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Family Fun: Spring Break in New Jersey

Longer days, springtime showers and blooming flowers mean that it’s almost time for spring break. When school’s out, you’ll find that New Jersey has no shortage of fun things to do with kids throughout the state. Get started planning the perfect family vacation with these ideas.


Make the most of pleasant springtime weather at Tenafly Nature Center, located along the scenic Hudson River in northern New Jersey. With nearly 400 acres of lush green space and natural wildlife habitats, you’ll find plenty to explore with kids and teens alike. Take teens for a walk along seven miles of hiking trails, bring little ones to hear bullfrogs croaking at Pfister’s Pond, or join in on one of the seasonal programs, from storytelling to scavenger hunts.


At Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, you’ll find a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, fun is on the agenda no matter what the weather has in stored. Play a round of golf at Castaway Cove Mini Golf, practice your swing at the batting cages, play games at the numerous arcades, or go on the 7D interactive Dark Ride at South Beach Arcade. Meanwhile, Jenkinson’s Aquarium is filled with exciting and educational exhibits, featuring marine life such as sharks, penguins, seals and even sea stars and sting rays in a hands-on touch tank.


If rain is in the forecast, not to worry—a tropical escape awaits at one of the indoor water parks. At Sahara Sam's Oasis in West Berlin, it’s always a balmy 84 degrees, and kids can zoom down fast waterslides, float down a lazy river, or try surfing on the Flow Rider surf simulator. At CoCo Key Water Resort in Mount Laurel, let little ones have some water fun in the dip-pool, or let older kids get a thrill on one of the adventurous water slides. Stay overnight at the onsite hotel, and enjoy the family-friendly dining options, as well as planned activities such as movie night.


Keep kids learning even while they’re out of school with a trip to Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, where interactive exhibits delve into the fascinating worlds of science, space, technology and more. Be sure to visit the new Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater for films, laser shows and planetarium experiences.


For a night the whole family will remember, enjoy dinner and a show at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Lyndhurst. Kids of all ages can watch in awe as exciting jousting, thrilling sword-fighting, skillful horsemanship and beautiful falconry ignites their imaginations and transports them to medieval times. Dinner includes a spread of hearty fare, including roasted chicken, buttered corn, herbed potatoes and more.


Find even more fun things to do in New Jersey on your next trip.