Summer Activities in NJ: A Guide To Everything Summer From Our NJ MOM Partners

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This summer activities in NJ guide is sponsored by our NJ MOM partners.

We’ve officially moved into our 2024 summer era, and with it, a bunch of summer activities in NJ you won’t want to miss. From amusement parks to swimming classes to festivals, there is no shortage of fun in the Garden State. Scroll down to see all of the summer activities in NJ, and don’t miss our NJ MOM summer guide to make this the best season ever. (featured photo credit: istock/Phaucet)

The best summer activities in NJ

summer activities in NJ Jenks

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Spotlight: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach is one of the premier family destinations on the Jersey Shore. Attractions include an amusement park with over 29 rides, beaches, a state-of-the-art two-story Aquarium, four arcades featuring the latest and greatest games, two mini golf courses, sweet shops, a fun house, multiple dining experiences, gift shops, and so much more. Experience our many free and exciting events happening all summer long, such as Fireworks, Princess shows, concerts and movies on the beach, a Christmas in July and Hot Halloween celebration, and newly added Magic, Dinosaur, and Science shows. Whether you are visiting with your family, bringing the grandkids, or just looking to take in all of the sights, smells, and nostalgia of a day at the boardwalk, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk is the perfect choice for you! For more information on all things happening at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk this summer, please visit www.jenkinsons.com or follow us across all social channels @JenksBoardwalk 
300 Ocean Ave. N., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

summer activities in NJ British Swim School

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Spotlight: British Swim School

We’re thrilled to announce that Peppa Pig and the British Swim School teamed up to promote water safety. As we look forward to the summer months, it’s crucial that we equip our children with the knowledge and skills to stay safe around water. Drowning remains the leading cause of accidental deaths for young children, which is especially tragic as it is preventable. Visit our designated water-safety page to find helpful tips from Peppa Pig and British Swim School, designed to educate and engage your children on staying safe near water. Together, we can prevent the tragedies of drowning by ensuring our little ones are well-prepared. The most effective method to decrease the risk of drowning by 88% is to participate in high-quality survival swim classes. Register now for British Swim School’s award-winning program, and use the code ‘SwimWithPeppa’ to receive two additional classes at no extra cost.
Multiple locations across New Jersey

summer activities in NJ State_Fair Meadowlands_1

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Spotlight: State Fair Meadowlands

State Fair Meadowlands returns this summer with an electrifying entertainment lineup for all ages. From June 20 to July 7, thrill-seekers and families alike will flock to East Rutherford, NJ, for a spectacle of daring acrobatics, heart-racing amusement rides, mesmerizing magic shows, and live music performances. Circus Lena debuts with vintage charm, featuring death-defying acts under the big tent, while Cycle Circus wows audiences with FMX freestyle stunts and pyrotechnics. Step into the prehistoric era with Jurassic Kingdom’s lifelike dinosaurs, or be mystified by illusionist Jay Mattioli’s electrifying magic. Michael Jackson fans will groove to the iconic tunes at a tribute show. Throughout the 17-day event, attendees can indulge in a culinary adventure from classic fair favorites like corn dogs and cheesesteaks to exotic treats like alligator dishes. The fairground will be alive with dazzling fireworks displays on July 3rd and 4th, while the Magic of Lance Gifford and Commerford Petting Zoo promises more enchantment. With free parking and over 100 rides and games, State Fair Meadowlands is set to be an unforgettable summer experience. Visit www.njfair.com for details.
State Fair Meadowlands, 1 MetLife Stadium Dr., East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Summer getaways in NJ

Summer Activities in NJ Ocean Casino Resort

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Spotlight: Ocean Casino Resort

When you visit Ocean Casino Resort, your room key unlocks more than a fabulous room. It also gives you access to Eclipse Indoor/Outdoor Pool, for all-weather swimming with breathtaking ocean views. The Cabanas at Ocean for a private experience to soak up the sun and solitude. Don’t miss poolside parties at HQ2 Beachclub and Boardwalk Pool and Bar. Book your summer stay today.
500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

summer activities in NJ Renault

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Spotlight: Renault Winery

Spend the summer at Renault Winery, with a bunch of fun events happening all summer long.

