Patricia Mole

Pile onto the bus, kids! These ideas for field trips in the NJ area will mix up your school’s usual trips.

ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
1 Riverside Dr., Camden
844-474-3474
The kids will marvel at more than 15,000 aquatic species, plus walk through the shark tunnel and view the only great hammerhead on exhibit in the US. See everything from stingrays to adorable blue penguins.

AMERICA’S GROW-A-ROW
150 Pittstown Rd., Pittstown
908-331-2962
Visitors will learn about food scarcity and plants. Classes can visit, or the organization can come to them to teach about healthy eating and agriculture.

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Central Park W. at 79th St., NYC
212-769-5100
From dinosaurs to outer space, there’s a ton to explore. Pick a floor or hall and use the museum’s online field trip guides to customize your field trips. Don’t miss the famous giant blue whale.

BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY
62 Battleship Pl., Camden
856-966-1652
Visit the massive ship docked in the Delaware River on the Camden Waterfront. Self-guided field trips and tours take kids to the navigational bridge, inside the giant gun turrets and into the admiral’s chair. Even cooler? Kids can spend the night aboard in bunks.

BRONX ZOO
2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
718-220-5132
It’s impossible to see everything in one visit. Get close to gorillas, see tigers from the monorail, walk through the Madagascar exhibit and more.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
103 Charlton St., NYC
212-274-0986
This cool art museum known for hands-on play features the work of modern artists who deal with collage, woodwork and more. Sculpt at the Clay Bar and get a lesson in stop-motion animation or podcasting.

THE COASTAL EXPERIENCE
Various locations
732-872-1300, ext. 13
Little marine biologists can learn everything about the sea, from the history of Sandy Hook to how humans affect the ocean and its inhabitants on field trips here.

COOPER GRISTMILL
66 Rte. 24, Chester
908-879-5463
In 1826, Nathan Cooper built this gristmill. Today, the site spans 14 acres rich with history. Kids will learn about the Industrial Revolution, technology and agriculture during the 19th and 20th centuries.

DA VINCI SCIENCE CENTER
3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, PA
484-664-1002
Get your STEM on! Learn how electricity works, explore the Engineers on a Roll playscape and lab, discover the motion of the ocean at Wave Power, take a seat in the Newton chairs and more.

Field Station: Dinosaurs

FIELD STATION: DINOSAURS
Overpeck County Park
Henry Hoebel Area, Fort Lee Rd., Leonia
855-999-9010
Travel 90 million years back in time with life-size, robotic dinosaurs. Kids can feel like real scientists by looking at fossils, exploring the Paleontologists’ Laboratory and studying dino eating habits. Open weekends year-round (extended summer schedule).

FOSTERFIELDS LIVING HISTORICAL FARM
73 Kahdena Rd., Morris Twp.
973-326-7645
Kids can experience life in the fields as it was in the 1920s. They’ll love feeding chickens, brushing cows and learning about the Industrial Revolution in the old-school mills.

FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA
215-448-1200
Do you remember walking your way through the gigantic human heart at this science museum? It’s still there for kids on field trips, as beloved as ever, plus new features like a mirror maze, escape rooms, science shows and 3-D printing displays.

FRANKLIN MINERAL MUSEUM
32 Evans St., Franklin
973-827-3481
NJ is known for its abundance of fluorescent rocks (they glow cool colors under different kinds of UV or black light). Little geologists will learn how minerals and mining affect us.

THE GAGASPHERE
140 Franklin Tpke., Waldwick
201-445-2546
Grades 2 through 6 can participate in Gaga and the Physics of Motion. They’ll get exclusive access to the facility and hands-on activities that’ll teach them about Newton’s Laws and other physics concepts.

GARDEN STATE DISCOVERY MUSEUM
2040 Springdale Rd., Ste. 100, Cherry Hill
856-424-1233
Kids 10 and under can help build a two-story house in the Under Construction exhibit, play hockey in the Flyers Mini Rink, meet critters in the Wildlife Area and learn how suds happen at Bubble Trouble.

GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
609-586-0616
More than a garden, this beautiful spot combines both nature and art. Filled with contemporary works, the grounds boast more than 270 sculptures across 42 acres.

HEALTHBARN USA
1057 Hillcrest Rd., Ridgewood
201-444-2955
Kiddos will learn the benefits of fresh produce and a healthy lifestyle through a visit to the garden, a smoothie taste test and a planting session with recyclable pots and games.

HISTORIC LONGSTREET FARM
44 Longstreet Rd., Holmdel
732-946-3758
See how farmers worked back in the 1890s. Highlights include wagon rides, house tours, chicken feed processing, ice cream making and butter churning (offerings change by season).

