The Great Big List of Spring Break DayTrips (in New Jersey and Beyond!)

Monday, March 11, 2024
Looking for Spring Break travel ideas this year? Wondering where to visit in the wonderful state of New Jersey (and its surrounding areas)? Well, here's a list of over 50 of the best New Jersey day trips, as well as an interactive map to help you find them.

**This post has been updated for 2024! Please remember to visit websites or call ahead before visiting for exact operational dates and hours.

I'm always updating and adding to this post, so be sure to Pin it for future reference!

Remember, each destination has different hours of operation, so be sure to call ahead or check each website to make sure they are open when you plan to attend. Oh, and these locations are in no particular order, so pay no mind if your favorite venue is at the bottom of the list. They're ALL winners in my book! If I visited or reviewed one of these locations, I linked it to my post, since that also includes a link to the venue itself. So in some of these links you'll also find a handy-dandy review!

**Please call ahead or visit the websites before making your trip. Admission prices vary and so do operating hours. Some require advanced reservations or only open seasonally.

1.  Turtle Back Zoo - West Orange, NJ
2.  Van Saun Park and Bergen County Zoo - Paramus, NJ
3.  Jersey Shore Alpacas - Cape May, NJ (by appointment only)
4.  Morris Museum - Morristown, NJ
5.  Frelinghuysen Arboretum - Morris Township, NJ
6.  Grounds for Sculpture - Hamilton, NJ
7.  Popcorn Park Zoo - Forked River, NJ
8.  Insectropolis - Toms River, NJ
9.  FLG X Adventure Course - Ledgewood, NJ
10. Adventure Aquarium - Camden, NJ
11. Wild West City - Netcong, NJ (opening for the season May 4th)
12. Imagine That! - Florham Park, NJ 
13. Brookhollow's Barnyard - Boonton Township, NJ (opening for the season in May, egg hunt in April)
14. Nickelodeon Universe and DreamWorks Waterpark at American Dream - East Rutherford, NJ 
15. Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, NJ
16. Jenkinson's Aquarium - Point Pleasant, NJ
17. The Raptor Trust - Millington, NJ
18. iPlay America - Freehold, NJ
19. Storybook Land - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
20. Montclair Art Museum - Montclair, NJ
21. Duke Island Park - Hillsborough, NJ
22. Merrill Creek Reservoir - Harmony, NJ 
23. Lucy the Elephant - Margate, NJ 
24. Lambert Castle Museum - Paterson, NJ
25. Cape May County Zoo - Cape May, NJ
26. Thomas Edison Center & Museum - Menlo Park, NJ
27. Diggerland USA - West Berlin, NJ
28. Big Kahuna's Water Park - West Berlin, NJ 
29. Sterling Mining Museum - Ogdensburg, NJ 
30. Lakota Wolf Preserve - Columbia, NJ (online reservations required)
31. Waterloo Village - Stanhope, NJ
32. Battleship New Jersey - Camden, NJ (battleship is undergoing maintenance and is temporarily closed. They hope to reopen in June)
33. RVCC Planetarium - Branchburg, NJ 
34. New Jersey State Museum - Trenton, NJ 
35. Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ (opens March 16th)
36. Newark Museum - Newark, NJ 
37. Franklin Mineral Museum - Franklin, NJ (opens April 3rd - check their Facebook page for updates)
38. Whippany Railway Museum - Whippany, NJ (open for select dates, check schedule)
39. Space Farms Zoo and Museum - Wantage, NJ (opens in May)
40. Northlandz Train Museum - Flemington, NJ
41. Howell Living History Farm - Lambertville, NJ
42. Tuckerton Seaport - Tuckerton, NJ
43. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms - Parsippany, NJ 
44. The Great Swamp Experience - Somerset County, NJ 
45. Field Station Dinosaurs - Leonia, NJ (reopening for the season May 25th)
46. Medieval Times - Lyndhurst, NJ 
47. Adventure Golf and Entertainment - Jackson, NJ
48. Clementon Park and Splash World - Clementon, NJ (opens May 25th)
49. Hacklebarney State Park - Chester, NJ
50. Sandy Hook Lighthouse - Sandy Hook, NJ
54. American Dream - East Rutherford, NJ (Angry Birds mini golf, mirror mazes, shopping, food)
55. Tac Ops Tactical Laser Tag - Florham Park and Fairfield, NJ

But wait, there's more! Scroll below for some Spring Break destinations outside the state of New Jersey! Or, use my interactive map for an easy way to find these recommended sites! Zoom in, zoom out, or click on the pink Spring flower icons to have a closer look.


55. Hersheypark - Hershey, PA
56. Hershey Gardens - Hershey, PA
57. Hershey Story Museum - Hershey, PA
58. Hershey's Chocolate World - Hershey, PA
59. Lost River Caverns - Hellertown, PA
60. Sesame Place - Langhorne, PA
61. Crystal Cave - Kutztown, PA
62. The Franklin Institute - Philadelphia, PA
63. DaVinci Science Center - Allentown, PA
64. America on Wheels Auto Museum - Allentown, PA
65. Crayola Experience - Easton, PA
66.Kids Castle Playground - Doylestown, PA
67. Legoland Discovery Center - Philadelphia, PA
68. Philadelphia Zoo - Philadelphia, PA
69. Lehigh Valley Zoo - Schnecksville, PA
70. Dorney Park and Planet Snoopy - Allentown, PA (opening May 2022)
72. Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum - New York, NY
73. One World Observatory (Freedom Tower)- New York, NY
74. American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
75. New York Aquarium - Brooklyn, NY
76. Central Park Zoo - New York, NY
77. Bronx Zoo - Bronx, NY
78. Long Island Aquarium - Riverhead, NY
79. Madame Tussaud's New York, NY 
80. Turkey Hill Experience - Columbia, PA
81. AACA Auto Museum - Hershey, PA
82. The Vessel at Hudson Yards - New York, NY

Happy Spring!!


  1. You are amazing!!! When do you sleep? I love your blog.

    1. Funny you should mention that- I have had a twitch in my left eye for over a week now and I think it is from lack of sleep. lol THANK YOU for reading and commenting. That makes the eye twitch worth it because at least I know someone special out there read my post! ;)

  2. I love this!! I will be stalking this list over the next few weeks!


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