Jersey City is only hours away from lush mountains, scenic lakes, picturesque historic towns, and historical cities. With a multitude of transit options available, it couldn’t be easier to plan a refreshing trip for just a day or even more.
Day Trips from JC (Travel by Car):
2-3 Hours Away:
Hidden Valley Bed and Breakfast, Washington, CT
If you are looking for a quiet get away, the Hidden Valley Bed and Breakfast is a charming home that provides its guests with so much. The large yet inviting home is hidden away up on a hill and surrounded by 50 acres of trees. It is a comfortable, but upscale bed-and-breakfast that will leave you feeling serene in the best way. Enjoy the delicious home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients; spend hours looking at the beautiful view; talk to the owner about the rich history of the surrounding area. There is so much that this trip will offer you, so book a trip to this quiet and elegant escape.
Cape May, NJ
Cape May is a city and seaside resort at the tip of southern New Jersey’s Cape. Known for the beautiful Victorian houses, iconic lighthouse, shops and restaurants, this seaside getaway is perfect for a family trip. With activities like swimming, skimboarding, volleyball, surfing, fishing, kayaking, and more, Cape May is the perfect place to start a new adventure. Whether you choose to go with a campground or a decked out vacation rental, you are sure to have a lovely stay in Cape May. With the close community feel and general good vibes, this just may be your next go to vacation spot.
Ziplining at Mountain Creek – 200 NJ 94, Vernon Township
If you are looking to satisfy your sense of adventure, this fun-filled, thrilling tour is the one for you. Experience the best views of the tri-state area at exhilarating speeds as you travel along a series of ziplines. Gain a new perspective of the area as you trek and ride around the course with a friendly guide.
If you are bound for the Jersey coast, check out Wildwood, a resort city known for its wide sandy beaches. Perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, concerts, conventions, or trade shows, Wildwood is the ultimate Jersey Shore destination. With 38 blocks of boardwalk attractions–packed with eateries, shops, waterparks, thrill rides, and nightlife–everyone who visits will find something fun to do. The beaches are ideal spots for soaking, surfing, boogie boarding, power boating, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, and parasailing, the possibilities are endless. In addition to the beach and the boardwalk, Wildwood holds over 160 annual free events and festivals. Foodies, music lovers, sports enthusiasts and others are sure to find an event that will keep them smiling all day long. Wildwood offers something for everyone, and at the best value on the Jersey Shore.
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, Riverhead, NY
Home to the biggest all-living coral display in the Western Hemisphere, visit the Long Island Aquarium for a memorable and educational experience. The aquarium offers indoor and outdoor exhibits that gives thorough insight into the animal kingdom. There are also plenty of interactive experiences that allow visitors to get more in tune with the beautiful wildlife on the aquarium has to offer. After your visit to the aquarium, you can visit many of the attractions close to the facilities to continue your day of fun. The Seaside Grill, Long Island Canoe Kayak Rentals, Cherry Creek Golf LInks, and Splish Splash are just a few of the area attractions for you to enjoy during your visit out to Long Island.
Mohonk Preserve is a nature preserve just an hour north of New York City. Named one of the best city escapes nationwide, the Mohonk preserve is the perfect destination if you are looking for a dose of nature. Camp, hike, bike, climb, horseback ride, run, or ski; create adventure perfectly suited for you. With over 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forests, fields, streams, ponds, and more, you can find the perfect haven away from the craziness of the city. In addition to this, the Mohonk Preserve offers environmental education programs to help children discover the wonders of the natural world. For older recreationalists and nature lovers, Mohonk’s diverse programs and events catalogue is perfect for lifelong learning, so find your way up there soon.
The Pocono Mountains are the forested peaks, lakes, and valleys in the state of Pennsylvania that are jam packed with adventure. With plenty of bird watching opportunities, recreational facilities, trails, ski runs, water parks, and resorts, you can easily get lost in 2,400 square miles breathtaking terrain. Visit the renowned Camelback Mountain for winter fun. Hit the links at one of the Pocono’s impressive golf courses. Enjoy the concerts and plays to stimulate the mind and spirit. Teeming with history and attractions, enjoy year-round cultural tours and art exhibits, countless shopping opportunities, music, and food unique to the Pocono Mountains. Perfect for a family vacation, convention, wedding, romantic getaway, or motorcoach trip, the Poconos offers something for everyone.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, NY
The Catskill Animal Sanctuary rescues farmed animals and champions veganism. Open for all year educational tours, you can meet rescued animals, understand what goes into caring for them, and the difficult situations farmed animals face. If you are visiting with your family, take advantage of their family-focused tours that are perfect for maximum kid engagement. If interested, learn more about plant based diets from some of their experts and gain helpful tips to make the transition to veganism easier. Camp Kindness also hosts an amazing summer camp to foster engagement with the younger community that benefits both them and the animals. Engage the animal lover in yourself and your loved ones with a visit to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary.
Fire Island, NY
Located off the southern shore of Long Island, Fire Island is a quaint beach getaway perfect for a calm weekend with friends and loved ones. Known for its protected beaches and seasonal resort communities, this unique island seems like a world away from the metropolitan hub just a few miles west. Offering biking, hiking, swimming, surfing, beach volleyball, kayaking, and tennis, you can break free from the city routine and do something out of you element. This car free 32-mile-long strip of sand is the perfect setting for you to unplug, reset, and get in touch with yourself once more.
East End Bike Tours, Mattituck, NY
Cycle a 13.5 mile route that will give you plenty of opportunities to sightsee, indulge, sample, photograph, shop, exercise with the East End Bike Tours. Enjoy picturesque views Long Island wine country has to offer. Your day will be filled with a breathtaking itinerary and hand-picked stops to combine the best in classic cycling and culture. This tour will be incredibly tailored to your cultural interests, culinary needs, and special requests to make your bike tour one-of-a-kind. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to join the tour, so this will be perfect for getaway for a trip with your significant other or friends.
Hudson is a historic city located along the west border of Columbia County, New York. Stroll through their beautiful streets and take in the historic architecture. They have plenty of shops and mainstream retail businesses that will keep you occupied for hours. Have a bite to eat or beverage at one of their critically acclaimed restaurants. From art, music, dance, and performance, there is so much to do in the city. To see the sights and learn more about the rich history of the city, make sure to enjoy one of the smartphone tours using geotourist. Enjoy the city’s colorful past, the best antiquing in the Northeast, a world of art, and a foodie haven on your visit. You won’t regret it.