DAY TRIP IDEAS IN
CENTRAL NEW JERSEY
Historic Allaire Village
Farmingdale NJ - 732-919-3500
Discover the Historic Village at Allaire and all it has to offer. The Historic Village at Allaire is a living history museum dedicated to the life and times of James Allaire. Visitors to The Historic Village at Allaire, which is listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places, will step back in time and experience life in a 19th Century bog iron producing community. From Special Event Programming to Interpretive Demonstrations, visitors to the Historic Village will gain a better understanding of life in an early 19th Century. The historical programs offered at the Historic Village at Allaire, located within Allaire State Park, are supported entirely through private donations, membership fees, fund-raising events, and patronage of our retail stores.
Jersey Shore Pirates
Located in the Central Shore Region of NJ
Riverfront Marina at 281 Princeton Ave. Brick NJ
(Just Minutes from Point Pleasant) 732-899-6100
Follow us to the Treasure!!! Come sail with Jersey Shore Pirates for an interactive treasure hunt where your child becomes part of the action! The Sea Gypsy and its experienced crew sets sail daily on the Metedeconk River for a Swashbuckling Pirate Adventure. This true Pirate Adventure begins with face painting and dress-up as we transform your mini mates into our mighty Pirate Crew.
The most unique day trip idea in all of New Jersey
Once onboard you'll fire our famous water cannons, battle the enemy pirate, taste some Pirate's grog, discover sunken treasure and much more! Jersey Shore Pirates is conveniently located just minutes from Point Pleasant Beach and Boardwalk. This adventure is a "must do" for locals and visitors alike.
See map of how to get here! See information about our unique Birthday Parties in NJ. Please call 732-899-6100 for more information or please visit our website http://www.jerseyshorepirates.com/
Highly Recommended by FunNewJersey.com!
Frenchtown is one of Hunterdon Countys best kept secrets. Frenchtown is a small, quaint, charming town nestled on the Delaware river. A great place to unwind for a day or the whole weekend. You'll find restaurants shops, antiques, clothing and crafts - even the most charming little book store you've even been to. Check out the Frenchtown website for more info.
Recommended Day trip ideas for Frenchtown NJ
Just wandering about downtown on Bridge street and browsing the quaint shops will relieve some big city stress. Enjoy outdoor dining throughout Frenchtown - On the Porch at Lila's, at the National Hotel, at Bucks Cafe, Cochina del Sol, The Bridge Cafe or The Frenchtown Inn. Find the best places to eat and more at FrenchtownNJ.org. In all honesty Frenchtown is very small, so when you've seen it all, you can drive about 10-15 minutes into the famous village of New Hope in Pennsylvania. In the summer you can Tube down the river right from Frenchtown. Also pay a Visit to Little Nishisackawick Creek. For lodging may we recommend the Widow McCrea House. There are way to many quaint places to stay to list here, so to find some lovely Bed and Breakfasts in New Hope and in all of nearby Bucks county visit this Website. This will give you a good start to finding some really nice Bed and Breakfasts in the area.
Visit one of the most Historic homes in all of New Jersey by taking the Country Manor Tour. You can also go on a self Guided Nature tour of the 700 acre farm where you will see the park's man-made lakes, lush meadows, ornamental fountains, woodlands, bridges and waterfalls. Take a trolley and see all the beautiful gardens on the grounds and hear the history of this unbelievable farm. One of our favorites was the beautiful indoor garden tour (open September through May only). They always have special events happening. Open year round.
Take a day trip to see something new in Central New Jersey. The Camden Aquarium is one of the largest in New Jersey! They have new exhibits every few months and hundreds of animals - many you've never seen before! This is a great day trip idea for kids and adults! You're never too old or young to explore the many beautiful creatures of the world.
Trailside Nature and Science Center
452 New Peovidence Road, Mountainside NJ 908-789-3670
Come for a day of Camps, workshops and family programs. Trailside Nature and Science Center visitor center re-opened in 2006 after an extensive renovation and re-modeling. Trailside location in the scenic Watchung Reservation provides the perfect classroom to have fun while learning about the environment and natural world around us.
