60+ Must-Do Things This Summer

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Find over 60 Must-Do things to do in New Jersey this summer with the family! Be sure to bookmark this page as we’ll be updating it throughout the summer.

Go to a Farmers Market

Play at a Playground or Park. Or have a picnic in the park!

Watch A Performance At:

NJ Performing Arts Center
1 Center St., Newark, NJ 07102
973-642-8989 | facebook | Calendar

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, NJ 07960
973-539-8008 | facebook | Calendar

Bergen Performing Arts Center
Palisades Court 30 N Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ 07631
201-227-1030 | facebook | Calendar

Union County Performing Arts Center
31601 Irving St., Rahway, NJ 07065
732-499-8226 | facebook | Calendar

South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
973-275-1114 | facebook | Calendar

Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Dr., Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-4343 | facebook | Calendar

PNC Bank Arts Center
116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ 07733
732-203-2500 | facebook | Calendar

State Theatre NJ
15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-246-7469 | facebook | Calendar

Stockton Performing Arts Center
101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
609-652-9000 | Calendar

See a $1 Movie at Regal Theaters

Take the Kids Bowling for free!

Go to the Museum for free!

Enjoy a Kids Eat Free night!

Northern New Jersey Activities

Feed Farm Animals At Brookhollow’s Barnyard

301 Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton Township, NJ 07005
Cost: $5 (Ages 3 and over)
201-400-4505 | facebook

Float Down The Delaware River

121 State Rt. 12, Frenchtown, NJ 08825
Cost: $28 (Mon. thru Fri.) | $35 (Weekends & Holidays)
908-996-5386 | groups@delawarerivertubing.com | facebook

Pick Blueberries And Other Fruit At
Hillview Farms

223 Meyersville Rd., Gillette, NJ 07933
908-647-0957 | facebook

Watch A Soccer Game At The Red Bull Arena

600 Cape May St., Harrison, NJ 07029
877.RB.SOCCER | facebook | Schedule

Go Back In Time At Medieval Times

149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071
Cost: $36.95 (Ages 12 & under) | $62.95 (13 & over)
1-866-543-9637 | facebook

Gaze At Stars At Dreyfuss Planetarium

49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102
973-596-6550 | facebook

Cool Down With Some Homemade Ice Cream From Applegate Farm

616 Grove St., Montclair, NJ 07043
973-744-5900 | facebook

Smell Some Flowers at The Presby Memorial
Iris Gardens

474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Suggested Donation: $8 per person
973-783-5974 | info@presbyirisgardens.org | facebook

Wander Through The Dinosaur Exhibit At The Morris Museum

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $7 (Ages 3 thru 12) | $10 (Ages 13 & over)
973-971-3700 | info@morrismuseum.org

Dig At The Sterling Hill Mining Museum

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, NJ 07439
973-209-7212 | info@sterlinghillminingmuseum.org | facebook

See A Water Fall At Paterson Great Falls

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
72 McBride Ave., Paterson, NJ 07501
973-523-5295

Run Through A Meadow

New Jersey Botanical Garden
Ringwood, NJ 07456-0302
973-962-9534 | facebook

Play Mini Golf In A Safari

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052
973-731-5800 | facebook

Walk with Dinosaurs

Field Station: Dinosaurs
One Dinosaur Way, Secaucus, NJ

Central New Jersey Activities

Learn About Planes

Alexandria Field Airport
70 Airport Rd., Alexandria, NJ 08867
908-735-0870

Think Outside The Box At The Center for Contemporary Art

2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, NJ 07921
908-234‑2345 | facebook

Pick Raspberries & Other Fruit At Bonacorsi
Family Farm

1137 Croton Rd., Flemington 08822

Play With Trains At Northlandz

495 US-202, Flemington, NJ 08822
908-782-4022

Visit Grounds for Sculpture and Become a Park Explorer

18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619
Cost: Free-Children (5 and under) | $10-Children/Students (6-17 or with college id) | $15-Adults | $12-Senior (65+)
609-586-0616 | info@groundsforsculpture.org | facebook

Visit the Twilights Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd., Highlands, NJ 07732
732-872-1814 | twinlightshistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Make Your Own Pizza At OMG ‘Make Your Own Pizza’ & Game Lounge

4745 US Highway 9, Howell NJ 07731
732-961-3090 | facebook

Learn About Nature At The Trailside Nature & Science Center

452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, NJ 07092
908-527-4000 | pubinfo@ucnj.org | facebook

Sit In The Big Green Chair At Rutgers Gardens

112 Ryders Ln., New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
732-932-8451| facebook

Pick Some Blackberry & Other Fruit At Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton NJ 08540
609-924-2310 | facebook

Visit the Princeton University Art Museum

McCormick Hall, Princeton, NJ 08542
609-258-3788 | puamweb@princeton.edu

Play Laser Tag At Laser Park

45 Everett Dr., Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-936-1800

Skate At Skate 22

1235 W Chestnut St., Union, NJ 07083
908-686-6838

Beat the Heat at iPlay America

110 Schanack Road Freehold, NJ
732-577-8200 | Facebook

Spend a Day at the Vineyards

Laurita Winery
35 Archertown Rd New Egypt, NJ
(609) 752-0200

Southern New Jersey Activities

Play in the Ocean

Visit our 2015 Summer Beach Badge Guide for daily and seasonal pricing
Wildwood and Atlantic City Beaches are all free!

