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

Monday, April 5, 2021
Planning a staycation for Spring Break 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 2021! Please remember to visit websites or call ahead before visiting, since each venue might have their own set of rules/regulations for visiting at this time. 

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!

**Note that many of these venues may have new opening dates and safety protocols to follow. Many require advanced reservations to visit. PLEASE call ahead or visit the websites before making your trip! If the venue is temporarily closed I tried to note this next to the link (if permanently closed, the link has been removed).

1.  Turtle Back Zoo - West Orange, NJ
2.  Van Saun Park and Bergen County Zoo - Paramus, NJ
3.  Jersey Shore Alpacas - Cape May, NJ
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.  Rizzo's Wildlife World - Flanders, NJ (open by reservation only- check website)
9.  Camden Children's Garden - Camden, NJ
10. Adventure Aquarium - Camden, NJ
11. Wild West City - Netcong, NJ
12. Imagine That! - Florham Park, NJ (open for advanced tickets and private events- check site)
13. Brookhollow's Barnyard - Boonton Township, NJ
14. Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch - Hackettstown, NJ (permanently closed)
15. Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, NJ
16. Jenkinson's Aquarium - Point Pleasant, NJ
17. The Raptor Trust - Millington, NJ (temporarily closed) 
18. Insectropolis - Toms River, NJ (temporarily closed)
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. Sahara Sam's Oasis - West Berlin, NJ (online reservations required)
29. Sterling Mining Museum - Ogdensburg, NJ (temporarily closed)
30. Lakota Wolf Preserve - Columbia, NJ
31. Waterloo Village - Stanhope, NJ
32. Battleship New Jersey - Camden, NJ (open weekends)
33. RVCC Planetarium - Branchburg, NJ (temporarily closed)
34. New Jersey State Museum - Trenton, NJ (temporarily closed)
35. Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ (reopening in March- also laser light drive-thru and wildlife drive thru available)
36. Newark Museum - Newark, NJ (temporarily closed)
37. Franklin Mineral Museum - Franklin, NJ (temporarily closed)
38. Whippany Railway Museum - Whippany, NJ (temporarily closed)
39. Space Farms Zoo and Museum - Wantage, NJ
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 (temporarily closed)
44.Garden State Discovery Museum - Cherry Hill, NJ (temporarily closed)
45. Field Station Dinosaurs - Leonia, NJ (reopening May 2021)
46. Medieval Times - Lyndhurst, NJ (temporarily closed)
47. Atlantic City Aquarium - Atlantic City, NJ (temporarily closed)
48. Clementon Park and Splash World - Clementon, NJ (permanently closed)
49. Hacklebarney State Park - Chester, NJ
50. Sandy Hook Lighthouse - Sandy Hook, NJ
54. American Dream - Secaucus, 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. Roadside America - Shartlesville, PA (permanently closed)
67. Kids Castle Playground - Doylestown, PA
68. Legoland Discovery Center - Philadelphia, PA
69. Philadelphia Zoo - Philadelphia, PA
70. Lehigh Valley Zoo - Schnecksville, PA
71. Dorney Park and Planet Snoopy - Allentown, PA (opening May 2021)
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. Legoland Discovery Center Westchester - Yonkers, 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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