15 Best Things To Do with Kids in Spring Lake, New Jersey

Summer fun at the Jersey shore doesn't always involve boardwalk rides and jam-packed beaches. For a quieter shore experience, head to the quaint seaside town of Spring Lake, where tree-lined streets and graceful Victorian inns welcome families.

You won't find mini-golf or arcades in Spring Lake, or any large hotels, either. But you will find leafy lanes, a picturesque lake, restored boardwalk, charming downtown, and a gorgeous beach.

Read on for our best bets for a family trip to Spring Lake, and for more of our favorite summer destinations, check out the Jersey Shore Family Guide

Swimming Lakes Near NYC for a Family Dip

New Yorkers are lucky to be surrounded by water: When we get the urge to take a dip on a hot summer day, there are plenty of family-friendly beaches a short drive or subway ride from NYC. But for families with little kids, the ocean can be intimidating, with its choppy waves and miles of hot sand without an inch of shade.

Sure, there’s always the local pool, but if you’re itching to get the kids out of the city to enjoy a swim in the great outdoors, what better place than one of our area’s beautiful, placid, freshwater swimming lakes? We’ve rounded up the best lake swimming spots within a two-hour drive from the city.

Find more fun things to do this summer (and ways to cool down) with our Beaches, Pools, and Water Parks Guide for NYC kids.

20 Things to Do with Your Preschooler in Philadelphia this Summer

Entertaining a preschooler is no joke, especially if they have moved on past their nap times! Some parents are truly excellent at coming up with daily plans for their little ones, exposing them to all the arts and sciences and play, making creative quiet books, and other Pinterest-worthy activities. Whether you are excellent at curating preschooler activities or not, you can always count on Philadelphia's selection of parks, playgrounds, and programming throughout the city to expand your little one's interests and experiences. If you want to beat the heat or embrace the summer swelter, here are 20 spots that are sure to be family favorites for you and your crew this summer:

11 Crazy Awesome Pool Floats for Kids and Babies on Amazon and Target

Long gone are the days of the boring rectangular pool float that popped almost as soon as you finally filled it with air. Today's kids can hit the pool with a fabulous float in almost any design they can imagine, from the Millennium Falcon to a giant slice of pizza to on-trend unicorn floats. The best part? Parents can order these pool toys all online at either Target.com or Amazon. Check out our list of 11 crazy awesome pool floats for babies, kids, and teens in summer 2019.

Find more ways to cool down this summer in our Beaches, Lakes, and Pools Guides.

Great Day Trips to New Jersey State Parks and Forests

While most non-residents don't equate New Jersey with beautiful green spaces, there are a whopping 36 state parks and 13 state forests to explore in NJ—and at least one of them should be on your summer fun to-do list.

We've picked nine destinations that are perfect for a fun-filled day trip, where hiking, biking, swimming, and boating are just some of the fun outdoor activities to enjoy. Add acres of gorgeous scenery and some wildlife-spotting, and NJ state parks and forests make for an ideal day of family fun in the fresh air.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Chicago Families: Food and Culture Fests, Concerts, and Fun on the Lake

Chicago dads, stepdads, granddads, and father figures of all stripes have their pick of family fun this Father's Day weekend. For music-loving dads, there are live performances at street fairs and festivals all weekend, plus the Grant Park Music Festival downtown, the Grateful Rockers Father's Day Celebration in Lakeview, and a special Midsommar concert by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. For food-loving dads, the Lincoln Park Zoo BBQ Brunch, North Center's Ribfest, Taste of Randolph Street, and Taste of Des Plaines serve up tasty eats. For nature-loving dads, there's a special Father's Day cruise on the lake, a dad's day festival at Shedd Aquarium, and family fishing at Northerly Island. Or take your favorite sports-fan dad out to the ballgame on Sunday for Family Sundays hosted by the Chicago White Sox

Because Chicago is home to so many vital cultural communities, every weekend is packed with super-cool cultural events for families, and this weekend is no exception. On Saturday, celebrate at Navy Pier's FREE Quinceanera celebration, and stay for the Latinxt Music Festival with live performances from innovative bands, or hit the colorful Mexican Folkloric Festival at Cantigny in Wheaton. This weekend also sees the Scottish Festival and Highland Games step off in Itasca, with bagpipers, dance and music, and traditional games. Finally, the DuSable Museum hosts a family celebration in honor of Juneteenth on Saturday, with films, activities, and performers.

For even more family fun around Chicagoland, see our bursting-at-the-seams event calendar. Happy Father's Day!

Boston-Area Beer Gardens That are Fun for Families

Boston has seen an absolute boom in beer gardens (or biergartens) in the last few years, and luckily for anyone with kids, many are welcoming to families. If you like to sip a craft brew outside, these are the places to go with little ones in tow: Many have live music, lawn games, and great views. From the heart of the city to several of the suburbs, there’s likely a beer garden near you that's open from summer through fall. Sip—and play!

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