The Top Places to Go Camping in New Jersey

Best Places to Go Camping In New Jersey

Going camping in New Jersey can be tons of fun for the whole family. It’s a great way to spend time with the kids, disconnect from the phone and the internet, and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Thankfully, there are a ton of camping places to chose from throughout the state. Let’s take a peek at the best places to go camping in New Jersey.

 Round Valley Recreation Area

This super remote camping spot is only accessible by boat or by hiking to the camping ground. It’s about a 3-mile walk/hike to the spot, but it is totally worth it. The grounds overlook the beautiful reservoir and rates start at only 417 per night. The grounds have clean drinking water, pit toilets, and awesome fire rings.

Location: 1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road Lebanon, NJ 08833

Wharton State Forest

If you want to go camping in New Jersey’s Pinelands, look no further than Wharton State Forest. This is NJ’s biggest state park and it does not disappoint. This area has tons of lakes, abandoned houses, historic villages to explore, and an endless amount of trails. And of course, there is great camping. There are different camping grounds to choose from and some even allow you to bring your furbabies too.

Location: Atlantic, Burlington and Camden Counties, NJ

High Point State Park

All you need is your tent and you can come to High State Park and camp away. This park offers some of the most stunning and widespread views in the state, making it a great place to go camping in New Jersey. If you are looking for solitude and ultimate peace and quiet, this is the place for you! If you so desire, you can also rent cabins for a fee per night.

Location: 1480 Route 23, Sussex, NJ 07461

 Camp Glen Gray

Whether you want to bring your tent or rent one of the cabins on the grounds, this camp ground is now open to the general public. There are some trails to hike and you can rent a boat to take out on the lake for only $10 per 2 hours. This is a perfect spot to take large groups. There is also a dining hall and amphitheater for general use.

Location: 200 Midvale Mountain Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

Pleasant Acres Farm Campground

If you are looking for a campground that has tons of features, this ground is a great option. They have a pool and hot tub, basketball courts, volleyball courts, mini-golf, which is great for the kids, lakes with fishing options, a stocked trout stream, horse-drawn hayrides, and tons and tons of adorable farm animals! Clearly, this is an awesome place to go camping in New Jersey.

Location: 61 Dewitt Rd, Sussex, NJ 07461

The Great Divide Campground

You must check out this campground for your next camping trip with the family. It has tons of history and things to do! It’s definitely one of the best places to go camping in New Jersey.

“The Great Divide Campground lies in rural Sussex County on Phillips Road, which was named after the area’s first owners. Acquired by the Christie family in the mid-1950s, the property operated as Hazy Vale Dairy Farm until the mid-1960s. In 1963, the family converted part of the farm to a day beach club, later developing campsites to meet the growing tourist demand. As the campground expanded, a man-made lake and other amenities were added—turning Hazy Vale Farm into Green Valley Beach.”

 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

With a large pool, kids splash park, and tons of planned activities, this campground is perfect for the kids. You can pitch a tent for $48 per night or take one of their cabin rentals for about $89 per night. If you go during Halloween they have tons of spooktacular events as well!

Location: 49 Beal Rd, Elmer, NJ 08318

Triplebrook RV and Camping Resort

A peaceful and tranquil campground is what you’ll get at Triplebrook. However, there are also planned activities on the weekends, a pool, and pond, and tennis courts. The best part is it is located close to the Delaware Water Gap so there are tons of beautiful trails, hikes, and views at your disposal. It’s truly a great combination for both kids and parents, making it one of the best places to go camping in New Jersey.

