one stellar option to finally beat the heat: the waterpark!

Just 30 minutes from Perth Amboy is Runaway Rapids, an oasis on the Jersey Shore waterfront offering open-armed respite from the blazing sun, in the form of myriad water-based entertainment. With nearly two dozen attractions to choose from, there’s something for anyone looking for the opportunity to cool down.

Mega Bunga Falls may not be the tallest of slides, but the thrill of this one comes right at the end. After a quick drop, guests are launched over the edge and into the air, before plunging down below into the pool. But for a more intense fall, Soaring Thunder involves multiple dips starting several flights up in the air.

If you’re a little apprehensive about going down a slide solo, head to Mountain Blast. The double tube lets you pair up with a pal as you wind your way down, an act that almost surely involves a significant amount of spinning. (Seriously. You may want to close your eyes.)

For those with little ones in tow, fret not! There are plenty of ways for kids to cool down, albeit with less intense dips and drops. They can hop along giant lily pads at Moon Walk; splash around in miniature fountains and waterfalls at Toddler’s Reef; or get a pint-sized thrill at the Frog Slide, a waterslide jutting out from inside the mouth of an oversized amphibian.

Of course, no waterpark would be complete without a lazy river! So, just head to Castaways Creek and you’ll be swept along a continuous loop with depths of no more than four feet below. But beware! There are “water detonators” situated along the way, so you may find yourself bombarded with explosions of moisture. (That’s half the fun though, right?)

And then there’s the question of food. All that time spent in the sun and water will leave anyone feeling famished. Adjacent to the waterpark are a slew of boardwalk staples: pizza, hot dogs, french fries, fried dough, and — naturally — ice cream.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning a quick getaway from your rental near Perth Amboy, NJ, and take advantage of having a refreshingly splash-tastic retreat so close to home!