THE HISTORIC VILLAGE AT ALLAIRE
4263 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale
732-919-3500
This former factory town is now a living history experience where kids can get a glimpse of life during the 19th century. Historic interpreters dressed in period garb give tours and demos about life pre-electricity.

HOWELL LIVING HISTORY FARM
70 Woodens Ln., Lambertville
609-737-3299
Open since the 1730s, this farm is a prime location for learning about growing produce. Kids can explore the hen house, corn crib and ox barn before the windmill and blacksmith area.

Imagine That!!!
4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park
973-966-8000
Your lil’ ones won’t have a chance to get bored as they roam around Imagine That!!!’s various rooms. Hit the music room to make music and play instruments, the puppet theater for a show, the arts and crafts area to get creative or the castle jungle gym play area to exert all that energy. Don’t leave without a visit to the pirate ship and fishing area, the train exhibit and the museum’s other exciting rooms (like the magnet wall!).

Insectropolis

INSECTROPOLIS
1761 Rte. 9, Toms River
732-349-7090
This is NJ’s only bugseum, and it celebrates all things creepy crawly. Get touchy with a tarantula or scorpion before the day’s over, and crawl through a mudtube to see what it’s really like to be an insect.

INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave., NYC
212-245-0072
Visitors to the legendary aircraft carrier will be blown away by the Space Shuttle Pavilion, where they’ll get a close-up look at a retired NASA space shuttle, a former military submarine kids can walk through, the interactive Exploreum and more.

IPLAY AMERICA
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
732-577-8200

The kids already love it here for the rides and Jersey Shore-inspired boardwalk. Now, they’ll love it for the Science Day Adventures. These interactive programs teach kids concepts like force, friction and momentum with laser mazes, go karts and more attractions. Ask about the Adventure Workbook, covering everything from science to history to math.

LAKOTA WOLF PRESERVE
89 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Columbia
908-496-9244
Take a Wolf Watch tour to get to know these majestic animals. You’ll see the wolves at play, along with bobcats and foxes.

LIBERTY HALL MUSEUM
1003 Morris Ave., Union
908-527-0400
This mansion is home to antique furniture, art and a rich history. Guests will be transported to the Victorian era while learning about NJ’s first governor.

LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER
222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City
201-200-1000
The kids will get hands-on experience with electricity, amphibians and much more. Don’t miss limited-time exhibits or a film in the biggest planetarium in the western hemisphere!

MACCULLOCH HALL
45 MacCulloch Ave., Morristown
973-538-2404
This museum offers custom field trips by grade. First graders can tour the historic garden, kitchen and drawing room while grades 2-3 get the scoop on plant cycles and composting.

Monmouth Museum

MONMOUTH MUSEUM
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft
732-747-2266
Explore monthly themes like pop art, space and math with hands-on crafts and workshops. Wander the Becker Children’s Wing and WonderWing to board pirate ships, learn about ancient Egypt and more.

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM
3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair
973-746-5555
Field trips here present students with puzzles, artwork and stories in an effort to help them find their voice. School tour themes run the gamut from Native American art to portraits to American landscapes.

MORRIS MUSEUM
6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
973-971-3700
Think galleries of geological finds from NJ and beyond, as well as retro trains and more. Don’t miss kiddie shows at the attached Bickford Theater.

MORRISTOWN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
30 Washington Pl., Morristown
973-539-2016, ext. 210
This National Historical Park is located at the site where George Washington and the Continental Army survived the winter of 1779. There are 27 miles of hiking trails to explore, but kids can go on a scavenger hunt to become Junior Rangers.

NEWARK MUSEUM
49 Washington St., Newark
973-596-6550
Visit the Dreyfuss Planetarium, learn about renewable energy, examine plate tectonics at the Dynamic Earth exhibit and learn fire safety through A Cry of Fire: The New Jersey Fire Story.

NEW JERSEY STATE HOUSE
125 W. State St., Trenton
609-847-3150
Learn about NJ representatives, visit the Senate and General Assembly galleries and explore the building’s art and architecture.

NEW JERSEY STATE MUSEUM
205 W. State St., Trenton
609-292-6464
Check out Garden State history like Native American artifacts, dinosaur fossils and flags from the Civil War. Visit the planetarium after your family spends time at Our Story: New Jersey’s 9/11 Collection.

NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE
47-01 111th St., Queens, NY
718-699-0005
Explore more than 450 exhibits at this Corona museum where students can take a tour of the solar system and learn about all things science. If you can’t make it to Queens, your child’s teacher can video conference workshops from the classroom.

OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM
101 Barrack St., Trenton
609-396-1776
Head to the state’s capital city to see where soldiers lived during the Revolutionary War. She’ll love being transformed into an 18th-century soldier.

PATERSON GREAT FALLS
72 McBride Ave., Paterson
973-523-0370
This stunning natural attraction has magnificent waterfalls that kids can almost reach out and touch, all while learning about the history of Paterson and its industrial renaissance on a guided tour.

Sabrina L. Pierce

PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA
215-581-3181
Touching the artwork is mandatory here. We love Wonderland, where they’ll feel like they’ve fallen down the rabbit hole, and Rocket Room, where they’ll learn about space and launch their own rocket in Mission Control.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM
Elm Dr., Princeton
609-258-3788
This free institution is one of the world’s most comprehensive museums in an academic setting. Field trips vary by age group, from animals and birds in the galleries to classical mythology in art and an outdoor walking tour of contemporary sculptures.

RAPTOR TRUST
1390 White Bridge Rd., Millington
908-647-2353 
Kids can learn about hawks, eagles, owls and other birds of prey being rehabilitated. They’ll learn the role these birds play in the food chain and see them in action while touring the facility.

RED MILL MUSEUM
56 Main St., Clinton
908-735-4101
Tours of this 19th-century Hunterdon County landmark will make kids feel like they’ve stepped back in time. Go in the fall for spooky ghost tours.

RUTGERS GEOLOGY MUSEUM
85 Somerset St., New Brunswick
848-932-7243
Grades K-12, university groups and nonprofits can take tours including presentations on dinosaurs, geology, the Ice Age and mummies with a special focus on NJ-based exhibits. They can also check out hands-on activities and try their luck at a scavenger hunt.

SCHIFF NATURE PRESERVE
339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham
973-543-6004
Dubbed the place where “wild things happen naturally,” Schiff is home to 15 miles of trail, 768 acres of protected land and plenty of educational (and fun!) programs. Check out Revolutionary artifacts, Depression-era buildings and more.

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM
12 Fulton St., NYC
212-748-8600
Students will learn how Manhattan became a prominent port city. The museum offers tours of historic buildings and ships, plus interactive learning activities.

SPACE FARMS
218 County Rd. 519, Sussex
973-875-5800
This 100-acre museum and zoo is one of NJ’s most unique spots. There are more than 500 animals to see and nine large buildings of antique cars, Native American art, culture and more to tour.

STATUE OF LIBERTY
Liberty State Park
Morris Pesin Dr., Jersey City
201-915-3403
Climb Lady Liberty for a view from her crown. Visit Ellis Island or the newly opened Statue of Liberty Museum by ferry.

THOMAS EDISON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
211 Main St., West Orange
973-736-0550, ext. 11 
She may know Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, but what about his other works? Here, kids can explore his chemistry lab and tour the Black Maria, Edison’s first film studio.

TURTLE BACK ZOO
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
973-731-5800
This zoo keeps adding more amazing stuff, like a giraffe exhibit and a sea turtle recovery center. We love the hands-on farm and aviary, where the budgerigars hop on your hands as you feed them.

Valley Shepherd Creamery

VALLEY SHEPHERD CREAMERY
50 Fairmount Rd., Long Valley
908-876-3200
During a guided tour, kids can visit farm animals and learn to age cheese. Stop at the Sheep Shoppe for a unique souvenir.

WALL STREET WALKS
Various locations, Downtown, NYC
212-666-0175
Take the signature Wall Street Tour to learn about this economic hub’s beginnings, or Panics, Crashes and the Financial Crisis to learn about the Great Depression and how Wall Street’s bounced back time and time again.

THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION CENTER
303 Midland Ave., Garfield
201-257-2231
Students can visit this center on field trips to learn how important bats are to the ecosystem. Kids can watch presentations on bats, reptiles and rainforest critters, plus see animals up close.

YOGI BERRA MUSEUM & LEARNING CENTER
Montclair State University
8 Yogi Berra Dr., Little Falls
973-655-2378
This museum is dedicated to the life and work of this New York Yankees legend. Fifth through 12th graders can engage in three different field trips: STEM in Sports, which covers the physics of baseball and the math behind stats; Literacy, where they’ll draft their own poems and hiphop pieces, and Character Building, where they’ll learn about Yogi’s friendship with Jackie Robinson.

ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM
71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick
848-932-7237
Kids can check out thousands of original pieces of art, take drawing classes, go on educator-led discovery tours and other opportunities that complement their school curriculum.