Discover Cape May Wildlife up-close! Join Captain Bob and naturalists aboard the Osprey on a smooth voyage into Cape May’s natural wetlands. Cape May is world famous for its variety and abundance of bird and marine life. Your interactive trip from the Cape Island Creek Nature Preserve through historic Cape May Harbor and into the Coastal Salt Marsh is a great opportunity for wildlife viewing at its finest. Make sure to bring your camera!
You may see young Osprey in nests, majestic Egrets and Herons and even Bald Eagles on our two hour cruises. You can get an up close look at starfish, eels, sharks and much more in our touch tank. Plenty of loaner binoculars available.
Ziplining day trip in NJ year-round! Mountain Creek Zip Tours is located in beautiful Vernon, NJ, only 47 miles away from Manhattan, which makes it the closest zipline to NYC. It is also the only guided zipline tour in New Jersey. Their diverse and energetic team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the operation; safety and guest satisfaction are their top priorities! Mountain Creek Zip Tours prides themselves on the ability to give guests of all ages a safe and enjoyable zipline experience any time of the year. Ziplining is a fun-filled activity suitable for kids and adventure seekers alike.
Take a guided ziplining tour any time of the year! Mountain Creek Zip Tours provides an unrivalled panoramic view of the tri-state area. Experience the ultimate thrill as you travel along a series of ziplines (ranging from 200ft to 1,500ft in length) suspended 1,040 feet on top of Mountain Creek. The two-hour guided tour takes you along 4 ziplines and 1 suspension bridge and also includes a unimog ride.
Great family-friendly day trip down the shore! Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in beautiful Point Pleasant Beach, NJ features white sandy beaches, games, rides, delicious food, even an Aquarium teaming with Sharks, Penguins, Seals, Monkeys and lots more interesting creatures. It’s everything you expect from a world famous Jersey Shore Boardwalk and more! Whether you are visiting for the day or making it your getaway, every member of your family will find excitement. Featuring free weekly events and year round festivals, it’s never an ordinary day at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk!
Great aquarium right off of the boardwalk! Jenkinson’s Aquarium is located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The whole family will love our exotic exhibits such as Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, seals and more. The penguins’ new home that allows an eye to eye look so incredible you’ll feel like one of the waddle! Take the kids to the touch tank for a hands on experience with live animals ranging from a sea star to a sting ray. The aquarium is open all year for your convenience, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you would like information on the aquarium, educational workshops, our Outreach Program, birthday parties or rentals, please call (732) 899-1212.
2 Amusement Parks in one Jersey Shore location! Seaside Heights, NJ is waiting for you this summer! Don’t miss a visit to Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark in the heart of the Jersey Shore. It’s two great parks in one convenient location in the center of town. Casino Pier offers some of the best attractions at the Jersey Shore. Test your putting skills on the BRAND NEW 36-hole multi-level Smuggler's Quay Adventure Golf Course! Want a thrilling experience? Try the SkyCoaster, Super Storm or Shore Shot! The Wacky Roof-Top Mini Golf, the Classic Arcade, the Sky Ride, Games of Skill and Chance and more will entertain your family all summer! Be sure to try the numerous mouthwatering delights from the Pier Grill and Food Stands. Just across the street, is Breakwater Beach Waterpark. Let the little ones splash away in the safe, soft clean toddler area while the bigger kids take on the thrill slides. Test your senses with the ALL NEW Aqua drop free fall! A 50 foot speed slide where the floor drops out from under you at the starting platform!!! Or take the twists and turns of a serpentine body slide as you wind your way above the lazy river! Tired of slides? – check out the NEW WAVE POOL where you can experience the Jersey Shore without the sand! A day of fun in one place!
Art on the Great American Main Street! Situated amid a beautiful, tree-lined residential area of Montclair, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is esteemed for its holdings of American and Native American art, its exhibitions and its public programs and education classes. Montclair and the surrounding area offers a wide range of cultural activities, a variety of places to eat, a vibrant Town Center and natural beauty. Start your day at the Museum, where parking is free and plentiful, and be within walking distance of the center of town. Make a day of the experience by exploring the Family Learning Lab, booking a group tour, attending a public or family program, or registering for an art workshop in the Yard School of Art. Then enjoy the wonders of Montclair, which was named a 2015 Great American Main Street Winner!
Hours of Operation:
Wednesdays - Sundays, Noon - 5 p.m.
Free First Thursdays Nights: The Museum offers extended hours from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (October–June).
Admission Cost: $12 nonmember adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12.
