Friday, September 8, 2017

The Great Big List of Fall Day Trips in New Jersey and Beyond!

It's finally here! My great big list of Fall day trip ideas in New Jersey (and some beyond, too)! Fall is such a great time to get out and explore. There are so many things to do and places to visit. I've compiled this list of handy links, and I've included an interactive Google map, too. You can zoom in on it and click on each destination for more details. The map is printable, too!


You might've seen my Great Big List of Spring Break Day Trips and my Great Big List of Summer Day Trips. This list is similar, with some favorite Fall attractions added in. One of the nicest things to do in Autumn is go on nature walks, so this time I included a section of outdoor hiking ideas, too. Have an idea that's not on my list? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments section below!

Don't forget to scroll down to the interactive Google trip map!

Outdoor Autumn Day Trip Ideas

Please check with each individual venue for seasonal hours and operating times. Some are only open on weekends or during certain months in the Fall, so be sure to double check before venturing there! If I've visited or written a review of the trip listed below, then the link will lead to my post about the venue. 

The Pumpkin Sling - Wharton, NJ
Sussex County Sunflower Maze - Sandyston, NJ (open till September, possibly later)
Turtle Back Zoo - West Orange, NJ
Valley Shepherd Creamery - Long Valley, NJ
Bluebird Farm Alpacas - Peapack, NJ
Jersey Shore Alpacas - Cape May, NJ
Brookhollow's Barnyard - Boonton Township, NJ
Alstede Farms - Chester, NJ
Oasis Family Farm - Robbinsville, NJ
Cape May County Zoo - Cape May, NJ
Cohanzick Zoo - Bridgeton, NJ
Popcorn Park Zoo - Forked River, NJ
Howell Living History Farm - Lambertville, NJ
Waterloo Village - Stanhope, NJ
Wild West City - Stanhope, NJ
The Raptor Trust - Millington, NJ
Lakota Wolf Preserve - Columbia, NJ
Frelinghuysen Arboretum - Morris Township, NJ
Grounds for Sculpture - Hamilton, NJ
Sandy Hook Lighthouse - Sandy Hook, NJ
Duke Island Park - Hillsborough, NJ
Schaefer Farms - Flemington, NJ
Morey's Piers - Wildwood, NJ
Melick's Town Farm - Oldwick, NJ
Storybook Land - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Diggerland, USA - West Berlin, NJ
Conklin Farm - Montville, NJ
KidStreet Playground - Bridgewater, NJ
Wightman Farms - Morristown, NJ
Terhune Orchards - Princeton, NJ

Diggerland, USA - West Berlin, NJ

State Parks, Forests and Hiking Trails 

New Jersey is home to so many parks, hiking trails, and recreation areas. It would be impossible for me to list them all here, so I picked out a few favorites to share.

Round Valley Reservoir - Lebanon, NJ
Voorhees State Park - Clinton, NJ
Silas Condict Park - Kinnelon, NJ
Tourne Park - Denville, NJ
Tripod Rock and Pyramid Mountain - Boonton Township, NJ
The Great Swamp - Chatham Township, NJ
Allamuchy Mountain State Park - Hackettstown, NJ
Cheesequake State Park - Matawan, NJ
Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ
Stokes State Forest - Branchville, NJ
Wawayanda State Park - Hewitt, NJ
High Point State Park - Sussex, NJ

Handy link (find them all here!):


Merrill Creek Reservoir - Harmony Township, NJ

Indoor Autumn Day Trip Ideas

Rizzo's Wildlife World - Flanders, NJ
Morris Museum - Morristown, NJ
Jenkinson's Aquarium - Pt. Pleasant, NJ
Atlantic City Aquarium - Atlantic City, NJ
Lucy the Elephant - Margate, NJ (she's kind of indoor and outdoor!)
Montclair Art Museum - Montclair, NJ
Sterling Mining Museum - Ogdensburg, NJ
Insectropolis - Toms River, NJ
Northlandz Train Museum - Flemington, NJ
Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, NJ
Battleship NJ - Camden, NJ
Adventure Aquarium - Camden, NJ
Whippany Railway Museum - Hanover, NJ
Imagine That! - Florham Park, NJ (*under renovation until 11/2017)
Thomas Edison Center - Menlo Park, NJ
Newark Museum - Newark, NJ
Franklin Mineral Museum - Franklin, NJ
Garden State Discovery Museum - Cherry Hill, NJ
Old Barracks Museum - Trenton, NJ
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum - Wildwood, NJ
Medieval Times - Lyndhurst, NJ

Rizzo's Wildlife World - Flanders, NJ

Pennsylvania and New York Autumn Day Trips

Please check with each individual venue for seasonal hours and operating times. Some are only open on weekends or during certain months in the Fall, so be sure to double check before venturing there! If I've visited or written a review of the trip listed below, then the link will lead to my post about the venue. 

Pennsylvania

America on Wheels Auto Museum - Allentown, PA
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia - Plymouth Meeting, PA
Crayola Experience - Easton, PA
Dorney Park's The Haunt and Planet Snoopy - Allentown, PA
Mercer Museum - Doylestown, PA
DaVinci Science Center - Allentown, PA
Hersheypark (Hersheypark After Dark) - Hershey, PA
Hershey's Chocolate World - Hershey, PA
Hershey Gardens - Hershey, PA
ZooAmerica - Hershey, PA
The Hershey Story Museum - Hershey, PA
Roadside America - Shartlesville, PA
Crystal Cave - Kutztown, PA
Lost River Caverns - Hellertown, PA
Lehigh Valley Zoo - Shnecksville, PA
Philadelphia Zoo - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia, PA
The Franklin Institute - Philadelphia, PA
Sesame Place (The Count's Halloween Spooktacular) - Langhorne, PA
Kids Castle Playground - Doylestown, PA
Carousel Village - Wrightstown, PA
Knoebel's - Elysburg, PA
Dutch Wonderland - Lancaster County, PA

Sesame Place - The Count's Halloween Spooktacular - Langhorne, PA

New York

One World Observatory - New York, NY
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum - New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) - Queens, NY
Children's Museum of Manhattan - New York, NY
New York Botanical Garden - Brooklyn, NY
Bronx Zoo - Bronx, NY
Central Park Zoo - New York, NY
New York Aquarium - Brooklyn, NY
Long Island Aquarium - Riverhead, NY
Coney Island - Brooklyn, NY
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum - New York, NY
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - New York, NY
LEGOLAND Discovery Center - Westchester, NY
American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
American Girl Place - New York, NY
The Ride NYC - New York, NY
The Guggenheim - New York, NY

One World Observatory - New York, NY

How to work the interactive map: 

Click on the map to view locations. You can zoom in or out, or click on each location to view website link. All locations are marked with a dark red tree icon. The green tree icons are the state parks, hiking, and reservoir locations. If you click on the small square symbol at the top left of the map, you can view a drop down list of all locations on the map. The map is shareable and printable, too!



Happy Fall, y'all!

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