Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and Hoboken

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and Hoboken

Summer is relatively short, so it’s important to pack as much as you can into the three short months when the kids are out of school, not at summer camp, and when parents (hopefully) have a little extra time to go out there and play!

If you are looking for fun ways to spend the summer days with your family, we made a comprehensive list of every single fun summer events for families in the Jersey City and Hoboken area. We hope you can get to enjoy spending fun days at the park whether it is for farmer’s market or learning about getting fit and healthy.

Please note that some events we have listed are free, and while some have a nominal cost, please do check the links we have provided to find more information as you plan your fun summer itinerary.

Enjoy these fun events and activities with your family!

Opening PartyFriday, May 31st • 6 pm

Formerly known as the Riverview Jazz FESTIVAL, the 10-day celebration will begin with an opening party at J Owen Grundy Pier and culminate in a two-day outdoor free-to-the-public festival on the Newark Pedestrian Plaza near the Grove Path.

Events during Jazz Week will be hosted throughout Jersey City and will include a featured show ar White Eagle Hall. The seventh year of the Festival is sponsored in part by Bank of America and made possible through partnerships with WBGO, the Historic Downtown SID, the City of Jersey City, Hudson County, and Exchange Place Alliance.

Click here for up to date information or visit the Jersey City Jazz Festival website here.

SJC Green Drinks +ART

Wednesday, June 5th • 6 am – 9 pm

SJC Green Drinks +ART will be hosting those who have an interest in sustainability and would like to meet other like-minded people. Who knows, maybe you will leave with a neighborhood project in mind and some new friends to help you do it! Join Us If You Can 🙂

LITM is the fabulously friendly downtown hang with great drinks and food (in case you want to stay for dinner !) and their monthly art shows offer a really creative vibe in the heart of JC’s restaurant row. December features a mixed media multi-artist show called Small Wonders – 100s of small works for sale just in time for the holidays.

To RSVP, click here. 

4th Annual VVPA Golf Outing

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenFriday, June 7th • 4 pm – 10 pm

“Go Clubbing” with your neighbors and friends! Golfers play a fun and challenging 9 holes round with your neighbors for lots of prizes and laughs! If Happy Hour and dancing is more your speed, with a little putt putt contest thrown in, you’re in luck because they got that too!!
Watch the sunset all together and enjoy a yummy bbq dinner. Fun night GUARANTEED!!
For more information, visit the event page here.

 

Hudson River Loop Walk & World Oceans Day 2019

Image may contain: people standing, sky and outdoorSaturday, June 8th • 8 am – 6 pm

It is Freewalkers’ 7th annual Hudson River Loop Walk! This special event is a one-day 30-mile walk along the Hudson bordering NYC and NJ.

This year help us celebrate World Ocean’s Day, an annual awareness and celebration of our valuable water resources around the world. While many are celebrating in different venues around the world, we will participate in World Oceans Day NJ/NYC to honor the ocean, which connects us all. We’ll have special activities such as “plogging” (picking up refuse) along the way, creating human formations and learning more about how we can share and protect our ocean.

For more information, click here.

5th Annual Bayonne Home Town Fair! 150 Years of Bayonne

No photo description available.Saturday, June 8th & 9th

Bayonne Home Town Fair returns with the Fifth Annual Bayonne Hometown Fair on Bayonne’s 150th year as a City. The expanded beer garden will be back again by popular demand. The Event will include Children’s Rides, Games, Local Merchants, Specialty Vendors, Food Vendors, Non-profits, Musical entertainment and so much more!

Fair will be held on June: Saturday, June 8th at 11 am until 8 pm, and Sunday, June 9th at 12 noon until 6 pm on Broadway in the heart of town, between 21st Street and 25th Street.

For more information, click here.

Hamilton Park Festival 2019

Saturday, June 8th • 12 pm – 6 pm

 Come celebrate the 34th Hamilton Park Festival hosted by the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association. Enjoy live music, food, & entertainment. There will be a petting zoo, magician, and bouncy house for kids while parents browse/purchase used and new items from vendor tables and meet local non-profit organizations.
For more information and to register, click here.

GO Jersey City

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH • 10 AM- 1 PM

Join your neighbors for our 2019 GO Jersey City. Saturday June 8th, 10AM-1PM. Go Jersey City is funded and lead by the members of Downtown Community Church. GO is a day of service and fun where residents of Downtown Jersey City, and beyond, go out and serve organizations and parks throughout the city. It is a way for us to give back and support the people and places that make our city great.

Registration and check in on June 8th at City Hall Plaza, starting at 10AM. You will be greeted with our 2019 free T-Shirt, along with free coffee and light breakfast. From there, we head out with our teams to our various projects. Then when we’re done at 1 pm. There will be a free after-party at Hudson Hall with free food, games, and prizes!

Worldwide Knit in Public – Jersey City 

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH • 12 PM – 6 PM

Worldwide Knit in Public Day – Jersey City (Official) is a community drop-in gathering to promote the art of knitting and related yarn crafts such as crochet, spinning and weaving. Everyone is welcome!

Join in for:

Tips for beginner and advanced knit and crochet
Giveaways (while supplies last)
Connect with other residents who knit or crochet
Wellness presentation on how to reduce stress with yarn crafts
Yarn swift and ball winder will be available (first come, first served)

The event is at Van Vorst Park at 12pm to 6pm.

A Swingin’ Spring Concert

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH• 4 PM-6 PM

North River Sing will be hosting it’s Spring Concert on June 9th at Grace Church Van Vorst. It is a family event where you can enjoy your Sunday afternoon of stylish jazz standards and show tunes. There will be a light reception to follow with lots of yummy food, wine, and other beverages. There is no entrance fee for the concert, however, suggested donation is $15.00. The concert will take place at Grace Church Van Vorst on 2nd Street between Erie and Jersey in downtown Jersey City.

Among the music titles . . .

“Heart” (Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, Damn Yankees)
“Just One of Those Things” (Cole Porter)
“The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” (Sondheim, Sweeney Todd)
“That Old Black Magic” (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

For more info click here.

Walk With a Doc

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Sunday, June 9th • 10 am

Have fun and join Van Guard Medical Group for a healthy walk.

It’s a great way to get out, get active, and enjoy good conversation. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic, then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation with a doc. 

Walk your own pace and distance, and bring a friend to this free community event!

For more information on this event, click here.

Evening Under the Stars w/ York Street Project

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenThursday, June 13th • 6 pm-9 pm

The best block party of the year is back for the 9th year in a row! Tickets include unlimited tastings from all our food and drink vendors. Entertainment for the night will be live music from the Jersey shore cover band, “enjoy!”

All proceeds from the event and Super Raffle support the York Street Project programs that deliver solutions to break the cycle of poverty.

Must be over 21 to attend.

For more information, visit the event page here.

New Jersey Food and Beer Festival 

Saturday, June 15th3pm -7pm

Sample 200 beer varieties with an all you can eat BBQ feast including split Berkshire pork, grass-fed beef, fire roasted rabbit & free range chicken plus live music from Lima Bean Riot, hot air balloon rides, hoppy hop races, human foosball, axe throwing, beer obstacle course and much more.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Bagapalooza

Saturday, June 152pm-5pm

The Office of Sustainability is co-hosting a reusable bag event with Cultural Affairs and the Jersey City Public Schools. “Bagapalooza” will have crafts and games for kids with the Educational Arts Project, a plastic bag weaving project, a live painting from the Jersey City Mural Arts Program, live music, and a reusable bag giveaway featuring the winning logo of the Sustainable STEAM Challenge. The event will be at City Hall Plaza and it is free.

 

Safe Summer For Jersey City

Monday, June 17-June 204pm-7pm

Jersey City’s Police Department is hosting a free event for the community. The event is family-friendly, free, and open to the public. There will be a ton of food, drinks and prizes. The events are all around JC so you can see when the event is in your district.