Museum galleries are free for everyone the First Friday of every month and during Free First Thursday Nights.
Where two rivers meet and the adventure begins! Twin Rivers Tubing offers a variety of ways for you and your family to spend a day on the calm, tranquil water of the Delaware River. Their small, family-owned business offers tubing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting rentals on the cool water of the Delaware River. Enjoy the summer season with fun and relaxation while spending time with family and friends. Twin Rivers Tubing is located just across the bridge from historic downtown Easton at the Sandbar in Phillipsburg, NJ. You and your family will love the beautiful views of the Lehigh River Falls, the absence of long lines and, most importantly, the family-friendly environment!
After your float down the Delaware, stop for a bite to eat and cold drink on their outdoor deck. They have a pizzeria, deli and grill on the premises! The adventure doesn't have to end once you've packed up your tube! Twin Rivers Tubing is just 5 minutes from the Crayola Experience Factory and The Delaware River Railroad Excursions in Easton, PA. Stay the evening, there's plenty of lodging and hotels nearby, specifically the Grand Eastonian Suites Hotel.
New Jersey’s Great Northwest! The Sussex Skylands, New Jersey’s "Great Northwest," offers four seasons of exciting activities for all ages. Located in Sussex County, NJ, the Sussex Skylands is home to Mountain Creek and Crystal Springs Resort. The resort features seven World-Class golf courses, Minerals Resort and Spa, Grand Cascades Lodge, two luxury day spas, several fine-dining locations and the nation's largest wine cellar with over 130,000 bottles. Located on resort property is also Action Park water park, mountains for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, plus its two newest attractions – Mountain Creek Zip Tours and Mountain Coaster.
Area attractions include wineries, farmers markets and seven state and federal parks with extensive trail networks, including 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail for hiking, biking and wildlife observation. Sussex Skylands also features 20 golf courses, the beautiful Lake Hopatcong (New Jersey’s largest lake), casual and gourmet restaurants, antique shops, arts and entertainment venues. The natural beauty of the Sussex Skylands and its proximity to New York City make it a favorite destination for travelers. Visit www.sussexskylands.com or call 973-579-1811 for information.
Wine Tours and Tastings in Hunterdon County Unionville Vineyards is the featured stop on your day trip through Hunterdon County, a rural, charming, and beautiful corner of the Garden State. Visitors will find the great outdoors at their beck and call. The Delaware canal path is perfect for a picturesque stroll, or the adventurous will enjoy hiking and biking over the hilly terrain of multiple parks and wooded preserves. Lambertville and New Hope are the perfect towns to explore, with antique and boutique shops, art galleries and other surprises behind every door. Unionville is one of four wineries in Hunterdon, and the local brew scene chips in to make the county a destination for those following the wine trail or making their own. Unionville is open seven days a week from 12-5pm, with public winery tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. Check their calendar for music nights, wine dinners, festivals and other special events. Explore, sip and stay in Hunterdon County.
Parasailing in NJ! Experience the high-flying thrill, panoramic views and pure excitement of parasailing down the New Jersey Shore. Come parasail at 500 feet over the beautiful Atlantic Ocean with East Coast Parasail.
Experience for yourself the natural high of soaring above the Jersey Shore. Plan your next day trip in NJ with East Coast Parasail. Parasailing is a safe and fun experience for the whole family. East Coast Parasail has a 100% safety record! Take off and land from the boat. You can get wet or stay dry - it's your choice. They offer single or tandem passenger flights, so you can fly with a friend or ride solo. Group rates are also available for parties of six or more flyers. Visit their website for information.
“Simply Clawsome” America’s favorite pastime is more fun, and affordable, at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws. Conveniently located just minutes from the Garden State Parkway, Route 70 and I-95, making your way to a Minor League baseball game has never been easier! FirstEnergy Park and the Lakewood BlueClaws offer much more than your ordinary baseball game experience, the stadium is filled with delicious food and drink options, a Craft Brew House and activities for the kids. While mom and dad sit back with a cold beer and watch the game, the kids can head over to the Kids Zone where they can bounce on one of the inflatables, slide down the giant inflatable slide, run through the obstacle course or bungee run. Speed pitch and wiffle ball games are also available behind 1st base. Special events are happening on select weekends at the stadium, as well as discount nights like $1 beer Thursdays or Kids Eat Free Mondays. Check out the website for more information and Like them on Facebook for up-to-date info!
