200 Route 94
Carved out of a mountainside, the park excels in offering steeper and more thrilling slides. Several attractions are designed with the younger set in mind and maintain maximum height restrictions. Enjoy everything from extreme rides to Half-Pint Harbor at this versatile warm-weather fun park.
Craigmeur Recreation Complex
1175 Green Pond Road
Once a downhill ski area, this recreational complex is emerging as a favored picnic and recreation site for families, reunions, parties, teambuilding, and local business functions.
Floyd Hall Ice Arena
1 Hall Drive
Little Falls 973-746-7744
This ice-skating and hockey rink features more than 800 seats for spectators and offers a pro shop, arcade room, rentals, and concessions.
Hollydell Ice Arena
601 Hollydell Drive
Enjoy public skating, figure skating, and ice hockey at this center with two ice rinks, one Olympic size and the other a National Hockey league regulation rink.
Land of Make Believe & Pirates Cove
354 Great Meadows Road-Route 611
New Jersey’s premier family water and amusement park offers an award-winning facility that caters to children of all ages.
New Jersey State Fair
Sussex County Fairgrounds
Famous throughout the Skylands Region of New Jersey, this ten-day extravaganza is truly one of the premier family activities of the year. Everything from farm tractor pulls and demo-derby’s to top-flight national entertainment, home-baked goods, exotic food, thrill rides, and exhibits are part of the fun.
Lewis Morris County Park
Grand Parade Road and Sugarloaf Road
Surrounded by vast natural beauty and sports and recreational facilities and amenities, the park is home to several elaborate playgrounds that were donated by the Saturn automobile manufacturing company.
Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Drive
Bringing the excitement of the Old West to the Northeast, Wild West City is a place where stagecoach robberies are a daily occurrence and kids can visit a petting zoo or pan for gold. Enjoy live action shows and special events that frequently change including stunt and fast-draw shows.
William G. Mennen Sports Arena
161 Hanover Avenue
Expanding over the years to add three ice surfaces, the arena is a complete ice-skating and hockey center that offers public sessions, group lessons, hockey clinics, figure skating clubs, and hosts parties.
BIG APPLE ATTRACTIONS
Families in New Jersey have the advantage of living in close proximity to some of the nations finest museums and most celebrated attractions. The following list is just a sample of the many venues, sites, and amusements that give the city its international reputation for excitement.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th
New York City 212-769-5100
The Bronx Zoo & Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
Carnegie Hall Family Concerts
57th Street and 7th Avenue
New York 212-247-7800
Childrens Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd Street
New York City 212-721-1223
New York Harbor
New York 212-363-3200
Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum
Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York City 212-245-0072
New York Aquarium
602 Surf Avenue
New York City Fire Museum
278 Spring Street
New York City 212-691-1303
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street
New York 212-621-6600
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York 212-423-3587
South Street Seaport & Museum
199 Water Street
New York City 212-732-8257
Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center
170 Longview Road
Far Hills 973-326-7600
More than 100 acres encompass fields, woodlands, and a formal garden designed by Mrs. Hutcheson, one of the first women in the nation to be trained as a landscape architect.
Bergen County Zoological Park
Van Saun Park
216 Forest Avenue
Train Ride 201-262-3771
Pony Rides 201-262-3771
More than 300 animals representing 80 species from North and South America are on display in habitats that offer delightful features like the boardwalk that meanders through the aviary.
The Black River & Western Railroad
13 Stangl Road
Running from Ringoes to Flemington, the railroad is a wonderful way for the entire family to see rural Hunterdon County and enjoy special events.
Buehler Challenger & Science Center
Bergen Community College
400 County Road 62
Part of a nationwide program established by the family of Challenger 51-L astronauts, the center takes advantage of simulation techniques in its programming and offers two-hour space mission simulations as well as other programs.
Echo Lake Stables
55 Blakely Lane
Choose from a wide range of equestrian experiences that include trail rides, night rides, lessons, hayrides, and pony rides for the younger set.
Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center
200 Pottersville Road
Chester Township 973-326-7600
Enjoy a looping trail through one of the fields for a closer look at the various plants, birds, and animals that call the meadow home. A stately hardwood forest features trails that wind down through a breathtaking Eastern Hemlock forest to the edge of the Black River.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Road
This living, working farm serves an educational purpose by using the tools, techniques, and materials of a turn-of-the-century agricultural operation. General Joseph Warren Revere, grandson of Paul Revere, bought the property in the mid-1800s and built the impressive Gothic Revival home.
353 East Hanover Avenue
More than a park, the arboretum invites guests to stroll through the woodlands, meadows, beautiful gardens, and distinctive collections of trees and shrubs that surround a magnificent Colonial Revival mansion.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
247 Southern Boulevard
Formed 15,000 years ago when the melting waters of the Wisconsin Glacier poured into the natural basin known as the Passaic Valley, this area blends marshes, meadows, dry woods, and brush-covered swamps. Visitors will be delighted with the abundance of wildlife at this botanic and zoological resource center.
Heaven Hill Farm
451 State Route 94
Seasonal and holiday events for children highlight this working farm that offers fresh produce, nursery items, and old-fashioned fun.
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
The opportunity for families with children under 12 to learn about art and self-expression in a fun and educational atmosphere includes programs from October through July. Classes for various age groups begin with five year olds and include adults.
Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mount Pleasant Road
Peerless photo and nature-study opportunities focus on Tundra, Timber, and Arctic wolves at this unusual reserve.
Legends Riding Stable
153 State Route 94
Close to the Vernon Valley resorts, this equestrian facility encourages the entire family to saddle up for scenic trail rides through panoramic countryside.
Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City 201-200-1000
Interactive exhibits and activities, 3D laser shows, IMAX theater productions, and interactive field trips are just a ferry ride from Ellis Island the Statue of Liberty.
The Nature Center & Observatory
Rifle Camp Road
Woodland Park 973-523-0024
This active center offers programs and activities for all ages and interests, including children’s workshops that cover a variety of topics. Exhibits include the Bird Blind, the Observatory, and an operating Seismograph that is continually measuring earthquake activity throughout the world.
495 U.S. Highway 202 South
Tour a miniature world, see a 94-room dollhouse mansion, ride a 2/3-scale steam replica train ride, and visit the doll museum.
Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center
605 Pequest Road
This outstanding fish hatchery in Warren County offers educational videos, hiking trails, a picnic area, self-guided tours and an indoor hall with hands-on interactive exhibits. Three hiking trails traverse a wildlife management area of 4,000 acres and visitors are allowed to feed the fish in some locations.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 Route 519
Nature and history converge at this wonderful zoo and museum with more than 100 acres of serene countryside.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant Street
The state’s only underground mine tour offers an educational experience that include an informative presentation at a world-famous zinc mine.
155 Tomahawk Trail
This family-oriented recreational facility offers an 18-acre lake, kiddie water world, a white-sand beach, water rides, bumper and paddle boats, miniature golf, games, refreshments, weekend entertainment, and picnic areas.
Turtle Back Zoo
Zoological Society of New Jersey
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange 973-731-5800
This country zoo is home to a wide range of animals and attractions. Families can assist the zoo in its work by adopting an animal to support one of the zoo’s residents or buying annual passes so they can visit frequently at a very affordable price.
New Jersey Naval Museum
78 River Street
Children will want to return frequently to the USS Ling for special programs designed to capture the imagination of the younger set, including overnight stays on the submarine or planned special events like birthday parties.
300 Longview Road
Chester Township 973-326-7600
More than 130 acres of rolling farmland is home to more than 3,500 kinds of native and exotic plants, many of which are rare. Both wild and cultivated plantings are visible on self-guided tours in this area that blends undisturbed forest with oak, maple, willow, magnolia, lilac, cherry, fir, pine, and a superb specimen of Dawn Redwood.
KIDS & CULTURE
Showtime for Families
Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan New Jersey
Maurice Levin Theater
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange 973-736-3200
Don’t miss this festival of theater, dance, and song for young people, their parents and friends.
Williams Center Children’s Theatre
Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza
In addition to its full line up of cultural events, the center offers a delightful children’s theatre series.
Young Audiences of New Jersey
Performance Locations Vary
The state’s largest, most renowned arts-in-education organization also provides performances and workshops.