Cocktails for Cats: 15th Anniversary Party & Fundraiser for CAT

Image may contain: catWednesday, June 19th • 6-10pm

In celebration of Companion Animal Trust‘s 15 years of amazing work helping Hudson County’s feral cats, they are hosting a fundraiser event to raise money for their fantastic cause. There will be kitty-themed cocktails, silly cat videos, raffles, and more!

For information on this purr-fect event, click here

Project eats food festival 2019 Jersey city
Sat.-SUN., June 22-23rd • 11 am-7 pm

THE JERSEY CITY PROJECT + the CITY OF JERSEY CITY will celebrate warm days, cool drinks and delicious eats with the annual PROJECT: EATS on June 22 + 23, 2019. The food-centric marketplace will run from 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and Sunday and will be located around City Hall at 280 Grove Street in Historic Downtown Jersey City.

For more information, visit: thejerseycityproject.com

Instagram: @thejerseycityproject — for vendor updates, giveaways, and more leading up to the event!

Yoga Fest Jersey CitySummer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenSaturday, June 22nd • 7 am

In 2019 Yoga Fest Jersey City is evolving and expanding into an event that will attract thousands of people from near and far. Starting at 6:30 am on June 22, 2019, a registration table will be in place where participants will be required to register and sign in.

For more information about this event and to pre-register, click here.

 

 

3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer FestivalSummer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenSaturday, June 29th • 12 PM – 4 PM

Liberty Harbor is going to the dogs Saturday, June 29th for an afternoon of dog-centric vendors, exhibitors, and service providers.

Come and celebrate all things dog related! Carnival games and giveaways will keep their tails wagging, and Zeppelin Hall Biergarten, Restaurant & Nightspot will keep your bellies full.

For more information on this furry event, visit the event page here.

 

2019 Statue of Liberty 5K Benefitting Special Olympics

Image may contain: one or more people, ocean, sky, text and outdoorThursday, JULY 4TH • 5 AM – 10 AM

Before the barbeques, parades, fireworks… RUN with Lady Liberty! Join the only official race around the Statue of Liberty. Registration is limited to 500 runners, so reserve your spot today.

Link for registration: https://bit.ly/2VG90fp

Link for more event information: https://www.liberty5k.org/

 

 

BASTILLE DAY IN JERSEY CITY 2019

Saturday, July 13th • 11 am – 6 pm

Bastille Day remains a symbol and celebration of liberty, worldwide. So, it is only natural that Jersey City, host of Lady Liberty celebrates Bastille Day! The French American Academy is proud to be launching this event.

For more information, visit the Bastille Day website here.

Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious

Image may contain: textSaturday, July 13th • 2 pm – 4 pm

You’re invited to Kiddie Academy for Storytime LIVE! Curious George and Pinkalicious will jump off the page and visit the classroom.

This event is FREE and open to everyone — bring a friend or two. Please RSVP to Kiddie Academy’s Event Website to reserve your spot.

2019 L7’s Rock ‘n Roll BBQ

Image may contain: textSaturday, July 13th • 11 am – 6 pm

It is Lucky 7’s 8th Annual L7’s Rock ‘n Roll BBQ! The 2nd street will be shut down to make room for ice cold beer from Peerless Beverage Company, The Brooklyn Brewery can station, whiskey, bands, BBQ, cornhole, and human-size beer pong! Plenty of fun for the little ones too in their “kid zone”, including a dunking booth, pool, toys, and a bouncy house.

For more information, click here.

59th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Festival

Image may contain: ocean, sky, text, outdoor, water and natureSat. & Sun., Aug. 17th & 18th• 12 pm – 9:30 pm

JCPRHAC President Dennis Ortiz and the JCPRHAC team are thrilled to bring you the 59th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Festival!

For 2 days, this festival will bring Jersey City a carnival, delicious food options, wonderful music, local talent & entertainment, a youth Boxing Event and much more.

For more information, click here.

Every Saturday starting on May 18. 

Bring your appetite and your walking shoes as you take a behind-the-scenes-tour in historic Hoboken, New Jersey of the most authentic Italian gourmet food businesses in the United States! You’ll visit Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop, home of  “Cake Boss” , as seen on The Learning Channel.  You never know which cast member we’ll run into!  Sample some award-winning mozzarella cheese that’s made right in front of you at Lisa’s Italian Deli named best Italian deli by NJ Monthly Magazine (again!).  Try a piece of warm Italian bread, hand made and baked in a traditional coal-burning brick oven.

To purchase tickets, please click here.


No matter what the weather is, there is an event you can attend that will surely brighten your day and make the whole family happy. There is no better way of spending summer than with the ones you love and seeing the smile on everyone’s faces.

For more information on upcoming events, visit our events page.

Petting Zoos and Pony Rides Near Jersey City

Petting Zoos and Pony Rides Near Jersey City

If you have small children who love animals or you’re interested in having an animal-filled experience to remember, a petting zoo or pony ride might be the perfect place to take your little ones! Create amazing memories feeding and learning about all types of animals. They’re also an amazing addition to any birthday party! We may not see too many ponies or chickens running around Downtown Jersey City, which is why we created a list of Petting Zoos and Pony Rides Near Jersey City just for you!

Abma’s Farms

700 Lawlins Rd, Wyckoff

After nine decades and four generations, Abma’s Farms is still Bergen County’s only produce and poultry farm. They have a barnyard full of animals for your child to interact with. They’ve rebuilt their Barnyard from the ground up giving it a completely different educational experience for you and your family! Check out the new duck pond, Bunnyville, ‘Three Little Pigs’ homes, and much more. The barnyard is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM and on Saturdays 8:30 AM-5 PM. Your $3 purchase to enter the Barnyard covers exceptional care for their animals, routine maintenance for their grounds, and the Barnyard staff. This farm is about an hour from Jersey City.

The Friendly Farmyard 

PO Box 57, Verona, New Jersey

Phone: (917) 804-0091

Can’t make it to the animals? No worries! The Friendly Farmyard Traveling Petting Zoo and Pony Rides brings the fun straight to you! The Friendly Farmyard offers fun, interactive, and customized pony and petting zoo parties and events. Experienced professionals work with you and the animals to ensure a fun and safe experience for all!

Johnson’s Corner Farm

 133 Church Rd, Medford

Phone:(609) 654-8643

Like other working farms and locations on this list, Johnson’s Corner Farm offers a wide range of activities year-round, in addition to the petting zoo. This location features the Discovery Barnyard, where kids can explore an obstacle course, ride pedal go-carts perfect for smaller children as well as older ones and a pretend farm. Sheep, goats and chickens are all in the animal farm, and visitors get the opportunity to feed them! A day pass goes for $9.00 per child between the ages 12 months and 12 years old and $4.50 for adults and children 13 and older! They are open daily from 8 AM-7 PM and is located about an hour and a half from Jersey City.

Hunter Brook Horse Farm 

672 Fort Plains Rd. Howell

Phone: (732) 319-0662

Get ready to saddle up! Hunter Brook Horse Farm is unlike any other equestrian center in the area! Hunter Brook Horse farm is a full service equestrian facility featuring boarding, horse sales, riding instruction, summer and winter camps, birthday parties and a friendly staff who are more than happy to work with you every step of the way. They offer lessons for any skill level! You can call Hunter Brook Horse Farm for more information on pricing options and booking a lesson! Hunter Brook is located an hour from Jersey City.

New Joy Farm

Phone: (908) 376-9375
New Joy Farm has no problem traveling! They serve the NJ area along with surrounding areas! The kids can enjoy Pony Parties  bounce houses, face painting and unicorns. That’s right, a unicorn! Birthday parties are definitely the most frequently requested party event but New Joy Farm also works with special occasions such as, church functions, festivals, school functions, day care centers, graduations, reunions and company outings.