Wyanokie Highlands hidden gem! The Highlands Natural Pool is Passaic County, New Jersey most unique hidden gem. In 1935, the now Olympic-sized pool was carved out of a hillside, allowing the natural mountain stream to fill it. No chemicals are used in the pool, the fresh water comes straight from a mountain stream. The Highlands Natural Pool is adjacent to the 5,400 acre Norvin Green State Forest and offers dozens of area attractions and activities for kids of all ages. Besides diving, splashing and swimming in the pool, play a game of volleyball, go for a hike on one of the many trails on premise, have a picnic, or lounge around in the grass or on one of the lounge chairs. Both day passes and seasonal memberships can be purchased. Small group and private swimming lessons with highly-trained lifeguards are available for young children. Come out for a fun and unique day trip and splash around in one of New Jersey’s only natural pools! Visit the website for more information.
See our Day Trip Idea for Tuckerton NJ. Visit a nice small seafairing town in Southern NJ. Visit quaint shops and eat at some awesome Seafood restaurants. Take the kids crabbing in the morning. Take an afternoon sightseeing cruise and then go Kayaking in the afternoon. We will hold you by the hand and show you step by step what to do in this really cool little town! Click Here to see this day Trip.
See a real 1900 working Farm in Lambertville NJ. Lambertville is very easy to get to and the scenery while driving is tranquilly awesome. It is hard to believe that there are so many farmlands in Central NJ. Bring the kids on this day trip adventure as they get to participate on the farm by helping take care for the animals or by sweeping the barn. Click Here to see exactly how to get there and what you'll do on this day trip.
New Brunswick has something to offer to everyone. Hip clubs, cool eateries, top notch Theatre as well as other great cultural attractions. Visit an awseome Art museum with just a $3 admission fee! Go bar hopping in this hip college town, and while your at it, find out where to get the best cheeseburger in all of NJ! New Brunswick is very easy to get to and if your looking for a big city feel with a little bit of hustle and bustle then this is the day trip for you. Click Here to see exactly how to get there and what you'll do on this day trip.
See a commercial Herb Growing farm Well Sweep Herb Farm - Port Murray NJ The farm is located in the picturesque mountains of Warren County and is home to one of the largest collections of herbs and perennials in the country. Set on 120 acres. Whether you're a collector, designer, dabbler, or window sill gardener ...they will be sure to arouse your curiosity. You can also order herbs through their catalog.
The Presby Memorial Iris GardensFree Attraction! Mountainside park - Upper Montclair NJ Hilly terrain and wondrous homes are the setting for this beautiful park. See over 4,000 varieties of Irisis. Because of its stunning visual and historical appeal, the "Iris Gardens" has been designated a National Historic Site. The best time to view most in bloom is late May into June.
Franklin Mineral Museum Franklin NJ
A very small museum that has over 4,000 mineral specimens on display in the local room, including those that are on display in the 33 foot long fluorescent display, in the fluorescent room. The museum's fluorescent display has a dazzling array of the world's most brilliant and colorful fluorescent minerals in the world.
The Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown NJ 973-971-3700
The Morris Museum proudly presents the initial exhibition of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection. The exhibition features 60 of the nearly 700 musical boxes, automatic musical instruments and mechanically activated figures dating from the late 16th to the early 20th centuries.
Whippany Railway Museum Whippany NJ Explore old railway cars! The Museum is open SUNDAYS ONLY, April through October, 12 Noon until 4 PM. Admission to the Museum site, including Museum Building, Grounds and Rolling Stock Collection is: ADULTS - $1.00, CHILDREN under 12 - 50 cents.
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.
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.
Camden Aquarium Camden NJ 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 Franklin NJ This fun day happens every year on the Sunday 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 Readington NJ 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.
Jersey City See the enormous Colgate clock located on The Jersey City Bay at 105 Hudson St. It boasts a 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
Sergeantsville 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 Flemington 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 volleyball 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
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!
Abescon Lighthouse Abescon NJ Enjoy a visit to New Jerseys TALLEST lighthouse and enjoy the best views of the NJ shore. Just minutes away from the Atlantic City boardwalk. 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 Chatsworth NJ 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 call today 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 Victorian homes and Bed & Breakfasts...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 awesome cobblestone street. You can also take a Whale & Dolphin charter boat and see the magnificent mammals 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 to take 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't 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, amphibians and reptiles totaling 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!
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New Jersey Day Trips
Whether you're looking to explore historical sites, stroll across the Atlantic City Boardwalk, or snap memorable photos of this state's most famed attractions; we've listed a slew of day trips in New Jersey that you are bound to enjoy. Start the car, grab the kids, and take advantage of one of these great NJ day trip ideas today!