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Who doesn't love an exciting adventurous day trip to get away from the daily hustle and bustle and relax with the family? Some of our day trip ideas are destinations where you can just travel to for the day but we have some really cool full-day itinerary ideas included with many things to do locally in your region.

 

Many of these are family-friendly and great for groups so bring the kids, friends, and whoever else along to share these day ideas with those who matter most. Thank you for visiting FunNewJersey.com. We'll show you New Jersey like you've never seen it before!

Birding by Boat on the Osprey

  609-898-3500 | Cape May County

Cape May, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

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 viewi... Read More

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Sahara Sams Oasis

  856-767-7580 | Camden County

West Berlin, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

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 s... Read More

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Mountain Creek

  973-827-2000 | Sussex County

Vernon, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Adventurous NJ Day Trip in NJ Year-round!
Free yourself from the mundane everyday routine and unwind at Mountain Creek, the ultimate four season resort in the New York and New Jersey Metro area.

When winter is in full swing Mountain Creek’s guest are enjoying the snow and getting plenty of time on the mountain with skiing, snowboarding ... Read More

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Jenkinson\u2019s Boardwalk

  732-892-0600 | Ocean County

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Located in beautiful Point Pleasant Beach New Jersey, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk has attractions for people of all ages. It features white sandy beaches, fun games, mini golf courses, aquarium, arcades, thrilling rides and exciting attractions. From cotton candy and ice cream to pizza and healthier options, you can find exactly what you are craving along the... Read More

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Jenkinson\u2019s Aquarium

  732-899-1212 | Ocean County

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Jenkinson's Aquarium is located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The whole family will love the exotic exhibits such as Atlantic & Pacific sharks, Parrots, Penguins, Monkeys & more! Explore the world of penguins up-close and watch the animal feeding times throughout the day. The kids will love the touch tank for a hands-on experience with liv... Read More

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Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark

  732-793-6488 | Ocean County

Seaside Heights, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

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, including the brand new Hydrus Roller Coaster and Ferris Wheel... Read More

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Montclair Art Museum

  973-746-5555 | Essex County

Montclair, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

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... Read More

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The Sussex Skylands

  973-579-1811 | We Come to You

We Come To You, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

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 l... Read More

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Unionville Vineyards

  908-788-0400 | Hunterdon County

Ringoes, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

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... Read More

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East Coast Parasail

  609-898-UFLY | Cape May County

Cape May, New Jersey

Day Trips 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.

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Experience for yourself the natural high of soaring above the Jersey Shore. Plan your next day trip in NJ with East Coast Parasail. Parasailing i... Read More

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Jersey Shore Pirates

  732-899-6100 | Ocean County

Brick, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Pirate Cruises!

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... Read More

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Highlands Natural Pool

  973-835-4299 | Passaic County

Ringwood, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

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 S... Read More

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A Day on the Bay

  609-234-8046 | Ocean County

Forked River, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

A Day On The Bay is located on the Forked River in Ocean County, New Jersey. Their sailing vessel "Steph-Er-Laur" is a Beneteau 32' sloop with lots of space and foredeck for kicking back while you take in the sights and beauty the the Barnegat Bay has to offer, including the Barnegat Lighthouse. The vessel is US Coast Guard inspected and certified for saf... Read More

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Tree to Tree Adventure Park

  609-388-8289 | Cape May County

Cape May, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Find Your Inner Monkey at the area's best beach adventure! Tree to Tree is a playground in the trees featuring zip lines and treetop obstacles, unlike anything you've ever seen before! Experience the thrill of moving from tree to tree via wobbly bridges, tightropes, zip lines and more! Tree To Tree color-coded courses become progressively more difficult a... Read More

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Silver Bullet Tours

  609-522-6060 | Cape May County

Wildwood, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Hop on board the Silver Bullet to enjoy a day on the water watching dolphins! Feel the thrill of the speedboat as it speeds up and makes its way up and down the ocean. Feel the excitement and thrill until everything comes to stop to enjoy some beautiful views of nature's finest marine mammals dipping in and out of the oceans. After the dolphin watching, make... Read More

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Statue Cruises

  1-877-523-9849 | Hudson County

Jersey City, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty! Statue Cruises of New York and New Jersey offers ground, pedastal, and crown access the the Statue of Liberty National Monument, as well as admission to the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, and a round trip boat tour in New York Harbor. This cruise is a must-see because it is one of the only f... Read More

