Fun Day Trips from the New Jersey Tri-State Area

Check out some of these fun day trip ideas that you can take with your family in the NJ Tri-state area this Spring & Summer.

Things to do in New Jersey this Spring & Summer - Check out some of these fun day trip ideas that you can take with your family in the NJ Tri-state area this Spring & summer.


Although Spring officially began over a month back, it’s only now that the weather has really started getting warmer here on the east coast. And with all the lovely colors finally blooming all around, we can safely say that the warmer weather is here to stay.

As soon as we say goodbye to winter, people are out and about trying to soak up the sun. Now is also the season when people start planning their next travel adventure, kids start their soccer and baseball practices and take up more outdoor activities.

This is also the time of the year when potential homeowners start looking for new homes. Just the other day when we were driving in our neighborhood, we saw almost seven to ten Open House signs within a 2-mile radius. I’m sure that with so many Houses for Sale in NJ  potential buyers have an array of options.

Coming back to this post, here are some fun day trip ideas for you and your family in the tri-state area of NY, NJ, and Connecticut that you can take in Spring and Summer.

1. Ithaca

Ithaca located in the Finger Lakes region of New York is home to over 150 waterfalls. From pristine gorges to hiking trails, beautiful wineries to museum hopping, there is so much to explore in Ithaca that will truly leave you mesmerized.

Ithaca Falls


2. Liberty State Park

With the beautiful view of the Manhattan Skyline, Liberty State Park is a great day trip if you want to do some grilling or a little group picnic with friends & family. It is also the only location in New Jersey with Ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

3. Liberty Science Center

If you have kids, Liberty Science Center is a great place to learn and explore new things and have fun at the same time.

4. Catskills Falls

If you love hiking, beautiful cascading waterfalls await you at Catskills Falls in New York. So wear those comfy walking shoes, take a camera with you and get ready to go on an adventure amidst nature.

5. Hot Air Balloon Festival

hot air balloon festival

Every summer, New Jersey organizes the largest hot air balloon festival in North America. You can get tickets for general admission or even book a ride on one of the hot air balloons and soar up in the sky.

6. Cape May

A small yet scenic island that is best explored by walking. However, if biking is your jam, you can even rent a bike and explore the beaches, lighthouses, and all the amazing things Cape May has to offer.

7. Jersey Shore

Soak up the sun by heading to one of the many Jersey Shore beaches.

8. Atlantic City

From boardwalk to endless fun activities, there’s something for everyone in Atlantic City, NJ. And if you’re a foodie, I would highly recommend heading to Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill to truly treat yourself!

atlantic city board walk


9. Caves in Upstate NY

Did you know there are some really amazing caves that you can explore in New York? Yes, you heard that right. Lockport Caves and Howe Caverns are some of the most beautiful caves that you can visit with your family on a fun day trip.

10. Hershey Park, PA

If you stay in any of the states in the tri-state area, taking a family trip to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania can be a perfect day trip to have some outdoor fun and activities.

11. Six Flags

If adventure and thrill are what you seek, Six Flags in NJ is something that you should definitely not miss.

12. The Bronx Zoo

While there are many zoos all over the tri-state area, the Bronx Zoo is one of the most loved zoos by visitors and tourists.

13. New York Botanical Garden

The NYBG is one of the most beautiful and well-maintained places to visit with your friends and family. With every changing season, they have a ton of different activities and beautiful displays that you can enjoy. You can check out the upcoming schedule for Spring as well as Mothers Day here.

These are just a few of the fun day trips that you can take from the tri-state area during this Spring and Summer. Did we miss out on any of your favorite spots? Let us know in the comment section below.

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    May 8, 2018

    a balloon ride would be a lotta fun

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    We moved to Jersey 1.5 years ago and we haven’t gone anywhere! I am going to save this for reference ?

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    May 10, 2018

    So many places to enjoy!

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    Rhonda Sittig

    May 11, 2018

    Fun post Sharmira!! You’re making me want to plan an east coast trip! We did hike to a waterfall in the Catskills a couple years ago. Wonder if it’s the same place. Thanks for showing us around… xo

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      July 11, 2018

      Thanks so much, Rhonda! Yes, Catskills has some really great hiking spots!

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    May 14, 2018

    Thanks for sharing with us at the To grandma’s house we go link party!

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