Learn About Sports at The Bridgeton Hall of Fame All Sports Museum

Burt Avenue Recreation Center
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
856-451-7300

See Animals at The Cohanzick Zoo

45 Mayor Aitken Dr., Bridgeton, NJ 08302
1-856-453-1658 | facebook

Learn About Marine Animals at The Marine Mammal Stranding Center

3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, NJ 08203
609-266-0538 | facebook

Visit The Sea Animals of Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: $18.95-Children (Ages 2-12) | $25.95-Adult(Ages 13+)
856-365-3300 | facebook

Learn About Birds At The Cape May Bird Observatory

701 East Lake Dr., Cape May Point, NJ 08212
609-884-2736 | facebook

Watch A Movie At Delsea Drive-In Theatre

2203 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland, NJ 08360
856-696-0011 | info@delseadrive-in.net |  facebook

Learn How Glass Is Made At The Heritage Glass Museum

25 E High St., Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
856-881-7468 | facebook

Play At An Indoor Water Park

CoCo Key Water Resort
915 Route 73, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Cost: $27.99 (online purchase) | $32.99 (at the door purchase)
877-494-COCO(2626) | facebook

Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
535 N Route 73, West Berlin, NJ
Cost: $23.95 (3 and over)
856-767-7580 | facebook

Climb A Rock Wall At Elite Climbing

67 Old Kings Highway, Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Cost: $11-Children (14 & under) | $15-Adult | $13-Student/Military
856-273-1370 | facebook

Climb Lucy The Elephant

Josephine Harron Park, Margate, NJ 08402
609-823-6473 | info@lucytheelephant.org | facebook

Learn About Aviation at The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Cape May Airport (WWD)
500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Cost: $10-Children 3 thru 12 | $12-Adults
609-886-8787 | aviationmuseum@comcast.net | facebook

Explore Wetlands At The Wetlands Institute

1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, NJ, 08247
Cost: $6-Children (3 thru 12) | $8-Adults
609-368-1211 | facebook

Learn About Different Insects At Insectropolis

1761 U.S. 9, Toms River, NJ 08755
732-349-7090

Hands on Fun at the Garden State Discovery Museum

2040 Springdale Road Cherry Hill, NJ
856-424-1233

Outside New Jersey

Watch A Broadway Play

Aladdin

New Amsterdam Theatre
214 West 42nd St., New York City NY 10036
866-870-2717 | facebook

The Lion King

Minskoff Theatre
200 W 45th St., New York, NY 10036
866-870-2717 | facebook

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

St. Luke’s Theatre
308 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036
212-239-6200 | facebook

Matilda

Shubert Theatre
225 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036
212-239-6200 | facebook

Play At Sony Wonder Technology Lab

550 Madison Ave. At 56th St., NY, New York 10022
212-833-8100 | facebook

Visit Coney Island

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
info@coneyisland.com

Get Wild at the Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY
718-220-5100

Discover Different Kinds Of Flowers

1635 River Rd., New Hope PA 18938
215-862-2924 | bhwp@bhwp.org | facebook

Touch Everything At The Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-581-3181 | facebook

Play in a Castle

Open dawn to dusk, everyday
Central Park
425 Wells Rd.,PA 18901
215-348-9915 | info@doylestownpa.org

Learn About Philadelphia At The Independence National Historical Park

Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-965-2305 | facebook

Get Creative at the Crayola Factory

30 Centre Square, Easton, PA
610-515-8000

Be part of the Wolf Pack at Great Wolf Lodge

1 Great Wolf Drive  Scotrun, PA 18355
800-768-9653

Day Out with Thomas Tour 2015

Strasburg Rail Road 301 Gap Road Ronks, PA
866-468-7630

Visit the Sweetest Place on Earth

Hershey Park 100 Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA

Spend Sunny Days at Sesame Place 

100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA
866-464-3566

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About Author

Karen lives in South Jersey with her three dogs, husband and 4 year old daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she was a staff writer for the Setonian and a Public Affairs Intern at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a stay-at-home-mom she enjoys reading, going to the boardwalk in Ocean City and watching the Real Housewives. She is very excited for the opportunity to write for NJ Mom and share her love of being a mom and finding fun things to do with her family in New Jersey.

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