Field Trips in NJ according to Subjects of Interest
by Francesca Di Meglio
A first edition! Written by a parent, this opinionated, personal, and easy-to-use guide has hundreds of ideas to keep the kids entertained for an hour, a day, or a weekend! Fun with the Family New Jersey leads the way to historical attractions, children’s museums, wildlife habitats, festivals, parks, and much more. Geared towards parents with children between the ages of two and twelve, the guide features interesting facts and sidebars as well as practical tips about traveling with your little ones.
NJ Homeschool Hangout
Our members are from all over NJ…from the Northern tip to the Southern tip. We have meetups all throughout NJ and the surrounding area. Some of our meetup locations will be in Northern, Central, and Southern NJ and also NY and PA.
New Jersey Scenic
Getting outside. Visit the shore, a forest or a family farm. See the Pinelands or a scenic river. Study the colonial architecture.
Changing exhibitions in art, history and science to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves.
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Yard School of Art
programs for adults, children, and teens throughout the year. Classes are offered in four semesters including an eight-week summer program. Learn a new skill or refresh your existing knowledge in our professional studios from experienced teaching artists.
Montclair Art Museum
Directions by train or bus.
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042-1747
The Newark Museum
The Museum complex, the largest in New Jersey, weaves together 80 galleries of art and science, a mini zoo, planetarium, gift shops, cafe, auditorium, sculpture garden, schoolhouse and the Ballantine House.
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07101-0540
History & Culture
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
NJ’s first “living historical farm” has year-round tours and special events. Not a replica, Fosterfields is a working farm, using the tools, techniques, and materials of a turn-of-the-century farm. Located in Morristown, NJ.
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
Exhibits, programs and special events, with a special emphasis on educating and entertaining children of all ages. Located in Madison, NJ
New Jersey State Museum
From fossils to fine art, from Native American tools to the finest silver, from quilts to comets, from prehistory to the future, the New Jersey State Museum is four museums in one and offers a galaxy of experiences for every member of the family. 205 West State Street in Trenton.
Old Barracks Museum
In 1758, the Barracks was the biggest building in Trenton. About 300 British and Irish soldiers were the first to live here. The Old Barracks is located in downtown Trenton, next to the New Jersey State House, and is easily accessible.
Peachfield and the Old Schoolhouse
Surrounding farm lands adjacent to the house are still farmed as they have been for more than 200 years. Visitors experience life in an 18th century school setting. Costumed docents conduct class trips, tours and education workshops to interested members of the public.
180 Burrs Road
Westampton, NJ 08060-9618
We present the history of the engineering genius of John A. Roebling, the wire rope industry he founded, and the company town of Roebling, New Jersey. We are open! Please follow the detour signs to Hornberger Ave. Follow Hornberger Ave. to the Museum parking lot.
(GPS:1495 Hornberger) 100 Second Avenue
Roebling, NJ 08554
Franklin Mineral Museum & Mine Replica
The Franklin Mineral Museum has over 4,000 species and 3 dump areas to investigate – a wide range of geological, mineralogical, archaeological, and historical themes to offer its visitors. Open weekends in March, daily April to November. Located an hour from NYC at 32 Evans Street, Franklin, Sussex County, NJ.
InfoAge Science History Museum and National Historic Landmark
An old military base, Camp Evans, was turned into a small town of museums. Watch the video to see most of the offerings. Be sure to check out the New Jersey Shipwreck Museum to learn about the history of “wi-fi” and how it helped saved many lives at sea. Open 3 days a week, so check before going.
2201 Marconi Road
Wall, NJ 07719
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
A world famous underground zinc mine in northwestern New Jersey open for tours to all. Located in Ogdensburg, an hour from NYC.
We offer very inexpensive educational concerts for students in Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May counties. Concerts are performed at Cumberland County College in Vineland, and at Stockton College in Pomona. We welcome homeschoolers to our entertaining performances.
World renowned for bird watching, because it is one of the largest breeding grounds for neotropical migratory shore birds in the world. This is a monthly magazine site, with new articles monthly.
Turtle Back Zoo
Noted for its reptile house and alligator exhibit. West Orange, NJ.
Pine Barrens of New Jersey
Whether you’re down for the day, here for a vacation, or just a “piney” looking for something new and exciting to do, there’s bound to be something here to interest you.
A 2,184 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.
Fernbrook Farms Education Center
A non-profit farm-based education center in Central New Jersey which offers specific homeschool classes on science, nature and agriculture and field trip opportunities for children ages 3-14. On Route 545 in Chesterfield Township, just 3 miles east of Bordentown.
New Jersey Pinelands
This is truly a special place. It’s classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and in 1978 was established by Congress as the country’s first National Reserve. It includes portions of seven southern New Jersey counties, and encompasses over one-million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. Fun events, too.
Liberty Science Center – Homeschool Programs
Give your child in-depth science knowledge through Liberty Science Center’s School Residency Program. Transform the traditional trip to Liberty Science Center into focused one- and two-day learning experiences centered on a chosen theme. Space is limited, call Ruben Rosario at 201-253-1533 to reserve your spot today.
Bickford Theater at Morris Museum
The Morris Museum presents theatre for young audiences on the stage of their 312-seat Bickford Theatre. 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 Bickford Theatre Box Office 973-971-3706 Homeschoolers can also arrange to attend the “classroom intermission” performances during the week.
Paper Mill Playhouse Children’s Theatre
Homeschoolers may be most interested in “on school time” performances (Group Sales Coordinator, at 973.379.3636 ext. 2438). In addition to these and year-round performances, Paper Mill offers Theatre school and a summer theatre program. Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ 07041, Box office 973-376-4343.
Pax Amicus Castle Theatre
Presents day time and evening performances of children’s shows and Shakespeare. 23 Lake Shore Drive, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 Box Office (973) 691-2100 – Main (973) 691-4900 – School & Group Sales.