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15 Things To Do On Columbus Day With Your Family

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15 Things To Do On Columbus Day With Your Family

Columbus Day is on Monday, and schools will be closed. Are you unsure what to do with the family on the day/weekend off? Don’t stress out because we have created the perfect guide for you. From fun fall activities like apple picking, hiking, and pumpkin patches to wineries and outdoor restaurants, we have lots of options for everyone.

See Fall Colors and Foliage

Who doesn’t love to see the gorgeous leaves change color? Red, orange, yellow, and lush greens are everywhere. It is one of the prettiest times of the year in New Jersey. Also, you can drive or hike near these beautiful areas and enjoy the change of the season. There are a ton of places to check our fall colors and foliage near Jersey City.

Go, Apple Picking

Autumn brings yummy fresh apples! The best part of all these apple orchard farms is that you can enjoy a lot more than apple picking. Additionally, one can check out the farm market, corn maze, hayrides, petting zoos, and more! Check out this list for apple picking near Jersey City.

Go Hiking

As the weather changes and the leaves for the fall, step out with the family and enjoy a beautiful hike on Columbus Day or the long weekend. Additionally, this is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. To help you find the perfect trail, we’ve created a list of the 10 Best Hiking Trails for Families Near Jersey City.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Visiting a pumpkin patch is essential during the fall. Since the kids are off from school, why not go pumpkin picking? Here’s our list of the Top # Pumpkin Patches Near Jersey City. Make sure to get tickets for the farm as soon as possible, since this can be a busy weekend to go.

Drive-In Movie Theatres

Enjoy Columbus day at a drive-in movie theatre!  This is such a fun activity to do with the family and a safe way to enjoy another activity to get you and the kids out of the house. They are showing a ton of Halloween movies which is perfect for this time of the year. Take a look at this list of the drive-in theatres near Jersey City.

Enjoy A Meal Outdoors

A lot of your favorite Jersey City restaurants are still offering outdoor dining. Make a reservation in advance as the long holiday weekend for Columbus Day can get busy. There are so many cuisines in Jersey City with options for everyone. Check the list here. 

Go Camping

There are a lot of reasons to go camping. The most important one is to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city but also to get a break from your wired devices to enjoy nature. A perfect activity to enjoy with your family or friends for the long weekend or on Columbus Day, there are many places to go camping near Jersey City. We have a complete guide here. 

Go To A Zoo Or A Aquarium With The Kids

The kids would enjoy this animal-filled experience by visiting a zoo or an aquarium near Jersey City. Some of these options are over two hours, so you can always make a fun trip out of them if you want to go out of state or make it a weekend getaway! Make sure to check each zoo’s information before you visit. Check out the complete list of zoos or an aquarium.

Check Out A Local Winery

The weather is still perfect on the long weekend and on Columbus day to enjoy some wine outdoors! Luckily, there are some fantastic wineries and vineyards near Jersey City that you can go to over the weekend. They have a ton of outdoor space, and a lot of them are family-friendly.

Get Lost In A Corn Maze

Did you do fall right if you didn’t step foot into a corn maze? The scenery also makes a great photo op! So after your pumpkin and apple picking adventures, make sure to fit in one of the Best Corn Mazes to Visit This Fall Near Jersey City on your list!

Treat Yourself To Ice Cream

Jersey City is filled with yummy ice cream spots that you can check out after an activity-filled day. There are many ice cream places to choose from in Jersey City, and each shop offers something a bit different in taste, flavor, and shop atmosphere. Check this list here. 

Check Out A Family Farm

Fall has so many things to offer to families in New Jersey, but you cannot forget to visit a family farm. From hayrides, wine tasting, corn mazes, petting zoos, live music, pumpkin bowling, and a ton more, you can spend this holiday enjoying all things fall. Check the complete list here. 

Maybe Take A Quick Getaway

Luckily we live in Jersey City, where some fun places are a quick car ride away to travel to. From farmland and mountains to oceanside towns and busy urban centers, you can spread your visits over a couple of months and experience a variety of different short vacations without ever leaving the tri-state area. To help you decide, here is our pick of the best tri-state area’s weekend getaway ideas. Check the list here. 

Check Out A Sunflower Farm

Sunflowers are the happiest flowers on Earth, and they are gorgeous, especially an entire field of them. Not only are they beautiful to look at and take home, but you can also even get the most stunning photos and create memories. The good news is there are a few sunflower farms near Jersey City that you can visit this week with your family. Check this complete guide out.

Get Some Baked Goodies From A Local Bakery

Jersey City bakeries do not disappoint when it comes to fresh baked goods or the most delicious desserts! One great thing about a city as vibrant as Jersey City is that there’s a great bakery within each neighborhood filled with an array of bread and pastries. Therefore, we have created this list of the best 15 bakeries that you have to check out.

Columbus Day Camps

Shehnaaz Dance Academy’s Columbus Day Camp

Monday, October 10th, 2022

Caught off guard by the School Holiday on Columbus Day Monday? We got you covered! SDA x BuzyBugs is all set to bring you a day full of games, logic, puzzles and adventure in our Escape Room for Kids. Register here. 

Luna De Papel’s Columbus Day Camp

Monday, October 10th, 2022

Join Luna De Papel on Monday for a Columbus Day Camp on October 10th. More information here. 


Updated October 6th, 2022

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