Location: 58 Honey Run Rd, Blairstown, NJ 07825

Baker’s Acres

With a pool, volleyball court, and a play ground, there are a ton of activities that will keep the kids occupied during your next camping trip! You can choose from tent sites and cottage rental and a few other kinds of options as well. They also have the following for your convenience:

Large Swimming Pool • Convenience Store with RV and Camping Supplies • Free DVD / Video Library• Improved Arcade Room • Pavilion • Playground • NEW Ball Field • Horseshoes • Volleyball • Planned Activities • Full hookups • Clean, modern restrooms • Free hot showers • Laundromat • RV supplies • Dumping station • Propane • Firewood • Ice

Location: 230 Willets Ave, Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08087

Pine Haven Camping Resort

You can bring your RV, rent a simple cabin, or stay in one of the resorts spacious and luxurious lofts. They also have pet-friendly rentals so you can bring the pups along as well. The resort has ceramic and pottery making classes during certain days, a swimming pool, lake, beach, fishing pond, volleyball, basketball, billiards, pinball, and so much more. You and the whole family will never run out of things to do here.

Location: 2339 U.S. 9, Ocean View, NJ 08230

Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

The Great Egg Hunt ’17 in Hamilton Park

Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 8th, 10am to 2pm
Hamilton Park
525 9th Street Jersey City, NJ 07302

10:00 am to 2:00pm DJ Michael www.DJMichaelDemby.com
11:00 am: Entertainment for kids
*  3 stations for egg exchange and goodies collection.
* We will have the following time slots for the egg hunt for different age groups
Trade in your eggs at the end of your hunt at the exchange stations to collect your goodies.

Check the schedulehere: http://bit.ly/2lTIIZo

Hoboken Grace Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 10am to 2:30pm
Mama Johnson Field
4th & Jackson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Join  Hoboken Grace for their largest event of the year!
They’re so excited to bring you not one, but TWO hunts featuring 30,000 Easter Eggs, pictures with the Easter Bunny,
bounce houses, face painting, crafts, and carnival games.
The event is completely free for everyone. Registration is required for the event.
Go to http://hobokengrace.com/egghunt/ for more info.


Easter Sunday Cruise With The Easter Bunny

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 12pm to 2pm (Boarding at 11:30am)
Departs from Lincoln Harbor Marina
Weehawken, NJ 07086

Cost: $38.95 Child, $64.90 Adults
For more information, please visit SpiritCruises.com
Celebrate Easter aboard Spirit with a delicious buffet, engaging DJ entertainment,
dancing and amazing views of the NYC skyline.
Bring the whole family and enjoy the holiday on the water.

Kean University’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 10am-11:30am or Noon to 1:30pm
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

For more information, please visit Kean.edu
Children will explore the grounds of Liberty Hall,
searching for eggs hidden throughout the landscape and filled with holiday
treats. A surprise visit from the Easter Bunny caps off the event.
Space is limited to 100 children per session.
Cost: $10.00 for 1 child & 1 adult; additional adults are $5.00 each (Reservations required by April 8)

HDSID Easter Bunny Visit

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Smile Preschool
276 1st Street Jersey City, NJ 07302

http://www.jcdowntown.org/
Join the HDSID in bringing the Easter Bunny to Downtown JC  enjoy free pictures with
the Easter Bunny, candy and face painting by Bella’s Face Painting.
Event is free

Camouflaged Egg Hunt

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Avenue Tenafly, NJ 07670

Go to http://tenaflynaturecenter.org/event-2483877 for more info
Visit Tenafly Nature Center to hunt for eggs in a nature-related environment. All eggs  will be dyed to blend in and be on the look out for golden eggs with special surprises.  Bring your own baskets.
Cost is $12 adult/child member pair; $22 adult/child non-member pair.

Annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Sunday, April 16th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Street, NYC

Check out wacky hats and other sorts of bonnets as you enjoy the Easter Parade down Fifth Avenue! Event is free. Visit http://www.nycgo.com/events/easter-parade-and-easter-bonnet-festival1 for more info.

Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City 2017

As we get closer and closer to spring break we’re all thinking about fun activities to do with our families during the time off,  we have put together a list of places to visit and enjoy! Spring Break Camps & Classes :

It’s been a long winter and we are all itching to get outside! Spring Break is coming up and I’m sure you want to get out of the house as much as the kids do. Outdoor activities would be great but, with the crazy weather we’ve been having, it’s good to have options for outdoor and indoor activities to keep the kids busy this Spring Break. Please check our list of Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City.

