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85 Family-Friendly Summer Day Trips

By Angeline Sheridan January 8, 2020

Summer is here! Make the most of it with Macaroni Kid's top 85 Family-Friendly Summer Day Trips. From beaches, lakes, rivers, water parks, state parks, museums, farms, zoos and more, we've got you covered all summer long. We've even included dates of special events and pay what you wish days for certain listings. Go explore, discover, and have fun! Make sure you check with each venue to confirm hours of operation to avoid disappointment.


Amazing Aquariums

1. Adventure Aquarium - Camden, NJ (Hippo Festival through July 21)

2. Maritime Aquarium - Norwalk, CT

3. Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, CT (Summer Nights every Monday from 6-9PM July 8 through August 27)

4. New York Aquarium - Brooklyn, NY (Pay what you wish Fridays 3PM - closing)


Boardwalk Blast

5. Coney Island - Coney Island, NY

6. Jenkinson's Boardwalk - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ (Movies on the beach every Friday night)

7. Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY

8. Seaside Heights - Seaside Heights, NJ 


Come Sail Away

9. Clearwater - Beacon, NY

10. Hackensack Riverkeeper - Hackensack, NJ

11. Nyack Boat Charter - Nyack, NJ


Farm Fun

12. Alstede Farm - Chester, NJ

13. Brookhollow's Barnyard - Boonton, NJ

14. Terhune Orchards - Princeton, NJ (Blueberry Bash July 6 & 7)

15. Von Thun Farms - South Brunswick, NJ (U Pick blueberries, blackberries and raspberries through July)



Glorious Gardens

16. The Cloisters - New York, NY (Pay what you wish for NJ students)

17. Everett Children's Adventure Garden at NY Botanical Garden - Bronx, NY  (Pay what you wish Wednesdays and 9-10AM on Saturdays)

18. New Jersey Botanical Garden - Ringwood, NJ (Summer concerts Friday nights, Family Hikes every 3rd Sunday)

19. Planting Fields Arboretum - Oyster Bay, NY (Nature Sundays for Children through August 26, Free Theater in the Park August 18 & 25)



It's A Shore Thing

20. Belmar - Belmar, NJ

21. Ocean Grove - Ocean Grove, NJ  (Community Day July 6)

22. Point Pleasant - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ  

23. Sandy Hook - Sandy Hook, NJ

24. Spring Lake - Spring Lake, NJ  (Movies on the Beach Wednesdays July 17-August 4 at North Pavilion)

25. 7 Presidents Oceanfront Park - Long Branch, NJ



Lake Lovin'

26. Hopatcong State Park - Landing, NJ

27. Lake Welch at Harriman State Park - Stony Point, NY

28. Shepherd Lake - Ringwood, NJ

29. Wawayanda State Park - Hewitt, NJ


Marvelous Museums

30. 9/11 Memorial & Museum - New York,  NY (Pay what you wish Tuesdays 5-8PM)

31. American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY (Pay what you wish every day; Macaroni Kid's 2014 review)

32. Children's Museum of Manhattan - New York, NY

33. Children's Museum of the Arts - New York, NY (Pay what you wish on Thursdays 4-6PM)

34. Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, NJ (Dino Dig opens June 29; Lion Guard Exhibit, LEGO Art)

35. Long Island Children's Museum - Garden City, NY (Macaroni Kid's 2013 review)

36. Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY (Pay what you wish every day)

37. Museum of Modern Art - New York, NY (Pay what you wish Fridays 4-8PM)

38. National Baseball Hall of Fame - Cooperstown, NY

39. National Museum of Math - New York, NY

40. Ripley's Believe It or Not! - New York, NY

41. Solomon G. Guggenheim Museum - New York, NY (Pay what you wish Saturdays 5:45PM-7:45PM)

42. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Jersey City, NJ

43. Stepping Stones Museum for Children - Norwalk, CT

44. Sterling Hill Mining Museum - Ogdensburg, NJ


Planes, Trains and Automobiles

45. Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of NJ - Teterboro, NJ (Open Cockpit Weekend August 18-19)

46. Autobahn Indoor Speedway - West Nyack, NY

47. Cradle of Aviation Museum - Garden City, NY

48. Delaware River Railroad Excursions - Phillipsburg, NJ (Day Out with Thomas July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14)

49. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum - New York, NY (Macaroni Kid's 2014 review)

50. Northlandz - Flemington, NJ (Call first to verify hours of operation)


A River Runs Through It

51. Pocono Whitewater - Jim Thorpe, PA

52. Whitewater Rafting Adventures - Nesquehoning, PA

53. Delaware Water Gap - NJ/PA


Thrilling Theme Parks

54. Adventureland - Farmingdale, NY

55. Crayola Experience - Easton, PA

56. Diggerland USA - West Berlin, NJ (Macaroni Kid's 2014 review)

57. Field Station: Dinosaurs - Leonia, NJ

58. Keansburg Amusement Park - Keansburg, NJ

59. Land of Make Believe - Hope, NJ

60. Sesame Place - Langhorne, PA (Macaroni Kid's 2014 review)

61. Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ


Time Traveling

62. Allaire Village - Wall, NJ (American Flag Celebration July 4-7; Ducky Derby July 20; James P. Allaire's Birthday and Guild Day August 3)

63. Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ

64. Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites - Hyde Park, NY (Free concerts in the park August 1, 8 and 15)

65. Garretson Forge & Farm - Fair Lawn, NJ (Open Houses August 12 & 26)

66. Grover Cleveland's Birthplace - Caldwell, NJ

67. Kykuit Rockefeller Estate - Sleepy Hollow, NY (Tours for ages 10+)

68. Monmouth Battlefield State Park - Manalapan, NJ (Battleview Orchards within the park offers pick-your-own fields from May through October, call 732-462-0756 for more information.)

69. Ringwood Manor - Ringwood, NJ (A Child's Life Tour of the Manor every Saturday and Sunday; The Great War at Ringwood Manor on August 5 commemorates World War 1.)

70. Thomas Edison National Historic Park - West Orange, NJ


Wet & Wild

71. Camelbeach - Tannersville, PA

72. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom - Allentown, PA

73. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions - Pocono Mountains, PA (Macaroni Kid's 2015 review

74. Mountain Creek Water Park - Vernon, NJ (Macaroni Kid 2018 review here)

75. Runaway Rapids - Keansburg, NJ

76. Sahara Sam's Oasis - West Berlin, NJ

77. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor - Jackson, NJ

78. Splash Down Beach - Fishkill, NY

79. Splish Splash - Calverton, NY

80. Tomahawk Lake - Sparta, NJ


Zany Zoos

81. Beardsley Zoo - Bridgeport, CT (Alligator feeding every Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM; River Otters feeding 12PM and 3:30PM)

82. Bronx Zoo - Bronx, NY (Pay what you wish Wednesdays)

83. Central Park Zoo - New York, NY

84. Trailside Museum & Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park - Bear Mountain, NY

85. Turtle Back Zoo - West Orange, NJ (Watch Zoo-vies after dark on Wednesdays in August)


Updated 6/2019

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