52 #NJMOM Adventures Bucket List

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Our Garden State is busting at the seams with adventurous and unique kid-friendly places to visit from kayaking and whale watching to Insect Museums, Dinosaur digs, waterslides and go-karting. Sit back, relax and let us help you plan your next #NJMOM adventure.

1.Take a Ride on a Pirate Ship at Jersey Shore Pirate Adventures
281 Princeton Avenue, Brick, NJ 08724
For more information, please call (732) 899-6100

2. Check Out the Exciting Exhibits at Liberty Science Center, including the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and Giant Dome Theater 
Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305
For more information, please call (201) 200-1000 or e-mail guestcomments@lsc.org

3. Enjoy A Day of Fairytale Fun at Storybook Land
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322), Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
For more information, please call (609) 641-7847 or (609) 646-0103 Ext. 5

4. Take a Hike On The Wild Side At Any of The Many NJ Points of The Appalachian Mountain Trail
For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/appalachian-nst.htm

5. Come Face to Face With Beautiful Sea Creatures at Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
For more information, please call (856) 365-3300

6. Walk Around Historic Batsto Village
Hammonton Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037
For more information, please call (609) 561-0024

7. Play on The Playgrounds or Take a Walk Back in Time at Allaire State Park
4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
For more information, please call (732) 938-2371

8. Go on The Rides, Get Wet at The Water Park or See The Animals at The Safari at Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527
For more information, please call (732) 928-2000

9. Experience History at The Battleship New Jersey
100 Clinton St, Camden, NJ 08103
For more information, please call (856) 966-1652

10. Enjoy Whale Watching in Cape May
1121 Rt. 109 (Utsch’s Marina) Cape May, NJ 08204
For more information, please call (888) 531-0055

11. Visit or Attend a Class at Paws Farm Nature Center
1105 Hainesport-Mount Laurel Road Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
For more information, please call (856) 778-8795

12. Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs at Insectropolis
1761 Route 9, Toms River, NJ 08755
For more information, please call (732) 349- 7090

13. Fun For the Whole Family at iPlay America
110 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728
For more information, please call (732) 577-8200

14. Watch a Jousting Match During Dinner at Medieval Times
149 Polito Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
For more information, please call (888) 935-6878

15. Get Moving at The FunPlex
3320-24 New Jersey 38, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
For more information, please call (856) 273-9666

16. Soar Above The Ground With Have Balloon Will Travel
57 Old Belvidere Rd, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
For more information, please call (908) 454-1991

17. Get Up Close and Personal With Wolves at The Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mt Pleasant Rd, Columbia, NJ 07832
For more information, please call (877) 733-9653

18. Work Together On the Water at Micks Pine Barrens Canoeing and Kayaking
3107 County Rd 563, Chatsworth, NJ 08019
For more information, please call (609) 726-1380

19. Spend the Day In the Water at Sahara Sam’s Oasis
535 New Jersey 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091
For more information, call (856) 767-7580

20. Splash around at Breakwater Beach & Casino Pier
800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
For more information, call (732) 793-6488

21. Spend the Weekend Relaxing at The Crystal Springs Resort
1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419
For more information, call (866) 348-095

22. Catch A Movie Under the Stars at Delsea Drive-In Theater
2203 S Delsea Dr, Vineland, NJ 08360
For more information, please call (856) 696-0011

23. Visit the Animals at Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
For more information, please call (973) 731-5800

24. Go Crabbing, Fishing or Kayaking at Whale Creek Marina
100 Taylor Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08248
For more information, please call (609) 263-6093

25. Go Tubing On The Delaware River
778 Frenchtown Rd, Milford, NJ 08848
For more information, please call (908) 996-5386

26. Go For A Tour Of The Sterling Hill Mines
30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439
For more information, please call (973) 209-7212

27. Go Fishing With The Bonanza II
Creek Ave, Millville, NJ 08321
For more information, please call (609) 381-2978

28. Spend 4 Hours Fishing With the Cape May Lady
1231 New Jersey 109, Cape May, NJ 08204
For more information, please call (609) 780-7900

29. Rent A Sailboat, Kayak or Paddleboard At Harvey Cedars Marina
6318 Long Beach Blvd, Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
For more information, please call (609) 494-0111

30. Paddleboard On The Monksville Reservoir
Monksville Reservoir, South Launch Ringwood, NJ 07456
For more information, please call (347) 878-7304

31. Cruise The River With Paddle Out In Manasquan
537 Main St, Manasquan, NJ 08736
For more information, please call (732) 223-3131

32. Take A Trip On The World’s Largest Speedboat & Dolphin Watching
508 W Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260
For more information, please call (609) 522-6060

33. Enjoy The Rope Course or Zip Lining At The Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
For more information, please call (973) 731-5800

34. Swim, Kayak or Hike The Trails at Ironwood Outdoor Center
2 Camp Dr, Lumberton, NJ 08048
For more information, please call (609) 518-9595

35. Take the Whole Family and Enjoy A Class at Lorrimer Sanctuary
790 Ewing Ave, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
For more information, please call (201) 891-2185

36. Wander Through 96 Acres of Beautiful Gardens and Landscape at New Jersey Botanical Garden
2 Morris Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
For more information, please call (973) 962-9534

37. Spend the Day Getting Up Close and Personal With Falcons, Hawks, Eagles and Owls at The Raptor Trust
1390 Whitebridge Rd, Millington, NJ 07946
For more information, please call (908) 647-2353

38. At the Cape May Bird Observatory, Enjoy Bird Related Activities And Educational Programs
701 E Lake Dr, Cape May Point, NJ 08212
For more information, please call (609) 884-2736

39. Take In The Beautiful Gardens and Scenery at The Sayen Park Botanical Garden and House
155 Hughes Dr, Hamilton Township, NJ 08690
For more information, please call (609) 890-3630

40. Nature Walks, Biking and Photography, Oh My!
1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
For more information, please call (908) 722-3700

41. Science Lovers, Readers and Imagination Explorers Alike Will Enjoy a Day At The Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Rd #100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
For more information, please call (856) 424-1233

42. Ahoy Matey! Join In On The Fun at Blackbeard’s Cave Family Entertainment Center
136 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville, NJ 08721
For more information, please call (732) 286-4414

43. Visit YESTERcades For A Unique Gaming Experience
80 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ
For more information, please call (732) 383-7873

44. Climb To New Heights at NJ Rock Gym
373 US-46, Fairfield, NJ 07004
For more information, please call (973) 439-9860

45. Slide down a mountainous waterslide at Mountain Creek (Action Park)
200 Route 94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462
For more information, please call (973) 827-2000

46. Operate Real Machinery at Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Ct, West Berlin, NJ 08091
For more information, please call (856) 768-1110

47. Take A Ride With Thomas The Train at The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
100 Elizabeth St, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
For more information, please call (877) 872-4674

48. Tip Your Hats at The Weekly Cowtown Rodeo
780 Harding Hwy, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
For more information, please call (856) 769-3000

49. For The Train Lover In Your Family, Spend The Day at The Model Railroad Layout and Museum at Northlandz
495 US-202, Flemington, NJ 08822
For more information, please call (908) 782-4022

50. Ride Go Karts at Pole Position Raceway
99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City, NJ 07305
For more information, please call (201) 333-7223

51. Learn How To Create Through Fire and Glass at GlassRoots
10 Bleeker St, Newark, NJ 07102
For more information, please call (973) 353-9555

52. Make new friends at the Cape May County Zoo
707 N. Rt. 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
For more information, call 609-465-9300

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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.