If you're looking for fall bucket list fun in New Jersey, you've come to the right place. What's not to love about the season in the Garden State? There's the crisp, cool air, brilliantly colored leaves, apples ripe for the picking, pumpkins, Halloween celebrations aplenty...the list goes on. To celebrate the changing seasons, we've crafted this fall bucket list with 45 things to do in New Jersey with kids.
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Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and Point Pleasant Beach have long been popular family-friendly Jersey Shore destinations. About an hour's drive from New York City and Philadelphia, this picturesque stretch of shoreline lies between the beaches of Monmouth County and the craziness of Seaside Heights. The boardwalk plays host to many kid-friendly attractions, including an aquarium, arcades, mini-golf courses, a ropes course, and an amusement park with a whole section that’s just right for toddlers and preschoolers.
I spent many summers here in my youth, and with my own little one in tow this summer, I headed down to Exit 98 to spend the day at this popular Shore spot.
Turtle Back Zoo is one of our favorite attractions in New Jersey, and for plenty of reasons: it’s an incredible, beautiful destination that appeals to kids of all ages, with great exhibits and programs. Crucially, it also offers several opportunities for kids to get hands-on experience with animals. The facility also hosts amazing holiday activities, camps, and family-friendly programming throughout the year.
Turtle Back Zoo is located in Essex County in the South Mountain Reservation, and there are tons of other things nearby for kids to do—including romping in a treetop adventure course and playing some mini-golf; read through our guide below for the many nearby activities worth checking out.
Turtle Back Zoo has been enthralling visitors since it opened in 1963, with a collection of 140 animals of 40 species, and it has continued to expand its rich offerings over the years. Should you go? Of course! Should you have a game plan? You better. Read on for what you should know before you and the family get wild.
If you're looking for other great New Jersey adventures, check out our rundown of the state's top things to do with kids. And be sure to peruse our guide to Zoos and Gardens for New Jersey Kids if you're on the hunt for other animal encounters.
You know it's time for an end-of-summer bucket list when August rolls around and Target is fully stocked with school supplies. If you haven’t been to the beach, picked your own fruit, or ridden a roller coaster, there's still time to squeeze it in before saying "so long" to summer. Read on for 35 awesome adventures to have with your kids before school starts, and get ready to go out with a bang!
Searching for hidden beaches on the Jersey Shore is a bit of an impossibility. But year after year of hitting the same sandy spots can leave you craving something new. If your family wants to steer clear of the busiest Jersey Shore beaches, we have a few ideas for you. Here are 12 great hidden beaches on the Jersey Shore that are off-the-beaten-path but oh-so-fun to explore this summer and beyond. Just keep them between us, OK?
Bookmark our Jersey Shore Family Guide for more fun seaside picks all summer long.
Peach picking in New Jersey offers up one of the great joys of summer: A sweet treat plucked fresh off the tree. The Garden State has pick-your-own farms aplenty, so you should be able to find one close by.
The peach picking season in New Jersey really gets going in mid-July and carries on through August and even early September at some farms. Before heading out on a peach-picking adventure, call ahead or check the farm’s Facebook page to make sure crops are still plentiful and what other fruits are available on any given day—you might also be able to pick blueberries, which are available at many farms through the end of July.
New Jersey is home to several fantastic water parks, some of them right on the beach! From big-name parks to boardwalk attractions, we've rounded up the top ones open for splashing, including a recently-revamped favorite.
If you're looking for ways to cool off that are slightly cheaper, check out our roundup of water playgrounds and splash pads, most of which are FREE. For more summer fun, bookmark our Summer Guide for New Jersey Families and our NJ Theme Parks Guide.
The best playgrounds in New Jersey go above and beyond, with design features offering way more than the basic park down the block.
If you've been to your neighborhood playground so many times the slides and swings have lost their thrill, now's the perfect time to switch up your kiddo's routine. Spring has sprung, and these 12 amazing playgrounds are worth the trip.
From awesome jungle gyms to zip lines, a carousel, and even a zoo, these stellar rec areas allow kids to slide, swing, splash, climb, and imagine the day away. Pile into the car and visit each at least once—but we bet you'll want to return again and again.