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Well Sweep Herb Farm

  908-852-5390 | Warren County

Port Murray, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Well Sweep Herb Farm gives you beautiful scenery for spending a day outside. With a wide selection of herbs and perennials, you are sure to find a number of plants you've never even heard of! Enjoy a scenic outdoor picnic or a relaxing walk through their garde... Read More

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The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

  973-783-5974 | Essex County

Upper Montclair, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens has a beautiful and unique assortment of irises. The rolling hills only add to the picturesque scenery. The park is run by the nonprofit Citizens Committee that focuses on restoring and upholding the natural beauty that the garden boasts every year. Come by in late spring for the full effec... Read More

Visit Website View Details

Pochuck Quagmire Bridge and Boardwalk

  201-512-9348 | Sussex County

Vernon Township, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Enjoy a walk through cattails and over grasses and wildflowers of northern Jersey's wetlands. As part of the Appalachan Trail, this is a favorite spot for hiking due its historic background and beautiful scenery. Walk the mile long boardwalk and bridge through the floodplains and enjoy the surrounding natur... Read More

Visit Website View Details

Morris Museum

  973-971-3700 | Morris County

Morristown, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

The Morris Museum focuses on inspiring its audiences regardless of age or background. Whether you're interested in theater and arts or history and science, you are sure to find something at the museum that will get those gears turning! Visit to go on an intellectual journey and explore the sciences and art... Read More

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Whippany Railway Museum

  973-887-8177 | Morris County

Whippany, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Visit the Whippany Railway Museum on a Sunday for a special event or simply to walk around the museum. You will learn all about the history of the railway system and be able to view a number of preserved artifacts. Don't miss out on this enriching and one of a kind experienc... Read More

Visit Website View Details

Lambert Castle

  973-247-0085 | Passaic County

Paterson, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Lambert Castle will provide you with a rich historical experience as you make your way through the Victorian halls. Observe masterpieces and artifacts from a different century or opt for a tour of the first floor. Explore the exhibits, temporary and permanent, to get a glimpse into the history of Passaic Count... Read More

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Historic Allaire Village

  732-919-3500 | Monmouth County

Farmingdale, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

The Historic Village at Allaire will take you back in time to the 19th century where you can experience what day to day life would've been like in an iron-producing factory town! It captures the essence of early Industrial America in an interactive manner with plenty of hands-on activities. Spend the day exploring history and having fun here in Farmingdale, ... Read More

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Frenchtown NJ

  - | Hunterdon County

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

If you're looking to explore a hidden gem, Frenchtown, NJ may be the place for you! It's a quaint little town in Hunterdon County with restaurants, stores, craft shops, bookshops, and so much more! Take a stroll down Bridge Street, in the center of the downtown area, to window shop and pick and choose where you wanna stop by for a bite or some shopping. Ther... Read More

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Trailside Nature and Science Center

  908-789-3670 | Union County

Mountainside, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Trailside Nature and Science Center will provide you with an all day interactive environmental experience. Observe and learn about wildlife and how to help with preservation of wildlife and the natural world. There a number of different options and programs to take so there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! Enjoy nature up close and personal her... Read More

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NJ Astronomical Association Observatory

  908-638-8500 | Hunterdon County

High Bridge, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

NJ Astronomical Association Observatory is perfect for those who love a beautiful night sky. Come by for a chance to use a high powered telescope and spot constellations and planets from afar! They also hold a variety of programs and lectures for members as well as non-members. Visit today for an astronomical adventur... Read More

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Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

  973-882-5464 | Hunterdon County

Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning lasts three days every summer in July. Enjoy a whole day of live music, entertainment, food and drink, interactive exhibits, and more! Not to mention the hundred balloons that will fill the sky. There are a number of other attraction and activities for everyone in the family. You are also provided the opportunity ... Read More

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Historic Cape May

  609-898-4500 | Cape May County

Cape May, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Historic Cape May is a beautiful, Victorian-style town. Enjoy a number of little shops and restaurants lined on cobblestone streets. The dining options there are renowned in New Jersey. You can also choose to take on some adventures such as the Cape May Lighthouse, a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, or the local free admission zoo! There is plenty to do all... Read More

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Chatsworth Cranberry Festival

  609-726-0006 | Burlington County

Chatsworth, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Chatsworth Cranberry Festival is held yearly during New Jersey's cranberry harvest. Stop by for a cranberry-filled adventure and to learn more about local southern Jersey culture! There are a number of artists and craftsman displaying their works for sale, as well. Admission is free and fun for the whole famil... Read More

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Founded in 1898 by county residents The Monmouth County Historical Association has been keeping the history of the county alive ever since.

