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Explore a State Park (Parking lots can fill up so get there early.)

Hopatcong State Park

Wawayanda State Park

Bass River State Park

Ringwood State Park (Read our Review here. )

Allaire State Park

Liberty State Park

Darlington County Park (Mahwah)

Bear Mountain

 

Spend the Day at a Museum

Franklin Mineral Museum

Liberty Science Museum

Insectropolis

Garden State Discovery Museum (Cherry Hill, 2 hours)

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Guggenheim Museum

Museum of Natural History

NYC Fire Museum

NY Transit Museum (Brooklyn)

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Howe Caverns

The Museum of Mathematics

 

High Flying Adventures

Zoom ZipLines (Mountain Creek)

Camelback Mountain Adventure (Zip lines and more!) Our review of Aquatopia the indoor water park.

Pocono Mountain Adventures

TreeTop Adventure Course at Turtle Back Zoo

Skyride (Seaside Heights)

Hunterdon Ballooning

Greenwood Lake Airshow

Blue Angels Airshow (Dates vary, but in Atlantic City this summer.)

 

Tubing

Delaware River Tubing

Slide The City

 

Visit the Shore

Twin Lights  Highlands, NJ

Sandy Hook Beach and Lighthouse (Dog beach)

Tuckers Island (Watch for traffic or this could be more than a day trip.)

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (Aquarium)

Jersey Shore Pirates

Take a Lighthouse Tour

Cattus Island (Tom’s River)

Island Beach State Park

 

Water Parks

Sahara Sams (Indoor & Outdoor)

Coco Key Water Resort (Indoor)

The Great Wolf Lodge (Indoor)

Breakwater Beach (Jenkinson’s)

Hurricane Harbor (Six Flags)

Runaway Rapids (Park of Keansburg Amusement Park)

Kalahari Waterpark (Poconos)

Tomahawk Lake

Mountain Creek Action Park

Aquatopia (Our Review – of the indoor park) Camelback

The Land of Make Believe Water Park

 

Cars, Planes, and Trains

Naval Air Station Museum

Spacefarms Museum (Old automobiles exhibit)

NJ Museum of Transportation

Diggerland

Northlandz (Flemington)

Whippany Railway Museum

Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum (Teterboro)

Cradle of Aviation Museum

NY Transit Museum

 

Boating and Naval Museums

Battleship New Jersey

New Jersey Naval Museum

Museum of NJ Maritime History

The A.J. Meerwald

Intrepid Museum

Tuckerton Seaport

 

Other New York City Options

Ellis Island

Times Square

Central Park

Empire State Building

Bryant Park  (Games in the park, outdoor reading room, kids programs and more!)

 

Animal Experiences

Space Farms Zoo

Lakota Wolf Preserve

Turtle Back Zoo

Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge

Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ)

Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Bergen County Zoo

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (CT)

Central Park Zoo

 

Theme Parks and Amusement Parks

Bowcraft Amusement Park (Scotch Plains)

Field Station: Dinosaur (Last year open.)

Six Flags Great Adventure

Wild West City

The Land of Make Believe

Blackbeard’s Cave (Atlantic City)

Clementon Amusement Park (Over 2 hr. drive from Bergen County.)

Sesame Place

 

Other Outdoor Ideas

Branch Brook Park

Grounds For Sculpture

Deep Cut Gardens (Middletown, NJ – Monmouth County)

New Jersey Botanical Garden and Skylands Manor (Ringwood)

Stony Hill Farms Corn Maze (Reopens in September)

Walkway over the Hudson

Meadowlands Environmental Center

McFaul Environmental Center (Wyckoff)

Lambert Castle

Howe Caverns

Sleepy Hollow

Fyke Nature Association Celery Farm (Allendale)

Hudson Highlands

 

Great Places to Hike

Baldpate Mountain

Rancocas Nature Center

Cheesequake State Park

Double Trouble State Park

Hacklebarney State Park

Hudson Valley

Bear Mountain

Harriman State Park

High Point State Park

Stokes State Forest

Hike the Palisades

Ramapo Reservation – Stroll around the lake, hike up a paved path to the top or explore a trail.

Geocaching is a great way to hike with kids!

 

Waterfalls

Buttermilk Falls

Ramapo Falls

Tumble Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Silver Spray Falls

Tillman Ravine

Bushkill Falls

Patterson Falls (Lambert Castle)

 

Historical Locations

Waterloo Village

Dey Mansion

Thomas Edison National Park

Allaire Village

Grover Cleveland Birthplace

The Hermitage

Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Howell Living History

Medieval Times

Hyde Park