American Dream Must-Dos

More than a mall, American Dream in East Rutherford is your one-stop shopping, splashing, woo-hooing, skiing, skating, surfing, playing, discovering, dining and luxuriating destination. Because of its sheer size and number of offerings, we did all the legwork to identify American Dream’s 19 must-dos for first-time visitors …

Big Thrills + Big Stars

As the Western Hemisphere’s largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe is sure to provide a day of boundless excitement. It boasts taller, steeper, longer thrill rides plus more tame attractions for the little ones. And don’t miss out on the chance to meet your kids’ favorite Nickelodeon characters in person during special events.

It’s always 81 degrees at Dreamworks Water Park – the perfect temperature to make a big splash on the world’s largest selection of water rides. Need a break from all the aquatic action? You can rent a luxury cabana for the family.

Active Adventures

Looking for some big winter fun in any season? Be sure to hit Big Snow, North America’s first indoor, real-snow, year-round ski and snow resort. You don’t even need to haul in a load of gear. With a Snow Day Package, you get ski or snowboard equipment rentals, outerwear (pants and jacket), a two-hour Slope Access Ticket and complimentary entry to a skills area with dedicated instructors.

Prefer ice to snow? Strap on some skates and glide around The Rink, an indoor NHL regulation-size rink available for open sessions as well as figure skating and hockey tournaments, plus private events. 

Or experience endless summer at Skudin Surf, an indoor wave pool offering everything you need to hang ten in open sessions designed for every skill level – beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert. Want the waves all to yourself? Schedule a private session for you and your friends.

Take your American Dream experience to new heights at Legends of the Hidden Temple Ropes Course Challenge, the planet’s tallest high ropes course. Clip in and see if you can get to the tippy-top of its nine record-breaking levels.

Playful Pursuits

The whole family can try for a hole-in-one at Angry Birds Mini Golf or Blacklight Mini Golf, while young imaginations can find vivid inspiration at the Legoland Discovery Center.

There’s also tons for teens to do. They can lose themselves in a neon-lit Mirror Maze, take the best snaps for social media in the TiLT Museum, puzzle their way out of The Escape Game and claim victory in Blast 7D, a combination virtual reality-roller coaster-role playing game experience.

One-of-a-Kind Dining

Foodies can go on an international culinary journey at 50 (and counting!) eateries, including Blue Whale, Carpaccio, German Doner Kebab, Latin Grill and Vanessa’s Dumpling House

Luxe Experiences

The Avenue at American Dream is your home for chic designer brands and sumptuous shopping. Think: Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Hermès, Saint Laurent, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. and more. Care to get pampered with the celebrity treatment? You can arrange for a personalized VIP experience as well.

Stay the Night

If you’re thinking, “There’s no way I can fit all of these must-dos into a single day,” you’re correct. But that’s not a problem because nearby, preferred hotels offer special rates just for guests. You can discover all the details here

As always, be sure to check out American Dream’s official website for need-to-know details before your arrival. Looking for more larger-than-life attractions here in the Garden State? Download our free Official Travel Guide and sign up to receive our e-newsletter today for the biggest ideas.