Family Friendly Attractions
From exotic animals to roller coasters and from Tarzan swings to mountain biking trails, New Jersey's family-friendly attractions are enough to keep the boredom at bay.
Set sail on the AJ Meerwald, the Tall Ship of New Jersey. The interactive yet peaceful excursion is a chance for the kids to use teamwork to haul on the lines to raise the canvas sails and for the adults to learn about this 1928 Delaware Bay schooner and the local oyster industry.
At the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, visitors learn how science and technology make daily life easier. Choose from eight exhibition areas and interact with new displays such as Skyscraper! Achievement and Impact, where you will discover the elements needed to plan, construct and maintain a tall building in urban surroundings. Guests will also have the opportunity to walk an I-beam 18 feet above the exhibition floor and to design and test their own building. Beams recovered from the World Trade Center are on display and you can learn more about the science behind the towers' collapse.
Ever gnawed on roast chicken while watching a duel or jousting match? Don a paper crown and join in the epic battle of steel and steed at Lynhurst's Medieval Times.
For a full day of fun and adventure, visit Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor. America's largest seasonal theme park. Six Flags boasts more than 200 rides, shows and attractions. In addition, Six Flags has the world's largest drive-through safari outside of Africa. Its home to more than 1,200 exotic animals roaming on 350 acres of simulated natural habitat.
More thrills await visitors at Mountain Creek Waterpark. Carved out of a mountainside, the site features more than two dozen rides, slides and pools on 39 acres. It also offers some of the most extreme and extraordinary rides in the Northeast, including Tarzan Swings, High Anxiety and the 23-foot Canyon Cliff. Also at Mountain Creek, biking enthusiasts are thrilled by Diablo Freeride Park that features more than 40 custom-built free-ride and downhill mountain bike trails such as Dominion, Exodus and Alpine. Diablo offers riders some of the most rewarding bike terrain in the world. And in the winter, Mountain Creek is home to superior skiing and snowboarding.
You travel as a family and so does the wolf pack at Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, where you'll learn about the social structure, eating habits and interaction with man. Watch them play with each other and, if you're lucky, get to hear them howl.
Imagine life with no music, movies, radio or electric lighting. If you have trouble envisioning such an existence, a visit to the Edison National Historic Site may be in order. A marvelous discovery with preserved and remodeled labs showcasing the innovative mind of the world's most prolific inventor. The site is a must-see for those looking to capture a unique chapter of the American experience. Relive this revolution by visiting Thomas Edison's laboratory and home, a fantastic attraction that will reach new generations for years to come.
For a unique outdoor experience, the Meadowlands Environmental Center will captivate the entire family with hands-on exhibits and guided walking and pontoon boat tours of one of New Jersey's most precious and important ecosystems. You may have visited zoos before, but surely none like this. The Shore Region's Popcorn Park Zoo provides sanctuary to injured, abused and mistreated wildlife and farm and exotic animals. It remains the only federally licensed zoo of its kind.
Atlantic City has long been renowned for ocean-side fun and entertainment, and that remains the case today at the famous Steel Pier amusement park. Offering rides for kids of all ages with amusement games, entertainment, Boardwalk food and helicopter rides. It's nothing short of a Jersey Shore institution. Just 10 miles west of Atlantic City is Storybook Land, a mainstay of family fun and excitement for more than 50 years. Home to great rides and games amid impeccably maintained grounds, Storybook Land offers recitations of your favorite childhood stories and nursery rhymes.
From May to September, every Saturday night, there's an experience deep in South Jersey that will make you think you are in Texas. Don cowboy boots and hat, get there early for the flea market and Dutch Country BBQ, and stay for a good ole-fashioned rodeo at Cowtown Rodeo where competitors will ride bareback and rope steer.
Morey's Piers, the largest amusement piers in the world, offer more than 100 exciting amusement park rides and attractions, including roller coasters, kiddie rides and two large beachfront water parks. Avoid long theme-park lines and enjoy a classic seaside amusement park with your family. Morey's Piers have enough rides, games and water attractions to exhaust even the most avid amusement park enthusiast. The expanded Adventure Aquarium features two massive Nile hippopotamuses within its West African River Experience. While more than 20 sharks and 850 other creatures offer a visual thrill as you journey through the aquarium's 40-foot shark tunnel, you'll get so close that you will sense how it feels to squirm at the end of a fish hook.