N.J Astronomical Association Observatory
High Bridge NJ
If you are you interested in the rewards contained in the night sky, Stop by the Paul Robinson Observatory on any designated evening and see what one of their qualified observers can show you. Look through an unbelievably high powered telescope. Great fun for kids. November 1 until Memorial Day they are open every fourth Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30, weather permitting, except December. Located in Voorhees State Park High Bridge NJ (908) 638-8500
Delaware &Raritan Canal Canoe Race
This fun day happens every year on theSunday before Thanksgiving. The course is 10.6 miles long and takes about 2 1/2 hours. The race begins at 10:00 at the canal house on Blackwells Mills Road and ends at the historic Van Wickle house on Eastern Avenue in Franklin. You can visit the canal any day of the year and ride a bike, jog or walk along the canal on the mule path. You can also rent a canoe at a private rental place in Griggstown. Canoes cost $10 for the first hour and $5 for each additional hour or $35 for the whole day.
Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is held every year in July at the Solberg Airport in Readington NJ. There is live musical entertainment, children's entertainment, food and drink, interactive exhibits and many different attractions. There is usually about 125 balloons filling the sky. It is the largest and most popular ballooning event in the United States. Twice a day there is an old-time air show and group parachute jump. Don't miss the spectacular fireworks display. At night there is a "light bulb" show when all the balloons inflate and light up casting an eerie light in the night sky to thrill the crowds. For the littlest ones there is a special area with a petting zoo and many games. For those who want to ride the balloons, you have to reserve early because they go fast. For more information click here.
See the enormous Colgate clock located on The Jersey City Bay at 105 Hudson St. It boastsa fifty foot dial. The minute hand weighs 2,200 pounds and moves 23 inches every minute! Take the ferry to see it!
Green Sergeant's Bridge
If you fell in love with "Bridges of Madison County", you don't have to travel all the way to Iowa to see a covered bridge. There is one right here in New Jersey. It is the Green Sergeant's Bridge in Sergeantsville, Hunterdon County. It is considered one of New Jerseys 10 most beautiful places by New Jersey monthly magazine. The bridge is located near Flemingon NJ on Rosemont-Sergeantsville Road CR (604) about a mile west of Sergeantsville. See more info and a picture of the Green Sergeant's Bridge in NJ.
Thompson Park Zoo
Forsgate Drive Jamesburg
Small farm animal zoo located within Thompson Park featuring Deer, goats, ducks, roosters and other small caged birds. The park also has 4 Jungle Gyms for the kiddies. Tennis courts, a vollyball court, basketball court and a nice handball court. There are also three nature trails and plenty of picnic areas with grills on a beautiful lake. The park has a great big hill very popular in the winter season for awesome sled rides. New additions include a dog park and Horse corral. Open Sunrise - sunset, all year long and admission is FREE. 732-521-1150
DAY TRIP IDEAS IN
SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY
Sahara Sams Oasis
535 North Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091
It’s Always 84 and Sunny at Sahara Sam’s
Sahara Sam's Oasis is located in West Berlin, New Jersey. It is a family owned and family focused indoor and outdoor water park, arcade, and all around entertainment destination. Their innovative design provides year-round water park attractions inside and out. Out of the nearly 70,000 square feet of indoor fun, 80% is contained under a retractable roof system providing a weather proof experience. Most recently the water park opened a 2-acre outdoor expansion replicating the thrills of ocean side entertainment – The Beach Club in addition to a new dining court facility and private birthday party rooms. Attractions aside, Sahara Sam’s is recognized for exceptional service in a clean, safe, and fun atmosphere. Additionally, Sahara Sam’s is the principal financial backer for SAMBULANCE Safety Squad a 501(c)3 nonprofit education program. It’s Always 84 and Sunny at Sahara Sam’s!
Indoor and Outdoor Water Park fun - Open all year round!
