Life is about the journey, not the destination. And there’s simply no better way to enjoy the journey than aboard a passenger train! Happily, New Jersey has many options when it comes to epic train day trips. So before you search for “spontaneous day trips near me,” check out the following list of incredible adventures on the rails of the beautiful Garden State. All aboard on one of the most incredible day trips in New Jersey!

Of course, you can always hop on a commuter train to almost anywhere in New Jersey; we have the largest commuter rail system in the United States in terms of track mileage (951 miles). But, I think we prefer these scenic excursions better. Don’t you agree?

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Day Trips In New Jersey

Are there any wine trains in New Jersey?

Yes, there are wine trains in New Jersey. The Warren County Winery Train is one experience where you’ll want to leave the kids at home. It’s perfect for a unique date, girlfriend getaway, or outing with friends. On the train, you will enjoy about 90 minutes of ride time, including a guided tour of the Delaware River Valley. In addition to the train ride, you'll take a short bus ride to the beautiful Villa Milagro Vineyards, where you'll tour the vineyards and learn about their organic farming practices and wine-making process. The tour ends with a wine tasting, making this the best adults-only day trip in New Jersey.

What are the most scenic train trips in New Jersey?

One of the most scenic train trips in New Jersey includes the Black River & Western Railroad's scenic "Pumpkin Train" rides throughout October. Excursions last two hours in total and will take you through tree-lined passageways that are painted with bright, vibrant fall foliage. An hour into the trip, the train stops by a local fall festival where kids can pick a pumpkin and wander through a corn maze. This is a unique autumn activity that those of all ages can enjoy!

What are the best day trips in New Jersey?

The best day trips in New Jersey include the following:

  • Snow Tubing at Mountain Creek
  • The Liberty Science Center
  • Adventure Aquarium + Battleship New Jersey
  • Asbury Park
  • The Historic Village at Allaire
  • Cape May


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