25 Fun Ways To Beat the Heat in NJ With Kids in August
If you're suffering from hot-weather burnout, don't sweat it: New Jersey has tons of cool activities to help the whole family chill out when the temperatures soar. From beaches and splash parks to blissfully air-conditioned bowling alleys and arcades, we've got the best ways to beat the heat during the sizzling second half of summer.
Check out even more refreshing activities in our Guide to Summer Fun, and stay cool, NJ!
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1. Cool Down at a Splash Park
2. Check out a Shaded Playground
Duck into an awesome shaded playground.
Ready, set, aim! Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
3. Play Water Games
Try one of these 25 water games to play with kids right in your backyard.
4. Head to the Mines
Go underground to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Always a cool 56 degrees, the mine offers tours at 1pm every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Reservations are required.
Head to Cape May. Photo courtesy of Congress Hall
5. Visit the Jersey Shore
6. Go Swimming
Cool off in a swimming pool that offers day passes for nonresidents.
7. Enjoy a Water Park
8. See a Waterfall
Sunrise Lake Beach Club is one of our favorite summer destinations. Photo courtesy of Morris County
9. Jump in a Lake
Skip the Shore traffic and head to one of New Jersey's lakes for a day of swimming.
10. Go Fishing
Bait a hook and go fish!
11. Watch a Free Summer Movie
The Adventure Aquarium penguins are bound to help you feel a bit cooler. Photo courtesy of the aquarium
12. Visit an Aquarium
13. Visit a Classic Arcade
14. Check out an Indoor Playground
Visit one of the state's many indoor play spaces. Find a fun one near you in our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces for NJ Kids.
15. Visit iPlay America
Enjoy some boardwalk-style rides in the indoor amusement park at iPlay America.
16. Play a Round of Indoor Mini Golf
Challenge the kids to a round of indoor mini golf.
Head to the river to cool down with a tubing adventure. Photo courtesy of Delaware River Tubing
17. Go Tubing
Spend the day tubing or rafting on the Delaware River.
18. Play Laser Tag
Grab some friends, gear up, and play some laser tag.
19. Go Skating
Refresh yourself with a blast of winter and go ice skating at an indoor arena.
20. Get Locked In
Relish the air conditioning while the whole family figures a way out of these NJ escape rooms.
21. Get Artistic
Create a masterpiece at a drop-in pottery or painting studio.
The Liberty Science Center has all kinds of cool exhibits to see and activities to try. Photo courtesy of LSC
22. Visit LSC
23. Go Bowling
Hit the lanes at one of NJ's family-friendly bowling alleys, which range from thoroughly modern to charmingly retro.
24. Jump Away!
Jump and play without breaking (too much of) a sweat at one of NJ's indoor trampoline parks and bounce houses.
25. Try a Floating Obstacle Course
Run, jump, and bounce your way across one of NJ's newest crazes: a floating, inflatable obstacle course.
This article, first published in 2014, has since been updated.