Enjoy a visit to New Jerseys TALLEST lighthouse and enjoy the best views of the NJ shore. Just minutes away from the Atlantic city broadwalk. The Abescon lighthouse has been restored to its original glory recently. Open all year round closed Tuesday and Wednesday. $5 admission
Leamings Run Garden
Cape May, NJ, 609-465-5871
30 wonderful acres to explore. See the 25 different individually designed gardens each representing a different theme, including an orange and English garden. 3 acres are set aside for a colonial farm with a log cabin. Kids will love the goats and chickens. Open May through October.
Franks Boat Rentals
Bayview Drive & Whittier Road, Strathmere, NJ 609-263-6913
You do not need a boater's license to rent at Frank's Boat Rentals! Come down and spend a day with the family! We rent fishing rods, fishing nets and crabbing nets. We can completely outfit you for a day of fishing or crabbing. We will be more than happy to point you in the right direction for a successful day. We have all the necessary baits for our local area including minnows, squid, clam, mackerel, and crab bait, etc. Our boats are just under 16' all fiberglass with 8 hp Yamaha motors. They have three bench seats, a small bow seat and are rated at 6 passengers or 840 lbs, whichever comes first. The boats come with 2 paddles, an anchor and 3 gallons of gas, which is usually more than enough if you are fishing or crabbing.
Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
The Annual festival is held every October. There are many artists and craftsmen at the festival as well as many different varieties of Cranberry sauces cranberry cookies, muffins, cakes, relishes and , juices and of course, cranberry ice cream. The Chatsworth festival features tours of the bogs and the sorting and packing sheds, displays of the berries, antique crates, labels, farm machinery, and furniture. Ask about the Jersey Devil when your there. For more Information and directions Click on link above.
Ride the worlds largest and Fastest speedboat
Silver Bullet Speedboat and dolphin watch Wildwood NJ
Sails from Wildwood Marina, Rio Grande Ave. and the Bay in Wildwood. 70-foot speedboat cruises through intracoastal waters and up the Cape May and Wildwood beach fronts. Ninety-minute narrated tour. Pre-packed snacks and beverages are available.
Island Surf & Sail
Brant beach NJ
Try something really different. Take Windsurfing or kite boarding Lessons from $50 an hour. Learn a really cool sport with one on one sessions. They also offer Kayak and surfing rentals. Located in Brant beach NJ. Click on the link above or calltoday for more info at 609-494-5553.
Holly Farm USA
Vineland NJ (609) 825-4959
Located on Route 49, 4 miles east of Millville in Vineland NJ 609) 825-4959. This is the largest Holly farm in the United States. It distributes hundreds and thousands of holly bushes and trees throughout the country each year. It also contains a museum featuring furniture made from holly wood, wood carvings dating back over 150 year, and the worlds largest collection of antique holly motif china. Admission is free.
Visit Historic Cape May
Cape May NJ
Visit the lovely victorian town of Cape May. If you have never been to Cape may then you must take a tour of the beautiful streets to view all the beautiful Victorian homes and Bed & Breakfasts's...Cape May has some of the best dining establishments in all of New Jersey. The Washington Street Mall consists of really cool tiny shops lined on an awsome cobblestone street. You can also take a Whale & Dolphin charter boat and see the magnificant mamals up close! A horse drawn carriage ride right before a nightcap is always romantic. Don't forget to climb to the top of the Historic Cape May Lighthouse! Another great family excursion is totake a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry! Located just 10 miles south of Avalon/Stone Harbor...you will embark on a 17 mile (80 min) voyage across the Delaware Bay! Take your car...or park for free and ride as a foot passenger! Grab a cocktail and some snacks for the kids and enjoy the ride! Lastly don'tg forget the Cape May County Zoo. Have a wild time as you explore nearly 80 acres of beautifully maintained exhibits. With almost 200 different species of mammals, birds, anphibians and reptiles totalling nearly 550 animals, you are sure to see something new! Open every day....rain or shine! Bring a picnic lunch and dine in the park...or eat at the zoo outdoor cafe! Oh and by the way....The zoo is free!