Considered to be the top aquarium in the Northeast, Camden’s Adventure Aquarium is a premier and scientifically sound facility where children can interact with aquatic creatures in a whole new way.

Over 15,000 animals are located on site, including endangered penguin and shark species, sea turtles, and coral reef (among others). Special attractions like the Little Blue Penguins, Nile Hippos, the Shark Bridge, Shark Tunnel, and touch tanks will leave lasting memories. From the Great Hammerhead Shark (the largest of its species) to the Giant Pacific Octopus, there is so much to see and learn. more

Essex County features one of the top treetop adventure courses in the state at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. Summer is the perfect time to book a reservation at this park with thrill-seeking friends and loved ones. The sky high courses emphasize trust building, fun, excitement, and collaborations. They also leave one with a greater sense of accomplishment by looking trepidation in the face and overcoming it. more

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Join Longwood Gardens on the second Friday of every month throughout Light: Installations by Bruce Munro for a fantastically fun themed Light Nights. Enjoy live music, fountain performances, family activities, and more — all inspired by Light — during these special evenings.  more

Get ready for a fun-filled day outdoors that is all about Dad, yet great for the whole family, too. It’s Father’s Day Weekend 2022 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 in Jackson Township.

Swim, surf, dive, and slide your way into an exciting summer as your roam around Hurricane Harbor’s many slides and pools. After working up an appetite, take a seat at Steak & Fries or at the Tiki Bar to enjoy some fun drinks and savory snacks. more

Summer in Atlantic City attracts world-class stars and entertainers, and this year is no different. In fact, there is something for everyone’s taste. Browse this sampled June calendar of event listings below and book your tickets today!

Masters of Illusion – Summer Residency 2022

Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, September 4

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City more

Celebrate the car lover in your life and cruise to the Jersey Shore for the City of Long Branch’s 27th Annual Car Show on Sunday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place along the Long Branch Promenade (Ocean Boulevard and Madison Avenue). 

Before or after viewing the cars, cruise back down the promenade and into Pier Village, an excellent year-round shopping and dining destination. Beach front dining options abound while boutiques cater to all ages and tastes.  more

Located in Lower Township’s Cape May Point State Park in Cape May, New Jersey, the Cape May Lighthouse offers visitors the chance to climb the 199 steps up to the historic, cast-iron spiral stairway and witness a staggering view of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1859, the lighthouse also offers visitors a chance to take in the surrounding nature trails leading to the beach and Cape May Borough. 

Interpretive panels on the grounds, at the base of the lighthouse, and at the top of the climb tell the stories of the lighthouse keepers and how the lighthouse functioned traditionally and today. Still an active aid to navigation, the structure was restored and is maintained by Cape May Museum + Arts + Culture (MAC). Since the Cape May MAC opened the lighthouse to the public in 1988, more than 2.5 million visitors have climbed to the top.  more

Nestled midway between Manhattan and Philadelphia at 678 Cranberry Road in East Brunswick, Park Chateau Estate & Gardens is quickly becoming the noteworthy wedding venue in New Jersey.

Spanning 15 rolling and manicured acres, visitors will be struck first by the 17th century classical French architecture and garden designs. This setting provides the bride and groom with a range of locations to move their wedding party through; from the chapel to the outdoor gardens and sparkling ballroom, every site is picture perfect. more

Located at 1501 Glasstown Road in Millville, New Jersey, join WheatonArts for the Fantasy Faire on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. This family-friendly festival will take place each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Fantasy Faire features talented performers as they bring to life the “Kingdom of Wheaton” by enacting a series of interconnected shows that tell the story of the day. Interact with strolling costumed characters portraying historical and mythical figures in their favorite fantasy garb.  more

Celebrate the birthday of Frederic Law Olmsted on Saturday, May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Anderson Park, located at 274 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. The event is free to attend and open to all ages. The rain date is Sunday, May 15. Anderson Park is handicap accessible. more

Rock out to a good cause on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Airport Hangar, 41 Airpark Road in Princeton, in a benefit for Greenwood House. Live music will be accompanied by dinners prepared by award-winning chef Max Hansen and desserts from featured food trucks, Glazed & Confused Fresh Mini Donuts and Rita’s Italian Ice. Guests will also be able to eat, drink, and bid on auction items such as rock star-autographed guitars and world-class vacations.  more

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Located in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, every year the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center celebrates Children’s Day on May 5. Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday and is the final celebration of Golden Week, a collection of four national holidays within seven days. It is a day set aside to respect children’s individual personalities and to celebrate their happiness. more

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The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) and Sourland Conservancy have joined forces to purchase and save the historic True family farmstead in Skillman, N.J. 

