Arts & Entertainment

Fun Spring Break Day Trip Ideas for New Jersey

432e6288f8f0bf1b102a_88ec72ac2f100c521374_Family_Fun.jpg
432e6288f8f0bf1b102a_88ec72ac2f100c521374_Family_Fun.jpg

NEW JERSEY - Thanks to social media, it's possible to keep up with friends and family that are spending spring break in cool places like Cancun and Disney. However, don't let Facebook and Instagram posts cause a wave of depression and despair. Many others can't venture far from home either due to work, high school sports or financial reasons. Yet, that doesn't mean that spring break fun can't be had. Thankfully, New Jersey is home to a boat load of family-friendly day trip ideas.

Rainy day? Not a problem. There's plenty of indoor stuff to do in the Garden State when the weather doesn't cooperate. Here's a small sampling:

  • Movies are a great way to spend a rainy or blustery afternoon. The hot one for kids this week is Disney's "Zootopia."
  • The Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant is the perfect spot for little ones. It the weather cooperates enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk afterwards. The Adventure Aquarium in Camden is a better choice for families with varying ages since there's something for everyone.
  • Explore the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. This is an awesome place for a day trip. Liberty State Park, with ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, is nearby as well. Check the Statue of Liberty website for availability.
  • Get artsy with a visit to the Zimmerli Art Museum on the campus of Rutgers Univeristy in New Brunswick or the Princeton University Art Museum.

A lighthouse excursion is a fun way to spend a day and works rain or shine. New Jersey has several to choose from.

Sign Up for E-News

When a glorious spring day presents itself, grab the kids and head out for a hike, bike ride or to explore a state park. Remember, the beach is free this time of year too. While the water is chilly, there's still plenty to do on the sand. Some great shore towns with entertaining downtowns that are hopping year-round are Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Spring Lake, Bradley Beach and Cape May.

Hikers and bikers will love exploring the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail. This is 70 miles of New Jersey scenery at its finest. Pack a lunch and wander. Princeton, Griggstown and Rocky Hill are picture perfect spots to pick up the trail and have small inlets for parking as well.

The Gateway National Recreation Area in the Highlands is another awesome destination for outdoor lovers. When summer comes, it's swamped. In the spring, it is a haven for fishermen, bikers, bird-watchers, runners, walkers and beach-goers. Leave time to climb the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and check out Fort Hancock.

New Jersey is also home to some wonderful downtowns with quaint shops and yummy eateries. Pick a new one to discover. While the list really is too large to narrow, Montclair, Morristown, Red Bank, Lambertville, Princeton and Cranbury will definitely delight.

Animal lovers may want to spend a little time at the Cape May Zoo. It's free. They only ask for a small donation before entering the adjacent park. The Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange is another ideal day trip destination as is the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township.

Staycation? Who says they have to be boring? Don't let spring break pass by without venturing out to at least one Garden State gem. Happy spring!

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Milltown/Spotswood

Saint Peter's Fights Against Fatal Cardiac Arrests on the Playing Field

February 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a particular Tuesday evening, Jim Fisher stood in front of a group of coaches and doctors at the newly ​-​ renovated, start-of-the-art simulation center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Jim’s son, Sean, died in Aug ​just​ 2008, as a result of an undetected heart defect. He was just about to turn 13. The two and their family are ...

Big Little Railroad Shop in Somerville Runs Out of Steam; Store Closing

February 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Big Little Railroad Shop, an iconic retail store for 27 years and a fixture on Main Street most of those years has run out of steam.

The hobby shop for serious model railroaders, which first opened in 1991, is selling out its inventory at reduced prices, and will close its doors at 63 W. Main St. for the final time on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Owner Jen Lush and her ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, February 19

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, February 22, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mnozil Brass

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 25, 11:00 AM

East Brunswick Jewish Center, East Brunswick

PurimFest

Author Donates Portion Of Sales To Equestrian Aid Foundation

February 18, 2018

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Author Shane Ledyard will donate a portion of the paperback sales of his latest book, “Sycamore Whispers,” to the Equestrian Aid Foundation through February.

Equestrian Aid Foundation provides financial assistance to horse people from all corners of the U.S. equestrian world who are facing catastrophic injury or illness.

Purchase “Sycamore ...

Travels Spotlight - Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

February 18, 2018

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure.  Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However on rare occasions, we do have to report on heart breaking stories.  It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea.  Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...