Monmouth County Historical Association

  732-462-1466 | Monmouth County

Freehold, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

The Monmouth County Historical Association is made up of its museum, research library, and archives as well as five historic house museums. With their traveling trunk program, lectures and special events, the association offers so many ways to learn about the history of Monmouth County while keeping you engaged and entertained... Read More

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The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary offer a number of programs for both children and adults to teach about our relationship to the natural world around us.

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary

  973-376-3587 | Essex County

Short Hills, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit organization located in Essex county. Gifted by Stewart Hartshorn to his daughter Cora in 1923, Cora developed the land for a place for flora and fauna to flourish unharmed. After dying in 1958 the land was willed to Millburn Township and with the efforts of the Short Hills Garden Club, an Arb... Read More

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Founded by the Sayen's in 1912 the garden has grown and flourished ever since with their collection of flowers and other flora from all over the world!

Sayen House and Gardens

  609-890-3630 | Mercer County

Hamilton Square, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

With 30 acres of beautiful plants and flowers from around the world, The Sayen House and Gardens open year-round from dawn until dusk free of charge. With collections of plants from China, Japan, and England as well as scenic trails beautiful ponds this is the perfect place for a day trip or just a quick leisurely stroll through the park... Read More

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The Barnegate Lighthouse is celebrating 150 years of rich coastal history

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

  609-494-2016 | Ocean County

Barnegat Light, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Originally lit 150 years ago, the Barnegate Lighthouse is one of the most iconic coastal attractions in all of New Jersey. With a beam that can be seen 22 nautical miles, it is located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. Learn the History of the light house and surrounding area at the Interpretive Center or go on a relaxing nature walk on one of the ... Read More

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With over 550 different animals you are sure to have a fun and educational experience!

Cape May Zoo

  609-465-5271 | Cape May County

Cape May, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Visitors to the zoo can spend hours exploring the unique worlds of nearly 550 different animals who live on the zoo's 80 acres, this wonderful facility provides an opportunity for the whole family to learn about and contribute to world wildlife preservation on a local level. There is NO ADMISSION to the zoo (though donations are greatly appreciated!), and i... Read More

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Voted Burlington County Times Best Local Tourist Destination in 2015, 2016, & 2017.

Rancocas Nature Center

  609-261-2495 | Burlington County

Westampton, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

Featuring 3 miles of gorgeous hiking trails through various biomes like dense forests, rolling meadows and wetlands, The Rancocas Nature Center and State Park is the perfect place for a day trip filled with everything nature has to offer. Opened and operated since 1977 the nature center has provided citizens of Burlington County a great place to come relax... Read More

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Founded in 1897 NJ Audubon is one of the oldest independent Audubon societies in the world!

New Jersey Audubon

  908-204-8998 | Somerset County

Bernardsville, New Jersey

Day Trips in NJ

New Jersey Audubon is a privately supported organization dedicated to preserving the natural world around us and the habitats of the various flora and fauna that call this great state it's home. With a number of parks and nature preserves in Northern, New Jersey, you are sure to find scenic trails while observing all the wildlife NJ has to offer... Read More

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Birding by Boat on the Osprey

 609-898-3500 | Cape May County

Day Trips in NJ

Cape May, New Jersey

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 viewi... Read More

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Sahara Sams Oasis

 856-767-7580 | Camden County

Day Trips in NJ

West Berlin, New Jersey

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 s... Read More

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Mountain Creek

 973-827-2000 | Sussex County

Day Trips in NJ

Vernon, New Jersey

Adventurous NJ Day Trip in NJ Year-round!
Free yourself from the mundane everyday routine and unwind at Mountain Creek, the ultimate four season resort in the New York and New Jersey Metro area.