Several local establishments are offering Spring Break camps for kids to stay busy even when they aren’t in school!

Spring Break Camps

Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

They will be offering spring break camp from April 10 to April 13 . Camp will run from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm with an After Care Program from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Please contact [email protected] for more info or visit http://www.faacademy.org/ for more info.

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If your little ones are into Lego, try Bricks 4 Kidz school break camps! The location in Hoboken will offer half day camps from 8:30am – noon for $45 per day and full day camps from 8:30am – 2:30pm for $65 per day for kid’s ages 4 and up. The dates range from April 17-21. Visit http://www.bricks4kidz.com/newjersey-unioncity-hoboken/program-events/camps/ for more info.

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Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

The Crop Shop in Hoboken is offering a camp on April 17-21 from 9am – 3pm for children ages 6 and up. Activities for kids will include gardening, ceramics and clay work, painting, collaging and more! They will even take the kids to the park for a bit of play time each day! The cost is $325 for the whole week or $65 for “mini-camp” days. To register, click here.

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If your children are into dance, try the spring break camp at Monroe Street Movement Space in Hoboken. They make it convenient by allowing parents to register for a whole week or just single days. The camp runs April 17-21 from 9am – 3pm or 9am – 5pm and is offered for children ages 3 – 12 years old. Students must be fully potty-trained and not need a nap anymore. For a full week, prices range from $325-425 per child. Single days are $65 – $85 per day, per child. Siblings receive a discount. Plus, they offer early drop-off and late pick-up. Click here to register.

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Classes and Indoor Activities

The Crop Shop

If you don’t want to do a whole camp for your children, try a class or two! There are plenty of local places offering classes throughout Spring Break.

Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

The Crop Shop in Hoboken offers many different arts and crafts themed classes for children of various ages. There is an Easter Egg Decorating class being held on April 16 from 1-3pm. Children receive 6 hard-boiled eggs to dye, paint and bling out! The cost is $20 per child.

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Mimi Yoga


Get your little ones active and relaxed at Mimi Yoga in Hoboken! They offer classes from crawlers – 7 years old. Your first trial class is free! Drop-in classes are $25 each and you can purchase class passports for discounted rates on multiple classes. Click here for the daily schedule of classes.

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HudsonPLAY

 

 

HudsonPLAY is a unique family playspace with activities to engage at every age. It definately kids’  favorite indoor place in Jersey City, With a focus on interactive entertainment and fitness, HudsonPLAY is designed for serious fun with dynamic play areas for toddlers, state-of-the-art activities for preschoolers and a challenging Ninja Warrior Course for everyone else! Come and rediscover the excitement of PLAY.

Liberty Science Center

No matter how the wather is, LSC is the best indoor place for kids in Jersey City.If you are in the Jersey City area, one of the best indoor playlands is Liberty Science Center! It is the perfect spot for rainy days, snowy days and pretty much any day that you don’t feel like playing outside. There are changing exhibits for kids of all ages and permanent fixtures that kids love. Experience. Tickets will cost you $19.75/Adult over 13 years of age and $14.75/Child ages 2 – 12 for general admission. Luckily, they offer great membership rates. A “Basic Family” membership will cost $140 and includes two adults and up to four kids under 18 years of age.

Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

Tiny Greenhouse, an art and design studio for kids, is offering a camp called “The Return of Flowers” The camp runs from April 17-21 from 9am – 1pmfor ages 3.5 – 7 years. The cost is $375 for the week. Children will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the arrival of SPRING with lots of colors and art making. Eveline Hasler’s book ‘The Flower City’ will serve us as their inspiration for projects such as 3D sculptures, flower collage, drawings and paintings. The children will use art and dramatic play to explore the world of two children, who live in a dull city that becomes a colorful place thanks to the kids’ bravery and imagination. Click here to sign up.