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane Chester

Phone: (908) 528-8823

Alstede is a great place to bring the family year-round and offers everything from fresh produce to Christmas trees. They also have have a very diverse variety of livestock including cattle, horses, sheep, goats,  peacocks, miniature and large donkeys, ponies and mini horses, waterfowl, bunnies, cats, and poultry. Having a wide range of animals helps them to provide a more educational and enjoyable farm experience for every guest earning them a spot on our list of Petting Zoos and Pony Rides Near Jersey City ! You can visit the animals daily from 9AM-7PM and is located a little less than an hour from Jersey City!

The Barnyard Sanctuary 

PO Box 167, Blairstown

Phone: (973) 670-4477

The Barnyard Sanctuary is a NJ 501(c)3 non-profit charity that has been rescuing displaced farm animals has been providing a save haven for animals for over 8 years landing it a well deserved spot on our list of Petting Zoos and Pony Rides Near Jersey City! Since opening their doors, The Barnyard Sanctuary has saved the lives of over 3,000 farm animals and today approximately 700 farm animals call this farm home. There are several ways you can help this cause and you can even adopt an animal in need of a home. This amazing place is open to visitors, but you must schedule an appointment to visit. They located an hour from Jersey City and are open to the public Monday-Friday between 9am–3pm and Saturday from 9am–noon.

Funny Farm Rescue

6908 Railroad Blvd, Mays Landing

Phone: (609) 742-9410

Funny Farm Rescue, where each animal has a story. Goats roam free as well as roosters and a large white horse that will nuzzle you. Parents can purchase a bucket of food for the pigs and horses and kids can spend some time feeding them. Their visiting hours are Tuesday and Sunday 8AM-4PM and is located about 2 hours from Jersey City.

Pony and Pals

Howell, NJ

Phone: (732) 358-7555

Pony and Pals is a family owned traveling pony and petting zoo rental business. Make your child’s dream come true, by having their own petting zoo and/or pony in their own backyard. No yard? No problem, they can set up in a driveway or garage. Pony and Pals provides fond memories that families and kids of all ages will cherish a lifetime. Prices start as low as $195 but can vary based on event location and duration.

Mountainside Stables

49 Sunset Inn Rd, Lafayette Township

Phone: (973) 300-3307

Mountainside Stables has been providing excellent entertainment services for events throughout the NJ Tri-State Area for 20 years! They provide traveling petting farms, pony rides and horse and carriage rides for events of any size! The traveling farm is a unique addition to any party that all of your guests will love! They bring clean and friendly animals of all varieties including Chicks, Duckling, Rabbits, Mini-horse, Mini-donkey, Goats, Llamas and so much more!

Whether you’re throwing a birthday party, hosting an event or if you simply love animals, petting zoos and pony rides are the perfect experience for the whole family to enjoy! There are great choices around Hoboken as well!

10 Best Hiking Trails for Families Near Jersey City

10 Best Hiking Trails for Families Near Jersey City

As the temperature gets warmer, it’s the perfect time to grab your family and your camera and capture these amazing moments! Hiking is a great way to enjoy all that nature has to offer while spending quality time with the ones you love. Not to mention, it’s an amazing workout! To help you find the perfect trail, we’ve created a list of the 10 Best Hiking Trails for Families Near Jersey City. Now go take a hike!

Palisades Interstate Park

Palisades Interstate Park is about twelve miles long and half a mile wide, containing 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs. This National Historic Landmark offers more than 30 miles of hiking trails for visitors to explore! Trails are open year-round during the daylight only. There is a Long Path and Shore Trail which are the two main National Recreational Trails each covering most of the 12-mile length of the park. But that isn’t all! There are more trails for you and your family to explore. Make sure to download their park map so you can get familiar with the area! This park is located about 40 minutes from Jersey City!

Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park’s uniqueness lies in its geographical location. Open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, Pine Barrens, and a northeastern hardwood forest are the main characteristics of the park. There are five designated trails at the park. The Red, Yellow, Green and Blue pathways are for hiking and walking. The White Trail is a multi-use train for bikers and hiking. The park is open daily from 8 AM – 7 PM! Make sure to keep the park clean! Cheesequake’s Carry-In/Carry-Out program requires visitors to carry out any trash that they carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site! This park is located about 40 minutes from Jersey City.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area

Pyramid Mountain’s 1,545 acres of rugged trails, fields, forests and wetlands are just a 50 minute drive from Jersey City! You’ll also be walking through history! Over three hundred years ago, the Lenape Indians experienced their first encounter with European colonizers. Easily visible to hikers are the unusual glacial erratics, such as Tripod Rock, a 180-ton boulder balanced on three smaller boulders deposited by the Wisconsin Glacier over 18,000 years ago and Bear Rock, located nearby, is one of New Jersey’s largest glacial erratics. After an exhilarating hike on the trails, stop by the Pyramid Mountain Visitor Center to experience a variety of interactive educational exhibits about the history and wildlife of the area! The park’s trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset while the Visitors Center is open 7 days a week from 9 AM- 4:30 PM. You can find a copy of the map online!

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

There will be no shortage of animal sightings on this hike! This hilly forest provides a sanctuary for wildlife and located about an hour from Jersey City. Ramapo Mountain State Forest includes 14 official trails, totaling more than 28 miles. Many multi-use trails are suitable for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. A 120-acre clearwater mountain lake provides an excellent spot for fishing and birdwatching. There is no swimming permitted in this lake. The area is open every day from 8 AM-8PM and is a 1 hour drive from Jersey City.

Norvin Green State Forest

The undisturbed forest and rugged terrain of Norvin Green offers sanctuary for birds and other wildlife about 50 minutes from Jersey City. The forest is near the Wanaque Reservoir and is home to an extensive trail system built from old logging roads. There are 18 official trails totaling more than 50 miles in Norvin Green State Forest. The trails are well-marked and hikers can vary their hiking distance and challenges by connecting sections of trails to suit their needs. With hills ranging from 400 to 1,300 feet in elevation, Norvin Green provides the avid hiker with scenic vistas, including the New York skyline, Burnt Meadow Brook and Lake Sonoma. This area is accessible only by foot and is open daily from sunrise to sunset!

Manasquan Reservoir 

The Manasquan Reservoir is both a water source for towns and a natural setting for recreational and outdoor enjoyment located an hour from Jersey City! You can spend your day fishing, boating and walking the 5-mile perimeter trail and a 1-mile nature trail. This trail is highly recommended if you prefer light strolling instead of hiking over difficult terrain. The park is open daily but times do vary depending on the time of the year. From November 1st-March 31st the park opens at 7 AM and 6 AM April 1st-October 31st! Learn more about the reservoir’s history and about other activities here!

Hacklebarney State Park

The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park which is located an hour from Jersey City. Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet in the 19th century the park was a mined iron ore site. The park offers 9 official trails, totaling almost 5 miles. The area may be small but the terrain is quite diverse. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk and only hiking is permitted on the trails.

Bridal Veil Falls

Located a little under 40 minutes from Jersey City is Bridal Veil Falls. This prettily named fall is located on the campus of William Paterson University. It is one of New Jersey’s most accessible falls and is perfect for the novice hiker. A trail passes behind the falls, allowing visitors to stand in a “cave” of falling water. In the winter, the fall freezes into a stack of huge icicles.

Mills Reservation 

Mills Reservation is a 157.15-acre reservation located in Cedar Grove and Montclair which is just about 35 minutes from Jersey City! The park has a network of loop trails totaling six miles.  The seven individual blazed trails range from 0.1-mile up to 1.5 miles. The trail is dog friendly but please keep your furry friend on a leash!

SCHOOLEY’S MOUNTAIN COUNTY PARK

Nestled among the hills of western Morris County, Schooley’s Mountain County Park offers visitors 791.51 acres of recreational and leisure activities. Although Schooley’s Mountain County Park features a large picnic area, a lodge, and other developed recreational facilities, most of the park remains in its natural state. Schooley’s Mountain County Park is open daily sunrise to sunset throughout the year and is located a little over an hour from Jersey City.

You are now a hiking trail master! Well, sort of. Make sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks and water before you head out! Looking to get the most out of the great outdoors? Camping is always an option! You can also stay close to home and still enjoy nature by visiting your local parks.

