With summer slowly starting to wind down, there is no better time to make some great summer memories. Below I have shared a few of my favorite day trip destinations- Enjoy!
Spring Lake, New Jersey-
Exit 98 on Garden State Parkway
This pristine beach community is one of my favorite Jersey Shore spots and the best part is its close proximity to Somerset county. Be sure to hit the road early, so that you do not hit traffic and are able to find a parking spot close to the beach. When you arrive at the beach, anyone over the age of twelve will need to purchase a beach badge. As for lunch, enjoy a meal packed from home, eat sandwiches that you picked up from Jersey Mikes along the way or visit one of the concession stands along the boardwalk to purchase food. All food must be eaten on the boardwalk or elsewhere as Spring Lake has a no eating on the beach rule. Finish off your sunny, relaxing day by taking a ticket to wait in line at Hoffmans Homemade Ice Cream located in Spring Lake where you may choose one of their many flavors of delicious, homemade ice cream.
Griggstown Canoe & Kayak Rental-
My family and I kayaked in the D&R canal two summers ago, and surprisingly the whole family said they had fun. While paddling through the calm canal, you will be sure to spot many turtles: either popping their heads to the surface of the water or sun basking on a nearby rock. Rate and other details can be found on their website (canoenj.com), note credit cards are not accepted.
I brought my two daughters and their friends here during the end of August last summer and they had a blast. The best thing to do is pick a time to go when there will be shorter lines such as a cloudy day or week day. My advice is to pack a lunch as the food in the park is quite pricey. Employees stamp your hand when exiting the park, so you can go to the car to eat lunch and then come back in. The park offers lockers to rent to place your belongings, bring quarters. There are a variety of slides offered as well as a regular pool and wave pool. General admission cost $35.99 and for those aged under 3 or over 65 the cost is $25.99. Visit their website for more details: camelbeach.com
Please leave comments to let me know if you have ever been to one of the above places or what day trips you would recommend.
Stay tuned for fun things to fill your days locally!