100+ Family-Friendly Day Trips and Weekend Getaways in Central NJ and Beyond

Need to escape your daily routine? Getting out of town for a day (or 2) may not be a vacation, but might put you in vacation mode for a few hours or a few days. So load the kids into the car for a family adventure! Here are over 100 family-friendly day trip ideas in Central NJ and beyond. Need longer than a day trip? We even included some places that are better suited for a weekend getaway. With hectic schedules and limited vacation days, taking a road trip may be just what your family needs!

Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ)
Adventureland (Farmingdale, NY)
American Girl Place (New York, NY)
American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)
Atlantic City Aquarium (Atlantic City, NJ)
Asbury Hotel (Asbury Park, NJ)
Battleship New Jersey (Camden, NJ)
Bergen County Zoological Park (Paramus, NJ)
Bronx Zoo (Bronx, NY)
Bushkill Falls (Bushkill, PA)
Camden Children’s Garden (Camden, NJ)
Camelback Resort (Tannersville, NJ)
Cape May County Park & Zoo (Cape May, NJ)
Cape May Whale Watcher (Cape May, NJ)
Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburg, PA)
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark (Seaside Heights, NJ)
Central Park Zoo (New York, NY)
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York, NY)
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises (New York, NY)
Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park (Lake Ariel, PA)
Coco Keys Water Park (Mount Laurel, NJ)
Cohanzick Zoo (Bridgeton, NJ)
Congress Hall (Cape May, NJ)
Crayola Experience (Easton, PA) Get a discount.
Crystal Springs Resort (Sussex, NJ)
Delaware River Family Campground (Columbia, NJ)
Diggerland (West Berlin, NJ)
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Allentown, PA) Get a FREE Pre-K Pass
Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park (Lancaster, PA)
Eagleswood Amusement Park (Staffordville, NJ)
Elmwood Park Zoo (Norristown, PA)
Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge, NY)
Fantasy Island Park (Beach Haven, NJ)
Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Franklin Mineral Museum (Franklin, NJ)
Garden State Discovery Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Giggleberry Fair (Lahaska, PA)
Grand Hotel (Cape May, NJ)
Great Wolf Lodge (Pocono Mountains, PA)
Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Hardcore Paintball Arena (Bound Brook, NJ)
Hershey Park (Hershey, PA)
Hershey Story Museum (Hershey, PA)
High Point State Park (Sussex, NJ)
Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ)
Imagine That (Florham Park, NJ)
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (New York, NY)
iFLY King of Prussia (Philadelphia, PA)
iPlay America (Freehold, NJ)
Insectropolis (Toms River, NJ)
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk & Aquarium (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ)
Kalahari Resorts (Pocono Mountains, PA)
Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark (Keansburg, NJ)
Kids Castle at Doylestown’s Central Park (Doylestown, PA)
Knoebels Amusement Park Resort (Elysburg, PA)
Lakota Wolf Preserve (Columbia, NJ)
Land of Make Believe (Hope, NJ)
Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ)
Legoland Discovery Center (Philadelphia, NJ)
M&M World (New York, NY)
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown, NJ)
Madame Tussauds New York Celebrity Wax Museum (New York, NY)
Medieval Times (Lyndhurst, NJ)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Montclair Art Museum (Montclair, NJ)
Monmouth Museum (Middletown, NJ)
Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks (Wildwood, NJ)
Morris Museum (Morris, NJ)
Mountain Creek (Vernon, NJ)
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Madison, NJ)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Newark Museum (Newark, NJ)
New Jersey State Museum (Trenton, NJ)
New York Aquarium (Bronx, NY)
Northlandz  (Flemington, NJ)
Ocean City Waterpark (Ocean City, NJ)
Philadelphia Zoo (Philadelphia, PA)
Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, PA)
Pocono Mountain Adventures (East Stroudsburg, NJ)
Popcorn Park Zoo (Forked River, NJ)
Prospect Park Zoo (Brooklyn, NY)
Queens Zoo (Corona, NY)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  (Atlantic City, NJ)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (New York, NY)
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort (Highland, NY)
Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Waterpark (West Berlin, NJ) Use promo code “MommyhoodSplash” for a Sahara Sam’s discount using this link.
Sesame Place (Langhorne, PA)
Shawnee Inn (Shawnee on Delaware, PA)
Silver Birches Resort (Hawley, PA)
Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari (Jackson, NJ)
Skylands Stadium (Augusta, NJ)
Skytop Lodge (Skytop, PA)
Space Farms Zoo & Museum (Sussex, NJ)
SplashDown Beach Water Park (Fishkill, NY)
Somerset Patriots (Bridgewater, NJ)
Split Rock Resort (Lake Harmony, PA)
Statue of Liberty (New York, NY)
Storybook Land (Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
Strasburg Rail Road (Ronks, PA)
The Turkey Hill Experience (Columbia, PA)
Thomas Land (Carver, MA)
Tomahawk Lake Waterpark (Sparta Township, NJ)
Turtleback Zoo (West Orange, NJ)
Woodloch Resort (Hawley, PA)

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