Take advantage of the warm weather this April, with #NJMOM’s list of our favorite outdoor activities. Enjoy the warm embrace of an outdoor fire at the Willow Creek Winery’s Fire Pit Fridays, the blooming flowers at the Botanical Gardens, and the adventurous side of the Meadowlands at the William D. McDowell Observatory. Get outside and go exploring with your family this April!
Here are 10 Outdoor Activities to do in April in New Jersey:
1. William D. McDowell Observatory
April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
A sky full of stars is the key to any young astronomer’s heart. Explore the nature trail surrounding the New Jersey Meadowlands, and then see space up close at the William D. McDowell Observatory. Canoe tours are also available for a first person experience navigating the Hackensack River’s tidal creeks and marshes.
2 De Korte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
2. Fire Pit Fridays
Friday nights in April from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy a night surrounded by those you love at the Willow Creek Winery’s Fire Pit Fridays. There will be live entertainment and tapas and wine available, for purchase.
160-168 Stevens Street
West Cape May, New Jersey 08204
For more information, call 609-770-8782
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3. New Jersey Botanical Garden
Ring in the new season with one of the best foliage in New Jersey. Now is the time to see water lilies, spring flowers, and colorful trees, all greeting you with their wide array of colors! Go on a guided tour or enjoy a secluded walk through nature.
Morris Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
4. Easter Egg Hunts
The Bunny is just around the corner! Whether your child is 3 or 23, a beloved family tradition is Easter Egg hunts. This year, share that tradition with your neighborhood, at a local Easter Egg hunt! Check out NJMOM.com’s guide to Easter Egg Hunts across New Jersey.
5. Nature Eco Tour
Saturdays in March at 12 p.m.
Explore the natural side of Atlantic City this April. A1 Tours offers a variety of tours tailored to families and young children, include their Nature Eco Tours. Your family will dive head first into the National Wildlife Refuge in Atlantic City, where there is more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats.
NJ Korean War Memorial, 124 Park Pl., Atlantic City, NJ 08401
For more information, call 609-593-6349
6. Cape May County Color Fun Run
April 29, 2017 at 8 a.m.
While there are a variety of 5K races throughout New Jersey, one of the most exciting kinds is a “color run.” These are races where you are splattered with different colors as you reach different checkpoints! This is a great incentive to work harder and reach your athletic goals. (Dress as Wacky as you can: costumes, face paint are encouraged!)
707 US Route 9 Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
7. Bergen County Zoo
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Parks, trains, and carousels, oh my! These are just a few of the hidden gems at the Bergen County Zoo. Enjoy your child’s favorite creatures with a little spark of the Bergen County Zoo’s magic. Learn something new today at their educational events, like their World Tapir Day on April 29th!
Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
8. 2017 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival
April 8-23, 2017
Visit the soft pink flowers that dot the Newark skies at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival. Branch Brook Park, the nation’s first county park, is where your family can enjoy such festivities like the Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race on April 8th, and Bloomfest! on April 23.
115 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104
For more information, call 973-268-3500.
9. Jersey Shore Pirates
Opens on April 22, 2017
Voted “New Jersey’s #1 Day Trip” by msn.com, TripAdvisor’s “#1 area Attraction,” and “Best of the Best Family Attraction and Outdoor amusement in Ocean County” by Asbury Park Press, transport your family to the world of plundering, pillaging pirates. Battle other pirates with your crew and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Riverfront Marina at 281 Princeton Ave., Brick, NJ 08724
For more information, call 732-899-6100.
10. Columbus Farmers Market
Thursdays through Sundays in April
Welcome to the Columbus Farmers Market: Delaware Valley’s oldest and largest flea market. Complete with an indoor farmer’s market, an outdoor flea market, and an amish market, this an all in one stop for your family’s spring shopping needs.
2919 Route 206, Columbus, NJ 08022
For more information, call 609-267-0400