The best zoos and aquariums near Jersey City

The best zoos and aquariums near Jersey City

You don’t have to travel very far to find educational and fun activities near Jersey City, there are many great zoos and aquariums located nearby to keep your family entertained all season long. Check out our list of some of the best places to spend quality time with your family while also learning about wildlife!

Popcorn Park Zoo

1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ 08731 – Phone: (609) 693-1900
Approximately 90 minutes from Jersey City by car.

Popcorn Park is as fun as its name implies, which is why it’s on our list of the best zoos and aquariums near Jersey City. The park is located on a spacious 7 acres of land in the beautiful New Jersey Pine Barrens. The goal of this park has always been to offer refuge to wild animals that have been abandoned, are sick, abused, injured and those that have reached the end of their prime. Visitors are able to view and interact with over 200 types of animals at this park and you can even visit the petting zoo to feed farm animals popcorn with your own hands. Your family will get to learn about the humane efforts behind the park and the importance of animal rescue efforts. There is snack available on site and admission is a low $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.

Cape May County Zoo

707 N. Route 9, Cape May, NJ 08210 – Phone: (609) 465-5271
Approximately 2 hours from Jersey City by car.

What’s better than pairing a trip to the beach with a trip to the zoo? Maybe free admission? Well, Cape May County Zoo meets both criteria!  It’s located near to the beach, and also doesn’t charge admission landing it on our list of the best zoos and aquariums Near Jersey City.  The wildlife at this park is treated like royalty in line with the mission of the park which is to raise awareness of the species on exhibit.  As a park visitor, you and your family are able to observe almost 600 unique animals over 80 acres of luscious land. There is a range of programs that teach visitors about the different animals and the preservation efforts being taken to encourage their survival in the wild. If you get tired, there is even an old fashion train that you ride across the park.

 The best zoos and aquariums near Jersey CityTurtle Back Zoo

 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052 – Phone: (973)-731-5800

Approximately 30 minutes from Jersey City by car.

Turtleback Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the area, so there should be no surprise that Turtleback zoo is on the list of the best zoos and aquariums Near Jersey City.  The zoo features an amazing number of exhibits and also offers various events monthly and seasonally to keep visitors entertained and learning.  The zoo also offers rentable spaces for family and corporate events with a delicious menu to fit just about every palette. Maps of the zoo can be printed in advance if you want to plan your walking route, and admission is affordably priced at $4 for children and seniors and $8 for adults.

 The best zoos and aquariums near Jersey City

Bergen County Zoological Park

Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652 – Phone: (201) 262-3771
Approximately 40 minutes from Jersey City by car.

For families who are looking for a more targeted experience, Bergen County Zoo might just be what you are looking for. The zoo only features animals that are native to South and North America making it a great place for school-aged children, field trips, and also smaller kids. Bergen County Zoo is on the list of the best zoos and aquariums near Jersey City thanks in part to the wide range of educational programs and interactive camps that are available for visitors that let you get up close and personal with the wildlife. For older patrons, there are volunteer and training programs that teach you all about animals and what it takes to provide them with the proper care they need to thrive.

Ocean Institute

at Brookdale Community College – 53 Hudson Road, Sandy Hook Highlands, NJ 07732 – Phone: (732)-224-2900, ext. 1302
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City by car.

The Ocean Institute is a great place to learn about marine life since it’s a part of Brookdale Community College. Being an educational based location, you will be able to entertain your family with a wide range of programs aimed to educate visitors about marine life, pollution, coastal problems and even the weather. It’s easy to understand why The Ocean Institute is on the list of the best zoos and aquariums Near Jersey City for families and school groups alike. You can go shell hunting on the coast or visit the Sandy Hook Lighthouse to add variation to your trip.  There are activities for all levels of a visitor from grade school through college. The Institute is only a short drive from Jersey city making it a great option for a single day excursion.             

The best zoos and aquariums near Jersey City

Rizzo’s Wildlife World          

1 Gold Mine Road, Roxbury, NJ 07836 – Phone: (973) 586-0444
Approximately 45 minutes from Jersey City by car. 

If you live near Morris County, then you already know about Rizzo’s, but for everyone else prepare to be amazed. This is a full-on discovery aquarium which houses more than 100 sea and land animals housed on 4,700 square feet of property. Along with a large assortment of sea animals, visitors are able to interact and observe land creates in specially recreated habitats. There is even a live show in the snake den for adventurous souls who want to live a bit on the wild side. With so much to offer, it’s easy to understand why The Rizzo’s is on the list of the The best zoos and aquariums near Jersey City.

The best zoos and aquariums near Jersey CityLiberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305 – Phone: (201) 200-1000          

If you are looking for a place to take the kids to learn about various aquatic life that lives in the Hudson River, then Liberty Science Center is just what you are looking for. It’s easy to understand why the Science Center is on the list of the best zoos and aquariums Near Jersey City. The aquarium features large panoramic tanks full of local fish. There are many varieties such as the drum fish that makes a silly thumping sound or the puffer fish that always gets a good response from the little ones. Your family will learn everything they need to know about the ecosystem of this salt marsh river while also being able to get hands-on experience with Hudson river model that allows you to move sediment and water. There is a lot more fun to be had with the virtual crane simulator and the laboratory where you and your kids can conduct live experiments.  For the older crowd, there is an observation deck where fantastic views of Liberty State Park, Lower Manhattan and the Hudson River can be observed.

The best zoos and aquariums near Jersey CityAtlantic City Aquarium

800 North New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 – Phone: (609)-348-2880
Approximately 2 hours from jersey City by car.

Nothing says fun like Atlantic City and is just a stone’s throw away from Jersey City, it’s the perfect place to take the whole family when you are in the mood for a fun-filled day at the aquarium. Atlantic City Aquarium is home to more than 100 species of marine life immersed in more than 30,000 gallons of sea water! There are three levels of colorful exhibits to entertain the whole family, so it’s easy to understand why Atlantic City Aquarium is on the list of the best zoos and aquariums Near Jersey City. Your kids are sure to enjoy the live dive show while you enjoy a fresh meal after a visit with the Giant Loggerhead turtle Groman. If hands-on activities are more to your liking, the location features touch tanks that allow visitors to get up and personal with various sea creatures.

New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, having opened in Castle Garden in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896. Since 1957, it has been located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
 

Adventure Aquarium

The Adventure Aquarium, formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium, is a for-profit educational entertainment attraction operated in Camden, New Jersey on the Delaware River Camden Waterfront by the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation.

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City: Things to do in Jersey City

There are so many fun things on tap for Spring!
To kick off JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City, join us for the Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park on March 24th. This is the perfect event to get the family out of the house and allow the kids to burn off some of the energy they’ve been storing up all winter. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be a bunny meet and greet, numerous kids activities, music and dance performances. Check the website for details and be sure to RSVP if your kids are joining the egg hunt (BYO Easter basket). JCFamilies Spring & Summer Events include numerous festivals and fairs. Mark your calendars for the popular Spring Festival taking place on Saturday, April 14th. This is a fun indoor community event with lots of entertainment and activities for the whole family. You won’t want to miss the Mother’s Day event on Friday, May 11th. This was the first event JCFamilies ever hosted, and it’s always well attended. It’s a family event, but with a  few pampering things on offer for mom.  For new and expecting parents, be sure to RSVP for the Baby Fair taking place on April 14th. If you’re in the market for a summer camp for your kids, don’t miss the Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, April 28th. One of the most fun events of the year is the JC Kid’s Run happening on Saturday, June 2nd.  This event will sell out, so please RSVP.
With so many fun JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City, make sure to mark your calendars and RSVP!  We hope to see you.

Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park, Jersey City

March 31st @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/easter-egg-hunt-jersey-city/ 


Be sure to RSVP for the annual Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park on March 24th!If your child wants to participate in the egg hunt, be sure to check the schedule of events as there will be different time slots for different age groups. The younger kids can be accompanied by parents, and older kids will have the opportunity to search for eggs on their own. This surely is the most favourite Easter Egg Hunt in Jersey City. Since it was a huge success last year and we received lots of positive feedback from families.There is also a time slot for kids with special needs.  Be sure to check the schedule and RSVP to join in on the fun!

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Spring Festival, Jersey City

April 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/spring-festival-in-jersey-city-nj/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CityJoin us for the Annual JCFamilies’ Spring Festival in Jersey City, NJ on Saturday, April 14th. For the 2nd year in a row, this event will take place inside the beautiful and light-filled Harborside Atrium, close to the PATH train and Light Rail stops.

While most of the Spring Festival is free to attend, this family event will feature activities that are both free and cost a nominal fee. Activities include spring-related arts and crafts, entertainment for kids and a kid’s train. This is a wonderful way to welcome Spring to Jersey City.

Free activities will include music, dance and puppet show.

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 JC Baby Fair’18, Jersey City

April 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/baby-fair-in-jersey-city-for-expecting-and-new-parents/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CitySupported by : Harborside, Carepoint, JCFamilies & Downtown Pharmacy

The journey to motherhood begins the moment one starts planning for a family. While it can be rewarding and fulfilling, it comes with some challenges too. We want to make this journey easier for you by bringing important information and resources at your doorstep. Whether you are thinking of having a baby, expecting, or a new mom, JC Baby Fair’18 is just the event for you. Here is what we have planned for you:

  • Breastfeeding Consultation:Breast Feeding can be difficult for some in those early days. Our experts can give you some great tips.
  • Product Samples: The market is flooded with baby products. Product samples can help you choose the right one for your children.
  • Raffle Prizes & Giveaways: There is always a long list of “must buys” for families. We have some essentials that would make any family happy.
  • Massage for Parents: Happy Family, Happy Baby! Pamper yourself with that much needed massage for those busy days.

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The Fun is Coming With the Sun,  Jersey City (Free Event)  

April 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/the-fun-is-coming-with-the-sun-in-jersey-city/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CityPut your sun hats on for 3 hours of FREE & FUN-TASTIC outdoor fun for the whole family! Join for us for “Fun In the Sun” on April 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the City Hall Plaza, Jersey City.

Here is what to look out for:

– Be blown away with our Bubble Show for kids

– Get ready to rock and roll with Pre School of Rock. They have the music and the moves!

– Put your creative hats on with Arts & Craft activities during JCFamilies Summer Camp Fair’18 happening at the same venue.RSVP now…..

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JCFamilies School Summer Camp & Daycare Fair 2018

April 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/summer-camp-fair-in-jersey-city/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City

Only fair in Jersey City where you can get information about & speak to the representatives of major Schools, Day Cares, Summer Camps & Activity Centers in & around Jersey City & Hoboken.

JC Summer Camp Directory 2018: JCFamilies has the most trusted directory of summers camps serving Jersey City, Hoboken and the surrounding areas.  We have assembled a list of the best options for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

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Mother’s Day Celebration, Jersey City

May 11 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/mothers-day-celebration-in-jersey-city/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CityMother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City Roll out the red carpet and make mom feel like a Queen this Mother’s day! JCFamilies is throwing a fun celebration for its moms on Friday, May 11th, 4.00-7.00pm at Hamilton Park in Jersey City. While moms get pampered with a free massage, families can enjoy the beautiful outdoors with entertainment for all. Event details coming soon…..

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JC Kids Run 2018, Jersey City

June 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/jc-kids-run-2018-kids-run-in-jersey-city/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CityJC Kids Run 2018 : Kid’s Run In Jersey CityThe Kids Run is back for the 4th year of JC Kids Run 2018 : Kid’s Run In Jersey City and it keeps getting bigger and better!  Children race through the course with the biggest smiles on their faces as the community cheers them on.The excitement and joy on their faces as they cross the finish line is priceless!In addition to the kids run, there are a wide variety of activities for children of all ages.  This event takes places at Exchange Place, along the Hudson River, with views of the Manhattan skyline.JC Kids Run 2018 : Kid’s Run In Jersey City: Calling all KIDS from 1 to 10 years for The JC Kids Run 2018!!!Saturday June 2nd 2018

 

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

The Best Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

Just like our posts about picking your own blueberries and strawberries around Jersey City, there are an abundance of farms to pick your own peaches as well. As we are entering into peach season, the fruits are super sweet, juicy, and fresh. To ensure you are getting the freshest peaches possible, we suggest you take out the family and go pick your own.

Let’s explore some of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City. So, pick a day, pick a farm, grab your baskets, and let’s go pick some Jersey fresh peaches!

Demarest Farms

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

Pick your own peaches at this huge pick your own farm. Peaches at this farm are not available to pick all the time as they only allow you to pick are their fruits and peaches ripen. Be sure to check their schedule online to see when their next peach picking days are. This is definitely one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Prepare yourself for a new experience in peach picking. Demarest Farms features well-manicured trees, spectacular views, and tasty peach varieties – home to more than 12 varieties of pick-your-own peaches.”

Location: 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

 Terhune Orchards

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

This is a 225-acre family owned and operated farm. They have peach picking in the summer from July until September. They offer up some of the best peaches you can pick on your own. They are perfect for eating straight from the tree or baking into a pie or cobbler.

Once you have picked peaches until your heart’s content, you can also check out the farm’s farm animals. They have sheep, goats, ducks, horses, and much more! You can also check out their tractors – this is a real hit for the little ones. Terhune is one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ

Alstede Farms

Admission is either free or reasonably priced on the weekends and weekdays for around $6.99 per person. Although you may not want to pay an admissions fee, it gets you a bit more than just picking your own peaches. They offer hayrides, sunflower maze, tours, and much more.

If you are looking for both white and yellow peaches for picking, Alstede Farms is the place for you. Since we are currently in peach season, there peach picking conditions are considered “excellent” on their website. Another bonus? Every weekend through August 13th, they host a peach festival and they also have a peach pancake breakfast coming up as well. This is a super fun and eventful pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester

Johnson’s Corner Farm

You can pick your own peaches at Johnson’s Corner Farm from June to August. They have some really great peach picking around Jersey City and it is not too far of a drive as well, making is a convenient pick your own peach farm around Jersey City. For a minimal fee, you can also access their barnyard filled with animals and also take a super fun hayride with the kids. The farm also has ice cream for when you need a sweet treat at the end of your peach picking adventure.

Location: 133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ

Lewin Farms

Pick your own peaches are from mid-July to mid-September. However, they suggest you give them a call on the day you are planning on heading over so they can let you know what their availability is. During the winter time, they sell freshly cut Christmas trees. You can truly make Lewin Farms a year round trip with the whole family. The farm is 110 acres and is easily one of the most beautiful pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 812 Sound Ave, Wading River, NY

 Ochs Orchard

Peach picking lasts from July to September, so their season is a little longer than most other New York and New Jersey farms.

Of course, this stunning orchard has other attractions at the farm as well. They have farm animals for the kids to meet, a gorgeous view of the valley below, and you can even pack a picnic lunch to eat with the family. It is the perfect location to get back in touch with nature and experience some fresh, clean air! Ochs is a great option for pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.
Location: Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY

Mead Orchards

From mid-July to early September, Mead Orchards have pick your own peaches along with berries and other fruits and veggies. This huge farm has over 180 acres. When berries and juicy peaches at the farm run out, be sure to make a trip in the fall when they have an abundance of apple and pumpkins. It’s the perfect place to get you in the fall and Halloween spirit and one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City!

Location: 7 Scism Rd, Tivoli, NY

Battleview Orchards

Freshly baked pies, gift baskets, pick your own fruits and veggies, seasonal events, a country store…Battleview Orchards has so much stuff to do and see. Of course, they have pick your own peaches that are available to pick from July to the beginning of September. This is definitely a must check place for pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728

Eastmont Orchards

This is a huge farm that has tons of pick your own options, including many varieties of peaches. They supply you with their own bags for easy picking. Picking is also super easy for younger kids. Be sure to check their Facebook page before heading down to the orchard to make sure they have pick your own peaches open for that day.

