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18 Epic Outdoorsy Things In New Jersey Anyone Can Do




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If you’re craving outdoor adventure, the Garden State is one big, giant playground just waiting to be explored! From incredible parks and preserves, to must-visit attractions, there’s no shortage of adventure in New Jersey. Need proof? Here are 18 of the very best outdoor adventures in New Jersey:

Which of these outdoor adventures in New Jersey are you most excited to try? What other fun outdoor activities in New Jersey would you add to this list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

And for more incredible adventures in The Garden State, we have a year of epic road trips that will surely satisfy your wanderlust!

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Outdoor Adventures In New Jersey

What are some fun things to do in New Jersey?

New Jersey has so many incredible places to visit. From museums and monuments to beaches and beautiful parks, there are simply so many fun things to do in New Jersey! In addition to the fun outdoor adventures in New Jersey listed above, the Liberty Science Center is one of the most magical museums in the state. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the interactive experience and the museum offers the largest IMAX dome theater in the United States. And history buffs must check out Liberty State Park, which offers spectacular Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan views. While you're there, hop a ferry to the Statue and/or Ellis Island. Both are important pieces of American history. 

What are some fun ways to enjoy New Jersey nature?

The Garden State is one of the best places to enjoy the Great Outdoors, and our hikes truly are amazing. It’s hard to top the natural beauty of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area! Take a hike up from Dunfield Creek to the top of Mount Tammany, and continue on to Sunfish Pond for a full-day adventure. On the northern side of the preserve, hike along Rattlesnake Ridge for breathtaking views. In between, there are dozens of other side trails that take you up to the Appalachian Trail – try heading up from the AMC Mohican Outdoor Center to get started! And if you're into waterfalls (and who isn't?), the Delaware Water Gap boasts several small and large waterfalls along its scenic trail.

What are some of the best New Jersey adventures?

There's no shortage of fun in The Garden State, and we've put together a year of epic day trips for the ultimate New Jersey adventures! Some highlights include Morristown, a city of museums. Take a day trip and visit three of the most popular - the Morris Museum, Macculloch Hall, and the Ford Mansion. The Morris Museum offers art, history, science, and one of the world's largest collections of mechanical musical instruments and automata. Macculloch Hall offers incredible art and a unique carpet collection. Ford Mansion was one of Washington's many headquarters in New Jersey. The Boardwalk in Atlantic City is another awesome New Jersey experience. While you're there, be sure to check out nearby attractions like Historic Smithville in Galloway, a one-stop-shop fr unique shopping, dining, and fun events. And if the weather isn't cooperating, Sahara Sam's is an 80,000 square foot, indoor waterpark with slides, a lazy river, special areas for the little ones, a wave rider (for boogie boarding), and more. There's also an arcade.