  • For the family—Family Fun Movie Nights: Every Tuesday night at 6 PM, family-friendly movies will be shown in our Beer & Wine Garden. 
  • Wine & Vine Tours, every other Friday starting June 21st, Wine tasting & Vineyard tour.
  • Dog Days: Saturday, June 22nd, and Saturday, July 20th; bring your dog to Renault for a day of fun. We have water stations, an unleashed area for your dog to play in, and games for guests at Parc Renault.
  • Chef’s Table: Sweet Summer is a dinner event on Friday, July 19th, with a summer special menu curated by our Executive Chef.
  • Girl’s Day Out, the last Saturday of each month, is a beautiful day filled with live music & delicious food at Taste 1864.
  • Live Music is available every Friday and Saturday in our Beer & Wine Garden, Patio, or Parc Renault.
72 North Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
The Grand Hotel NJ MOM

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Spotlight: The Grand Hotel 

The Grand Hotel in Historic Victorian Cape May is the perfect oceanfront hideaway from the real world. Discover our paradise of an unhurried beachside lifestyle any time of the year. We offer a variety of lodging accommodations just steps away from our powdery white sandy shore, complimented with an array of creature comforts, guest amenities, and genuinely friendly professional service. Non-stop entertainment for children of all ages, face painting, magic shows, sand art, and so much more! Explore and rejuvenate as you experience your “Grand Day at the Beach!”
 Oceanfront at 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey 08204 – (609) 884-5611

Fun summer activities in NJ

summer activities DiDonato's

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Spotlight: DiDonato Family Fun Center

Attention families, your favorite is back for Summer 2024. Kids bowl free from April 28 through September 25 at DiDonato Family Fun Center, registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Each. Plus, DiDonato’s is one of the only centers around with NO blackout dates and Kids Bowl Free anytime we are open. Family Pass Info: You pay just a single payment, and you can get 2 games free all summer long for up to 4 adults during your center’s Kids Bowl Free hours. The family pass is optional and not required. DiDonato’s newest addition, our Pin Deck, will be open for 20 flavors of hand-dipped, homemade ice cream made by us, quick-serve & shakes. With only the highest quality ingredients made from scratch, the DiDonato family and team are excited to add Boozy milkshakes for the grownups, seasonal sundaes, and more to their newest space for family fun. Plus, be the first to know when our latest addition, “Spare Change” Arcade & Gaming destination, will open! “Spare Change” is a cutting-edge game room and arcade, complete with a redemption store and mind-blowing virtual reality elements. This state-of-the-art facility, which promises a first-class experience, is currently loading.
1151 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton NJ, (609) 561-3040
summer activities in NJ Wild West City

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Spotlight: Wild West City

Get ready for the WILDEST summer yet at Wild West City’s Summer Stampede! Saddle up for western adventure in the breathtaking Skyland Region. Get ready to immerse yourself in the experience as Wild West City transports you back to the golden age of cowboys. See cowboys and cowgirls in their heyday come to life. Be part of the action and help the Marshal track down the outlaws and save the town. Grab a lasso and mosey over to the Cowboy Corral and learn to rope like a cowboy on the range. Watch Wild West City’s master craftsmen and historians in action as they create useful, artistic items and bring history to life. Cool down with mouthwatering soda floats, ice cream, and other sweet treats at Pilsner’s Candy Shoppe. Don’t miss out on the Wild West celebration of the summer this side of the Mississippi.
50 Lackawanna Drive, Byram Township, NJ 07874

