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Where To Rent Paddleboats and Rowboats in New Jersey

Looking for a great summer outing that’ll float the family’s boat? A ride in a paddleboat (sometimes called a pedal boat) or rowboat offers panoramic views of New Jersey's scenic parks and lakes, and an opportunity for family time that may actually be peaceful. 

Paddleboat rentals are available throughout the state. Check the specific paddling locations for any age or weight restrictions, then sit back and enjoy the ride. (And don't forget the sunscreen!)

Feeling more adventurous? Find the best places for tubing and rafting in and around NJ.

100 Things To Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up

Now that my oldest child is a 'tween, I understand that phrase I heard often during those difficult baby/toddler times: "The days are long, but the years are short." Thankfully, filling those short years with quality bonding time is even easier with our top 100 not-to-be-missed family activities right here in New Jersey.

From indoor play to awesome zoos, and from lush gardens to thrill-filled boardwalks and amusement parks, New Jersey offers tons of incredible sights and activities for families and kids. We have beautiful forests for hiking, Jersey Shore beaches for lounging, and cool playgrounds and parks—all of which make for great day trips with Jersey kids.

NEW: We have a free printable version with the best anytime NJ activities from this list. Print it out and stick it on your fridge to inspire you anytime you need an activity idea.

Read on for our 100 best things to do in NJ.

Best Music Classes for NJ Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

From Beethoven to Bob Marley, music delights children from a very young age and fosters healthy brain development. These NJ music classes for babies to preschoolers will inspire your little ones while providing great bonding experiences for parents and children.

For more cool classes, from swimming lessons to STEM programs, check out our guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs for New Jersey Kids.

The Best NJ Zoos and Aquariums for Animal Encounters with Kids

Treat your kids to a real animal adventure at one of New Jersey's amazing zoos, aquariums, and animal preserves. At these day trip–worthy spots, little animal lovers can meet their favorite furry friend, check out exotic wildlife from other continents, or swim with the sharks (yes, really!). We've rounded up the best places in the Garden State for New Jersey kids to have an up-close-and-personal encounter with animals of every kind. 

Best STEM Classes for New Jersey Kids

Is your child interested in exploring the "hows," "whys," and "what-ifs" of the world around them? STEM classes can be a wonderful way to foster their curiosity and help them think critically and creatively. We've rounded up 15 STEM enrichment programs in New Jersey that offer instruction in coding, robotics, architecture, engineering, chess, and more. 

For more kids' classes, be sure to check out our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs for NJ Kids.

Cooking Classes for Kids in New Jersey

Whether you have an aspiring Ina Garten at home, or you're just looking for something different to do with the kids, consider signing up for a fun, hands-on cooking class. We’ve rounded up several places throughout NJ that offer wonderful programs for children of all ages. Cooking classes not only teach culinary technique, they’re also a great way to try new foods, master hand-eye coordination, and practice social skills like sharing and following directions.

For more enrichment ideas, visit our guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs for New Jersey Kids.

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries and More NJ Berry Farms for Families

Blueberry picking is a perfect summer activity for the whole family: the bushes are low, the berries pop off the plants easily, and your family can literally pick hundreds without breaking the bank—or your back hauling them home. Lucky for us, blueberries are the official state fruit of New Jersey, and they are plentiful throughout the Garden State.

We’ve assembled a list of some of the best pick-your-own farms NJ has to offer for kids, along with a few blueberry festivals. Happy picking!

Best 4th of July Fireworks for NJ Families from Jersey City to the Shore

We've got the scoop on NJ's best family-friendly fireworks shows on the 4th of July, from small-town celebrations to waterfront extravaganzas. You can cheer on the red, white, and blue in Atlantic City, which hosts one of the country's biggest 4th of July celebrations; spread out a beach blanket and enjoy a display down the shore; take in the fireworks extravaganza at the New Jersey State Fair; or choose from more than a dozen other great fireworks displays happening throughout the state. 

Big kids might enjoy a special trip out to the NYC 4th of July fireworks show, or the fireworks festival in Philadelphia.

In addition to fireworks, these Fourth of July festivities include lots of other fun activities, such as parades, rides, live music, and more. Read on for more than a dozen picks, and try these non-fireworks July 4th activities for kids before the show or with little ones looking for a little less noise.

For even more holiday-weekend fun, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide.

30 Super-Fun Summer Day Trips for New Jersey Families

Road trips rock! And we've got 30 ideas for NJ summer day trips that minimize the drive time and maximize the fun time. Whether it's gathering fresh fruit at a pick-your-own farmswimming at a lake, hitting the Jersey Shore's beaches and boardwalks, or visiting an amusement park, get ready to hit the road to one of these favorite summer destinations.

Need more inspiration? Check out our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids for even more ideas for family fun.

And, if it's too hot or rainy to head outside, look to our indoor guide and rainy-day suggestions to keep the good times rolling. 

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