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Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

Head over to the New York Hall of Science in NYC to check out their Science Playground.

Through dozens of playground elements like slides, seesaws, sand pits, and fog machines, visitors of all ages and abilities can explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound, sight and simple machines, as well as sun, wind and water. Designed for children of all ages, Science Playground exhibits include a giant lever, Archimedes screw and water play area, wind pipes, a climbing net, slides, sand boxes and metal drums. The Science Playground is $5 per person, plus general NYSCI admission. The Science Playground is free for NYSCI Premium and Family Explorer Members. The last ticket is sold one hour before NYSCI general closing time.

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Get Outside


If you need to just get outside, there are too many options to list. In our area, Liberty State Park is probably the first option that will come to mind. The large park offers many options to families seeking some outdoor activity. There is a large playground that the little ones love. There are pathways for biking, skating and running. As the Interpretive Center is still closed, check out the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area, which is adjacent to the center and boasts 36 acres of natural area. You can take a self-guided nature path to observe this local wildlife habitat.

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If you want some place a little bigger to explore, try Watchung Reservation. Only about 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City, this 2,000-acre natural area offers playgrounds, more than 13 hiking trails, Surprise Lake, the Deserted Village of Feltvile/Glenside Park and much more! Take the kids to the Trailside Nature and Science Center which offers 4,500 square feet of interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits and much more.

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Branch Brook Park is located in Newark and is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Jersey City. The 360 acre park will begin its 2017 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival. The fun begins on April 10 and runs through April 22.  Come on an off day and take a historic cell phone tour of the park!

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If you haven’t checked out The Bronx Zoo, this is the time, before summer crowds make it hard to park and harder to see exhibits. There is a lot of outdoor walking, so dress appropriately. There are so many things to see and do at the Bronx Zoo including World of Birds, the Sea Lion Pool, the Congo Gorilla Forest and so much more! Rates for tickets are $24.95 for adults 13 and up, $17.95 for children 3 – 12 and kids under 2 are free. Click here for tickets.

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Newport Skates

Newport Skates’ rink is located right on the Hudson River, it’s the perfect vantage point for some major NYC skyline ogling (and an amazing backdrop for family photos). Since this rink is small and quaint the kids can skate on their own and you can still keep track of them. Plus it’s open for public skating every day (as long as the ice stays frozen), including holidays. Just remember: This is an outdoor rink, so bundle up before heading out.  Admission is $7 per person and $6 for skate rental. Click here for more info: newportskates.com

4 Great & Green Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!

Craft Ideas for kids

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up {March 17} and is one of the most magical holidays for children! Leprechauns, lots of green and shamrocks are popular each and every year and add something special to the upcoming spring season. I’ve come up with four great and green ideas for you to try with your children this year. Enjoy!

1 Leprechaun Lad

Have the kids make a cute, small leprechaun to play with by cutting out bit of green, dark blue and flesh colored paper. A small piece of orange pipe cleaner makes a great beard, and stickers from the dollar store add a special touch as well! Glue your leprechaun on a Popsicle stick to turn him into a puppet for play.

2 Shamrock Sticks

This adorable shamrock stick I made during a workshop last year, and use it as a decoration in my ivy plant. You can buy affordable plant sticks such as this one at your local florist, within the plant section in Shop Rite or make your own with a bamboo skewer and green paper. Add a shamrock stick in all your houseplants this March!

3 Magical Brew

Make a special treat for the kiddos by adding one drop of green food coloring to seltzer water! You can also add a drop of green to milk or a vanilla milk shake for a special and memorable treat.

4 Clover Prints

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do with your children… pour some green paint in a dish and let them use their fingers to make clovers and shamrocks on white paper. Use a green marker for the stems! This is a great idea for the kitchen or dining area. You can have the kids make ‘place mats’ or a ‘tablecloth’ for the table by using a large piece of white paper and decorating it all over with shamrocks.

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley currently teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.