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Five Great Family-Friendly Activities in New Jersey
New Jersey is full of great family-friendly things to do, from amusement parks to museums to zoos. Here are five fun attractions your whole family will love. So grab the kids, get in the car and get ready to enjoy.
Liberty Science Center
The Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ) is an interactive museum and learning center in Liberty State Park in Jersey City. It features the world's largest Imax Dome, a 3-D theater showing science flicks and numerous exhibits that rotate throughout the year. The center is open daily throughout the year and is a great option during cold or rainy weather since it's indoors. The center is tailored towards families and offers age-appropriate activities for children. A favorite for toddlers is the Explore gallery, specifically for young learners to better understand how the world works. Strollers are permitted throughout the museum, so feel free to bring your young ones of any age. Adult tickets are $21.75 and those for children 2 to 12 are $17.75. Imax films cost an additional fee that can be added directly onto your ticket.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Pay a visit to New Jersey's biggest, most popular amusement park, Six Flags Great Adventure (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ). The park is located in Jackson, NJ, between New York City and Philadelphia, and features dozens of rides, attractions and live entertainment shows. It offers rides specific to young children, family-oriented activities and character meet-and-greets with the likes of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. If the young ones are looking for an arms-in-the-air thrill, try junior roller coaster Harley Quinn Crazy Train or the white-water rafting excursion, Congo Rapids. The park is open throughout the year, but hours and opening days vary with the seasons. Be sure to check before you plan your visit and be mindful of the weather since it's best experienced in the sunshine. Tickets start at $49.99 for adults and $47.99 for children under 54" tall when you book in advance online.
Adventure Aquarium in Camden (1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ) is located a short drive from downtown Philadelphia, and is a good indoor option for kids any time of year. The aquarium houses 8,500 aquatic species in two million gallons of water throughout its exhibits and is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast. Wave to the Little Blue penguins or marvel at the hippos before you carefully stroll across the Shark Bridge, a rope suspension bridge that stretches above the Shark Realm. Don't forget to visit the Stingray Beach Club, where kids feed the stingrays. Tickets for the aquarium are $28.00 for adults and $21.00 for children.
Cape May County Park & Zoo
If your little ones are animal lovers, head to the Cape May County Park & Zoo (707 Route 9 N., Cape May Court House, NJ). The zoo is open all year and admission is free so you can bring the kids any time you need to get them out of the house or the hotel. There are playgrounds, picnic pavilions, a fishing pond and a historic carousel, as well as the zoo itself, so no one in the family will ever get bored. There are dozens of species of animals too. Don't forget to greet the African lion or the snow leopard, both of which will thrill your kids. You can visit even in cold or rainy weather, but come prepared with warm clothes and an umbrella.
Raging Waters Water Park
In the summer months, grab a swimsuit and snag a ticket for Raging Waters Water Park (3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ), a popular water park at Morley's Piers in Wildwood, NJ. There are two play areas just for kids, Shipwreck Shoals and Camp KidTastrophe, and the whole family can float down the River Adventure to experience all its twists and turns. There are slides to ride and swimming pools to splash around in, and if you get hungry grab some grub at Wrecker's Beach Grill. The water park is $45.00 for adults and $37.00 for children under 48", but you can score a deal if you arrive before 12:30 p.m. or after 3:30 p.m.