The property was originally owned by an African American Union army veteran who worked as a farmer after the Civil War. In 1891, after his death, his wife Cordina married Spencer True, a descendant of the former slave Friday Truehart. Interestingly, Truehart had gained his freedom in 1819 and became an early African American landowner in the Sourland region. Spencer and Corinda made their home on the farmstead, which originally included the land on which the National Historic Register-listed Mt. Zion AME Church stands today. Spencer and Corinda donated the land for the church in 1899 after the original church, built around 1866 on the Sourland Mountain, burned down. Mt. Zion AME Church welcomed its African American congregants until 2005, and now serves as the home of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. more

The Sourland Mountain Festival, presented by Unionville Vineyards, returns on Saturday, July 23 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes. Purchase discounted advance-sale tickets online for adults and young people (12-18); children under 12 enter free. For more information, visit http://www.SourlandMountainFest.com. Proceeds benefit the Sourland Conservancy.

New Jersey musical artists featured at this year’s festival include The Outcrops, Rainbow Fresh, and James Popik and Supernova. more

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March 26 at 10 a.m.

Join author Clifford Zink for a walking tour outside Princeton University’s eating clubs. Learn about the architecture, origins, and development of the 16 Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928.  more

Visit the world premiere of “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, open now through September 18. Ticket prices range from $30-43 for adults and $30-39 for children.

This groundbreaking exhibition celebrates the iconic moments, characters, settings, and beasts as seen in the films and stories of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World using best-in-class immersive design and technology. From the mysteries of Hogwarts castle to the antics of its mischievous yet brilliant students; from daring duels to dragons and Dark Arts; and from glittering Gringotts to the magnificent Ministry of Magic — the exhibition brings magic to life, connects visitors with the larger global community of fans of the Wizarding World, and reveals the artistry and craftsmanship behind the blockbuster films. more

New Jersey residents — it’s time to get your green on! The 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Asbury Park will take place on Sunday, March 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.., rain or shine. The parade will begin on Ocean Avenue at Sunset Avenue and proceed south to Cookman Avenue. Walkers will continue west on Cookman Avenue through the downtown and finish outside of Asbury Park City Hall. The parade is free to all participants! more

On March 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., take a tour through space and time, from the early days of space travel during the space race to present-day explorations of Mars. This unique program at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is open to current and former service members only. Guest speakers will include present-day astronauts who will regal the audience with tales of their past and future space explorations and what it means for the future development of human understanding. Audience members will be able to get up-close and personal with model replicas of the Perseverance Mars rover and Ingenuity drone on temporary loan from NASA. The scientific conversations will continue over a catered dinner held at the space museum. 

To register for this enlightening evening of scientific discussion, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intrepid-after-hours-to-the-moon-and-mars-tickets-262068362527. 

All visitors must follow the Museum’s health and safety guidelines. Following the city of New York’s Key to the City mandate, all visitors ages 5 and older will be required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses (except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine), as well as identification, before entering the Museum. Please bring proof and ID with you to the program. Please review the FAQ below for a list of acceptable forms of proof of vaccination and ID.

More details about health guidelines and policies will be sent to all registrants ahead of the program. In the meantime, learn more here: intrepidmuseum.org/onboard-with-safety.

Veterans Programs are made possible by public funds facilitated by the New York City Council Committee on Veterans, in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also supported by the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund. The Museum’s education programs are supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is located at West 46th Street in New York, N.Y. 

February 26 and 27 

Join the celebration at Longwood Gardens for the annual Orchid House Opening Weekend on February 26 and 27. Meet the brains behind the beauty of Longwood’s orchid collection including facts about orchid restoration, research, and conservation. Orchid Collection Curator Greg Griffis will be on hand to answer attendee questions about everything orchid-related. Admission is free with the purchase of Gardens admission. Buy tickets in advance here: https://longwoodgardens.org/events-performances/events/orchid-house-opening-weekendmore

Heated rooftop igloos at Asbury Biergarten

By the time February rolls around in the Northeast, many residents may be experiencing a little bit of cabin fever. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day shines a bright spot on an otherwise wintery month with dating, dining, and travel options for you and your significant other.  more