The next stop in our Great Small Town series is Red Bank. With an eclectic mix of small town charm and arts & entertainment mecca, Red Bank is the perfect destination for a New Jersey day trip. Located in Monmouth County, Red Bank is filled with restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries and parks. It’s located on the Navesink River and just five miles from the Atlantic Ocean, so it’s a short drive to several public beaches, including Sandy Hook and the Gateway National Recreation Area.
When the grass turns green and the temperatures warm up many New Jersey moms and dads grab their golf clubs and hit the links. This summer, why not get the kids in on the fun? The game of golf teaches skill, logic and honesty, and it happens to be a great way for kids to pass the time during the summer months. With some of the best golf courses in the country, New Jersey is the perfect place to introduce kids to this fantastic sport. Start them swinging by enrolling them in one of these great kids golf programs. Check out our post on the Best Miniature Golf Courses in New Jersey for more fun golf options this spring and summer.
Sure, you can go big'n'splashy for the 4th, but why not try a celebration in a small NJ town? They may not have Macy's fireworks, but the charm, the history, the food and the Americana feel may more than make up for the loss of crowds, noise and, well, crowds. Check out some of these local celebrations in Southern NJ that come complete with parades, fun runs, antique car shows…. so much more than just fireworks! And for more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide!
Nestled between Memorial Day and Independence Day is a salute to the stars and stripes – Flag Day. Although not a federal holiday, June 14th is an official celebration honoring our American patriotic symbol, Old Glory, and commemorated with small town parades, school essay contests, and veterans’ ceremonies. Check out these upcoming New Jersey events and for other fun this month, try our June GO List.
I absolutely love summer, but do find myself scouting out restaurants and stores with air conditioning as we slowly move into August, due to just a tad of hot weather burnout. Thankfully, New Jersey has many (cool!) family-friendly activities for the whole family during the late and lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Check out even more activities in our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Looking for creative ways to celebrate Father’s Day this year? There are tons of family-friendly activities happening all over the state on June 15, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten picks. There’s something to suit every type of father, so whether Dad is a sports fiend, the outdoorsy type, a train fanatic or just wants to relax with a glass of wine, we’ve got him covered. Happy Father’s Day to all of New Jersey’s wonderful dads! For more fun all month long, check out our June Festivals for NJ Families post.
How stressful is the end of the school year? Let me count the ways... Oh, sure, there's the silver lining coming of not driving to school or arguing about homework for 10 blissful weeks; but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of "What are we going to do today?" - particularly if you already know that what YOU have to do today doesn't involve sprinklers, beaches or day trips. We know we should have figured out summer camp by now, really, we do. Except we don't. So here's something for us, um, slackers in NJ.
Number 46 on our list of 100 Things To Do In New Jersey With Kids Before They Grow Up is the outdoor family gem, Grounds For Sculpture. The 42+ acre sculpture park and arts center is part museum, part open-air adventure and whether you're an art expert or novice, you will be enchanted from the get go. For a great summer day trip, check out our tips on GFS and other sweet art parks in the tristate area.
Fitting in quality family time seems more like a chore than an option these days. So instead of running errands, try packing up a basket for a family picnic at one of the many Northern New Jersey parks listed below or more choices throughout the state. Heck, why not even try having a picnic birthday party? And for even more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Looking for a great summer outing that’ll float the family’s boat? Take them on a paddle boat ride. Paddle boat rentals are available throughout the state and offer panoramic views of New Jersey’s scenic parks and lakes. Paddle boats (sometimes called pedal boats) are great exercise for mom and dad and an opportunity for family-time that may actually be peaceful. A couple of paddling essentials include life jackets, available at the boat-renting facilities, and sunscreen. Check the specific paddling locations for any age or weight restrictions, then sit back and enjoy the ride. For more outdoor family activities, learn about New Jersey's mini golf courses and playgrounds with zoos.
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