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Fun Mother’s Day Outings for NJ Families

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrating those amazing women in our lives that do it all! Take the weight of planning off mom’s shoulders and fit in some quality time together with a Mother’s Day outing everyone in the family will enjoy. Think beyond brunch and take the crew out for a day of fun and relaxation, from scenic train rides to nature walks.

Here are our top picks for Mother’s Day outings in New Jersey.

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Adventure Aquarium

Where: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden
When: May 14 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hippos at AquariumPrice: $28 per adult, $21 per child (2-12), free for kids under 2
Details: Dive into some family fun at Adventure Aquarium! Thrill seekers in your gang should check out the new Piranha Falls exhibit and the 550,000 gallon tank that hosts their Shark Realm. Little guys can climb and explore the hands-on KidZone and everyone will love the aquarium’s popular Hippo Haven.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Delaware River Railroad Excursions


Where: 99 Elizabeth Street, Phillipsburg
When: May 13 & 14 at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Price: $17 per adult, $11 per child (2-12), $2 per child under 2 (on lap)
Details: All aboard! Treat Mom to a beautiful, relaxing ride along the scenic Delaware River on the River Train. For a small additional fee, kids can stop by the Gem Stone Mine and search for treasures to take home. A Mother’s Day outing fun for the whole family!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Grounds for Sculpture

Family relaxing outdoorsWhere: 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
When: May 14 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: $20 per person, free for children 5 & under
Details: Spend a spring Sunday at the unique Grounds for Sculpture where works of art dot a beautiful landscape filled with trees, flowers and benches. Call ahead to reserve a prepacked picnic basket for the whole family to spread out and enjoy (additional fee). Timed admission tickets must be purchased in advance.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

New Jersey Botanical Garden

Where: 2 Morris Road, Ringwood
When: May 14 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Price: Free admission
New jersey Botanical GardenDetails: Nothing says Mother’s Day outing quite like the Garden State in springtime! Take a guided walking tour of NJ’s lovely Botanical Gardens at 2:00 pm or browse their huge plant sale from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Wander over to the Lilac Garden between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm, where the flowers are in peak bloom this time of year.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

mother's day outingsWhere: 1 Center Street, Newark
When: May 13 at 7:30 pm & May 14 at 7:00 pm
Price: $69 & up
Details: Serenade Mom with the smooth voice of contemporary R&B singer Will Downing during this Mother’s Day Celebration at NJPAC. Downing will perform songs from his latest album Black Pearls, as well as hits from famous R&B singers including “Everlasting Love” and “Meet Me on the Moon.”
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Tenafly Nature Center

mother's day outingsWhere: 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly
When: May 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Price: $6 per person, $3 for moms, free for children under 2
Details: Lace up your sneakers for a guided Mother’s Day Walk at Tenafly Nature Center. Spend the morning outdoors, enjoying the beauty of springtime in New Jersey and stopping for a few scenic family photos.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Terhune Orchards

mother's day outingsWhere: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
When: May 13 & 14 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission, fees for some farm activities
Details: Toast mom at beautiful Terhune Orchards on Mother’s Day weekend with free wine tastings during their Wine Trail Weekend. Stick around to meet friendly barnyard animals and browse the bountiful farm store, filled with homemade desserts, jams and fresh produce.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

A Time to Kiln

mother's day outingsWhere: 50 Broad Street, Red Bank
When: May 14 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Varies per project
Details: Get crafty on Mother’s Day at this walk-in art studio in Red Bank where both parents and kiddos can choose their own creation. Roll up your sleeves and paint a piece of pottery or canvas, make a mosaic, stuff a cuddly critter or even try your hand at glass fusing. Give your gift to mom or take it home as your own keepsake.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Hero (Top) Feature Image: © Pavel Losevsky / Adobe Stock
Additional Images (in Order) Courtesy:
Adventure Aquarium / Website
Delaware River Railroad Excursions / Website
Grounds for Sculpture / Website
New Jersey Botanical Garden / Website
New Jersey Performing Arts Center / Website
Tenafly Nature Center / Website
Terhune Orchards / Website
A Time to Kiln / Website

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