New Jersey's Summer Outings For All Ages

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Bust that generation gap with gusto. This summer, plan a multigenerational outing in New Jersey that will delight family members of all ages. Keep this infographic handy to stir up ideas and interest. Download and print—or send as an email as a gentle reminder that family time is the best time of all.

Go Fishing From Bluefish To Trout
Whether you're angling for trout at Allamuchy Mountain State Park or heading out to sea for bluefish, you'll discover plenty of fishing in New Jersey to enhance your family's legendary fish stories. At Island Beach State Park, a favorite for surf fishing, ramps offer fishing access to people with disabilities.

Yum, Most Diners in the World
It's hard to think of a more family-friendly dining establishment than a good old-fashioned diner. You'll find plenty in New Jersey. And who can't appreciate those exhaustive diner menus, which offer something to please even the pickiest eater in your party?

Plan a Beach Day But Say "Down the Shore"
Who knows why generation after generation say they're going "Down the Shore" rather than off to the beach…it's just tradition! Keep those Shore memories going with a day (or week!) at your favorite white-sand beach this summer.

View 270 Outdoor Sculptures
Grandparents and grandkids alike will find plenty to enjoy at Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park and arboretum in Hamilton. Plus, family workshops help intergenerational groups create art together.

See 50+ Doo Wop Motels
Share mid-century memories by touring The Wildwoods’ Doo Wop District, one of AOL's 10 architectural wonders of the U.S. and the largest concentration of Doo Wop motels in the country. Just tell the teens in your group that it's retro!

Pedal a Cruiser or Surrey
Take a trip down Memory Lane (aka the boardwalk) on a beach cruiser, or gather your crew to navigate a surrey (a multiple-person bike). Lots of laughter guaranteed!

Visit 7 Zoos
New Jersey's zoos are a great destination for a family outing. See some happy endings for rescued animals at Popcorn Park Refuge in Forked River or view 150 species from around the world in naturalistic habitats at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.

Take a Live Action History Lesson
Discover real action heroes—the men and women who first settled New Jersey. Take a step back in time at Historic Cold Spring Village, Howell Living History Farm, Historic Village at Allaire or Historic Longstreet Farm. This is a history lesson that's easy to take!

Enjoy Custard's First Stand
The Kohrs are credited with being among the first to sell frozen custard. Now you can introduce the younger generation to the frosty treat that's been a NJ favorite since 1919. I'll take orange cream, please.

Celebrate NJ's Biggest 4th of July Fest
Food fest, craft fair, music festival and a fireworks finale—this family-friendly event in Long Branch has it all. No wonder Oceanfest has been a favorite for over two decades!  

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