Location: 181 County Road 537 East, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

The Best Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

Jersey City Heights is becoming a new go-to spot for living, eating, and playing. It is formerly known as Hudson City and offers an abundance of lush green parks, shops, restaurants, and a fantastic arts district. In this post, we will explore some of the best things to do in Jersey City Heights with the whole family.

Rumba’s Cafe 

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

This warm, inviting, and relaxing spaces serves up some delicious and authentic Afro-Cuban food, making this restaurant one of the best things to do in Jersey City Heights. They serve breakfast, sandwiches, hot and cold drink, fresh juices, and desserts. You will feel right at home with their warm and comforting dishes with a unique combination of tastes and flavors.

Location: 513 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

ModCup Coffee

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

This modern style coffee shop offers some of the best views of the NYC skyline from its adorable space. Their coffee bar serves up some of the best coffee in all of Jersey City. They have espresso drinks, freshly brewed coffee, and a variety of other handcrafted drinks as well. The shop also sells their coffee for you to take home as well so you can brew a fresh cup from the comfort of your own home. This modern coffee shop is definitely one of the best things to do in Jersey City Heights.

Location: 479 Palisade Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Pio Pio

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

This Peruvian restaurant has been in operation “since 1994, specializing in Pollo a La Brasa (Rotisserie Chicken), authentic cuisine from Peru and famous “Green Sauce”! [They] are located throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan New York,” and now have a location in Jersey City Heights.

If you are in a rush, you can even order from their online menu and pick up your order. This is a great feature for busy families looking for a quick, yet home-cooked style meal.

Location: 449 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

 Riverview Arts District

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

The Riverview Arts District in Jersey City heights offers tons of art galleries to walk through, art on the street, and is filled with young and creative artists. You can spend the day walking around this section, admiring all of the stunning artwork this district has to offer.

Here is some background on the district:

“First proposed in the early 1980s by then Councilman Tom Hart, the RAD was forgotten for almost three decades. On February 27, 2013, a city zoning amendment was approved to create an Artist Overlay Zone covering a large portion of the eastern Heights (see map) and allows an artist to have studios or work/ live units within the District.”

Jersey City Reservoir

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

This scenic location is filled with tons of family-friendly outdoor activities. You can choose from activities like walking and hiking trails, kayaking, fishing, art festivals, and so much more! It is also the perfect place to just take a packed picnic lunch and relax on the lunch grass on a warm and sunny afternoon.

The main gate is located at the Northwest corner at Summit Ave. and Reservoir Ave.

Hudson Farmers Market

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

The perfect spot to go buy some delicious and fresh fruits and veggies, Hudson Farmers Market is one of the best things to do in Jersey City Heights. The market is rich with history:

“Louie Napolitano started working in a local garden center/produce store when he emigrated from Italy at the age of nine. At 24, he opened his own garden center and produce store in Bayonne, NJ. Nine years later he had the opportunity to open and grow the business to where he has been for 24 years in Jersey City. Being on the farm gives him ample room to grow and produce his own crop. This allows him to go back to his Italian roots working on the farm as a young boy with his dad.”

Location: 3437 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Riverview Fish Park

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

With amazing views of the NYC skyline and the Hudson River, this Fish Park is the perfect place to spend a weekend day. You can relax in the gazebo, play basketball of one of their two courts, or have the children run around the playground. They also host a weekly farmers market, have some of the best views of fireworks on the 4th of July, and have the Riverview Jazz festival.

The Riverview Farmers Market is a huge attraction for families to Fish Park. They have tons of vednors, events, and activities that are perfect for young kids and families.

Location: Paterson Plank Road, Palisade Avenue, Griffith Street and Bowers Street

Pershing Field Park

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

This park has heaps of things to do – especially activities the kids will absolutely love. According to one Yelper, “Nice new swimming pool with membership or day fees. Free tennis, basketball, baseball, running track, renovated kids play area, ice skating rink(may have fees). Trees, wooden benches. Lovely place to have in the neighborhood.”

You will enjoy this park and all of the outdoor fun it has to offer!

Location: 201 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Renato’s Pizza Masters 

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

Established in 1959, this pizza place knows a thing or two about making some of the best pizza around. Family owned and operated, they specialize in authentic pizza with traditional and unique flavors. Choose from pizzas like Grandma’s style pizza and pepperoni to flavors like broccoli rabe and baked potato ranch!

Location: 278 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Dulce de Leche Bakery

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

This family favorite bakery features delicious baked goods that are to die for. They are an Argentinan style bakery, they only use fresh butter in their pastries, and are famous for their bread and empanadas. You must also try their traditional style Argentine style quiche. It’s filled with ingredients like ham and cheese, broccoli and cheese, spinach, potatoes, and more!

Location: 376 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Yoga in the Heights

Things To Do in Jersey City Heights

This safe and welcoming holistic center and yoga practice studio is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and recharge. Of course, they offer yoga, but they also offer acupuncture, massages, reiki, and life coaching sessions.

“YITH is not just a studio – We are a community. We know each other’s first names. So be prepared to make great friends and to transform your body from the inside out.”

Location: 317 Central Ave. ​Jersey City, New Jersey 07307

Must Go Beer Gardens in Jersey City

Top Must Go Beer Gardens in Jersey City

Sometimes there is nothing like sitting outside, drinking a beer, and enjoying an awesome view on a warm summer day or evening. Luckily, we have quite a few Beer Gardens in Jersey City to choose from. Each has some great beer, delicious foods, and most are even kid and family-friendly!

Let’s explore New Jersey’s top must go beer garden in Jersey City.

Lutze Biergarten

Beer Gardens in Jersey City

Jersey City’s newest beer garden certainly does not disappoint. People are flocking to this water front hotspot for the delicious foods, craft beers, and cocktails. With breathtaking views of NYC, you can sit back and enjoy the view or partake in some of their fun games. Best of all your kids and fur babies are welcome to tag along too! This definitely makes Lutze a must go beer garden in Jersey City.

Location: Harborside, 15 Second St., Jersey City, NJ

 Zeppelin Hall Biergarten and Restaurant

Beer Gardens in Jersey City

With over 100 types of beer, plus wine and cocktails, this Biergarten has a little something for everyone. They serve up some tasty American and German foods, plus some awesome smokey BBQ that customers absolutely love. Live bands play on Friday nights and Saturday’s are dedicated to DJ’s and tons of dancing. Parking is free and children are more than welcome before 9 pm. Check out this must go beer garden in Jersey City.

Location: 88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Pier 13

Beer Gardens in Jersey City

Although Pier 13 is not technically a Biergarten and not in Jersey City, that doesn’t mean they don’t have tons of beers to drink and fantastic places to sit and drink it. You can order canned and draft beers and take them and sit on the beautiful lawn overlooking the water. They also have tons of food trucks to choose from, places to walk, and games to play. This is the perfect place for a family to hang out on Saturdays or Sundays, making this a must go beer garden in Jersey City. (Actually in Hoboken:))

Location: Pier 13 – 1301 Sinatra Dr. N, Hoboken, NJ 07030

 

 Baozi Brew

Beer Gardens in Jersey City

Is there anything better than a Biergarten and Dim Sum? We don’t think so, and this is why you need to check out Baozi Brew and Biergarten. They have extremely good foods like Dim Sum, spring rolls, dumplings, satay, and more! Of course, they have some great cold beers, cocktails, and regular non-alcoholic drinks. For a unique Biergarten experience, Baozi is a must go beer garden in Jersey City.

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Pilsener Haus & Biergarten

Beer Gardens in Jersey City

Even though this Biergarten is located in Hoboken, we felt it deserved a spot on the list. Customers are in love with their grilled sausages and bratwurst. Also notable is their huge Bavarian style pretzels, and saurkraut.

