Day Trips & Destinations ~ Fall 2015

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Jersey Family Fun's Fall Tourism Guide promoting family-friendly events, activities, and destinations primarily in New Jersey but also along the East Coast.

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  • DestinationsDay Trips&

    Great ways for NJ families to enjoy fall with their families

    F O R F A L L 2 0 1 5

  • Table of Contents

    Events 5 Free & Discount Adm. Days 6 Free Food & Meal Days 10 Unique Events 13Activities 33Day Trips 39Family Travel 81

    The Jersey Family Fun Team

    Editor Jennifer AuerEvents & Ast. Editor Crystal Rodgers

    Writers & Team MembersMelanie Cortese

    Joanna Gnudi CortinaJillian Fletcher

    Jennifer GaffneyMelissa Garner

    Lauran Randazzo JonesTraci Weston-Murn

    Nancy Moore Palutis

    Welcome Fall!

    Youve sent the kids back to school. Part of you is excited to get them back in the routine and have some quiet time to yourself. Part of you still wants those days of summer when you and your family could take off for a day or more on another family adventure. You can do both. Use those long weekends like Columbus Day and school holidays like NJEA and school conferences to do something exciting together and still enjoy the quiet days when your kids are at school. This guide is packed with events, activities, and ideas for family travel both close to home and a little further away.

    We said this past summer was our biggest guide at 88 pages, but with this guide weve topped that. Weve packed it with 105 pages filled with ways to have family fun with your kids. Whether its a day trip or a weekend vacation we hope you have a fantastic fall.

    We also cant let this fall slip by without saying thank you. This October marks our fifth year of doing business. Thank you for all of our support. We hope youll join us at one of our birthday celebrations we are planning. Our first is listed on page 13. Thank you to our team of writers for their work to make this guide possible. We appreciate our advertisers who make it all possible.

    No matter what adventures you choose this fall, our wish for you is that you have the best of times with your loved ones while on them.

    All the best,Jennifer Auer, Editor

    Click the image for our complete calendar of events.

  • Day Trips & DestinationsFall 2014

    420 W. Pestalozzi St., Egg Harbor Citywww.fathersonfarm.com

    Sahl's Father Son Farm

    Corn Mazes, hayrides, Kiddie Koral,rubber duck races, pig races, pony rides,pumpkin picking, photo opportunities

    Visit fathersonfarm.com for rates andhours.

    September 19- November 7

  • Let's talk about how we canhelp. Click to email us or call usat (609) 445-4159.

  • Bank of Americas Museums on UsOn the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America's Museums on Us Program allows each card holder to get one free general admission at more than 150 museums nationwide. Look below for a list of museums in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. Each card holder gets one free general admission. All you need is a photo id and your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card.

    Bank of America Free Admission Weekends Schedule

    October 3 & 4November 7 & 8December 5 & 6

    Participating Museums in New JerseyMontclair Art MuseumLiberty Science CenterNewark MuseumAijira, a center for contemporary art (closed Sundays)Morris MuseumWheaton Arts & Cultural CenterThe Noyes Museum of Art at Richard Stockton CollegeGarden State Discovery Museum

    Participating Museums in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Museum of ArtNational Constitution CenterNational Museum of American Jewish HistoryAfrican American Museum in PhiladelphiaAllentown Art Museum Carnegie Museum of Art

    Participating Museums in DelawareDelaware Art Museum (No Sundays)Delaware Museum of Natural History

    Participating Museums in New YorkThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Museum of Modern ArtStaten Island Children's MuseumBrooklyn Historical SocietyChildren's Museum of ManhattanQueens Museum of ArtLong Island Children's MuseumSuffolk County Vanderbilt MuseumLong Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages (Closed Jan-Feb)Old Westbury Gardens (May - Dec Only)

  • Philadelphia Museum of ArtDuring special Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art Pay What You Wish Days on the first Sunday of the month and Wednesday evenings your family can go to the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art at at fraction of the price.

    On these special days you are invited to the museum and you can pay whatever you can afford, just please pay something as the museum says even if it's just a

    penny. It is a great way to introduce your family to the arts museum.

    Pay What You Wish Days 2015 Schedule

    No advance registration is required.Sundays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and pay what you wish is all day.Wednesdays 10:00 am - 8:45 pm pay what you wish begins after 5 pm.

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30thSunday, October 4thWednesday, October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28thSunday, November 1Wednesday, November 4th, 11th, 18th and 25thSunday, December 6thWednesday, December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

    The Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia, PA 19130Phone Number 215-763-8100

  • Please Touch Museum offers $2 Admission Days

    On the first Wednesday night of each month your family can visit the Please Touch Museum for $2 a person.

