101 Summer Day Trips in NJ

On and Off the Beaten Path

By Megan Belegu June 11, 2015

We have put together 101 Day Trips & Ideas for you to entertain your family all summer long! We encourage you to get out and explore our beautiful state.  From Lakes, Museums, and State Parks, this list will keep you busy all summer long!

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Sit Back and Relax or Explore
1. Wildwood Beaches
2. Hopatcong State Park
3. Waywaywanda State Park
4. Bass River State Park
5. Sandy Hook

Favorite Cities to Explore
6. Montclair
7. Bridgeton
8. Princeton
9. Morristown
10. Lambertville

Day at the Museum
11. Franklin Mineral Museum
12. Jersey Shore Children's Museum
13. Liberty Science Center
14. Marine Mammal Stranding Center
15. Insectropolis
16. Garden State Discovery Museum

Up Up and Away!
17. Zoom ZipLines
18. TreeTop Adventure Course at Turtle Back Zoo
19. Ironwood Outdoor Center
20. Skyride Seaside Heights
21. Hunterdon Ballooning

22. Delaware River Tubing
23. Slide The City

You Light Up My Life
24. Cape May Lighthouse
25. Twin Lights
26. Sandy Hook Lighthouse
27. Tuckers Island
28. Finn's Point
29. Absecon Light
30. Barnegat Lighthouse

Water Parks
31. Sahara Sams
32. Coco Key Water Resort
33. Breakwater Beach
34. Hurricane Harbor
35. Runaway Rapids
36. Tomahawk Lake
37. Thundering Surf
38. Action Park
39. Crystal Park Water Park
40. Ocean Oasis

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
41. Naval Air Station Museum
42. Spacefarms
43. NJ Museum of Transportation
44. Millville Army Air Field Museum
45. Diggerland
46. Northlandz

Boats and Maritime
47. Battleship New Jersey
48. New Jersey Naval Museum
49. Museum of NJ Maritime History
50. The Bayshore Center
51. Intrepid Museum

Visit the Animals
52. Space Farms Zoo
53. Cape May County Zoo
54. Lakota Wolf Preserve
55. Turtle Back Zoo
56. Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge
57. Adventure Aquarium
58. Jenkinson's Aquarium

Theme Parks
59. Storybook Land
60. Bowcraft Amusement Park
61. Field Station: Dinosaur
62. Six Flags Great Adventure
63. Wild West City

I Am An Island
64. Ellis Island

Get Outdoors
65. Cattus Island
66. Island Beach State Park
67. Branch Brook Park
68. Grounds For Sculpture
69. Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
70. Deep Cut Gardens

Go Jump Off a Cliff
71. Skydive Cross Keys

Go Take a Hike
72. Baldpate Mountain
73. Rancocas Nature Center
74. Cheesequake State Park
75. Double Trouble State Park
76. Hacklebarney State Park

Go Jump in a Lake
77. Carnegie Lake
78. Round Valley Recreation Area
79. Tomahawk Lake
80. Shepard Lake
81. Lake Nummy

82. Buttermilk Falls
83. Ramapo Falls
84. Tumble Falls
85. Bridal Veil Falls
86. Silver Spray Falls
87. Tillman Ravine

Visit a Grande Hotel
88. Congress Hall
89. The Bernard's Inn
90. Westminster Hotel
91. Stockton Seaview
92. The Westin Governor Morris

Take a Trip Back in Time
93. Waterloo Village
94. Dey Mansion
95. Thomas Edison National Park
96. Historic Cold Spring Village
97. Allaire Village
98. Batso Village
99. Grover Cleveland Birthplace
100. The Hermitage
101. Monmouth Battlefield State Park

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