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If you’re worried about summer slipping away, fear not. There’s still over a month left to enjoy everything The Garden State has to offer. From wacky museums to a daring rodeo, you won’t want to finish summer without visiting these hidden gems!

Go Old School at an Arcade

You’ll want to spend a day in Silverball Retro Arcade Asbury Park. Play hundreds of games, some originating from the 50s and beyond, as you compete against friends and family. 

Hang With Animals

Collect sheep from the pasture and eggs in the henhouse at Howell Living History Farm. Learn about blacksmithing and more at their weekly events.  

Travel Upside Down Seven Times

This original floorless roller coaster is back at Six Flags! Scream your heart out as you’re flipped seven times and travel 60 mph on Medusa. Not a fan of heights? Try the Summer Vibes Festival where exciting installations, sweet treats and live entertainment will be around from July 16 to August 14. 

Fly In a Hot Air Balloon

Another way to soar high in the sky is the Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festivals. Have fun on the ground, too, at the county fair.  

Tour a Mine

See the renowned “Rainbow Tunnel” along with drilling and a blasting demonstration at Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Feel Like an Inventor

Travel back in time at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Edison’s home and laboratory. Walk inside his chemistry lab and the Black Maria, his first film studio.

See the Falls

Stare down at stunning waterfalls and learn about Paterson, a historic industrial city where steam locomotives were assembled, at Paterson Great Falls

Take In the Views

Walk along the water, grab lunch at a food truck and enjoy the New York Skyline all from Hoboken Waterfront Walkway. Snack on treats from the bakeries and delis in Hoboken too! 

Enjoy The American Dream

You’ll never run out of things to do at American Dream Meadowlands, where the Dream Wheel provides magnificent views and LEGOLAND challenges your creativity. Test your strength at the Legends of the Hidden Temple Ropes Course Challenge, the world’s tallest ropes course with a daring 9-levels! 

Get Digging 

Get your hard hat on because Diggerland is no joke. Operate a crane, fly in a zipline and test your strength at the ropes course in this construction themed amusement park. 

Live Like “The Sopranos”

Fan of The Sopranos? Why not eat ice cream where the series finale was shot? Take a picture in the booth Tony Soprano himself sat at before digging into iconic diner food at Holsten’s

Watch A Rodeo

The oldest weekly running rodeo is well and alive, right here in New Jersey. For almost a century, Cowtown Rodeo has been proudly showcasing the excitement of a rodeo, so don’t miss out!

Discover NJ’s Novelties

The Morris Museum houses one of the largest collections of mechanical musical instruments while NorthlandZ is the world’s largest miniature wonderland. 

Live in Color

Tour Luna Parc, the home and studio of artist Rocky Boscarino. You’ll be amazed by its bold and intricate design as well as the trinkets inside!

Get Buggy

Fan of bags? Meet dozens at Insectropolis where you can view insects from around the world and touch a live tarantula!

Food in Design

The Cookie Jar House and Gingerbread Castle are sure to make you hungry! Walk around these charming structures with unique backstories behind them.

Take Flight

The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum showcases the first hovercraft created by Charles Fletcher as well as helicopters and airplane models. 

Pick Fruit

New Jersey is The Garden State after all! Pick blueberries, apples, and peaches at any of the amazing pick-your-own farms. 

Party It Up at Wildwood 

This summer brings tons of new events to Wildwood like the Christmas in July Golf Cart Parade & Festival, Fun Fridays, a Beach Boys concert, and so much more! 

Catch A Show

Dozens of renowned performing arts centers reside in The Garden State. Catch artists like Elton John, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Patti LaBelle and the Goo Goo Dolls at MetLife Stadium and PNC Bank Arts Center

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