Treescape

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Spotlight: TreEscape

Located in the lush forests of The Great Gorge in Vernon Valley, TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park is your gateway to an extraordinary outdoor experience. Here, adventure lives in the treetops – wooden platforms connect through thrilling rope courses, obstacles, and zip lines, creating an aerial playground for all ages. Young adventurers aged 4 and up can start their journey on specially designed courses, while older kids and adults can challenge themselves on our 10 exhilarating rope courses or soar through the treetops on the Black Creek Flyer, a captivating zip-line adventure for those aged 7 and above. TreEscape offers varied adventures, from quick 60-minute climbs to extensive four-hour journeys, each filled with fun and excitement. It’s also the perfect spot for memorable birthday parties and offers special rates for groups of 20 or more climbers. All guests enjoy a 10% discount on delightful meals at Hef’s Hut, located within our grounds. Join us at TreEscape and step into a world of adventure that lifts you high above the ordinary!   Ready to climb? Book your family’s next adventure today and use code NJMOM10 for a 10% discount at checkout.
 414 County Rd 517, Vernon Township, NJ 07462 – (862) 801-7028 and info@treescapeadventurepark.com

summer activities in New Jersey Ballet

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Spotlight: New Jersey Ballet School

New Jersey Ballet School’s four-week Summer Session (July 29 through August 23) offers an array of dance classes tailored for students from 4 years old to adults. The Session provides an opportunity for dancers of all skill levels to learn from the School’s experienced instructors. 
7-9 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932

Hall of Fame

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Spotlight: New Jersey Hall of Fame

Sing with the stars, fly to the moon, and interview your favorite celebrities – education, inspiration, and much more await you at The New Jersey Hall of Fame at American Dream. Spend an afternoon exploring the stories of some of the world’s most renowned inventors, actors, entrepreneurs, activists, athletes, and astronauts who all have Garden State roots. Each exhibit presents a unique facet of New Jersey’s rich cultural tapestry, offering an inclusive, immersive experience for guests of all ages. The first state showcase of its kind, The New Jersey Hall of Fame features a holographic karaoke stage where you can sing alongside legends, including Gloria Gaynor, Dionne Warwick, and Frankie Valli, a simulated flight to the moon with the Kelly Brothers guiding the way, the 1941 Model T that was gifted to Thomas Edison by Henry Ford, and the opportunity to engage in interviews with holograms of icons like Danny DeVito, Connie Chung, Laurie Hernandez, and Joe Piscopo to gain insight into their careers and achievements. With countless attractions awaiting discovery, there’s something for everyone at the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Join us to learn and be inspired as we celebrate the greatness of the Garden
State.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073 Court G

Diggerland mermaids

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Spotlight: Diggerland USA

Dive into summer fun at The Water Main, a construction-themed water park open seven days a week! Families and children will find endless excitement with activities like wading in Bulldozer Bay, splashing in Jackhammer Bay, and racing down our dual slides. Don’t miss our all-new wave pool, Claw Hammer Cove, and the thrilling aqua obstacle course, Carpool Lane. Mark your calendars for special mermaid visits on Friday, June 21, Thursday, July 4, and Friday, August 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Capture magical moments as you splash and take photos with real-life mermaids. NJMOM readers get $10 off each ticket, $42.99 (reg. $52.99).
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091

Eastmont Orchards Photo Summer Activities Guide

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Spotlight: Eastmont Orchards

A truly iconic Monmouth County destination, Eastmont Orchards has been family-owned and operated since 1923. We take pride in selling peaches and apples directly to you via “pick-your-own.” We open in July for peaches and nectarines and offer apples starting as early as August. The fall season brings pumpkins and lasts until the end of October. Head to Eastmont Orchards for some family fun this season.
321 Route 537, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

Princeton NJ summer

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Spotlight: Princeton Shopping Center

Discover the joys of Princeton Shopping Center with free, family-friendly entertainment happening all summer long! Dive into children’s storytime, wander throughout our makers’ market, and remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for our courtyard concert and movie series. Explore our curated collection of shops, relax at the spa, and indulge in the diverse culinary offerings from our selection of restaurants. At Princeton Shopping Center, there’s enjoyment waiting for every member of the family! For more information and a full calendar of events, visit their website.
301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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