America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park

There’s a reason why Action Park in Vernon Township, New Jersey, was been dubbed “Class Action Park.” That’s because it routinely delivered bloody noses, bruises, broken bones, concussions, and even death. In the 1980s and 1990s, when the park was in its prime, people who spent a day at Action Park often left with something to show for it: scars. The ads portrayed the park as a family-friendly, wholesome, great place to take your kids, but once they arrived, parents quickly realized it was anything but. At least 14 broken bones and 26 head injuries were reported between 1984 and 1985. Action Park eventually bought the town new ambulances to handle trips to hospitals. Even Action Park employees jokingly referred to the place as "Traction Park.” There were also deaths at Action Park. Between 1978, when the park opened, and 1996, when it closed, there were six deaths. In fact, two of the deaths occurred in a single week in 1982. One 15-year-old boy drowned in the notorious Tidal Wave Pool, while a 27-year-old man was electrocuted on a ride called Kayak Experience. Eventually, the park went bankrupt and closed down.