“Welcome to Hoboken’s Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, an authentic Austro-Hungarian Biergarten with some of the best dining in the region. Set in a turn-of-the-century bier hall with an adjoining, sunny Biergarten, it’s the perfect place to spend the day with good friends and good cheer.”

Location: 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Surf City

Beer Gardens in Jersey City

Although not technically a Biergarten, this is a great place to hang out and have a beer with friends and family.

One Yelper says, “This is my favorite bar in Jersey city and not because I live a block away from it 😉 It’s got a great vibe with wonderful views of the marina! It does get super packed on the weekends so expect long lines and slowed service. Come here, relax and soak in the summer sun all you can.”

Location: 1 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Beer Gardens in Jersey City

 

30 Places to Visit in New Jersey This Summer

The Top 30 Places to Visit in New Jersey this Summer

Are you looking for some of the best places to visit in New Jersey this summer? If you are, you have come to the right place! We have compiled a comprehensive list of some of the coolest and most beautiful places to visit in NJ this summer. There is a little something for the whole family, so let’s take a look at some awesome options for a family outing or vacation! Here is our list of 30 Places to Visit in New Jersey this Summer.

Breakwater Beach and Casino

800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights

Something for both the parents and the kids, Breakwater Beach and Casino in the perfect spot to visit in NJ this summer. Explore the water park or hit the casino when the kids are busy playing in the water! Find directions here.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Route 537, Jackson

This outdoor water park is super close to the city, it’s only an hour drive away and it is definitely one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. It is located in Jackson, NJ. This outdoor water park has a lazy river, tons of water slides, boogie boarding, water rafting, and more.

For the young kids, there is a baby pool, water swings, fountain, and tree house. There is a great combination of features for parents, younger kids, and babies, which is perfect for families with many different ages.

Cape May

Cape May, NJ

Considered one of the most beautiful historic towns in all of NJ, a visit to Cape May this summer is a must. It’s the southernmost tip of NJ and worth the drive from wherever you reside. It has gorgeous beaches, delicious restaurants, and the cutest and most colorful Victorian style houses you will ever see. You can check out the Cape May Zoo, go on a whale and dolphin watching sunset cruise, hit the beach, shop, or indulge in some crab fries from The Ugly Mug. You will never be bored in Cape May, which makes it one of the most exciting places to visit in New Jersey this summer.

Thomas Edison State Park

211 Main Street, West Orange

You can easily spend a few hours exploring this park rich with history. It’s a great educational day trip for the kids. You can tour the home and lab of the great Thomas Edison, see vintage movies, and get close and personal with some super old artifacts. They provide guided audio tours for those who want even more information while touring the park. This park is one of the most historically rich places to visit in New Jersey this summer.

Grounds for Sculpture

80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton

Grounds for Sculpture might be one of the coolest places in NJ for artists or people who just love cool works of art. This is an awesome and whimsical place for the whole family to enjoy!

Battlefield State Park

500 Mercer Rd, Princeton

Princeton is one of the most beautiful small towns in NJ. It’s rich with history, is home the Ivy League college Princeton University, and is filled with fun things to do. At the park, you can check out the battlefield, the Clark House Museum, Mercer Oak, the Ionic Colonnade designed by Thomas U. Walter (who was also the architect of the US Capitol Building), a stone patio which marks the grave of 21 British and 15 American soldiers killed in the battle. For another historical visit in NJ, Battlefield State Park is one of the best places to visit in New Jersey this summer.

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Paterson Great Falls

72 McBride Avenue, Paterson

Who knew this huge 77-foot and stunning waterfall could be located smack dab in the middle of Paterson, NJ? Well, it’s there and it’s totally worth the visit. You can take a guided tour or you can just check it out on your own with the family and walk around the grounds. There is a pedestrian bridge that takes you right over the massive waterfalls – it’s an experience like no other. Please note that the pedestrian bridge is often closed for repairs, so make sure you check their website for closures and current conditions. However, even if the bridge is closed you can still see great views of the falls.

Troy Meadows

Troy Meadows, East Hanover

places to visit in new jersey in summer

Could this get any more stunning? We don’t think so! So, plan your trip to Troy Medows today since this is one of the most beautiful places to visit in New Jersey this summer. This meadow is a freshwater marsh in the Whippany River Watershed in the Passaic River Basin. If you are lucky, you will get the chance to see tons of beautiful lavender blooming.

Newport Green

14th St, Jersey City

Sink your toes in the sand at Newport Green and have the kids build a sand castle and dig in the sand! They even have a water play area that the kids can splash around in so make sure your pack their bathing suits, sunscreen, and beach toys. No need to drive a few hours in traffic to a crowded beach on the Jersey Shore when you can get the beach experience right in your own backyard.

Hoboken Cove Boathouse

Frank Sinatra Dr, Hoboken

The Boathouse is a must-do activity in Hoboken, especially during the summer months. It is an awesome way to get active and spend some time on the beautiful river all at a very budget friendly cost…because it’s free! Of course, anything free makes it one of the most budget-friendly places to visit in New Jersey this summer. This is great if you have a large family and don’t want to spend tons of money on pricey events and activities throughout the city.

Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook, NJ

Sandy Hook is a stunning stretch of beach that runs for 7 miles. There are so many things to do in the park that the whole family will love. Of course, you can hang on the beach and play in the water and sand. But you can also walk or bike the bike path all the way down to the tip of the park, where you will have amazing views of the NYC skyline. You can rent kayaks and paddle boats, or bring your own surfboard and parasail to ride in the calm bay side. Sandy Hook is also home to an abundance of unique birds, wildlife, and flora and fauna – perfect for the nature lover. Located at the very end of the park is Fort Hancock. Visit the Fort Hancock Museum, explore the hidden battery buildings, officers row, lighthouse, and tons more. It will feel like you are thrown back in time.

Red Bank

Red Bank, NJ

Super charming and quaint, Red Bank has been awarded one of the top small town main streets in the US. There are tons and delicious restaurants, adorable clothing shops, bakeries, and so much more. You can hit the antique shops, take a stroll along the waterfront, and get some famous Italian Ice at Strollo’s Lighthouse (be prepared to wait in a line!

Liberty State Park

200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City

With maybe the greatest view of the NYC skyline in all of NJ, Liberty State Park is a must. The park is great for walking, throwing or kicking a ball around, or having a picnic right near the water. They also have a great playground for kids to enjoy.

Keansburg

275 Beachway Ave, Keansburg

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A trip to Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids is a summer must for many families on the Jersey Shore. With affordable prices and tons of water rides and regular rides to ride, this is a perfect place for smaller and bigger kids alike.

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive Camden

Adventure Aquarium is one of the best and biggest aquariums in NJ, your kids will definetly love this awesome aquarium. Visit hippos, sharks, fish, and penguins. They even have special touch exhibits where you can get up, close, and personal with some super cool sea creatures.

Land of Make Believe

354 Great Meadows Rd, Hope

Pirates Plunge water slide, Jumping Frog rides, haunted Halloween houses, and talking scarecrows are just some of the cool attractions at this cool amusement park. The park also has 9 food areas, a free picnic area, and much more.

Storybook Land

6415 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township

In operation since 1955, Storybook Land is a magical park for kids and families. The timelessness of childhood will ring true as your family literally walks through its all-time favorite stories and nursery rhymes at Storybook Land. Children’s classics are interspersed with exciting new family rides and attractions in a remarkably clean and enjoyable park setting!

Luna Parc

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22 Degroat Rd, Sandyston

This private home and art studio of Ricky Boscarino is like something out of a fairytale. It is only open a few times per year and the next time to visit is October 18-20, 2017 – although this is not technically the summer and it definitely worth the extra wait. With over 6 acres of in lush NJ woods, you will find all kinds of artwork scattered throughout the house and property. It’s truly something the whole family will love. 

