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New Jersey proves to be more than just the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk – check out some of these premier outdoor destinations. Visit New Jersey with the family, or explore on a cavalier solo mission.
Mercery County Park
Enjoy a wonderful day out and about when you visit the Mercer County Park. Not far north from Bordentown in southern NJ, Mercery County Park offers its guests a wealth of activities. Sports, tennis courts, an ice skating rink for the cooler months, and a very fun mountain biking terrain area. Be sure to check out Mercer Lake, where you can launch your boat or fish from the shore and its many docks. If you are visiting New Jersey with your dog, Mercery County Park is dog-friendly, and even features a designated dog park area.
New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
Stick around in southern NJ and check out the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve. Spread across more than one million acres, the NJ Pinelands National Reserve is known as the very first national reserve in the US. When you plan your visit to the Pinelands, you'll want to include kayaking, nature walks, natural swimming holes, biking baths, skiing in the winter months, and even horseback riding. Drive in from Williamstown and explore.
Keansburg Amusement Park
When your NJ travel plans have you in the northern region of the state, be sure you check out the Keansburg Amusement Park. Ideal for those traveling with kids, the Keansburg Amusement Park is a short drive from Hazlet. If your visit is during the summer, don't miss the Runaway Rapids Water Park, one of the premier summer destinations in all of NJ. The kids will enjoy some of the rides, like the Frog Hopper, the Jolly Caterpillar, and the Mini Train.
Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari
Have a blast this spring or summer with a romp through the Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari. Hop aboard the Nitro Steel Roller Coaster, or test your mettle with a ride on El Torro, the wooden roller coaster. There's also an exceptional wildlife presence at Six Flags Great Adventure. You'll find a selection of the finest African Safari animals like rhinos, giraffes, and even elephants.
Gateway National Recreation Area
Open year-round, Gateway National Recreation Area features a wide range of exciting outdoor attractions. Beaches, boardwalks, fishing piers, boat ramps, and more can be found across the thousands of miles at Gateway. Sandy Hook is a 2,044-acre barrier beach and peninsula, where you'll find hiking trails, a maritime holly forest, and salt water marshes.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Found on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area preserves long stretches of the Delaware River. With nearly 66,000 acres to explore, the Delaware Water Gap is an exceptional choice for outdoor fun in NJ. Make the scenic drive in from Morristown for an unmatched outdoor experience. The Old Mine Road yields excellent mountain biking trails, while the Delaware River features a stretch of 40 miles of free-flowing water, ideal for boating, kayaking, and canoes.
Mountain Creek Mountain House
Plan a stay in Vernon this winter and make your way to the Mountain Creek Mountain House. As one of the most ideal skiing destinations in all of New Jersey, Mountain Creek is home to 167 skiable acres. One of the highlights at Mountain Creek is the 100% night-skiing availability.
Put your skis away for the afternoon and try out the Alpine Mountain Coaster, a fast and thrilling roller coaster built into the snow banks and mountain side cliffs at Mountain Creek. Gain an aerial view of the mountain with trip along the Zoom Ziplines. All the fun at Mountain Creek Mountain House is a short drive away from Ramsey.