91 #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, and go-karting. Sit back, relax and let us help you plan your next #NJMOM adventure.

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Aquariums in New Jersey

New Jersey is home to lots of sea critters and friends. Have you checked out the touch tanks at Jenkinson’s Aquarium? Here are a few of our favorites. For a full list of NJ Aquariums click here.

We got no troubles, life is the bubbles! At Jenkinson’s Aquarium ?

Come face to face with beautiful sea creatures at Adventure Aquarium

Meet the ocean’s strange and bizarre creatures at Atlantic City Aquarium

Museums in New Jersey

There are so many museums to choose from in NJ – from a bugs museum to science or battleships. Here are a few that you cannot miss. Click here for a full list of NJ Museums.

Bugs, bugs, and more bugs at Insectropolis ?

Science lovers, readers and imagination explorers alike will enjoy a day at The Garden State Discovery Museum

Check out the exciting exhibits at Liberty Science Center, including the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and Giant Dome Theater 

Experience history at The Battleship New Jersey

For the train lover in your family, visit the Model Railroad Layout and Museum at Northlandz

Go for a tour of The Sterling Hill Mines

Look for the big dipper in Newark Museum‘s planetarium

Travel back to the 1940s at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Blast off in a Friendship 7 capsule in Monmouth Museum‘s Space Exhibition

Dance through the decades in The Jersey Explorer‘s Jukebox Timeline Cafe

Throw a fastpitch and track your speed at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center 

Witness railroad history at the Whippany Railway Museum

Meet the dinosaurs that fly at New Jersey State Museum‘s Dinosaurs at Dusk exhibit

Zoos in New Jersey

Did you know there are over 10 Zoos in New Jersey? Some of our faves are below. Click here for a full list of NJ Zoos.

Enjoy the rope course, go zip lining, and play with the underwater buddies at The Turtle Back Zoo

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Make new friends at the Cape May County Zoo

Get up close and personal with wolves at The Lakota Wolf Preserve

Feed the animals popcorn at The Popcorn Park Zoo 

Get up close and personal with falcons, hawks, eagles, and owls at The Raptor Trust

Laugh with the hyenas at Space Farms Zoo and Museum

Interact with wild animals at an indoor zoo at Rizzo’s Wildlife World 

Piers & Boardwalks in New Jersey

Relax in the Lazy River while the kids splash around at Breakwater Beach & Casino Pier

Calling all thrill seekers! Head over to the Cliff Dive slide at Morey’s Piers and Water Parks

Soar 1000 feet over the ocean at Steel Pier, Atlantic City’s oldest theme park

Visit the Sweet Shop, soak up the sun, and stay for fireworks on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk 

Race go-karts or relax at Playland’s Castaway Cove

Take a relaxing ride on the ferris wheel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier

Attractions in New Jersey

Feast on funnel cakes or hop on the rides at Fantasy Island Park 

Plan a day trip for rides and a waterpark at The Land of Make Believe

Try the Crazy Submarine or the Frog Hopper at Bowcraft Amusement Park

Take a ride on a pirate ship at Jersey Shore Pirate Adventures 

Enjoy a day of fairytale fun at Storybook Land

Go on rides, visit the water park, or see the animals at The Safari at Great Adventure

Ahoy matey! Join in on the fun at Blackbeard’s Cave Family Entertainment Center

Watch a jousting match during dinner at Medieval Times

Jump your worries away at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Ocean

Fun for the whole family at iPlay America

Get moving at The FunPlex

Soar above the earth with Have Balloon Will Travel

Slide down a mountainous waterslide at Mountain Creek (Action Park)

Operate real machinery at Diggerland USA

Take a ride with Thomas the Train at The Delaware River Railroad Excursions

Ride go-karts at Pole Position Raceway

Feast on delicious boardwalk food and ride the exciting rides at Keansburg Amusement Park

Have a rootin’ tootin’ time with the family at Wild West City

Go 90 million years back in time with the dinos at Field Station: Dinosaurs

Waterparks in New Jersey

Look out for sharks at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Get wet n’ wild at the many waterpark thrill rides at OC Water Park

Plunge, dive, and slide at Runaway Rapids 

Water lovers and land lovers unite at the arcade and waterpark at Coco Key Water Resort

Unpack hidden treasures at Raging Waters Waterpark

Sports Venues

Bring the kids to their first baseball game at Lakewood BlueClaws’ First Energy Park

Enjoy a Major League Soccer match at Red Bulls Arena 

Catch a concert or NFL game at Metlife Stadium

Gardens in New Jersey

Wander through 96 acres of beautiful gardens at New Jersey Botanical Garden

Take in the beautiful gardens and scenery at The Sayen Park Botanical Garden and House

Farms in New Jersey

Nature walks, biking and photography, Oh My! at Duke Farms

Visit or attend a class at Paws Farm Nature Center

Nature & Hiking in New Jersey

Go crabbing, fishing, or kayaking at Whale Creek Marina

Play on the playgrounds or take a walk back in time at Allaire State Park

Take a hike on the wild side at the many NJ points of The Appalachian Mountain Trail 

Enjoy whale watching in Cape May

Work together on the water at Micks Pine Barrens Canoeing and Kayaking

Go tubing on The Delaware River

Join a fishing trip with The Bonanza II

Spend 4 hours fishing with the Cape May Lady

Paddleboard on The Monksville Reservoir

Cruise the river with Paddle Out in Manasquan

Take a trip on The Silver Bullet – The World’s Largest Speedboat and go dolphin watching

Take the whole family to a class at Lorrimer Sanctuary

At the Cape May Bird Observatory, enjoy bird-related activities and educational programs

Other

Tip your hats at The Weekly Cowtown Rodeo

Spend the weekend relaxing at The Crystal Springs Resort

Strap on your roller skates at Deptford Skating and Fun Center

Learn how to create through fire and glass at GlassRoot

Catch a movie under the stars at Delsea Drive-In Theater

Visit YESTERcades for a unique gaming experience

Climb to new heights at NJ Rock Gym

Walk around historic Batsto Village

Nearby/Outside NJ

Meet Elmo and all your favorite characters at Sesame Place

Color your world at the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA

Spoil the kids with (Hershey) kisses at Hershey Park

Take a train ride through the amusement park at Adventureland

Ride the coasters or take the plunge at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Hold on tight for the Coney Island Cyclone at Luna Park

Visit the world famous Wonder Wheel, an inspiration for others like it, at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Twirl in the teacups at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, the only one in Queens!

Make discoveries at Exploration Island in Dutch Wonderland

Hop on the classic swing set at Victorian Gardens in Central Park

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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