When winter is in full swing Mountain Creek’s guest are enjoying the snow and getting plenty of time on the mountain with skiing, snowboarding ... Read More

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Jenkinson\u2019s Boardwalk

 732-892-0600 | Ocean County

Day Trips in NJ

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Located in beautiful Point Pleasant Beach New Jersey, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk has attractions for people of all ages. It features white sandy beaches, fun games, mini golf courses, aquarium, arcades, thrilling rides and exciting attractions. From cotton candy and ice cream to pizza and healthier options, you can find exactly what you are craving along the... Read More

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Jenkinson\u2019s Aquarium

 732-899-1212 | Ocean County

Day Trips in NJ

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Jenkinson's Aquarium is located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The whole family will love the exotic exhibits such as Atlantic & Pacific sharks, Parrots, Penguins, Monkeys & more! Explore the world of penguins up-close and watch the animal feeding times throughout the day. The kids will love the touch tank for a hands-on experience with liv... Read More

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Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark

 732-793-6488 | Ocean County

Day Trips in NJ

Seaside Heights, New Jersey

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, including the brand new Hydrus Roller Coaster and Ferris Wheel... Read More

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Montclair Art Museum

 973-746-5555 | Essex County

Day Trips in NJ

Montclair, New Jersey

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... Read More

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The Sussex Skylands

 973-579-1811 | We Come to You

Day Trips in NJ

We Come To You, New Jersey

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 l... Read More

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Unionville Vineyards

 908-788-0400 | Hunterdon County

Day Trips in NJ

Ringoes, New Jersey

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... Read More

Visit Website View Details

East Coast Parasail

 609-898-UFLY | Cape May County

Day Trips in NJ

Cape May, New Jersey

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.

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Experience for yourself the natural high of soaring above the Jersey Shore. Plan your next day trip in NJ with East Coast Parasail. Parasailing i... Read More

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Jersey Shore Pirates

 732-899-6100 | Ocean County

Day Trips in NJ

Brick, New Jersey

Pirate Cruises!

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... Read More

Visit Website View Details

Highlands Natural Pool

 973-835-4299 | Passaic County

Day Trips in NJ

Ringwood, New Jersey

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 S... Read More

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A Day on the Bay

 609-234-8046 | Ocean County

Day Trips in NJ

Forked River, New Jersey

A Day On The Bay is located on the Forked River in Ocean County, New Jersey. Their sailing vessel "Steph-Er-Laur" is a Beneteau 32' sloop with lots of space and foredeck for kicking back while you take in the sights and beauty the the Barnegat Bay has to offer, including the Barnegat Lighthouse. The vessel is US Coast Guard inspected and certified for saf... Read More

Visit Website View Details

Tree to Tree Adventure Park

 609-388-8289 | Cape May County

Day Trips in NJ

Cape May, New Jersey

Find Your Inner Monkey at the area's best beach adventure! Tree to Tree is a playground in the trees featuring zip lines and treetop obstacles, unlike anything you've ever seen before! Experience the thrill of moving from tree to tree via wobbly bridges, tightropes, zip lines and more! Tree To Tree color-coded courses become progressively more difficult a... Read More

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Silver Bullet Tours

 609-522-6060 | Cape May County

Day Trips in NJ

Wildwood, New Jersey

Hop on board the Silver Bullet to enjoy a day on the water watching dolphins! Feel the thrill of the speedboat as it speeds up and makes its way up and down the ocean. Feel the excitement and thrill until everything comes to stop to enjoy some beautiful views of nature's finest marine mammals dipping in and out of the oceans. After the dolphin watching, make... Read More

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Statue Cruises

 1-877-523-9849 | Hudson County

Day Trips in NJ

Jersey City, New Jersey

Get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty! Statue Cruises of New York and New Jersey offers ground, pedastal, and crown access the the Statue of Liberty National Monument, as well as admission to the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, and a round trip boat tour in New York Harbor. This cruise is a must-see because it is one of the only f... Read More

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Well Sweep Herb Farm

 908-852-5390 | Warren County

Day Trips in NJ

Port Murray, New Jersey

Well Sweep Herb Farm gives you beautiful scenery for spending a day outside. With a wide selection of herbs and perennials, you are sure to find a number of plants you've never even heard of! Enjoy a scenic outdoor picnic or a relaxing walk through their garde... Read More

