Staycation 2013 Fun in Central NJ and Bucks County, PA

While I was born in NY, after 7 years of living here in New Jersey I think I’m finally a Jersey Girl.  I love living here on on the Delaware River {except when it floods!} and because we live in Central Jersey we are an hour from Philadelphia and an hour from Northern Jersey – which means we always have something to do!

Staycation 2013 Central NJ and Bucks County, PA

This summer we will be staying close to home, so I wanted to share some of our favorites places to visit here in Central NJ and just over the border in Bucks County, Pa.

In New Jersey:

Holcomb-Jimison Farmstead in Lambertville, NJ. The Museum is where history comes alive each year from May through October.  You will find a Print Shop, Woodworking Shop, Kitchen, 1711 House, Doctor/Dentist Office, timber working tools, Dairy Exhibit, Loom, Blacksmith Shop and Tractor Barn.  Each May the Farmstead hosts a Civil War Reenactment that is fun for the whole family!

The Howell Living History Farm is open year round for hands on farming and family fun! Today the Farm exists in its rural setting as both an example of farming as it was practiced in New Jersey in the period 1890-1910 and as a landscape where one can find the remnants of over 250 years of farming practice and life.  The Farm has everything from evening hay rides, slopping hogs, and arts and crafts.

Liberty State Park boasts a skyline view of Manhattan and a 2 mile walk along the Hudson river.  It also has the historic Central Railroad of NJ terminal which houses much of NJ’s transportation history.  You can take a ferry from Liberty State Park to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

We LOVE the Liberty Science Center!  Located within Liberty State park it’s an easy drive and well worth it! The exhibits are hands on and top notch! Young and old can touch, explore and learn about science and the world around us.  Current exhibits include Avatar, Communication, Eat and Be Eaten, Sky Scraper and Touch Tunnel, to name a few.

Field Station Dinosaurs is on my list for us to visit this summer.  Nestled at the base of a 150 million year old rock formation, the Field Station has over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs that come to life! Since my girls are dinosaur crazed at the moment I can’t WAIT to bring them here.

A perfect family sized zoo is Turtle Back Zoo. Located in West Orange, it was just voted the #1 zoo in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine.  We love visiting the petting zoo and the new Sea Lion Sound which includes a sting ray petting tank! The girls spent almost an hour petting the sting rays – and I was pretty amazed they didn’t fall in!  There is a playground, a train and a carousel as well as animals from penguins to black bears.

A few miles away in Trenton, NJ is the New Jersey State Museum, which is 4 museums in one. The Museum has exhibits on Cultural history, Natural history, Fine Art and Archeology. There is also the largest Planetarium in NJ which features both traditional and laser sky shows.

The Adventure Aquarium is one of our favorite spots to visit! Located on the Camden Waterfront it has the distinction of being the most Touchable Aquarium. With exhibits indoors and outside, touch tanks, a 14 foot long Alligator named Mike, a shark tunnel and floor to ceiling tanks this is one stop you won’t want to miss!

Also located on the Camden Waterfront is the historic Battleship New Jersey.  America’s most decorated Battleship is an exciting museum, open for tours, events and overnight encampments. Exploring “BB62” is experiencing history in a whole new way. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded and more!

For train enthusiasts, a stop at Northlandz is a must.  The largest indoor model train railway has over 8 miles of track which carry over 100 trains.  40 foot bridges span huge caverns, along with waterfalls, an amusement park and more. Plan on at least 2 hours to get through the entire exhibit – and if you have a stroller bring it!

In Pennsylvania:

We enjoy heading to Peddler’s Village, a charming village nestled in the heart of Bucks County. The village has charming shops and fantastic restaurants all in a colonial style buildings. With award winning gardens, a fantastic light show in the winter, working water wheel, and festivals galore this is a must stop!  For young children make sure you stop at Giggleberry Faire, an indoor play place with a net maze, carousal and more.

Located in New Hope, Pa is the Bucks County Children’s Museum. Open just over 2 years, this is a fantastic hands-on museum for children! They can dig for dinosaur bones, build and race their own dump trucks, play on a huge light wall, pretend to be a postal employee and more! The museum also offers monthly science and craft classes which are great!

If you have aviation buffs, make sure to visit the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum located in Warrington, Pa. The museum currently has 20 aircraft on display, as well as 40 display cases with aviation history.  Sophie LOVES to go here-  and one of our favorite destinations!

We live at Sesame Place in the summer. The park is a young child’s dream come true with water slides, a lazy river, wading pools, splash pools and more. Dry rides such as Big Bird’s Balloon Race, Cookie Mountain and Sunny Day Carousel are fun for everyone.  Make sure you don’t miss getting cuddles and pictures with your favorite characters, dance along with the parade and watch some really cool shows before heading to the snack bar for a yummy cupcake or ice cream.

These are just a few of the fun places that we love to visit. There is also the Jersey Shore, Philadelphia and everything in between!

Comments

  1. Aurelia Fischer says:

    Al I can say is…. “WOW”!!!!!

  2. Looks like there are a lot of great places to explore in your area!

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