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Labor Day Weekend Guide: Things To Do With Families

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Labor Day Weekend Guide: Things To Do With Families

Labor day weekend is here, and it’s also almost the end of summer! Schools are starting too, but we know how everyone loves their long weekends with the whole family. There are many things to do in and around Jersey City, whether you want to do something adventurous or relax. This is the perfect time to spend some quality time with the family and participate in different activities.

Enjoy a BBQ With Friends and Family

What is labor day weekend without a BBQ? Fire up the grill for some great eats with close family and friends. Spend some quality time with loved ones over some delicious foods. You can even make it into a game night or a movie night. Make sure to prepare some delicious food and enjoy it!

Head to the Beach and Boardwalk

Who doesn’t love to go to the beach, especially before summer ends, especially on a long weekend? Luckily, New Jersey has many beaches that you can drive to from Jersey City with the family for the day. You can also enjoy other activities on boardwalks which would be a perfect weekend. We have a full list of beaches near Jersey City. Make sure to buy passes in advance depending on what beach you are interested in visiting, as it can get crowded for the long weekend.

Have A Picnic At A Local Park

Pack your blanket, lunch, and games to enjoy a day at the park. There are many parks in and around Jersey City for families to enjoy. Make sure to get there early and find a good spot so that you will be socially distanced. The weather is perfect during this time, and it’s a great free activity for you to enjoy labor day weekend.

Enjoy a Beer At A Beer Garden

Most beer gardens are outdoors, so if you and your friends want to enjoy a cool beer, check one out! Most of the beer gardens offer some specials, and it would be a perfect way to enjoy the last bit of summer with friends and family.


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 on a long weekend. There are many places to go camping near Jersey City that would make it a perfect activity in August. We have a full guide here. 

Go Kayaking, Rafting, and Tubing 

The long weekend is the perfect time to try fun water activities like kayaking, rafting, and tubing! Near Jersey City, there are a ton of options where you can go kayaking, tubing as well as rafting. Check out this list we created.

Weekend Getaway 

Long weekends especially labor day, are the perfect time for a quick getaway! Enjoy the last bit of summer and heading into fall by visiting some of these places. We have compiled a comprehensive list of some of the best getaways you can take in New Jersey. There is a little something for the whole family! Check out the full list here.

Enjoy A Day At An Amusement Park

Amusement parks are a must-visit with the family when it comes to the summer, especially on labor day weekend! There are quite a few amusement/theme parks that are now open near Jersey City. So have a fun-filled day with family or friends on some thrill rides and take in the adventure for the day. Check the full list here.

Enjoy The Last Bit Of Summer At A Waterpark

This is a perfect activity for labor day weekend! It’s still hot out, and kids especially love going to a waterpark on a hot summer day. There are quite a few near Jersey City that you can go to. Enjoy labor day weekend at one of these waterparks! They are taking the proper precautions for people who visit. We have a full guide here.

Visit a Local Winery

Labor day weekend can be even more fun with a glass of wine! Luckily, there are some amazing wineries and vineyards near Jersey City that you can go over the long weekend. Most of these wineries are only an hour away from downtown Jersey City. They have a ton of outdoor space, and a lot of them are family-friendly.

Visit A Garden

Luckily, near Jersey City, gorgeous and luscious gardens are now reopened for the public. So you can spend the day or long weekend at these landscapes with the whole family! Many of these botanical gardens are easy to get to where you can enjoy the beauty of your surroundings without any distractions and keep social distancing in mind during COVID-19. Please take a look at our guide.

Go On A Drive-Through Safari

If you are interested in a fun, socially distanced activity for the kiddos, drive-through zoos would be perfect. The kids would totally enjoy this animal-filled experience while keeping safety in mind, especially during the long weekend when many places can get crowded. Some of these options are over two hours, so you can always make a fun trip out of them for the long weekend 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.

Visit A Beautiful Lake

We know how much families want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors as the weather gets warmer. Luckily, there are endless opportunities to make unforgettable memories and experiences. New Jersey has some of the best lakes and clean water for swimming, sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, and even kayaking. Check out the list we’ve created for you of New Jersey’s most beautiful lakes.

Go Glamping 

We have all heard of camping, but have you ever gone glamping? Glamping is the more luxurious way of camping! Why sleep on the ground when you can snuggle beneath a comfy blanket under the stars in a queen size bed? Glamping is the perfect getaway to enjoy the experience of camping but with a bit of added ease. Lucky for you, there are some great spots near Jersey City where you can go glamping. Check out the guide here.

Apple Picking

Once we start hitting September, it’s the start of the perfect season for fresh yummy apples. The whole family would love this activity for the long weekend! Pick your own apples and then maybe go back home and bake your own apple pies! We have a full blog on ‘Apple and Pumpkin Picking in Jersey City.

Updated August 18th, 2022

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