Traveling with the family over summer vacation can be somewhat of a challenge. It’s hard to find somewhere to go that will keep you all entertained, and if you have little ones you don’t want to travel too far. We were looking for a new place to check out and decided to do some research on vacationing in New Jersey. Here are six things you should try to do while in New Jersey with your family.
Go to Six Flags Great Adventure
One of the first things you should do when you are in New Jersey with the family is visit Six Flags Great Adventure. It’s a fantastic amusement park for the whole family – a full day of fun! The park is split into 11 different themed areas, with three being suitable for little ones. They have some massive roller coasters for thrill seekers to enjoy including Kingda Ka, which launches you from 0 to 128 mph in less than 3 seconds. There are also some slower rides, as well as shows throughout the day that are suitable for the whole family. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy too! Add to that a water park and a safari – that there will be something for everyone in the family. Find out more on their site about prices and opening times.
Go boating in Lake Hopatcong
Another thing you should definitely do with your family in New Jersey is go boating in Lake Hopatcon. It’s a great way to spend some quality time together. If you head to the marina, you will be able to hire a boat so you can get out on the lake with your family. You can get some great photos too! If water sports are your thing, they offer water skiing and waterboarding. OR you could just walk around and check out the area. A lot of the restaurants have beautiful views over the lake.
Go the beach at Cape May
You may have heard of the show Jersey Shore, but New Jersey has over 50 resort cities you should visit. Cape May is one of the oldest and most popular seashore resorts and draws people from around the world. It’s ideal for families as you can catch some sun rays, while the kids play in the sand and swim in the sea. There are some great shops to peruse, along with many restaurants to choose from.
As this article reveals, Wildwood is also an excellent beach resort area you should try to visit with the family. They have the largest kite-flying event every year! You should also try and catch a movie on the beach if you can. A lot of the top beaches in New Jersey tend to show films in the summer at night time. It’s a unique experience your family will never forget.
Go to the Adventure Aquarium
Another fun thing to do with your family when you visit New Jersey is to go to the Adventure Aquarium. If your family loves to look at fish, they will love this aquarium which has more than 8,500 aquatic species in total for them to take a look at. It has some of the largest sharks on the East Coast, and crazy enough it’s the only aquarium in the world to have hippos in there! There is also a penguin island with 15 African penguins. Another reason why it’s great for families is there are so many hands-on activities in there for kids to get involved in. They can have fun and learn some fun facts too. Book tickets on their website beforehand as you may get a discount if you buy before the day!
Go sightseeing at Liberty State Park
You should also consider sightseeing with your family while you are in New Jersey. It’s an excellent way to learn about the area, and it will be educational for your kids. One of the top places you can go to when sightseeing is the Liberty State Park. There is so much to see and do including going on the Liberty Walkway. You can see fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and can visit them on a ferry ride. You can also go to the Liberty Science Center, which is a large interactive science museum. There are exhibits on skyscrapers, wildlife, and human communication which your kids can get involved in. If you need any transportation to get around while sightseeing, you should book a charter bus in New Jersey for your travels. It’s less busy than other transportion, and will ensure you get safely to your specific destinations.
Go see the animals at the Popcorn Park Zoo
One more thing you must do is see the animals at the Popcorn Park Zoo. It’s great if your family love animals as there are so many to see. The animals are rescued, so the zoo relies on the proceeds to care for the animals and to save more animals! The zoo has everything from mountain lions to camels. And as the title suggests, there is some great popcorn to buy for the family too (my personal favorite snack).
Remember to make sure you get some good food while you are traveling in New Jersey with your family. The food is delicious there, and there are so many good restaurants to try across the area. Also, remember to make sure you have packed everything you need take with you on the family break!
Have you vacationed in New Jersey? Have any other recommendations I can add to my list?