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Southern NJ Area Activities and Things to Do Part 2!

Updated on January 30, 2014

More great places to visit!

Still not sure what to do on your day off after reading my last article? Have no fear part 2 is here! Read on for more interesting day trip places for you and you family to enjoy now that you've moved to the area. Don't let the farm fields fool ya, JBMDL has tons of things to do in the area!

1. Cape May Whale Watcher - Cape May, NJ

This place is awesome! The boats are fabulous, the food is good and the views and sightings are guaranteed! We have done this trip 3 different times now and we see dolphins every single time! They have a longer tour that goes out further to see whales, plus history tours of the area from the water. We really enjoy the friendly atmosphere, clean boats and reasonable pricing. They even offer a deal where you can do a Sunset Cruise that includes pizza or a hot dog and drink with your purchase price and shows you all the gorgeous spots of Cape May from the water.

2. Lake Oswego - Chatsworth, NJ

This is one of those hidden gems that not many people are aware of. Off of Chatsworth Rd is a little lake hidden back in the cranberry bogs called Lake Oswego. This is a great cedar lake that has ample parking and availability of picnic tables right by the lake. No lifeguards but its definitely a family place to hang out on the weekends as a lot of people gather there. You can even fish!

3. Cowtown Rodeo - Salem, NJ

This is an old fashioned Rodeo right in NJ. Travel down to southern NJ and experience the fun and excitement of Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Team Roping and more. It runs every Saturday at 7:30 pm from May through September.

4. Wild West City - Stanhope, NJ

Step into the Wild West with this live entertainment town set up in NJ. There are 22 different shows daily and living history exhibits, a barnyard zoo, panning for gold, bring your own food and FREE parking which makes it wonderful for those kids who always wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl! Tickets are reasonable and if you sign up for their emails you can always get deals.

5. International Sports Centre - Mt. Laurel, NJ/Cherry Hill, NJ/Deptford, NJ

These places are great. Skating, arcades, indoor soccer and leagues, and a HUGE climbing area that is South Jersey's largest indoor playground. I'm talking stories high here folks even a toddler area! Its inexpensive and great to just spend the day and relax. They have food on site so that you don't even have to worry about packing!

6. New Jersey Rock Gym - Fairfield, NJ

If you like rock climbing and with the kids but don't know where to go to practice and learn, then this place is for you. 12,000 ft of climbing terrain in this HUGE faciltiy. I have wanted to take my boys for awhile and one rainy day I know we are heading there! Rates are reasonable and they give a student discount, plus you can rent all your things needed there and they give instruction classes.\

7. Crystal Cave Park - Kutztown, PA

Discovered in 1871, this is one of the most popular natural attractions in PA. They offer 45 minute guided tours through the caves and are open March through November 1st. Rates are very reasonable and children 3 and under are FREE.

8. Medieval Times Restaurant - Lyndhurst, NJ/Baltimore, MD

I don't know many who haven't heard for Medieval Times Restaurant, but for those who haven't, imagine a show of knights and villains, kings and princes, horses and falcons, and REALLY good food. We have done this several times with the kids and there are always BOGO ticket deals out there if you search the internet. You can also buy discounted tickets at the ITT office on base ( This is definitely a show that the kids will remember!

9. Camden Children's Garden - Camden, NJ

This is located at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ and its a 4 acre interactive playground for children. Admission is $6 per person and FREE for children 2 and under or admission at the aquarium gate (must have admission to Adventure Aquarium) entrance is $4 per person.

10. Howell Living History Farm - Lambertville, NJ

This farm takes you back to the year 1900 on a real working farm with living history actors. Everyone can learn how things were done before machines were used. They also have some great festivals year round!

11. Rainforest Cafe - Atlantic City, NJ

You and your family will eat in what is a jungle atmosphere with anamatronic jungle animals all over moving and making noises. There is also a rain shower (no real) periodically through where all the animals start coming alive. It is pretty cool for the younger kids and offers good food but it can be pricey.

12. The Spirit of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

Dinner and lunch cruises offered here and everything from a history cruise from the water to romantic night light dinner cruises. We have done this for the history lunch cruise 2 years ago and loved it. It was informative to see sites you never realized were there or could only see fully from the Delaware River.

13. Top Gun Paintball Games - Jackson, NJ

They have been around this area for 20 years and definetely know what they are doing. Located right near Six Flags and open all year round, they tout themselves as the "DIsneyland of Paintball". You can't go wrong with that! Hardcore paintball friends of mine have gone here and said it was the time of their lives!

14. Atco Raceway Park - Atco, NJ

Lots of events going on here! Car shows, motorcycle racing, stock car racing, truck racing, speciality car racing. You name it they seem to have it! Check out their schedule for events happening every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

15. Ocean City Parasail - Ocean City, NJ

With the jersey shore being so huge there are a lot of para-sailing places out there, but this is the one I've personally used and LOVED it. I would say this isn't for the young kids but the teens would have a blast. Just imagine being up that high and everything looks like a bug! Its all done from a boat in the water, no experience in necessary, and dips are FREE. Everyone loves dips. Plus you can do single, tandem and even triple flights.


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