Visit Website View Details

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

 973-783-5974 | Essex County

Day Trips in NJ

Upper Montclair, New Jersey

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens has a beautiful and unique assortment of irises. The rolling hills only add to the picturesque scenery. The park is run by the nonprofit Citizens Committee that focuses on restoring and upholding the natural beauty that the garden boasts every year. Come by in late spring for the full effec... Read More

Visit Website View Details

Pochuck Quagmire Bridge and Boardwalk

 201-512-9348 | Sussex County

Day Trips in NJ

Vernon Township, New Jersey

Enjoy a walk through cattails and over grasses and wildflowers of northern Jersey's wetlands. As part of the Appalachan Trail, this is a favorite spot for hiking due its historic background and beautiful scenery. Walk the mile long boardwalk and bridge through the floodplains and enjoy the surrounding natur... Read More

Visit Website View Details

Morris Museum

 973-971-3700 | Morris County

Day Trips in NJ

Morristown, New Jersey

The Morris Museum focuses on inspiring its audiences regardless of age or background. Whether you're interested in theater and arts or history and science, you are sure to find something at the museum that will get those gears turning! Visit to go on an intellectual journey and explore the sciences and art... Read More

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Whippany Railway Museum

 973-887-8177 | Morris County

Day Trips in NJ

Whippany, New Jersey

Visit the Whippany Railway Museum on a Sunday for a special event or simply to walk around the museum. You will learn all about the history of the railway system and be able to view a number of preserved artifacts. Don't miss out on this enriching and one of a kind experienc... Read More

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Lambert Castle

 973-247-0085 | Passaic County

Day Trips in NJ

Paterson, New Jersey

Lambert Castle will provide you with a rich historical experience as you make your way through the Victorian halls. Observe masterpieces and artifacts from a different century or opt for a tour of the first floor. Explore the exhibits, temporary and permanent, to get a glimpse into the history of Passaic Count... Read More

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Historic Allaire Village

 732-919-3500 | Monmouth County

Day Trips in NJ

Farmingdale, New Jersey

The Historic Village at Allaire will take you back in time to the 19th century where you can experience what day to day life would've been like in an iron-producing factory town! It captures the essence of early Industrial America in an interactive manner with plenty of hands-on activities. Spend the day exploring history and having fun here in Farmingdale, ... Read More

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Frenchtown NJ

 - | Hunterdon County

Day Trips in NJ

Frenchtown, New Jersey

If you're looking to explore a hidden gem, Frenchtown, NJ may be the place for you! It's a quaint little town in Hunterdon County with restaurants, stores, craft shops, bookshops, and so much more! Take a stroll down Bridge Street, in the center of the downtown area, to window shop and pick and choose where you wanna stop by for a bite or some shopping. Ther... Read More

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Trailside Nature and Science Center

 908-789-3670 | Union County

Day Trips in NJ

Mountainside, New Jersey

Trailside Nature and Science Center will provide you with an all day interactive environmental experience. Observe and learn about wildlife and how to help with preservation of wildlife and the natural world. There a number of different options and programs to take so there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! Enjoy nature up close and personal her... Read More

Visit Website View Details

NJ Astronomical Association Observatory

 908-638-8500 | Hunterdon County

Day Trips in NJ

High Bridge, New Jersey

NJ Astronomical Association Observatory is perfect for those who love a beautiful night sky. Come by for a chance to use a high powered telescope and spot constellations and planets from afar! They also hold a variety of programs and lectures for members as well as non-members. Visit today for an astronomical adventur... Read More

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Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

 973-882-5464 | Hunterdon County

Day Trips in NJ

Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning lasts three days every summer in July. Enjoy a whole day of live music, entertainment, food and drink, interactive exhibits, and more! Not to mention the hundred balloons that will fill the sky. There are a number of other attraction and activities for everyone in the family. You are also provided the opportunity ... Read More

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Historic Cape May

 609-898-4500 | Cape May County

Day Trips in NJ

Cape May, New Jersey

Historic Cape May is a beautiful, Victorian-style town. Enjoy a number of little shops and restaurants lined on cobblestone streets. The dining options there are renowned in New Jersey. You can also choose to take on some adventures such as the Cape May Lighthouse, a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, or the local free admission zoo! There is plenty to do all... Read More

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Chatsworth Cranberry Festival

 609-726-0006 | Burlington County

Day Trips in NJ

Chatsworth, New Jersey

Chatsworth Cranberry Festival is held yearly during New Jersey's cranberry harvest. Stop by for a cranberry-filled adventure and to learn more about local southern Jersey culture! There are a number of artists and craftsman displaying their works for sale, as well. Admission is free and fun for the whole famil... Read More

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Founded in 1898 by county residents The Monmouth County Historical Association has been keeping the history of the county alive ever since.

