Spring Break Staycation Day Trips That Are Fun for the Whole Family


Go where it's always 84 degrees.


With spring break fast-approaching, if you’re not jetting off to the beach, mountains, or the “house of mouse,” there’s no reason to feel as if you’re missing out. There are plenty of interesting things to do and see in New Jersey.

From outdoor marvels to indoor gaming, whatever you’re seeking, you’ll find it within a relatively easy driving distance. Check out this range of options that are sure to make your staycation just as much fun as a trip out of town.

Game on!

Within the past four months, Dave & Buster’s has ventured into the Garden State. With locations in Wayne and Woodbridge ,the gaming emporium and sports bar offers everything from Skee Ball and Pop-A-Shot to dozens of high-definition flat screens, making it the perfect spot to watch March Madness unfold. Don’t miss the popular Wednesday special: All Games All Day are Half-Price.

Looking for some old school gaming fun? YESTERcades, located in Red Bank and Somerville – and soon to be Westfield – unites pinball machines and vintage Pac-Man with the latest, most high-tech systems available. Pay by the hour or stay and play all day.

Recapture the good old days of your youth or make new memories.
Courtesy of YESTERcades/Facebook

Jump for joy

Bounce out all that extra energy at Sky Zone. Home to wall-to-wall trampolines, attendees can show off their jumping prowess, play basketball, or even dodge ball. Locations include newly-opened Springfield, Pine Brook, South Plainfield, Allendale, Lakewood, and Mt. Olive

Jump into a foam pit at Sky Zone. SkyZone/Facebook

Rebounderz, located in Edison, is another indoor trampoline park where attendees jump for joy. This spot features a Ninja Warrior Course, so get ready to test your agility like never before.

Water, water everywhere

Camden Aquarium has welcomed four new hatchlings. Meet female penguin chicks Taco and Shelley along with males Carson and Nick. What else is new? Explorer’s Cove, an outdoor softplay area for kids to enjoy, offers seven nautical-themed structures and also features a shade structure to keep you cool on sunny days. Relax and enjoy a snack or lunch in a new outdoor seating space.

Located beside the boardwalk in Pt. Pleasant, Jenkinson’s Aquarium strives to provide guests with a unique and memorable experience through creative exhibits and innovative educational opportunities. After visiting the aquatic life, walk on the beach or check out the rides. Jenkinson’s amusement park opens on weekends beginning March 24-25.

Take a trip under the sea at Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Jenkinson’s Aquarium/Facebook

Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park, located in West Berlin, offers day and half-day passes and features water slides, a lazy river, and New Jersey’s only indoor surfing simulator. Leave the sunscreen at home and enjoy a splash that will never be spoiled by the weather.

Go where it’s always 84 degrees.

Educational and entertaining

Liberty Science Centerthe Jersey City-based educational center, celebrated the opening of the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the largest and most technologically-advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, in December. Check out the jaw-dropping dome and state-of-the-art theater while gathering real-time information from NASA. Younger visitors can pay a visit to beloved fictional character Thomas the Tank Engine at an exhibit that runs through mid-May.

Theater shows are available with the purchase of a Combination Pass, a Premium Pass, or a Star Trek Premium Pass. Courtesy of Liberty Science Center

The Montclair Art Museum is offering budding artists an opportunity to attend a spring break camp, which runs March 30 and April 2-6. Those interested in spending a day inside the Mountain Avenue galleries can check out works inspired by Matisse and Art of Native North America.

Check out more than 270 sculptures crafted by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, which stand gracefully amid 42 acres of impeccably landscaped parkland at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. Dine at the renowned Rats restaurant, the casual cafe, or pack your own picnic.

Looking for activities on specific dates? Check out our events calendar.

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