You’ve been charged with planning the bachelor party for your brother/brother from another mother. Your mission is to make sure everyone has a good time, and the groom-to-be’s last hurrah as a bachelor goes down as a night to remember. We at Best of NJ have rounded up bachelor party ideas sure to appeal to everyone, that require minimal travel time.
Where: 123 Route 94, Vernon
Details: Mountain Creek is the closest zipline to New York City as well as the only guided zipline tour in the state. A series of ziplines ranging from 200 feet to 1,500 feet in length hangs 1,040 feet over Mountain Creek. The tour takes you along four ziplines and a suspension bridge. And, as an added bonus, a unimog ride is included. (A unimog is a multipurpose, all-wheel drive vehicle by Mercedes-Benz. We looked it up.)
More info: Visit www.mountaincreek.com or call 973-827-2000
Where: 55 County Road 639, Sussex
Details: Operating out of Sussex Airport, Skydive Sussex has the highest skydives in the Northeast, from 14,500 feet! It’s also the home of a world record holder: World’s Oldest Skydiver Kenny Meyer. C’mon, if a 102-year-old can do it, you can, too!
More info: Visit www.skydivesussex.com or call 973-702-7000
Top Gun Paintball
Where: 567 Monmouth Road, Cream Ridge
Details: Top Gun Paintball was founded by Ray Gong, the person who got paintball legalized in New Jersey. Prior to Gong’s lawsuit, paintball was illegal here. The Top Gun property is spread out over about 135 acres and 16 to 20 playing fields are operational at any one time.
More info: Visit topgunpaintball.com or call 732-928-2810
Where: 99 Caven Point Road, Jersey City
Details: RPM Raceway offers high speed go-kart races and four private party rooms to accommodate small and large groups. Daytona Tower and Indy Vista are open-air and offer great views of both tracks. Monaco Paddock has an A/V setup, so you can give a presentation sure to embarrass the groom. And Talladega Penthouse has pool tables, a wet bar and party seating.
More info: rpmraceway.com or call 201-333-7223
Where: 2 Graphics Drive, Ewing
Details: River Horse is the perfect spot to enjoy a brew with your buds. Private tours of the brewery take place during off hours and are scheduled in 2-hour time slots. (You have to take a tour if you are going to be served beer.) Tours accommodate 15 to 100 people and cost between $200 and $880. The brewery offers special packages for private party attendees, such as a bag of River Horse goodies for the guest of honor, River Horse glasses for everyone or a special appearance by River Horse mascot Brutus. Because breweries in New Jersey cannot, by law, serve food, River Horse has a list of restaurants you can eat at before or after your tour/tasting. Or you can bring in food.
More info: www.riverhorse.com or call 609-883-0890
NJ ATV Rental
Where: 230 Pension Road, Englishtown
Details: Take to the trails around Raceway Park on one of 15 ATVs. NJ ATV Rental offers a full roster of the latest models of easy-to-drive ATVs for you and your crew to ride. Staff is also on hand to help with operating the vehicles. There’s even a group rate for parties of six or more. And at the end of the ride, pose for photos your group will always remember the day by.
More Info: www.njatvrentals.com or call 732-608-6535
River Tubing, Rafting, Canoeing and Kayaking
Delaware River Tubing
Where: 778 Frenchtown Road, Milford
Details: Delaware River Tubing isn’t just for tubing, it also has canoeing and kayaking, so there is something for everyone. Each tube, canoe and kayak rental includes a free BBQ meal at the River Hot Dog Man, a floating restaurant on the privately-owned Adventure Island. You’ll reach the island and restaurant about halfway through your river adventure, so it’s the perfect time for a lunch break.
More Info: www.delawarerivertubing.com or call 908-996-5386
The Iron Room
Where: 648 North Albany Avenue, Atlantic City
Details: Try your luck in AC, then stop by The Iron Room for a private party with a whiskey and spirits tasting. Executive chef and general manager Kevin Cronin will customize a menu for your group that can be paired with whiskey and spirits from the restaurant’s extensive collection. The restaurant also welcomes small groups in a non-private setting, and can do a tasting menu paired with wine or whiskey in the lounge or dining room. The Iron Room’s whiskey and spirits collection has been voted one of the best in New Jersey.
More Info: www.ironroomac.com or call 609-348-6400
A tip: once your group has decided on an activity and an approximate date for your event, go online and/or call these places to double check on what is involved. Certain restrictions may apply, and reservations may be required several weeks in advance.