Monmouth County Historical Association

 732-462-1466 | Monmouth County

Day Trips in NJ

Freehold, New Jersey

The Monmouth County Historical Association is made up of its museum, research library, and archives as well as five historic house museums. With their traveling trunk program, lectures and special events, the association offers so many ways to learn about the history of Monmouth County while keeping you engaged and entertained... Read More

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The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary offer a number of programs for both children and adults to teach about our relationship to the natural world around us.

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary

 973-376-3587 | Essex County

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Short Hills, New Jersey

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit organization located in Essex county. Gifted by Stewart Hartshorn to his daughter Cora in 1923, Cora developed the land for a place for flora and fauna to flourish unharmed. After dying in 1958 the land was willed to Millburn Township and with the efforts of the Short Hills Garden Club, an Arb... Read More

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Founded by the Sayen's in 1912 the garden has grown and flourished ever since with their collection of flowers and other flora from all over the world!

Sayen House and Gardens

 609-890-3630 | Mercer County

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Hamilton Square, New Jersey

With 30 acres of beautiful plants and flowers from around the world, The Sayen House and Gardens open year-round from dawn until dusk free of charge. With collections of plants from China, Japan, and England as well as scenic trails beautiful ponds this is the perfect place for a day trip or just a quick leisurely stroll through the park... Read More

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The Barnegate Lighthouse is celebrating 150 years of rich coastal history

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

 609-494-2016 | Ocean County

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Barnegat Light, New Jersey

Originally lit 150 years ago, the Barnegate Lighthouse is one of the most iconic coastal attractions in all of New Jersey. With a beam that can be seen 22 nautical miles, it is located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. Learn the History of the light house and surrounding area at the Interpretive Center or go on a relaxing nature walk on one of the ... Read More

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With over 550 different animals you are sure to have a fun and educational experience!

Cape May Zoo

 609-465-5271 | Cape May County

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Cape May, New Jersey

Visitors to the zoo can spend hours exploring the unique worlds of nearly 550 different animals who live on the zoo's 80 acres, this wonderful facility provides an opportunity for the whole family to learn about and contribute to world wildlife preservation on a local level. There is NO ADMISSION to the zoo (though donations are greatly appreciated!), and i... Read More

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Voted Burlington County Times Best Local Tourist Destination in 2015, 2016, & 2017.

Rancocas Nature Center

 609-261-2495 | Burlington County

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Westampton, New Jersey

Featuring 3 miles of gorgeous hiking trails through various biomes like dense forests, rolling meadows and wetlands, The Rancocas Nature Center and State Park is the perfect place for a day trip filled with everything nature has to offer. Opened and operated since 1977 the nature center has provided citizens of Burlington County a great place to come relax... Read More

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Founded in 1897 NJ Audubon is one of the oldest independent Audubon societies in the world!

New Jersey Audubon

 908-204-8998 | Somerset County

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Bernardsville, New Jersey

New Jersey Audubon is a privately supported organization dedicated to preserving the natural world around us and the habitats of the various flora and fauna that call this great state it's home. With a number of parks and nature preserves in Northern, New Jersey, you are sure to find scenic trails while observing all the wildlife NJ has to offer... Read More

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Here are some day trip ideas suited for families with kids!

 

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 got 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!

Medieval Times - Stray from the traditional notion of a day trip and travel to a different time period! Plan a Medieval Times visit for your next experience. Kids and adults will love watching a live jousting watch and digging into their meals with their hands.


Alstede Farms - Kids and parents will love visiting this farm as there is so much to do. Kids can mingle and pet the friendly Goats, Sheep, Horses, and Donkeys year-round. Families can also go on a tour of their cider mill where they press their own apples. 

Go Maple Sugaring at the Tenafly Nature Center. Perfect for all ages. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Visit their website to see upcoming dates and times.