Location: 22 Degroat Rd, Sandyston, NJ 07827

Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights, NJ

Whether you are looking to lay on the beach while you kids play in the water and sand or you want to stroll along a boardwalk, check out this awesome seaside town. There are tons of restaurants and ice cream shops to try, rides, and places to walk.

Diggerland Construction Theme Park

100 Pinedge Ct, West Berlin

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Have a little one in your life that love digging, dirt, and construction cars? Then take them to the amazing Diggerland. You can drive and ride in actual machinery that are diesel powered, full-sized pieces of equipment. However, they are modified a bit to make them safe for the general public. When you are finished driving the construction machinery, you can take a ride on their military vehicles, play arcade games, climb a rock wall, or one of the biggest rope courses.

State Fair Meadowlands

This is the biggest fair in NJ of the whole summer. There are endless games to play, foods to eat, and rides to ride! Your kids will be in heaven at this huge state park!

Location: 1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Six Flags Safari

1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson

Want to see elephants, giraffes, tigers, lions, and tons more? Look no further than Six Flags Wild Safari! It has over 1,200 animals you can take a safari car and drive right through the safari fields to get super close to these majestic animals. It’s one of the great off-road excursions you can take in NJ this summer.

RPM Raceway

99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City

Indoor go-kart racing is always a super fun activity for the whole family…even dad! Go-karts can go up to 45 mph! This is definitely an activity for your older kids and they are sure to love it.

Amish Market

108 Swedesboro Road, Mullica Hill

A trip to this delicious Amish Market will leave you and your family’s bellies happy. They feature fresh baked good and doughnuts, fresh fruits and veggies, smoothie stand, fresh meat at the butcher counter, an Amish restaurant, and tons more! Check out this unique market as it is one of the coolest places to visit in new jersey this summer.

Jenkinson’s Family Amusement Boardwalk 

300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach

Jenkinson’s has tons of shops, candy stores, restaurants, rides, and so much more. They have awesome clean beaches to spend the whole day playing at and relaxing. Check out Jenkinson’s as it’s one of the most fun places to visit in new jersey this summer.

Wild West City

50 Lackawanna Dr, Stanhope

This is the perfect place for the little cowboy or cowgirl in your life! This is definitely one of the best places to visit in new jersey this summer. Wild West City is a town rooted in traditional family values where history and entertainment create an unforgettable moment in time. Wild West City’s shows and activities have at their very core the important, ageless theme of the triumph of good over evil, where justice prevails and the good guys still win! Wild West City stands as a testimony to that unflinching, unwavering, courageous frontier spirit that shaped America

The Twin Lights

Lighthouse Road, Highlands

With its amazing views of the forest, NYC, and the Atlantic Ocean, Twin Lights is a must visit place this summer. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse, check out their museum, and climb on the huge cannons out front!

Lakota Wolf Preserve

89 Mt Pleasant Road, Columbia

Want to take a wild wolf tour? Luckily, you can at Lakota Wolf Preserve. You must schedule a tour in advance. During the tour, you and the kids will also learn all about wolf habits, wolf packs, their interactions with humans, and so much more. This is truly an amazing experience to have with the whole family, making it one of the most places to visit in New Jersey this summer.

Happy Day Farm

77 Iron Ore Rd, Manalapan Township

This Happy Farm is a must to have in our list of 30 Places to Visit in New Jersey this Summer. Whether you want to go raspberry or blueberry picking (through August), run through the sun flower maze, climb the tire mountain, ride on a tractor, or so much more, Happy Day Farm has something for everyone. It is a perfect place to take the whole family and there is no shortage of things to do.

Medieval Times 

149 Polito Ave, Lyndhurst

Cheer on your knight while sink your teeth into some delicious food! Medieval Times will take you back to the time of kings, queens, knights and jousting!

Summer is all about having fun in the sun! Make sure to cool off with one of the amazing pools or sprinkler parks in and around Jersey City! Also, don’t forget to check out the Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City!

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Blueberry Picking Around Jersey City

If you are looking for a fun and active way to get outside, blueberry picking can be the perfect way to go! There is a ton of blueberry picking and fruit picking around Jersey City. Kids love getting their hands dirty and feeling accomplished after doing something productive. Not only that, but they get to learn a bit about where fruit comes from, how fruit grows, and they will be much more excited to eat their fruits…and maybe even veggies too.

Another advantage to picking your own fresh blueberries is you can come back home and make pies, tarts, or muffins with your freshly picked berries. The kids will be so excited to use their hard earned blueberries in a baked treat when they get home.

Below are some of the best blueberry picking farms around Jersey City. Each farm listed below is about an hour or less away so you don’t have to trek too far from home. So grab your basket, pack the kids in the car, and let’s go pick some fresh and juicy blueberries!

Terhune Orchards

This is a 225-acre family owned and operated farm. They have blueberry picking in the summer time where you will find some of the best berries around. After you and the kids are finished picking some awesome berries, you can also check out the farm’s adorable animals. They have sheep, goats, ducks, horses, and much more! You can also check out their tractors.

Location: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ

Alstede Farms

About 55 minutes away from Jersey City, this pick your own strawberry farm allows you to pick daily from 9 am to 6 pm with no closed days. Admission is either free or reasonably priced on the weekends and weekdays for around $6.99 per person. They also offer hayrides and live entertainment for before and/or you head out to pick your berries. Although you may not want to pay an admissions fee, it gets you a bit more than just picking the berries and may be worth the cost for the total experience this farm offers!

Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester

Johnson’s Corner Farm

You can pick your own blueberries at Johnson’s Corner Farm from June to July. They offer some great blueberry picking around Jersey City and it is not too far of a drive as well. For a minimal fee, you can also access their barnyard filled with animals and also take a super fun hayride with the kids.

Location: 133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ

Kelder’s Farm & U-Pick

Blueberries are a new addition to the Kelder Farm and it does not disappoint. They also have other berries to pick as well and different fruits and veggies if you are interested in that too. The best time to pick blueberries at Kelder Farm is from July to September. When you are all tired out from picking blueberries, you can play mini-golf, check out one of the biggest gnomes in the USA, and pet some adorable farm animals at their petting farm. All of these kid-friendly features make them one of the best blueberry picking farms around Jersey City.

Location: 5755 Rt. 209, Kerhonkson, NY

Lewin Farms

This pick your own berry farm offers blueberries June through August, along with other produce like peaches, corn, peppers, and so much more. They even sell amazing Christmas trees during the winter months. You can truly make Lewin Farms a year round trip with the whole family. The farm is 110 acres and is easily one of the most beautiful farms you can travel to do blueberry picking around Jersey City.

Location: 812 Sound Ave, Wading River, NY

Ochs Orchard

Ochs Orchard is a great destination to pick blueberries around Jersey City. Their berry picking season starts in June and they have plenty of berries to pick throughout the rest of the summer. Of course, they have other attractions at the farm as well. They have farm animals to meet and pet, a gorgeous view of the valley below, and you can even pack a picnic lunch to eat with the family.
Location: Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY

Greig Farm

A pick your own farm that has been in business for more than 60 years, they sure know a little bit about farming some delicious blueberries. You can definitely expect some of the sweetest and juiciest berries from Greif Farm. The farm also has some super special pigmy goats – they are very small and awesome for the kids!

Location: 223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

Patty’s has a great blueberry patch for picking your own blueberries. It’s a smaller farm and shop that truly feels like you are picking berries and grandma’s house. If you are a bit short on time or want to extra blueberries on the way out, they also have pre-packaged blueberries straight from their patch as well. And that best part? They make their own sinful ice cream made with fruits right from their farm!

Location: 410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY

Mead Orchards

This fruit and veggies farm has over 180 acres. You can pick your own blueberries on the weekends, so make sure you plan your trip on a Saturday or Sunday. Blueberries are available to pick from June to around the middle of August. When blueberries at the farm run out, be sure to make a trip in the fall when they have an abundance of apple and pumpkins.

Location: 7 Scism Rd, Tivoli, NY