Fun Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day in NJ is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health.
Grandparents Day in September is the perfect opportunity for families to spend quality time together. Plan a fun outing that everyone in the family can enjoy. New Jersey offers a bevy of options to both enhance the bond among the generations and have some good old-fashioned fun. Read on for 10 fun ways to celebrate Grandparents Day in NJ.
Trace Your Roots at the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Arrive at Lady Liberty from the Jersey side–ferries board from Liberty State Park. Seeing this American treasure up close as a family is a remarkable experience. At nearby Ellis Island, check out what your ancestors brought with them on their journey to America. In addition, you can find the names of long-lost relatives who may have passed through on their way to a new home in America.
Explore Science at Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center is an interactive museum that wows both kids and adults alike. Learn all about the wildlife in the Hudson River, the engineering of skyscrapers and the importance of beekeeping. Visit one of the traveling exhibits, including Block Party and Universe Revealed. There’s lots of fun for all ages at this fun and educational spot.
Have a Picnic
Pack up a delicious lunch and head to one of New Jersey’s beautiful parks. Palisades Interstate Park in Alpine, Van Saun County Park in Paramus and South Mountain Reservation in West Orange are among the many options. Your own town may have a park with picnic tables or a place to throw a blanket on the ground. Choose a spot that offers generous shade and pretty views to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
Stroll the Boardwalk
September is the perfect time to head to New Jersey’s boardwalks. The temperatures are cool enough for walking and the crowds of August are gone. Play some arcade games, grab a fried Oreo (or three) and maybe even go on a few rides. Favorites among New Jersey residents include Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, Morey’s Piers in Wildwood and the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Tour Victorian Houses
The Victorian homes throughout Cape May are always a draw. Now’s your chance to visit them and see what life was like in another era. The houses are just plain beautiful and serve as amazing backdrops for a great family photo. Stroll the streets at a leisurely pace or sign up for a guided tour.
Take a Train Ride
Trains have long fascinated children and adults alike. In New Jersey, you can take leisurely train rides to nowhere and back again. For example, The Delaware River Railroad Excursions in Phillipsburg offer the chance to ride the state’s only operating steam locomotive. The popular choice in this season is the Corn Maze Train. Purchase tickets in advance online.
Head to an Amusement Park
New Jersey is loaded with amusement parks. Among them are Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, Land of Make Believe in Hope and Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township. Families can enjoy the rides and entertainment at these venues. But keep in mind your grandparents’ health and ability to walk the grounds and participate in certain activities, such as thrill rides.
Visit a Zoo or Aquarium
Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and Adventure Aquarium in Camden are among the best options if you want to observe and learn about animals. Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling the grounds and getting up close with all kinds of animals and sea creatures. It’s the perfect outing for little kids and grandparents alike.
Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables at the Farm
Fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant in the Garden State as summer ends and fall begins. Now is the time for apple picking. Demarest Farms in Hillsdale and Alstede Farms in Chester are among the many options throughout the state. Take a hayride, enjoy time on the farm and head home with fresh fruit to last for weeks.
Let Them Eat Cake
Fans of the reality TV show Cake Boss can head to the original Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken for a tasty treat. You’ll probably have to wait in line to buy some sweets but it’s worth it! Take in the delicious aroma of baked goodies and try to spot Buddy and his family members. Just don’t lean on the counter or one of Buddy’s sisters might lecture you.