Take the Kids Snowtubing - Campgaw Mountain is a great place for beginner skiers. Kids will love the snow tubing as well. 


Duke Farms - 
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. Plan your visit here

Camden Aquarium - Take a day trip to see something new in Central New Jersey. The Camden Aquarium is one of the largest in all of 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.


Island Surf & Sail - Try something really different. Take stand up paddleboard lessons, windsurfing lessons or kiteboarding 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 here for more information or call today for more info at 609-494-5553.


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 you are there. The G.P.S. address of the festival is 3980 Route 563 Chatsworth NJ 08019. The phone number is 609-726-0006 and their email is [email protected] For more information and directions click here.


Franklin Mineral Museum -
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.


Walk across a one-mile boardwalk over a flood plain - Kids will love exploring the mile-long boardwalk, with its 110-foot long wooden suspension bridge on a part of the Appalachian Scenic Trail, between the Pochuck and Wawayanda Mountains. See more here.


Thompson Park Zoo - There is a small 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. There are 4 tennis courts, a volleyball court, 4 basketball courts, a nice handball court, and an 18 hole disc golf course. There are also three nature trails and plenty of picnic areas with grills on a beautiful lake. The park has a great big hill which is very popular in the winter season for awesome sled rides. New additions include a dog park and horse corral. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, all year long and admission is FREE. 


Touch and Mingle with Alpacas! - This unbelievable cool little farm in Green Creek, NJ (We know, whoever knew that Green Creek was an actual town in NJ!) is humbly owned and operated by Jim and Tish Carpinelli. We saved this best day trip idea for last on our list. Trust us when we say that there is NOTHING cuter and more adorable than an Alpaca in your arms. And if you bring the kids (or spouse, or grandma or grandpa or whoever!) The kids (and/or family) will forever be indebted to you. And we mean FOREVER!

 

Get In Touch With Nature With These Wonderful Outdoor Day Trip Ideas

The Grounds For Sculpture 
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619
609-586-0616 

Photo of a sculpture with the sun shining behind it through some wooded bare trees at the Grounds for Sculture in Hamilton NJ


The Grounds for Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park that includes six indoor galleries, two cafes, and the renowned eatery Rat's Restaurant. Founded in 1992 this outdoor museum showcases massive sculptures created by world-famous artists and focuses on teaching the public an understanding and appreciation for contemporary sculptures and art.

With over 300 permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits that change all the time, you will be enthralled from the moment you step onto the grounds and begin to explore everything this beautiful park has to offer. 


The Manasquan Reservoir
311 Windeler Rd, Howell, NJ 07731
732-842-4000 ext. 4312 

Photo of a magestic looking red tailed hawk at The Manasquan Reservoir in Howell NJ


The Manasquan Reservoir is the perfect outdoor day trip idea for any nature enthusiast. Set on 1,208 acres of land and water it is the perfect place in Monmouth county to go fishing, take a rowboat or kayak on the water or just walk along their 5-mile perimeter trail. 

The site also has an Environmental center that looks to educate the public on wetlands ecology and wildlife and what part we can play to protect these precious ecosystems. Be sure to check out the wildlife observation areas so you can possibly catch a glimpse of the beautiful bald eagles that made The Manasquan Reservoir their home. 


The Englishtown Auction
90 Wilson Ave, Manalapan, NJ 07726
732-446-9644

For over 90 years the Englishtown Auction has been providing a space for people to come to sell their goods or just browse for that perfect item every week. Voted the best flea market in NJ this is a bargain hunters paradise. Originally started as a meeting place for farmers to buy and sell livestock and more it has evolved over the years as a place where the public can come for free and find antiques, collectibles and much much more.

Open every Saturday and Sunday rain or shine they offer monthly tables for only $7.00 a day so you can post up and sell or just come by and see if you can find that perfect set piece for your living room.


Old Mill Antique Mall
1 South Main St, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
856-478-9810

Built prior to the American Revolution, The Old Mill Antique Mall is one of only four original structures that were built at the same time in the area that is still standing. Next to the remnants of the Tressel train tracks in a town that quickly became one of the nation's most active shipping points for agricultural commodities in the past.

Surrounded by the rich history of Mullica Hill The Old Mill Antique Mall now sells a wide range of collectibles and furniture by over 75 dealers and is constantly changing so every time you visit you can find something new sure to transport you back in time.


 

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