    Schedule of $2 Admission Days At the Please Touch Museum Schedule

    Free parking will be offered as well during these times. No advance registration is required.

    Wed., October 7th 4pm to 7pm

    Wed., November 4th 4pm to 7pm Wed., December 2nd 4pm to 7pm

    The Please Touch Museum is located at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park4231 Avenue of the Republic, (formerly North Concourse Drive) in Philadelphia.

  • Franklin InstituteFree Admission Days

    During special Target Community nights you can go to Franklin Institute for Free! Free Admission nights generally occur on the third Thursday of the month.

    No advance registration is required however registration on site might be requested. Parking is also a discounted rate of $6 during the evening!

    2015 FREE Admission Day Schedule Wed., September 16th 5pm to 8pm - Neighborhood Night Wed., October 28th 5pm to 8pm Spooky Science Wed., November 18 5pm to 8pm Space

    For tips on how to make the most of a Franklin Institute Free Admission Day click over to this blog post.

    The Franklin Institute is located at 222 N 20th Street in Philadelphia.

  • Give yourself the night off from cooking at a discount! Take advantage of these restaurants in New Jersey offering kids a free meal!

    We suggest calling the location to confirm participation and terms. For the specific schedule by day and locations visit our complete listing online.

    Atlantic County Pizza Hut, Dennys, Moes Southwest Grill, Zona Fresca, IHOP, Mays Landing Diner, Friendlys

    Bergen County Moes Southwest Grill, IHOP, Jalapenos, Rocca, Hooters, Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, Millers Ale House, IKEA, Horizon Diner, Lakeside Grille and Bar, Bennigans, Que Pasta

    Burlington County Dennys, IHOP, Charleys Other Brother, Sonic, Pizzeria Uno, Marlton Tavern, Al Dente

    Camden County Qdoba, Dennys, Tortilla Press, Pop Shop, Millers Ale House, Bob Evans, IHOP

    Cape May County Oceanside Seafood, Cabanas

    Cumberland County Bennigans, Dennys, Friendlys

    Essex County IHOP, Nikko, Calandras Mediterranean Grill, Moonshine Supper Club, Franklin Steakhouse, Toro Loco, Verona Inn

    Gloucester County Pizzeria Uno, Landmark, Mozzarella Grill, Vals Seafood Trattoria, Dennys

    Hudson County Otaiko, Arthurs, Elysian Cafe, IHOP, Qdoba, Cheeseburger in Paradise

    Hunterdon County Riley and Jakes, Lovin Oven, The Rail

    Mercer County Town Diner, Pizzeria Uno, IHOP, Moes, Tavern on the Lake, Hooters

    Middlesex County Dennys, The Station Tavern, IHOP, Dickeys Barbecue Pit, Hooters, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno, Brother Jimmys, Moes, Arirang, Buffalo Wild Wings, Millers Ale House

    Monmouth CountyCourt Jester, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rosalitas, All Seasons Restaurant Diner, IHOP, Valentinos, Inkanto, Red Oak Diner, Park East, Shore Cafe, Chubby Pickle, Chapter House, Sycamore Grill, Bubbakoos, Brass Rail, Ninos Coal Fired Pizza, Main Street Bar and Grill, Blue Swan, Molly Maguires Gastropub

    Morris County IHOP, Andreas Dining Room, Buffalo Wild Wings, Moes, Scallopini

    Ocean County Bubbakoos, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP, Ninos Coal Fired Pizza, Bubbakoos, 21 South, Sandys Cozy Corner, Lamp Post Inn, Farrells, Burger 25, Four Seasons Diner, Perkins, Pizza Hut, Sand Castle Diner, Toms River Diner, Tiffs, Tuscan House

    Passaic County Chevys, Pizzeria Uno, IHOP, Hooters,

    Salem CountyDennys, Elmer Diner

    Somerset County Moes, Willie McBrides, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP, Trio, Stoney Brook Grille, Stage House, Melting Pot, Uproot, Buffalo Wild Wings

    Sussex County OReillys

    Union CountyMolly MaGuires, OhBrians on the Green, IKEA, IHOP, The Station, Chevys, Buffalo Wild Wings, Arirang, Stage House Tavern, Pizza Vita, Tiffs

    Warren County IHOP, Bea McNallys

  • Kids Can Eat Free on Halloween at local restaurants and eateries!

    Halloween is on a Saturday this year. Between Halloween/Ragamuffin Parades, Trunk

    or Treats and classic Trick or Treating activities our little ones can work up an appetite.

    Their schedule can leave parents with little time to think of food. So some local res-

    taurants and eateries are helping out by letting our favorite trick or treaters by letting

    them eat for FREE or for reduced prices on Halloween! What could be better?

    Were currently working on our 2015 list, but keep checking this link for updates.

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